National Apprenticeship Week 2017 is a sweet celebration!

National Apprenticeship Week 2017 activity reaches out to small to medium sized businesses

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We are celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2017 (Monday 6 March to Friday 10 March) by taking part in a drive to encourage small to medium sized businesses to recruit more apprentices and trainees.

Now in its tenth year, this year’s overarching theme is the ‘Ladder of Opportunity!’ and focusses on the progression routes of different types of apprenticeships, from traineeships through to higher and Degree apprenticeships.

Working in partnership with the Association of Learning Providers for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight( ALPHI) network, staff will be taking part in the ‘cupcake challenge’ aimed at generating interest from small to medium(SMEs) sized firms based in Southampton’s industrial and business parks. Celebratory cupcakes will be offered in exchange for the opportunity to give free and impartial advice on recruiting apprentices or trainees.

Apprenticeships enable businesses to grow their skills base resulting in increased profits and better products, with 75% of employers reporting that apprenticeships improve the quality of their product or service*. In Southampton we have seen nearly seven hundred apprentices starting in their roles in the first quarter of this year (Jan 2017 - Mar 2017), which is a sixteen per cent increase on the same period last year.

Apprenticeships are recognised as a ‘ladder of opportunity’ for individuals and contribute significantly to growth for businesses of all sizes, including SMEs. Employing apprentices enables businesses to train someone to fit their business needs so are an ideal way of securing confident and capable staff.

To find out more about apprenticeships or to book an appointment with our team please email

(*Data taken from the DfE Apprenticeship Core Brief – November 2016).