'Build the Future: Train, Retain, Achieve' is the theme for NAW2022, taking place between 7 and 13 February 2022. The week is a celebration of how apprenticeships help individuals to build the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career.
National Apprenticeship Week 2022 is the 15th annual celebration of the positive impact of apprenticeships, and the role they play in ensuring the future workforce is equipped with the skills it needs. The theme of the week always encourages the UK to get fired up about apprenticeships (to be vocal about all the benefits they bring) and we at techUK certainly feel the heat!
Each month, an average of 23,000 apprenticeship opportunities are listed on the government’s Find an Apprenticeship site, while organisations — such as WISE, which campaigns for gender balance in science, technology and engineering, of which techUK is a supporter — are continually driving initiatives to help grow the number of apprentices in these sectors.
Given the success of digital apprenticeships, there is a need to pivot more people currently in the workforce to digital and provide entry points for young people who have been hit hardest by the pandemic.
While companies from large tech businesses to smaller companies are focusing on apprenticeships for skills development, there are parts of industry who, misguidedly, don’t believe apprenticeships will add high quality talent. It stems from a lack of understanding of what apprenticeships and what they can lead to.
This week’s National Apprenticeship campaign highlights just how valuable apprenticeships are for apprentices and employers alike and will re-energise the mission to make the apprenticeship levy do more than just work.
In a recent interview with Chancellor Rishi Sunak, techUK’s President Jacqueline de Rojas said:
"We need skills really fast and when you put that together with traineeships and apprenticeships you get people who can learn and contribute to industry much faster. We are all about widening pathways and getting more people into the skills pool."
techUK believes the week remains a fantastic way to showcase different routes into the tech sector, and throughout we will be posting insights, videos and interviews, where apprentices tell the stories of driving their career forward.
techUK's has partnered with ITEC, a leading Digital Apprenticeship provider, to give you access to free advice on how apprenticeship schemes work, and how to find and recruit your apprentices. ITEC can also help techUK members to access specialised apprenticeship funds.
Brooke Richardson, Marketing Assistant Apprentice at Practice Labs, an award-winning virtual lab provider, shares her apprenticeship journey in the hope to encourage and inspire other young adults considering on-the-job training.
Global IT powerhouse DXC Technology has teamed up with Multiverse to launch a Data Academy, an apprenticeship program that will support the development of data and analytical skills among their staff. The first cohort to join the academy is made up of 10 apprentices, who will master data wrangling and analysis techniques – as well as upgrading their skills in data science.
Microsoft is launching an online apprenticeship platform that will connect more jobseekers with companies who need apprentices. The Microsoft Apprenticeship Connector is a partnership between GetMyFirstJob and Microsoft which aims to simplify the apprenticeship process by listing vacancies across Microsoft’s network of partners and customers.
Babcock International has welcomed more than 200 new apprentices and graduates to its Devonport operations. The aerospace, defence and security company said the 138 apprentices and 78 graduates will support a variety of projects and business areas, from life extension programmes on frigates and submarines, to advanced manufacturing.
National Apprenticeship Week blog: Alice Neil, HR Administration Apprentice at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence provides insight into her typical day in her role.
QA - National Apprenticeship Week for employers
It takes 50% longer to hire talent for tech roles than other positions. QA has recruited, trained or upskilled over 30,000 apprenticeships to help transform businesses. Find out everything you need to know about QA apprenticeships programmes and how to use the apprenticeship levy to fund an apprentice.
Nimmi Patel is the Head of Skills, Talent and Diversity at techUK.
She works on all things skills, education, and future of work policy, focusing on upskilling and retraining. Nimmi is also an Advisory Board member of Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (digit). The Centre research aims to increase understanding of how digital technologies are changing work and the implications for employers, workers, job seekers and governments. She is also a member of Chatham House's Common Futures Conversations
Prior to joining the team, she worked for the UK Labour Party and New Zealand Labour Party, and holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Manchester and is currently studying MA Strategic Communications at King’s College London.
The techUK Annual Dinner is the established, must-attend business dinner in our calendar. It brings together all the key figures in the tech industry, government and significant stakeholders for an enjoyable and influential evening.
The evening begins with a drinks reception, followed by a fabulous dinner and speeches from the country's leading technology stakeholders. The event allows important networking opportunities throughout the evening, culminating with after dinner drinks.