By: Anita Ibrahim

The Government announces dates for NAW 2021

The government has recently announced “Build the Future”, an exciting theme for the 14th annual National Apprenticeship Week 2021.  This weeklong celebration of all things apprenticeships takes place between 8th and 14th February across England – and aims to encourage everybody to consider how apprenticeships helps to build the skills and the knowledge required to gain a rewarding career.  There is no doubt that the challenges of the last year and the tenacity of apprentices and employers will be at the heart of festivities, with more individuals relying on and adapting to virtual learning and working than ever before.  NAW2021 will celebrate the inspirational and moving stories of how apprentices have helped businesses to adapt and build in these challenging times.

Apprenticeships and Skills minister Gillian Keegan said:

“National Apprenticeship Week is a great opportunity to highlight the amazing opportunities that an apprenticeship brings to employers, individuals and the economy.

“It has been fantastic to see how employers of all sizes have gone above and beyond to ensure apprentices can continue their studies during this unprecedented time. The week is also an opportunity to shine a light on how apprentices of all ages and backgrounds are helping to transform businesses across the country.

“As a former apprentice I know what a life changing experience it can be, and I’m looking forward to being part of National Apprenticeship Week 2021 and seeing first-hand the inspiring ways apprentices and their employers continue to deliver.”

National apprenticeships week is well known for events taking place throughout England, with apprentices, employers, training providers, colleges, schools, and the media all playing their part in the celebrations.  The week often trends on social media with #askanapprentice and #askanemployer trending on UK Twitter. 

To support NAW2021, individuals, employers, training providers and communities are being encouraged to get involved by celebrating how they:

TRAIN apprentices – and futureproof their workforce and careers through apprenticeships


RETAIN apprentices – and help them gain the skills and knowledge needed by businesses, seeing them thrive whilst having an impact


ACHIEVE – real return on investment from apprentices, realising the business benefits of apprenticeships, and supporting apprentices in progressing in their chosen careers


Director of Apprenticeships and Education at the Skills Funding Agency, Peter Mucklow said:


“There is no doubt that National Apprenticeship Week 2021 will be different this year in how we celebrate apprenticeship success.


“We are however continuing to ask employers to encourage everyone to consider how apprenticeships can help build organisations for years to come; whilst showing the clear return on investment realised when apprentices are brought into the business. Employers are helping the nation to #BuildTheFuture through apprenticeships.


“The diversity of career options and industries available now, through apprenticeships, is outstanding. We want all current apprentices from all sectors to get behind the Week and to showcase the positive impact of apprenticeships, on careers, families, and communities”.


Stay tuned to keep up to date with National Apprenticeships Week 2021 and use the hashtags #NAW2021 #BuildTheFuture and #AoA in social media activity.

Written by: Anita Ibrahim


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