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It's National Apprenticeship Week next opportunity for industry stakeholders and employers – alongside training providers like Riverside Training – to celebrate the positive impact of apprenticeships.

National Apprenticeship Week 2020 takes place from 3 to 9 February, having been extended to include the weekend for the first time.

Co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, this year's ‘Look Beyond’-themed week will celebrate the diversity and value that apprenticeships bring to employers, apprentices and communities across England.

From highlighting the breadth of industries and roles available to the talent and energy and ideas apprentices bring to the workplace.

The week is a flagship moment in the calendar year for supporters and ambassadors of apprenticeships.

‘Look Beyond’ serves as a rallying cry for the apprenticeship community to showcase the true meaning of diversity within apprenticeships, including:

  • calling on young people to look beyond traditional routes into employment and explore the diversity of career options and industries now available to them through apprenticeships
  • calling on employers to look beyond traditional hiring routes and shout about the value they already see from diversifying their workforce by employing apprentices
  • calling on parents and teachers to look beyond old preconceptions around apprenticeships, building understanding of the true value they bring, and sharing this with young people

National Apprenticeship Week is a time to recognise and applaud apprenticeship success stories across the country, extending the message to communities and audiences that are less familiar with the value and return on investment they bring.

Keith Smith, Director Apprenticeships Group, Education Skills Funding Agency, says: "With National Apprenticeship Week now going into its thirteenth year, everyone behind and involved in it must also ‘Look Beyond’ and consider how and where we talk about apprenticeships, to ensure that we reach all corners and communities of the country with this important message."

At Riverside Training we offer a wide range of apprenticeships from childcare and teaching to digital marketing, business management, customer service and accountancy.

We have trained thousands of apprentices who have gone on to carve out successful careers.

Apprenticeships offer an alternative pathway to employment - dispelling the myth that taking a traditional academic route is the only way to securing a good job.

Apprenticeships are designed and delivered by employers and educators collaboratively, which means apprentices learn the skills employers need while gaining a work-based qualification that can significantly improve their future earning power and career prospects.

And, of course, apprentices earn while they learn.

But it's not just apprentices who reap the rewards - employers also gain huge benefits.

Apprenticeships are a great way of attracting enthusiastic talent and bringing a fresh approach to a company - boosting the skills pool - which can have a beneficial knock-on effect on existing staff.

  • To start your apprenticeship journey with Riverside Training call our friendly team on 01775 710945.