National Apprenticeship Week (Monday 4 to Friday 8 March) is fast approaching! The theme of this year’s week is ‘Blaze a Trail’ which aims to highlight the benefits of apprenticeships to employers, individuals, local communities and the economy.

As with previous years, the week will see a range of activities and events being hosted across the city.

Derby City Council’s Economic Growth service, HR team and Adult Learning Service will be joining forces, along with Cabinet members and other Councillors to visit Derby schools, to deliver a variety of events throughout the week including; apprenticeship assemblies, talks, workshops and Q&A’s.

Alongside this, the Council’s Apprentice Forum, a support network for young apprentices, will be visiting schools to promote apprenticeships and providing insights into working as an apprentice at the Council.

For those who aren’t at schools, there will be an apprenticeship stand within the Council House on Thursday 7 March from 11.00am until 3.30pm. Visitors will be able to find information about apprenticeships, the opportunities within the Council and hear from our own apprentices.

Councillor Evonne Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People commented:

“National Apprenticeship week is a brilliant way to not just raise awareness and encourage more people to think about taking up an apprenticeship but to also celebrate the achievements and commitment of our own apprentices’.”

Councillor Nicola Roulstone, Cabinet Member for Finance and Procurement, is one of the Cabinet members visiting a school during the week. She said:

“I’m really looking forward to joining fellow Councillors in getting out into the community to promote this really important week.  Apprenticeships are a great way to get young people into employment and we must do all we can to support them every step of the way and encourage as many of our employers as possible to get involved too.”

For more information about apprenticeships, please visit the Derby Apprenticeship Hub, email the Apprenticeships team or call 01332 642633.

What is the Apprenticeship Hub?

The Apprenticeship Hub is a virtual market place holding a variety of useful information about apprenticeships.  The website primarily caters to individuals who are looking to become apprentices and to local employers who are hoping to hire an apprentice.   The site contains information about  what an apprenticeship is, the different types of apprenticeship and the benefits of becoming in apprentice and hiring an apprentice.  In addition to the features listed, there are case studies, live vacancies in the Derby area and links to relevant external websites.