This week is National Apprenticeship Week (NAW). During the week employers and apprentices come together to celebrate the success of apprenticeships, whilst encouraging even more people to choose apprenticeships as a pathway to a great career.

To coincide with NAW, the Council has launched a new online Apprenticeship Hub, that is designed to give potential apprentices and employers information about apprenticeships.

Councillor Sarah Russell, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills said:

“Not all careers have to start with university, and apprenticeships are an increasingly popular way of kick-starting careers.

“By undertaking an apprenticeship, youngsters get to balance real world working experience with theory, all whilst gaining qualifications and taking home a pay cheque – earning while you’re learning!”

Councillor Martin Rawson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economy added:

“In the last five years at the city Council, we have taken on over 200 apprentices, which is brilliant, but we’re not stopping there. We pledged to create 2,000 jobs and apprenticeships for Derby people by 2019, and this hub is another big step towards that.

“The new hub promotes us as an Ambitious city – supporting children and young people to achieve their full potential, seeing skills being valued, and ensuring jobs and businesses are grow.”

The Government set a national target of three million apprenticeship starts by 2020.
The theme for the NAW 2018 is ‘Apprenticeships Work’. Showcasing how apprenticeships work for apprentices, employers, and the wider economy.

The portal provides:
• information on apprenticeships, the different levels of apprenticeships and the many benefits of to them
• the ability to search live apprenticeship vacancies in Derby
• information for employers, including the application process and funding information and case studies
• an opportunity for individuals to be matched with an employer based on their skills and career interests

Throughout the week, the Council will be releasing case study videos, showcasing the work of apprentices across the city. Look out for them on Facebook and Twitter.