Young apprentices begin working at Cammell Laird Shipyard.

National Apprenticeship Week 2012

Business Secretary Vince Cable has launched what is set to be the UK’s biggest Apprenticeship Week to date.

This is the fifth annual Apprenticeship Week and it is expected that over 500 events will be taking place across the country between 6-10 February. The official launch event, held at Channel 4 in London, was attended by apprentices and representatives from the creative industries.

"Apprenticeships are at the centre of the Government’s skills policy because we know that they work. Not only do they provide individuals will the skills they need for a prosperous and rewarding careers, they also boost businesses’ profits and drive growth in the wider economy. I’m pleased that the creative industries recognise this and we support all the work they are doing to increase the number of apprenticeships in the sector, particularly in small businesses,” said Business Secretary Vince Cable at the launch event.

“The Government is committed to providing extra help to enable small employers to hire their first apprentices. We'll also continue to develop new advanced and higher-level apprenticeships to deliver the world-class skills individuals and firms need to get ahead," he added.

The scale of the National Apprenticeship Week reflects the dramatic rise in the number of businesses that are taking on apprentices. Official statistics released last week show that there were 457,200 apprenticeships starts in 2010/11 – an increase of 63.5 per cent on 2009/10, with the growth spread across all regions and sectors.

Be sure to search for activities taking place in your region this week. 

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