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How National Apprenticeship Week will boost our industry

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Even with technological advances, the world still needs plumbers and heating engineers. Image by SpeedKingz (via Shutterstock).

Next week sees the start of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week. This is the tenth year the National Apprenticeship Service has held the National Apprenticeship Week, which has become a regular part of the calendar each March.

Apprenticeships have been recognised “as a ladder of opportunity to a brighter future”. The whole purpose of this week is to promote the benefits of apprenticeships to employers and potential school leavers. The plumbing and heating industry is a popular sector, and one that is ideally suited to apprenticeships. Especially as high quality on-the-job training is just as important as vocational qualifications.

According to the National Apprenticeship Service’s figures, there has been 624,000 new starters since May 2015, the start of the present parliamentary term. Between 2010 to 2015, 2.4 million apprenticeships have been created. Furthermore, for every pound spent, Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeships add an extra £26 and £28 to the British economy.

National Apprenticeship Week will also celebrate the success rates of apprenticeships. It is stated that 90% of apprentices remain in employment thereafter. 2% of them set up their own businesses. 71% of apprentices continue to work for the same employer. Plus, 23% of them have been promoted with 12 months of finishing.

In the plumbing and heating industries, apprenticeships can open many doors. For example: towards further and higher education; setting up their own businesses; or continued employment. This year’s National Apprenticeship Week will run from the 06 to 10 March with special events across the UK. The National Apprenticeship Service has brought out a toolkit, if you’re interested in hosting any events or open days.

Swindon Plumbing and Heating, 27 February 2017.

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