All aboard for National Apprenticeship Week!

This week is National Apprentice Week (#NAW2016), and a chance for employers, schools, young people and parents to discover more about why Apprenticeships are so important to them and the wider UK economy – one reason why the Government has pledged to create 3 million more by 2020.

As the leading provider of Tech Apprenticeships in the UK since 2010, Microsoft is backing NAW in several key ways:

NAW 2016


Firstly, we have teamed up with popular Vlogger, Dodie Clark (@ doddlevloggle) to focus attention on just how many careers can now be unlocked through tech apprenticeships. Dodie’s YouTube channel has over 200k subscribers, many of them at the age when they’re considering careers for the first time and looking for advice on where best to start. Click the picture below to watch her video blog on Apprenticeships – which has already received over 65k hits in just 15 hours!


Schools Outreach:

Our ‘Get On 101’ teams are also working hard to take a positive message about Apprenticeships to at least 10 local schools in Reading and London this week, plus open-door events at our offices at Kingdom St and TVP.


On Monday three of our Microsoft Apprentices attended ‘Rise to the Top’ event at the Shard that marked the start of NAW, as well as a DWP event at Caxton House drawing attention how much older learners also had to gain from Apprenticeships. The following day, we spoke and exhibited at the NAS’s ‘License to Skill’ event at the London Museum of Film, attended by Nadhim Zahawi, MP. Other events supported by Government or like-minded agencies will be attended throughout the week.

Of course, National Apprenticeship Week also marks the beginning of a longer campaign that culminates in our and in June. Nominations for these prestigious awards are now open until April 22nd.

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