National Apprenticeship Week 2016 (14-18 March) - Higher Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships - University of Derby

National Apprenticeship Week 2016 (14-18 March)

The government is committed to 3 million apprenticeship starts over the next 5 years and this ambition will be a key driver for National Apprenticeship Week 2016.

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2016) is taking place from 14-18 March 2016 and is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service. It is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

What is National Apprenticeship Week?

National Apprenticeship Week is coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and traineeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.
There has never been a better time to employ an apprentice or a trainee. Hiring apprentices helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. The National Apprenticeship Service
provides a dedicated service to employers, offering free expert advice and support to those looking to recruit apprentices or take on a trainee for the first time, or expand their existing programmes.

The Theme

The overarching theme for the National Apprenticeship Week 2016 is ‘Rise to the top!’, focusing on progression and opportunity as a way to showcase the rich and diverse apprenticeship offer, from traineeships right through to higher and degree apprenticeships.

What are the objectives of the week?

The objective of National Apprenticeship Week 2016 is to increase awareness and take-up of Apprenticeships and Traineeships by:

  • Promoting small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) apprenticeships – highlighting the support available and why offering an apprenticeship or traineeship is easier than small businesses may think.
  • Celebrating apprenticeships, especially Higher Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships (HADA), by focussing on the positive economic impact and showing how they offer a new work-based route into professions that have traditionally been the preserve of graduates.

Hanson Pledge

Hanson HeidelbergCement have pledged their Apprenticeships vacancies as part of National Apprenticeships Week Pledge-o-meter. The Pledge-o-meter is designed to record the commitments employers make to take on apprentices and trainees, with commitments pledged from now and until the end of National Apprenticeship Week 2016.

How to find Higher Apprenticeships vacancies?

All Higher Apprenticeships vacancies are listed under the governement led website 'Apprenticeships vacancy matching service'.  

How is the University of Derby getting involved? 

The University is keen to work with employers across all sectors to develop Higher Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships (HADA): if you have potential job opportunities which could form the basis of a Higher Apprenticeship or Degree Apprenticeship then please contact Jane Lowe on 01332 593673 or email