Mims Davies MP Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week.
National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2024 is the 17th annual celebration of apprenticeships and brings together everyone passionate about apprenticeships to celebrate the value, benefit and opportunity they bring.
This year's theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2024 is “Skills for Life”. With the aim of encouraging everyone to consider how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, and employers to develop a workforce with future ready skills.
The National Apprenticeship Week website has a helpful toolkit to assist you in planning and promote your activities if you are taking part.
What better time to announce the brand new Teaching Apprenticeship than National Apprenticeship Week.
This new teaching apprenticeship will launch this autumn revolutionising the way schools recruit teachers while supporting more people to earn while they study for a degree.
The teacher degree apprenticeship will offer a high-quality, alternative route for people to become qualified teachers. This includes people who may not be able to take time out to study full-time for a degree such as teaching assistants or staff already working in schools, to access this route to a rewarding profession.
Trainees on the new teacher degree apprenticeship will spend around 40 per cent of their time studying for their degree with an accredited teacher training provider, gain qualified teacher status and all tuition fees are paid for, so trainees won’t be saddled with the student debt.
Since 2010, over 5.7 million people have started their apprenticeship journey and the government is increasing investment in apprenticeships to £2.7 billion by 2024-25, ensuring businesses have a pipeline of talent to grow the economy.
Mims Davies MP said:
"National Apprenticeship Week is here!
By the end of 2022 almost 90% of 16-17 year olds were in education or apprenticeships. The latest figures show an 11% increase in the number of young people starting their apprenticeship journey compared to the same point last year, with young people continuing to make up over half of all apprenticeship starts.
I'm thrilled degree level apprenticeships have grown in popularity in recent years as they're a brilliant alternative to those not wanting to attend university and join the workforce, with a wide range of opportunities already available including construction, accounting and law.
Education Secretary Gillian Keegan, said:
"The teacher degree apprenticeship will open up the profession to more people, from those who want a career change to those who are looking for an earn and learn route without student debt.
It will be a game-changing opportunity for schools to nurture and retain talent from the ground up, helping apprentices to gain the knowledge and skills they need to teach future generations."