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supporting apprenticeships, creating opportunities.

“Being an apprentice at NCFE has given me an amazing opportunity to learn new skills, not only with my course but in the working world. I’m made to feel like a valued member of my team and not ‘just an apprentice’, under excellent management and mentorship I feel I am able to develop my abilities and take on new challenges.”
Nicola Burlison, NCFE apprentice.

We’re passionate about apprenticeships and are really getting behind National Apprenticeship Week. This year's theme looks at what apprenticeships mean to individuals, employers, communities and the wider economy, and we'll be sharing our stories and experiences all week!

What is National Apprenticeship week?

National Apprenticeship Week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and promotes apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

It’s hugely important as apprenticeships give people the chance to learn on the job and gain skills that employers desperately need. There were nearly 500,000 apprenticeship starts last year and with a challenging job market apprenticeships can boost people’s employability chances.

Not only will they be earning a salary and getting paid annual leave, apprentices have excellent progression opportunities and also benefit from increased earning opportunities. They can also go on to study further - those completing a Higher Apprenticeship could see an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime – or climb the ranks in the workplace.

Why is it important for NCFE?

As a levy payer we help to fund apprenticeships, but for us it reinforces our Core Purpose and supports learners.

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Danielle McCullough
Danielle McCullough
Jake Reading is a Functional Skills learner and NHS healthcare assistant and is completing his assessment through remote invigilation so he can take the next step in his journey to becoming a mental health nurse.
Lucy Emmerson
Lucy Emmerson
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Michael Lemin
Michael Lemin
Realism was the leading theme ahead of yesterday’s budget announcement, paving the way for some unpopular decisions as we try to find a way through the financial impact of the pandemic.
Danielle McCullough
Danielle McCullough
NCFE is supporting the Foundation for Education Development (FED) to explore how a long-term plan for education is needed for our country at a virtual National Education Summit on 1 - 4 March.
Anna Morrison
Anna Morrison
Anna Morrison, founder and director of Amazing Apprenticeships, looks at the ways in which employers can promote inclusivity and a diversity through their apprenticeship programmes with top tips for inclusive recruitment practices.
David Redden
David Redden
We now know that vocational exams that were due to take place in February and March will be cancelled for learners. With the current Ofqual consultation looking at alternative ways to assess and award grades this year.
Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
The government published the long-awaited Skills for Jobs White Paper. Described as FE’s ‘day in the sun’, the paper shines a light on the national training landscape and provides some much-needed reassurance amid the Covid-19 crisis.
Kylie Aldridge
Kylie Aldridge
Research from The Health Foundation in December 2020, showed that the most common issues affecting wellbeing during the pandemic were worry about the future (63%), feeling stressed or anxious (56%) and feeling bored (49%).