Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Gillian Keegan has announced that the 14th National Apprenticeship Week will take place from 8 to 14 February 2021

The annual celebration of apprenticeships will shine a light on the tremendous work being done by employers and apprentices across the country, while at the same time recognising how employers of all sizes have stepped up to the plate during these unprecedented times.

Employers are being encouraged to promote the great work of their apprentices, whilst highlighting the many benefits apprenticeships bring to their business.

Apprentices at all stages of learning will also be celebrated over the course of the week during events that will bring together apprenticeship ambassadors, MPs, training providers, employers, parents and the apprentices themselves.

Gillian Keegan said: “National Apprenticeship Week is a great opportunity to highlight the amazing opportunities that an apprenticeship brings to employers, individuals and the economy.

“It has been fantastic to see how employers of all sizes have gone above and beyond to ensure apprentices can continue their studies during this unprecedented time.

“The week is also an opportunity to shine a light on how apprentices of all ages and backgrounds are helping to transform businesses across the country.

“As a former apprentice I know what a life changing experience it can be, and I’m looking forward to being part of National Apprenticeship Week 2021 and seeing first-hand the inspiring ways apprentices and their employers continue to deliver.”

National Apprenticeship Week 2020 included:

  • More than 900 events across England
  • Research commissioned with Mumsnet that revealed outdated views of apprenticeships holding young people back, subsequently covered in over 60 media articles
  • More than 1700 articles, features and interviews about apprenticeships carried by the press nationwide
  • The downloading of more than 16,000 stakeholder toolkits for use during the week.

Peter Mucklow, Further Education Director, Education and Skills Funding Agency said: “I encourage employers, providers, partners and apprentices to start planning for National Apprenticeship Week 2021 now, so we can spend the week collectively celebrating the impact of apprenticeships on individuals and our great businesses and public services.

“In the coming months we will release more details for National Apprenticeship Week 2021.

“By sharing the date in advance, I am hopeful that our many partners will start to plan some fresh and inspiring activity that they will run during the week.”