National Apprenticeship Week (14th – 18th March), which is led and co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, saw hundreds of exciting events and activities take place across England. Now in its ninth year, National Apprenticeship Week is a celebration of the positive impact apprenticeships have on both individuals and businesses. The key theme for this year’s celebration was ‘an apprenticeship can take you anywhere’ with a particular focus on how young people and businesses can ‘rise to the top’ through apprenticeship programmes. The government’s 2020 vision of 3 million apprenticeships is looking increasingly promising as apprenticeship participation in the 2014 – 2015 academic year stands at 871, 800. As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2016, a further 32, 000 pledges were made by employers declaring to expand their existing apprenticeship offering or to take on an apprentice for the first time.
The National Apprenticeship Service is part of the Skills Funding Agency, which is an executive agency sponsored by BIS to fund skills training for further education (FE) in England. The Specification for Apprenticeship Standards in England (SASE) states that apprentices are required to complete Functional Skills qualifications as part of the apprenticeship framework and, as such, Functional Skills have been a mandatory component of apprenticeships since October 2012.
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