MP supports National Apprenticeship Week

The annual celebration of apprenticeships takes place between 4 – 8 March and this year’s theme is ‘Blaze a Trail’, which follows on from the new national apprenticeship campaign ‘Fire it Up’.

3.8 million apprenticeship starts have been delivered since 2010, providing people with the skills they need to get on, and enabling employers to acquire new, energetic talent.  They are available for people of all ages and backgrounds, in a wide variety of occupations including nursing, policing, cyber security, finance and engineering.

Alistair said:

“Once again, I’m supporting National Apprenticeship Week and the ‘Fire it Up’ campaign in order to raise awareness of the huge variety of apprenticeship options available for people of all ages and backgrounds, and the positive impact we know they are having for both apprentices and employers.

It’s important that apprenticeships are seen as a positive choice for people of any age to progress their careers.  They can give young people the opportunity to learn a valuable skill while earning at the same time, and are a quality work-based alternative to full time study.

I am delighted that, since 2015, more than 1,700 apprenticeships have been completed in NE Beds”.

90% of apprentices will get a job or go into further training after finishing an apprenticeship, with 72% finding sustained employment. Employers report benefits such as improved productivity (78%), improved product or service quality (74%) as well as the new ideas apprentices bring to their organisation (65%). 83% would also recommend apprentices to other businesses.”

A number of activities and events will be taking place across the country and further information can be found here: and