National Careers Week (NCW) is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education.
With youth unemployment remaining high and employers citing that young people are ill prepared with the basic skills needed for employment, there has never been a bigger need for careers guidance to be promoted and celebrated in education.
National Careers Week is the perfect platform to advise and inspire the next generation as they enter the world of work. The week encourages education providers to bring together students, local employers and advisers through careers events and activities.
During National Careers Week it is up to every school, academy and college to offer careers advice and guidance to their students with support from NCW in providing free resources, information on current career opportunities and advice on activities and exercises to run.
When is it?
Next year’s National Apprenticeship Week takes place from Monday 4 March to Friday 8 March 2019. It will coincide with National Careers Week and International Women’s Day on the Friday.
What is the theme?
Skills minister Anne Milton said “blazing a trail” is what being an apprentice is all about. She added: “Because that’s what’s happening up and down the country – apprentices and employers blazing a trail.
“I want everyone to recognise the change that apprenticeships can bring – for employers blazing a trail to new markets, apprentices to new career opportunities and for colleges and training providers raising the skills levels for everyone.”
Keith Smith, ESFA director said: “I want the 12th annual National Apprenticeship Week to be the biggest and most successful, yet.
“The theme for this year: Blaze a Trail is at the heart of what apprenticeships are all about. I really hope our partners feel as excited about it as we do and, like previous years, they will get fully behind the week.
“We want everyone to consider hosting an event or activity so more people get to see and hear about the huge benefits apprenticeships can bring to employers, individuals and local communities.”
How can I get involved?
Mr Smith said he hopes that by sharing the date six months in advance, those interested in getting involved will start to plan some “new and exciting activities”.
Next year’s festivities will be the 12th annual celebration of their kind. This year, there were 780 events taking place across England as part of the week-long extravaganza.
More details, including next year’s theme, will be confirmed over the coming months, according to the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). Here is what we know so far:
The theme for this year’s week is “blaze a trail”. It comes as the Department for Education has appointed the renowned advertising agency M&C Saatchi in a bid to challenge “outdated attitudes” towards apprenticeships.