Apprentice week ready to roll

NATIONAL Apprenticeship Week will run from tomorrow through to Friday, February 10.

Organised by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), for the fifth consecutive year, there will be more than 500 events and activities planned across England.

The initiative will showcase the talents, skills and commitment of apprentices to employers, teachers, parents and the general public.

The Financial Skills Partnership (FSP) is involved with two schemes, the first of which will initially offer 1,500 apprenticeships across tax, audit and consulting sectors.

A Professional Services Higher Apprenticeships Programme, it is led by Price Waterhouse Coopers and devised by a Government-backed consortium.

This group of professional bodies represents chartered accountants, management consultants and taxation technicians with training providers BPP.

FSP has also been awarded Government funding to help develop employer-led higher apprenticeship frameworks in banking and insurance.

An initial project will create 270 new vocational opportunities, on par with the first year of a degree.

Major employers are on board such as HSBC, who will be offering positions in a variety of roles within branch networks, call centres and operations areas.

FSP Chief Executive Officer Liz Field said apprenticeships allow young people to earn wages, obtain knowledge-based higher qualifications and gain valuable on-the-job experience.

“We firmly believe more employers will see the benefits of having apprentices, including smaller employers who will be able to tap into the frameworks for higher apprenticeships currently being developed,” she added.

“In uncertain economic times, apprenticeships are an all-round good news story and its positive impact on UK businesses and young people alike is set to grow and grow.”

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