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National Apprenticeship Week 2022: What you need to know

NAW 2022: what you need to know


You’ve probably heard a lot of talk about National Apprenticeship Week, from us, from school, from employers… But what does it all mean? Why do we have a week to celebrate apprenticeships? Why does it matter? Within this blog, we will explore these questions and more to help you make the most of NAW 2022.


What is National Apprenticeship Week?

NAW is an annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships that takes place across England. It has been running for 15 years and is a way for employers to highlight their apprenticeship opportunities and help young people to learn about why an apprenticeship route may be a good option for them in the future.


Each year, the week has a slightly different theme. The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2022 is 'build the future'; reflecting on how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, and businesses to develop a talented workforce that is equipped with future-ready skills.


What sorts of events and support will be available?

We are going to start with the events and support we have arranged for you on our Not Going To Uni Instagram page. Here are the live events apprenticeship seekers can participate in:

  • Monday 7th February: One of our NGTU Ambassadors will be taking over our Instagram page to answer your questions. This will be via our stories and available all day. At 7pm, HSBC will be discussing their apprenticeship programme.

  • Tuesday 8th February: At 7pm, Bloomberg will be discussing their apprenticeship programme.

  • Wednesday 9th February: At 7pm, one of our NGTU Ambassadors will be discussing her journey into her apprenticeship.

  • Thursday 10th February: At 7pm, DHL will be discussing their apprenticeship programme.

  • Friday 11th February: One of our NGTU Ambassadors will be taking over our Instagram page to answer your questions. This will be via our stories and available all day.


In addition to these live events, we will also be setting a challenge on our Instagram each day. By taking part, individuals can expand their knowledge on apprenticeships.


Of course, we aren’t the only company who are arranging NAW support for students. You can find a full list of events on the government website and by using the Social Media Hashtag “#NAW2022”. You can also check out the official National Apprenticeship Week’s event listings.


Why take part?

Quite simply, the more you take part in, the more you will know about apprenticeships. The more you know, the more informed you will be when making decisions about your future. By “informed decision”, we mean that you have researched all your options and made the right choice for you, rather than just doing what is easiest or what your friends/family/teachers think you should do.


How to prepare as an Apprenticeship Seeker

Here is a short checklist to help you prepare for NAW…

  • Make sure you pre-register for any events that require you to sign up

  • If an event is on Instagram, make sure you turn on notifications for reminders or make a note in your calendar so you don’t miss it

  • When you attend an event, have a notepad and pen ready so you can take notes about anything you feel is important or that you want to remember

  • Prepare questions if there are specific topics you would like to know more about


Importantly, don’t be afraid to be confident, ask questions and really make the most of the opportunity you have to find out more and help plan your future. Good luck and we hope you have a great National Apprenticeship Week!


How to prepare as an Early Careers Professional

Here is a short checklist to help you prepare for NAW…

  • Attend events to learn from others. We have three large employer events running on our instagram page, come along and learn from peers

  • Engage with your audience on social media

  • Put out a post on LinkedIn to celebrate NAW 2022 and show you are highlighting the amazing opportunity that apprenticeships bring

  • See if there is a face to face apprenticeship networking event in your area where you can meet with other professionals




If you need any support, please feel free to get in touch.




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