Are you ready for National Apprenticeship Week? In the build-up to the biggest week of the apprenticeships calendar, we are preparing to announce new initiatives for business apprenticeships. We have also launched our new look eBriefing. So read below about all our forthcoming activities. Do remember to tell National Apprenticeships Service (@apprenticeships) what you are doing in the Week. Last year, it was trending on Twitter, so let's do it again by using the official hash tag #NAW2013.
Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week
The sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week, from 11 – 15 March 2013, will celebrate the talent, achievements and successes of your apprentices.
We will be promoting the benefits of apprenticeships to employers and individuals by exhibiting and hosting a launch at the sold-out Voice of Apprenticeships Conference on 13 March in London.
Media, and conference delegates, are invited to attend our launch of the first-ever national graduations for business apprentices at 13:15. They can hear how apprentices, and their employers and training providers, will receive recognition at prestigious ceremonies in London and Birmingham.
If you are attending the conference, join us at stand 16 to learn more about these events as well as our other projects including new apprenticeships in Recruitment, Human Resource Management and Project Management.
The conference is headlined by Minister for Skills, Matthew Hancock and high profile executives from business and the further education sector including Channel 4, People Development Specialist, Simon Devereux, Barclays, Head of Employability Programmes, Mike Thompson and Head of Accredited Learning at BT, Damian Brown.
National graduations for business apprentices
We will be launching the first national graduations for business apprentices at the Voice of Apprenticeships conference on Wednesday 13 March.
Your apprentices can receive recognition at a formal ceremony on 27 June at the prestigious Royal Society, London and on 4 July in Birmingham.
You are invited to bring your business apprentices to one of these events, as well as get involved in promotional activities.
The ceremonies will honour apprentices who have completed any of our apprenticeships in Business & Administration, Team Leading, Management, Customer Service, Contact Centre Operations, Sales & Telesales, and Marketing.
Look out for our press announcement with more information on how to reserve your place, after our launch on Wednesday 13 March.
Centre success with apprentice graduations
Scottish training centre, ITCA, has had their own success with bespoke graduations for their apprentices.
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New apprenticeships in recruitment
We have developed new recruitment apprenticeships, in partnership with the recruitment industry. The Levels 3 and 4 Apprenticeships will be available in England and Wales.
Funding rates for the apprenticeships are expected to be set in April, so employers can take advantage of subsidised apprenticeship training.
The introduction of recruitment apprenticeships for England and Wales will provide a natural progression pathway into, and through, the recruitment sector and will equip new and existing recruitment professionals with skills to excel.
We consulted with professional bodies and employers in the recruitment sector, including our partner organisation, Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).
As part of our Business Skills Partnership that joins leading professional bodies in business skills, REC works with us to develop standards, qualifications and training programmes across the UK for a whole range of business skills.
Question of the month
If PLTS is embedded within the competency or knowledge qualifications, then the submission of your learner’s certificate is sufficient evidence attainment in PLTS.
For intermediate and advanced apprenticeships, PLTS is not fully embedded. You would be required to complete a mapping document or workbook for your learner and keep this in their file.
A declaration form our website must be presented as evidence and uploaded to ACE.
Providers can also choose to use their own PLTS declaration form as evidence. Providers must then also tick the corresponding box (PLTS Workbook – Achievement Declaration Form) on the new ACE Declaration & Authorisation Form to indicate that PLTS is evidenced. This will then need to be uploaded onto ACE.