National Apprenticeship Week 2018

March 12, 2018

This year, National Apprenticeship Week, which ran from the 5th to the 9th March was themed around the slogan ‘Apprenticeships Work’, with a particular focus on how they work for: individuals; employers; the community and the wider economy.

During the week, employers and apprentices from across the country come together to celebrate the success of apprenticeships whilst encouraging even more people to choose apprenticeships as a pathway to a great career.



This message is particularly important in 2018, with the ‘Year of Engineering’, a government-led yearlong campaign aimed at reducing the skills gap in the engineering industry. National Apprenticeship Week was therefore a great opportunity to discuss the variety of benefits an apprenticeship can have, many of which within engineering departments. For more on the ‘Year of Engineering’, please visit:


Throughout the week, we have released a number of videos from Ford’s current apprentices, former apprentices and their employers:



Our current apprentices explain their routes into their apprenticeship and why they are so beneficial.



We speak to those who employ our apprentices as they tell us how apprenticeships impact the business in addition to their role as a starting point for a successful career



There is a misconception, that relative to a graduate career route, an apprenticeship is somehow second-rate. We spoke to a group of former apprentices who have experienced extremely successful careers with Ford who give an insight into the great foundation that an apprenticeship provides, allowing for upward career trajectory in the future.



An apprenticeship isn’t all about work and study. Our apprentices make great friends along the way and have a significant impact in our local community projects.


Wider Economy

In addition to the benefits seen by the individual stakeholders, apprenticeships can have far-reaching benefits for the entire UK economy:

Based on survey data, the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) estimates that 714,000 young people across the UK would like an Apprenticeship if one were available. Cebr estimates that if 714,000 young people were to have each commenced an Apprenticeship in 2013, this would:

  1. bring about up to 233,000 additional jobs for young people.
  2. lower the youth unemployment rate from 19.2% to 13.6%.
  3. raise total weekly youth wages from £744 million to £795 million

For every £1 that is spent on apprenticeships, the national economy gains £21. This is high in comparison to other expenditure returns on investment in the innovation, research and technology sectors range from around £4 – £7 per £1 spent.

If the recent upward trend in apprentice recruitment continues, the national economy stands to gain £50 billion by 2025 and £101 billion by 2050.

Unemployment is reduced with £370 million gained from saved benefits per year, thanks to around 99,000 extra employed people as a result of apprenticeships.


For more information on the apprenticeships that we offer, please visit:

Our next event is the IT Degree Apprenticeship open evening at our Dunton Technical Centre. To register, please visit: