National Apprenticeship Week 2022 starts today

Posted on 7 Feb 2022 by The Manufacturer

Today marks the start of the 15th annual National Apprenticeship Week 2022 (NAW 2022), a week-long celebration of apprenticeships. The Manufacturer takes a brief look at what we can expect, including related events, the NAW 2022 Toolkit and how you can get involved.

The theme for this year’s National Apprenticeship Week – which runs from February 7-13 – is ‘Build the Future’, focussing on how apprenticeships can benefit individuals, organisations and local communities. The ‘Build the Future’ theme – now in its second year – will shine a spotlight on how apprenticeships can help individuals develop the skills and knowledge required to have a rewarding career, and how businesses can develop a talented workforce which is equipped with future-ready skills.

NAW 2022 events

Over 1,200 virtual and in-person events will take place across England this week to mark NAW 2022. Said events will be targeted at a range of audiences, including stakeholders, businesses, schools and training providers.

For a full list of this year’s NAW events, head over to where you can filter by region.

The NAW 2022 Toolkit

The government has developed the NAW 2022 Toolkit to help you plan and promote your National Apprenticeship Week activities. It contains a supporter guide, activity pack, logos, social media assets and more.

How you can get involved

You can show your support for NAW 2022 by:

Peter Mucklow, Director, Apprenticeships at the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) said:

“National Apprenticeship Week is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the many benefits that apprenticeships bring to employers, individuals and the wider economy.

“Apprenticeships build skills supply now and for the future, and form an important part of many organisations’ recruitment, skills and business strategies. We want employers to showcase how they are realising the return on their investment when apprentices are brought into the business. Apprenticeships offer outstanding access to skilled careers across a wide range of occupations and industries. We want current apprentices from all sectors and of all ages to get behind the Week and to demonstrate the positive impact of apprenticeships on their careers, families and communities.

“I encourage employers, providers, partners, and apprentices to begin planning for National Apprenticeship Week 2022 now so we can spend the week collectively celebrating the impact of apprenticeships on individuals and our great businesses and public services.”

Commenting, Henry Anson, managing director at Hennik Research, publishers of The Manufacturer, said: “Despite the COVID-19 turmoil that has swept the world over the last two years, compounded in the UK with Brexit, the skills gap and shortage is still by far and away the most pressing and threatening issue facing UK manufacturing.

“The sector has shown itself in a very positive light during this period with the ventilator challenge demonstrating the extraordinary levels of creativity and determination within manufacturing and also kept us fed, watered and supplied with necessary drugs during the height of the pandemic.

“It is to be hoped that the National Apprentice Week can tap into this positivity and encourage more people into this exciting, dynamic and well-paid world.”

So… How will you celebrate and promote NAW 2022 and help Build the Future?