Apprenticeship Week 7-11 February 2011

Apprenticeship Week runs until Friday and is aimed at raising awareness of apprenticeships and their importance in to the UK economy.

It will showcase the talent and skills of apprentices from across the country and see apprentices, employers, colleges, providers and wider stakeholders illustrate the benefits of apprenticeship programmes and the value apprentices bring to the organisations they work for.

The National Apprenticeship Service is responsible for all elements of apprenticeships in England.

It works to increase the number of apprentices in businesses by talking to employers about the benefits of employing an apprentice and ensuring young people have the information they need to consider an Apprenticeship as the route into their career.

It contributes towards the costs of the training and qualifications that sit within an apprenticeship, engage with a wide range of partners to help design the frameworks they follow and implement Government policies aimed at improving the quality and quantity of apprenticeships.

The Apprenticeships.org.uk website enables apprentices, employers and training providers to find out more about what is on offer.

Many regional companies recruit via Hartlepool College of Further Education. To access these opportunities apply at Student Services at the College or visit the website www.hartlepoolfe.ac.uk.