National Apprenticeship Week 2018

March 26, 2018

National Apprenticeship Week 2018, what the week symbolises and events Network75 participated in.

‘Apprenticeships Work’ was the theme of National Apprenticeship week which took place from the 5 – 9th March 2018. National Apprenticeship Week is coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

Network75 were honored to be a part of this week and to share our stories and experience of apprenticeships. Network75 takes pride in forging links between students and companies creating mutually beneficial relationships that lead to 100% employability. Students gain professional qualifications in a work based environment with the added benefit of making personal friendships with those that they work and study with.

Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeships Service said “Apprenticeships offer real career opportunities… across all industries, sectors and job roles. There’s no better way to mark apprenticeship achievement than by the apprenticeship community coming together and shouting loudly about the difference apprenticeships are making.”

NAW 2018 was a great opportunity for Network75 to show students, parents and staff what the unique scheme can offer.

Our week began with the ‘Live Vacancy Event’ hosted by Careers Wales at the Sue Noake Leisure Centre, Ystrad Mynach to provide key stage 4 pupils and young adults aged 16-24 with information in relation to career and education pathways. We aimed to raise awareness of the opportunities available to those interested in the Network75 professional training programme. Teachers present at the event also gained a good understanding of the scheme in order to discuss further with pupils at school. The event was a great success with over 1,000 participants interacting with 50 different organisations.

St David’s College, in conjunction with NAW 18 hosted their very own ‘Vocations Week’ in which Network75 participated. At the Vocational Fayre college students and parents discussed further education and training options at the university stands. The evening was also a great success with over 300 prospective students attending and interacting with organisations. Interest was such that Network75 were invited back to St David’s college for a lunchtime talk with students interested in our unique scheme. Twenty students attended the presentation which was followed by a lively and interactive question and answer session.

Later in the week, Network75 were invited to attend the Welsh Valleys Engineering Project Launch at Coleg Gwent. The event aimed to encourage a diverse range of applicants, including young women to consider professional engineering and technician roles within local industry. We aimed to share our experiences to show students what can be achieved through our scheme. The event hosted 130 primary and secondary schools pupils, which were involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities and challenges. Here are some Network75 students who are currently in STEM sectors.

We would like to thank both St David’s College and Coleg Gwent for inviting us to these important events which were very successful, it was a privilege to take part. We would like to thank Careers Wales for their continued support, inviting us to take part in events which broaden horizons for young people entering the world of work and further education.

Finally we would like to say a big thank you to all of our students and companies who make the scheme a success and help us create even more professional graduates! Network75 currently has over one hundred students on the scheme undertaking the Work Earn Learn route towards achievement of a degree and full time employment in a career of their choice.

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