“Build the Future” is the theme for this year and is aiming to encourage everyone to consider how apprenticeships help individuals to build the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career.

This week-long celebration of apprenticeships, taking place across England, will showcase the impact apprenticeships can have on communities, local businesses, and regional economies and how they all benefit from the impact of apprenticeships.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and many individuals relying on technology and virtual meetings more than ever, National Apprenticeship Week 2021 will be different, but I am sure it will be just as exciting.

This week will also be an opportunity to celebrate the motivating stories of how apprentices have helped businesses adapt and build during a difficult year.
I have always been a big supporter of Apprenticeships and the role they play in bridging the skills gap and there is nothing like hearing from young people about their experiences and their achievements.

I congratulate our local employers who are willing to invest time and money into apprentices as the skills gap would be a lot wider without their continued investment.

*This photo was taken prior to current rules requiring social distancing.