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This week (3rd – 9th February) is National Apprenticeship Week, and, for the first time ever, it has been extended to continue throughout the weekend too – giving the apprenticeship community more opportunity to get involved with activities.

These activities involve bringing the apprenticeship community together, consisting of apprentices themselves, employers and training providers. The celebration of apprenticeships is an important one, as for many individuals they offer a great path towards final career goals, the chance to expand knowledge of your preferred subject or course, all whilst earning and gaining workplace experience.

This year, the Government are pushing the community to get involved in a variety of ways:

  • Employers: hosting workplace tours, apprenticeship Q&As and presentations all for parents and students.
  • Apprentices: encouraging employers to host events and take part in the social media ‘making impact’ activity by sharing graphics and content with followers.
  • Teachers: hosting parents’ evenings, including the Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools and Colleges programme.
  • Parents: sharing the experience of having a child completing an apprenticeship and the benefits it brings them.

Since taking on the first apprentice in 2012, NetSupport has had a total of 12 apprentices across different departments including IT Support and Product Testing, in addition to Marketing and Customer Services. In addition, Managing Director Al Kingsley and Marketing Executive Chloe Bray are both part of the East of England Apprenticeship Ambassador Network – a group of employers and apprentices championing apprenticeships across the East of England.

For more information on National Apprenticeship Week, click here!