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supporting apprenticeships, creating opportunities.

“Being an apprentice at NCFE has given me an amazing opportunity to learn new skills, not only with my course but in the working world. I’m made to feel like a valued member of my team and not ‘just an apprentice’, under excellent management and mentorship I feel I am able to develop my abilities and take on new challenges.”
Nicola Burlison, NCFE apprentice.

We’re passionate about apprenticeships and are really getting behind National Apprenticeship Week. This year's theme looks at what apprenticeships mean to individuals, employers, communities and the wider economy, and we'll be sharing our stories and experiences all week!

What is National Apprenticeship week?

National Apprenticeship Week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and promotes apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

It’s hugely important as apprenticeships give people the chance to learn on the job and gain skills that employers desperately need. There were nearly 500,000 apprenticeship starts last year and with a challenging job market apprenticeships can boost people’s employability chances.

Not only will they be earning a salary and getting paid annual leave, apprentices have excellent progression opportunities and also benefit from increased earning opportunities. They can also go on to study further - those completing a Higher Apprenticeship could see an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime – or climb the ranks in the workplace.

Why is it important for NCFE?

As a levy payer we help to fund apprenticeships, but for us it reinforces our Core Purpose and supports learners.

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Daniel Howard
Daniel Howard
In June each year, LGBTQ+ communities come together worldwide to honour the Stonewall uprising in 1969, and to promote equal justice and equal opportunity. Of course, simply changing a logo will not result in real change. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion – and driving access to and equality of education for all – goes far beyond this.
Case Study
Case Study
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Daniel Howard
Daniel Howard
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Kievah Wallace
Kievah Wallace
‘Learning loss’ is a well-documented challenge faced by parents, learners and educators during the course of the pandemic. There’s no doubt that barriers to learning (including the recent extended lockdowns) have the potential to widen achievement gaps, affect short-term outcomes for learners as well as having longer term implications in terms of progression prospects and economic impacts.
Danielle McCullough
Danielle McCullough
Association of Colleges
Association of Colleges
Association of Colleges has published results from a survey of colleges, revealing the extent of damage to students’ education during the pandemic.