National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week

This week is National Apprenticeship Week. National Apprenticeship Week is an annual event that celebrates the wealth of apprenticeship opportunities available for young people, and the positive impact that apprenticeships have on young people, employers, and the wider economy.

This year, the theme is ‘Build the Future’. In a press release, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, Gillian Keegan said:

“Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to learn while you earn, opening up new and exciting career paths that can transform lives. It’s been a tough year for everyone, but we want the theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2021 to be a springboard to look ahead to how apprenticeships can futureproof workforces and boost careers.”

At this time, National Apprenticeship Week events will be held online, but there is still plenty to get involved in.

Co-op Academy Walkden Careers Website

There is lots of information on our own Careers site at Co-op Academy Walkden. You will find it here.

We have:

If you need to book an appointment to speak to our Careers Advisor, please email

Co-op Group National Apprenticeship Webinars

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2021 our colleagues from the Co-op Group are hosting two key online events – one for parents/carers and teachers and another for students.

The events are set to last approximately 1 hour and will focus on providing insight and information on apprenticeships generally and on what Co-op have to offer. There will also be one or two apprentices live on the session to share their experiences too.

In this current climate, with apprenticeship opportunities being fewer than before, competition will be much greater. The sessions will be crucial for those students considering this route and for parents/carers and teachers who just want a great insight.

You can sign up to each of the events using the links below:

Co-op Apprenticeships: Parents/Carers and Teachers Event
Thursday 11 February 2021, 6-7 pm

Co-op Apprenticeships Masterclass: Student Event

Tuesday 9 February 2021, 4-5pm

GMCA National Apprenticeship Webinar Series

The week is a chance to celebrate our Greater Manchester apprentices, employers, and training providers, and promote apprenticeships to build a better future for the city-region.

To make a local contribution to this campaign, GMCA will be coordinating a series of virtual events, recorded /written material, and social media campaigns, as well as promoting the events of our partner organisations.

You can find out more about GMCA’s contribution on their Twitter account and on their website.

GMCA are also running a series of webinars and activities for:

  • Teachers
  • Parents/Carers
  • Young People

Mon 8th Feb 09.00 – 09.15 – MYF: Apprenticeships in Science What role do apprenticeships play at AstraZeneca?

Hear from current apprentices and what life is like working for a world-leading Biopharmaceutical company.

Mon 8th Feb 15.00 – 16.00 – Demystifying Apprenticeships & How They Help Young People Get Ahead

This session for school/college careers leaders, teaching staff and parents/carers aims at sending out a positive message about apprenticeships and breaking down the stereotype that apprenticeships are only for those interested in a career in a traditional trade.

Tue 9th Feb 09.00 – 09.15 – MYF: Apprenticeships at the RAF

Meet Your Future host a session to find out about the wide range of career and apprenticeship opportunities from the RAF, including those in Science, Technology, Engineering and more! The experiences you gain with the RAF aim at equipping you to work at the top of your field, both in the UK and overseas.

Tue 9th Feb 11.10 onwards – Big Assembly 

We’re turning on the lights, pointing our cameras, and talking about apprenticeships, traineeships, and other exciting career opportunities with our panel! Hear from a range of apprentices in this fun and lively assembly.

Wed 10th Feb 09.00 – 09.15 – MYF: Apprenticeships in Engineering

Join Ceri Travers, the Learning and Development Manager at William Hare to find out more about their business, what they do and the engineering apprenticeships that they have to offer.

Wed 10th Feb 13.00 – 14.00 –  Build The Future of GM Panel

How are apprenticeships building the future of our city-region? We’ll hear from employers and apprentices from our
growth sectors about how they’re contributing to the future of Greater Manchester. Hear from experts inprofessional and financial services; advanced manufacturing; digital, creative and media; clean growth and low carbon; and health and social care.

Wed 10th Feb 15.30 – 16.30 – Live Virtual Q&A Session with Salford City College

Hosted by Allan Milne, Head of Apprenticeships, Louise Jones, Employer Services Leader, and Mandy Shepherd,
Recruitment Team Leader. This is a drop in session, join when convenient for you and our panel will be available to chat through all things apprenticeships.

Wed 10th Feb 16.00 – 19.00 – Hopwood Hall Virtual Apprenticeship Open Event

This immersive online event promises to be an exciting look into the world of apprenticeships and the people who can most benefit from them. It promises to be must-attend for those who want to take up an apprenticeship to kick-start their career, but also any employers looking to experience the value of recruiting an apprenticeship for their business.

Thu 11th Feb 09.00 – 09.15 – MYF: Apprenticeships in Creative Media

The Juice Academy’s digital marketing apprenticeship is a debt-free, fast-track way to get onto one of the most
competitive, rewarding, and exciting career ladders. Find out what The Juice Academy can offer you and how to apply.

Thu 11th Feb 17.00 – 19.00 – Degree Apprenticeships Virtual Open Evening

Gain an overview of Degree Apprenticeships at MMU and how to apply as well as meet some of our current degree
apprentices who will be sharing their insight and experience. There will also be representation from some of our
partner employers, including Bentley, AstraZeneca, Syngenta, Nestle and Stateside Foods, who will talk to you about
the application process, current vacancies and give examples of some of the exciting projects their apprentices work

Fri 12th Feb 09.00 – 09.15 – MYF: Apprenticeships in Technology

Meet Your Future host a session joined by Vizion Network to learn about the new technologies and career opportunities in the automotive industry.

Fri 12th Feb 10.00 – 11.00 – Apprenticeships and the Workplace with Brother UK

Matt Leigh from the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network (GMLPN) will be interviewing Gemmer Crozier
and Lewis Johnstone from Brother UK. Gemmer will provide an insight into Brother’s recruitment process, inducting new apprentices and supporting their progression. Lewis will be sharing his experience of those processes and how his apprenticeship has benefited his career to date.

Fri 12th Feb 11:00 – 12:00 – Apprenticeships in the GM Public Sector

Apprentices are an important part of our Public Sector Workforce. With over 10,000 apprenticeships starting since 2017, our Local Authorities, NHS Trusts, Police, Fire and Transport services have apprentices of all ages, background
and at levels ranging from 2 to 7. This session will celebrate some of those who deserve special recognition and also
provide information about starting an apprenticeship within the GM Public Sector.

Fri 12th Feb – 12.00 – 14.00 Lunch and Learn with ATAC

Advanced Therapies Apprenticeship Community (ATAC) is hosting a lunch and learn for existing and potential
employers of ATAC apprentices. As well as hearing from current apprentices and employers, we will also be
celebrating the success of the ATAC programme with an awards ceremony! We will be sending attendees a small
drink and snack package in the post to enjoy during the working lunch!