To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2021, Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch, is highlighting the importance of apprenticeships as the UK recovers from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Held every year, National Apprenticeship Week celebrates apprentices up and down the country and the employers who take them on.

Apprenticeships provide people with the opportunity to earn and learn the skills needed to start an exciting career in a wide range of industries – everything from artificial intelligence, archaeology, data science, business management and banking.

Thousands of virtual events will take place throughout National Apprenticeship Week with leading employers including Rolls-Royce, Capgemini, and Virgin Media, giving people the chance to find out more about the amazing benefits apprenticeships offer.

As part of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week, the Government has announced brand new sector specific traineeship pilots in construction and rail to start this summer so more young people can gain the skills and confidence they need to get a job, or progress into an apprenticeship in key sectors of the economy.

And, to support employers to take on more apprentices, the Government is offering up to £2,000 for each new apprentice they hire. Almost nineteen thousand applications have been submitted by employers. The cash boost is available until March 2021, so businesses can create even more opportunities and give more people the life changing chance to start a great career.

Employers can also now apply for a £1000 cash boost to help them take on new trainees.

Rachel said:

“Ever since I was first elected in 2017 I have been a supporter and an advocate of apprenticeships.

“For too long Governments were wrongly prioritising university over apprenticeships, and although we’re turning the tide, we must use National Apprenticeship Week to highlight how great apprenticeships are and how they can set our young people up for a successful career.

“When I have my regular conversations with businesses in Redditch it’s clear they really value the apprentices they take on and that young people in Redditch have made a great start to their careers due to apprenticeships in local firms.

“As we build back better from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, there’s no doubt at all that apprenticeships will provide young people with the opportunities they need and deserve.

“I would encourage young people to take advantage of the virtual events taking place this week and to see what apprenticeships are available locally by visiting www.worcsapprenticeships.org.uk.”