National Apprentice Week Event Leaflet 2West Anglia Training Association are holding an event
during National Apprenticeship Week to engage with local
employers and teachers, to raise the profile of
Apprenticeships and what WATA can offer.

Feel free to drop in between 3pm-6pm, buffet and drinks

You can have a tour of our facilities, meet the tutors and assessors,
and speak to some of our current Apprentices to find out their

WATA would like you to fully understand the Ladder of
Opportunity to a brighter future through Apprenticeships in
Construction & Engineering, showing that they are available for all!

This event celebrates the 10 year anniversary of National
Apprenticeship Week, and the impact Apprenticeships have made over that time.

As part of this event we will also have the Apprenticeship Tour Bus, which will be touring the region for 7 days, starting on the 10th March 2017.  The bus will be stopping here in the afternoon to
showcase Apprenticeships.  Look out for the bus on your travels and don’t miss out on the opportunity to #jointhejourney

Young people in metallurgy trainingSome key facts about apprenticeships and traineeships.

Benefits to the economy: 

  •  2.4 million apprenticeships were started in England during the last Parliament;
  • So far 624,000 apprenticeship starts have been reported since May 2015;
  • The government invested £1,559,771 in apprenticeships during the 2014/15 academic year; and are doubling the annual level of spending on apprenticeships between 2010-11 and 2019-20 in cash terms to £2.5bn;
  • Apprenticeship participation increased to 899,400 in the 2015/16 academic year, up 3.2 per cent on 2014/15 and the highest number on record;
  • Apprenticeships are available in 1,500 job roles, covering more than 170 industries;
  • Over 200 Trailblazers involving more than 1400 employers with 266 standards published (of which over 70 are higher and Degree apprenticeships) and more than 160 new standards in development.
  • Up to 28,000 quality apprenticeship vacancies are available online at any one time.

Benefits to employers:

  • Employers say that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications;
  • There were more than 250,000 employer workplaces with an apprentice in 2014/15;
  • According to research published in June 2015, apprenticeships at Level 2 and Level 3 deliver £26 and £28 of economic benefits respectively for each pound of government investment;
  • Apprenticeships boost productivity to businesses by on average £214 per week;
  • Apprenticeships enable businesses to grow their skills base resulting in increased profits, lower prices and better products;
  • 87% of employers said they were satisfied with their apprenticeship programme;
  • 76% of employers say that productivity has improved;
  • 75% of employers reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service;
  • Traineeships offer small businesses an opportunity to help build a pool of high- quality future recruits for their sector.

Benefits to the learner:

  • After finishing, the majority of apprentices (90%) stay in employment (including 2% self-employed), with seven in ten (71%) staying with the same employer;
  • A quarter of former apprentices had been promoted (23%) within 12 months of finishing;
  • 89% of apprentices are satisfied with their apprenticeship; 85% of apprentices said their ability to do the job had improved, and 83% of apprentices said their career prospects had improved;
  •  On average, individuals with an advanced apprenticeship earn between £77,000 and £117,000 more over their lifetime than similar individuals with Level 2 qualifications;
  • Those completing a higher apprenticeship could see increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime;
  • Nearly a fifth (19%) of advanced apprentices progress to higher education over time following their apprenticeship, either at a college or university.


*Data taken from the DfE Apprenticeship Core Brief – November 2016