#NAW2018 Spotlight on… Central Bedfordshire Council hit the road during National Apprenticeship Week

6th March 2018

To mark National Apprenticeship Week #NAW2018 the East of England LGA is shining a spotlight on examples of activities and events happening in Councils across the Region to celebrate apprenticeships in local government.

Following on from last year’s success Central Bedfordshire are planning to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week by visiting all of Central Bedfordshire’s upper/secondary schools in 10 days.  A team of apprenticeship experts from Central Bedfordshire Council are delivering a ‘school roadshow’ touring the county engaging with hundreds of young people, careers advisors and teachers.  During the roadshow they’ll be sharing information, advice and guidance on post 16 and post 18 opportunities – including apprenticeships of course! They believe the best advocates for apprenticeships are their apprentices so have enlisted their support at the events too.

The Youth Support Service coordinates school participation as they already have a relationship with the schools.  Central Bedfordshire schedule a timetable of events, pack up their information and ‘pop up’ their stand in a prominent space, pre-agreed with the school.  Some schools extend the event and invite to other local employers to participate too.

Photo: Nathan Kirwan, Central Bedfordshire Council, speaking to students at a school event

Barbie Calvert, Corporate Apprenticeship Manager for Central Bedfordshire Council said “the events have been running for the last 4 years and have really gone from strength to strength.  Being present in schools provides a captive audience and despite some interactions being brief, we get to sew the ‘apprenticeship seed’.  For students about to enter the world of work we can provide more detailed information and promote current apprenticeship vacancies.”

Apprenticeships are open to new and existing staff of any age, including those who already have a degree. This year National Apprenticeship Week and National Careers Week are the same week so they are aiming for a double impact!

Join the East of England LGA’s Get up and Grow campaign to raise awareness of the importance of apprenticeships to our organisations and economies and to help increase the number and uptake of apprenticeships across the region!


We are committed to helping to support the delivery of apprenticeship training; making sure that the apprenticeship levy money is spent in the most effective way. Working together is the best way to achieve this!

To share your apprenticeship stories get in touch with Emma Moore, Senior HR Advisor at the East of England LGA on emma.moore@eelga.gov.uk / 01284 758326

Find out more about the Get up and Grow campaign at http://www.eelga.gov.uk/employers-services/apprenticeships.aspx

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