#NAW2018 Spotlight on… Apprenticeships
#NAW2018 Spotlight on… Apprenticeships

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.

Keep an eye on our news pages and twitter account for stories all this week!


National Apprenticeship Week #NAW2018 runs from 5 – 9 March 2018 and is an opportunity for the East of England LGA and Councils across the East of England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships whilst encouraging even more staff and new entrants to choose apprenticeships as a pathway to a great future career. The theme for the #NAW2018 is ‘Apprenticeships Work’. Showcasing how apprenticeships work for individuals; employers and Councils, the local communities and the wider economy.  During #NAW2018 we will be hearing from apprentices working within local government to illustrate the value of apprenticeships and share some of the celebrations happening across the region.

Recent headlines have indicated a drop in the number of apprentice starts since the levy was introduced.  Here in the East of England, we are delighted that our most recent survey showed that in the first 6 months of the levy we had 151 apprentices completing their programme and another 317 starting across the councils in the region.  Authorities are working hard on comprehensive apprenticeship programmes to upskill existing staff as well as recruit into skills shortage areas.  It is an exciting time of opportunity with new standards being developed, and the move into higher level apprenticeships and we should not forget that some of the simple figures can mask the complexity of the situation underneath.  It seems that many councils are on track to reach the public sector target for their main body of staff but figures for the sector may be skewed due to the current difficulties in terms of engaging apprentices in schools.  That will not stop us trying!

We have been working with our authorities, in particular through the regional working group to deliver on the Regional Strategy introduced in January 2017.  Our most recent activity has centred on activity for National Apprenticeship Week and started with a half day round table event on 5th February.  Representatives appreciated the opportunity to pool examples of activity and generate new ideas of how Local councils in the region could better engage with the initiative next year.  There was also an opportunity to have a look at the LGA’s Maturity Model to Support Authorities’ Apprenticeship Programmes.

As a result of this event, we have been able to generate a wealth of really interesting case studies to share throughout the week as we step up our “find your greatness with apprenticeship” series featuring experiences of different apprentices across the region.   We are also featuring events from our local authorities through social media at #NAW18 and #Getupandgrow.

So – what is your next step?  Is there an apprenticeship standard to help you get there?  For guidance on searching for apprenticeships have a look at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/search-for-apprenticeship-standards see if you can get up and grow!


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