Employers will be able to register their commitment to take on more apprenticeships and trainees with an online tool called the ‘Pledge-o-meter’ in the run up to National Apprenticeship Week.
National Apprenticeship Week will promote how apprenticeships can help people and businesses achieve their ambitions. This year it will run from 14 to 18 March and will highlight apprenticeship progression and opportunities by showcasing the wide range of apprenticeships available, from traineeships to higher and degree apprenticeships.
Businesses, schools, colleges and training organisations will look to increase awareness of this throughout the Week by holding events and organising activities.
The Pledge-o-meter will be hosted by the National Apprenticeship Service and was created by a team that included two apprentices and will allow companies to publicly share their pledge to taking on more apprentices and trainees.
2015 saw businesses commit to 23,000 apprenticeships during National Apprenticeship Week, which was up 20,000 from the previous year. It is hoped 2016’s event will see even more companies to share their pledges on the Pledge-o-meter.
The Pledge-o-meter has already seen action with Adecco pledging 50 apprentices, while Sellafield have committed to 165 apprenticeships.
An online events map will track all of the activities to allow people to see what events are being held near their location. Anybody running such an event is invited to submit the information so it can be shared on the map and let everybody know what is going on.