BUILD THE FUTURE - University celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

09 Feb 2021

Published in: Member News

This year National Apprenticeship Week runs from Mon 8th February to Sun 14th February with the theme ‘BUILD THE FUTURE’ and the University of Wolverhampton is celebrating and showcasing the impact Apprenticeships have on communities, local businesses and regional economies.

Recently, the University celebrated four years of providing Degree Apprenticeships, helping to plug skills gaps in key industry sectors across the region and further afield. The University opened its Apprenticeship Hub four years ago and, since then, has welcomed over 900 Degree Apprentices onto programmes, growing its work based learning of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships with growth at more than 250% since opening.

Faculties now offer 17 Higher and Degree Apprenticeships and the University works with over 350 employers and local authorities including Telford & Wrekin, Dudley, Walsall, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Sandwell Councils, public and private health care providers such as the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Walsall NHS Trust and Priory Group as well as a number of small and medium sized employers.

The University is also part of the West Midlands Apprenticeship Ambassador Network – a group of employers that actively promote Apprenticeships by engaging in a range of activities and events that demonstrate how they enable progression opportunities to both Apprentices and employers.

Case studies and stories will be shared on the University’s Social Media channels throughout the week. Join in the conversation using #BuildTheFuture and #NAW21.

Employers who are interested in talking to the Apprenticeship Hub about Degree Apprenticeships check out the website, telephone 0800 953 3222 or email apprenticeshiphub@wlv.ac.uk .

Michele Roberts, Head of the Apprenticeship Hub at the University and a West Midlands Apprenticeship Ambassador, said:

As an Ambassador for the Black Country and West Midlands, I reach out to employers to support the recruitment of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships locally across a range of sectors including construction, health and education. My role takes me to schools, events with employers and partner events talking about the benefits of Apprenticeships and how people can get involved. I love the work I do for the network and take great pride in seeing our Apprentices achieve and succeed. 


Throughout this celebration week we will be shining the spotlight on some of our employers who are committed to upskilling their workforce and some of our Apprentices who, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, are continuing to learn or who have already graduated.

Submitted by Louisa from University Of Wolverhampton
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