Looking beyond for National Apprenticeship Week 2020

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National Apprenticeship Week took place from 3 to 9 February 2020. Working closely with a range of partners including Qube Learning, Movement to Work, Dixons Carphone, Dunelm and Matalan, we were thrilled to raise awareness of our apprenticeships and traineeships, and highlight the value they bring to both apprentices and employers.

The theme of the week was #LookBeyond to celebrate the diversity of opportunity and benefits that apprenticeships bring to the country today.

We showcased how our traineeship programme helped Lauren and Rimsha into employment with Matalan. The trainees developed their skills and self-confidence and are now ambassadors for the Movement to Work initiative! Click here to find out more about their journey.

A number of retailers are using apprenticeships to drive employment opportunities and career progression. Helen Robinson spoke at our Wellbeing at Work Forum and shared key insights from the apprenticeship programme at Dunelm.

We caught up with employees from Dunelm and Dixons Carphone to see how they felt three months into their apprenticeship degree. The Retail Leader Apprenticeship Degree is the first initiative of its kind to be approved for the sector. Click here for more details.

Amy Prendergast, Director of Change, People and Learning at retailTRUST, revealed: “We were delighted to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week in promoting the value of both apprenticeships and traineeships across retail. Throughout the week we heard stories from those that have gained employment through our national traineeship scheme with Matalan, where we were delighted to attend the Movement to Work’s social mobility awards to celebrate the success of some of our trainees.

“One of our most successful initiatives over the past year has been the development of gRADuate, the first retail apprenticeship degrees in retail management and buying and merchandising. We expect up to 400 retail employees to enrol on these standards within the coming year. Looking to the year ahead, we will officially launch our new independent end-point assessment service that will allow us to focus on making retail apprenticeship assessments more accessible, cost-effective and of quality.”

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