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National Apprenticeship Week 2024: Skills for Life

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is an annual celebration that recognises the profound impact that an apprenticeship can have both on businesses and apprentices themselves. 

This year the theme is ‘Skills for Life’ and reflects on the lifelong skills and knowledge that studying for an apprenticeship can build. 

BNU is proud to be a degree apprenticeship provider and supporter of National Apprenticeship Week which celebrates the proven power of apprenticeships as a pathway to lifelong careers in industries that support society and give back to our communities. 

The University will be recognising the celebration with a series of events throughout the week for learners and staff to attend. 

Here are some activities that BNU has in store for the week:

  • Managing Self Resilience with Jacky Rawlinson, Senior Lecturer in Business and Leadership,
  • A.I. for Apprentices with Jon Jackson, Senior Lecturer in Digital Apprenticeships,
  • Activities with BNU’s Apprenticeship Hub
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing with Sana Wasiq, Senior Mental Health Adviser and Tobi Omisore-Adepoyigi, Mental Health Adviser

As of 2023, there are 1,300 apprentices studying at BNU, across 13 programmes spanning six academic Schools. 

With acclaimed apprenticeship partners such as British Airways and Thames Valley Police, BNU delivers a variety of industry-developed programmes such as Postgraduate Engineer, Advanced Clinical Practitioner, and Digital & Technology Solutions Professional. 

The Apprenticeship Hub at BNU is a dedicated service to support apprentices and guide them to success. 

Priti Kharbanda, Head of Apprenticeships at BNU said:

“I am so proud of the Apprenticeship Hub’s achievement in delivering over 1300 apprentices in partnership with local employers. Apprenticeships mean that anybody can earn whilst they learn and gain a degree without incurring the costs of traditional study routes, something that really promotes a more inclusive workforce.”

The University was visited by Ofsted late last year, and its Apprenticeship provision was rated ‘Good’ after a positive inspection. And in early 2024, a funding boost was awarded to BNU’s Apprenticeship Hub by Office for Students, aiming to boost student choice and access to apprenticeships.

Read more about apprenticeships at BNU.