Today marks the start of the tenth annual National Apprenticeship Week (#NAW2017), bringing together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships.

National Apprenticeship Week runs from 6 to 10 March, and aims to highlight the success of apprenticeships, celebrating the positive impact on individuals, businesses and the economy, with the theme ‘ladder of opportunity’.

“Year-on-year I am overwhelmed by how many organisations get behind National Apprenticeship Week to celebrate the positive impact apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy,” said Sue Husband, director of the National Apprenticeship Service.

“For employers, apprenticeships bring opportunity: to attract new talent, to offer progression for current staff, and to develop a motivated and highly qualified workforce. With apprenticeships available in 1500 job roles and covering more than 170 industries – there has never been a better time to get involved in apprenticeships.”

A huge range of organisations, including employers, apprentices, training organisations, colleges and schools are supporting the week by hosting events and activities.

Steve Willis Training Centres is marking this year’s National Apprenticeship Week by holding two open mornings at their Sussex and Hampshire Training Centres.

Work-based training company JTL will be distributing free toolkits to more than 1,700 apprentices on 9 March, courtesy of its manufacturer partners.

Full details of the events happening across England can be viewed on our NAW 2017 events map.

Events and activities for the week will be shared on Twitter and LinkedIn over the week, and event images will also be made available on Flickr.