David Pearson is managing director of Premier Partnership

Following this year’s most successful yet, the government has announced the date of the 12th annual National Apprenticeship Week as 4-8 March 2019. As it has done in previous years, it will coincide with National Careers Week and be a celebration of apprenticeships and their impact on individuals, employers and the economy in the UK.

The theme for the 2019 awareness week is yet to be announced but there will be events taking place across England aiming to beat 2018’s record-breaking 780 which reached more than 33,500 people.

Keith Smith, Apprenticeships Director, Education and Skills Funding Agency said: “National Apprenticeship Week is an important date in the academic calendar and I am delighted to announce the date for National Apprenticeship Week 2019.

The success of previous National Apprenticeship Weeks’, especially during 2018, tells us that one week dedicated to celebrating, promoting and realising the importance of apprenticeships and their impact enables an apprenticeship movement across our sector. This movement sees employers, providers, partners and apprentices themselves grasp the opportunity and get involved in our celebration, creating fascinating events and opportunities to share the many benefits apprenticeship bring.”

As one of the UK’s largest and fastest growing providers of apprenticeships to the public sector and beyond, we are always keen to champion them as a key way to improve organisational performance, social mobility, and UK productivity.