Apprenticeship Week 2010 launches today, kicking off a whole week of activities across England to celebrate the value and importance of Apprenticeships.
Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the essential role that Apprenticeships are playing in today’s business world, ensuring that the workforce has the skills it needs in order to remain competitive, even in difficult economic circumstances.
The Week, which is organised by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), will celebrate the talents and skills of Apprentices. It will see Apprentices, Employers, Providers and all those involved with Apprenticeship programmes come together to celebrate the value of Apprenticeships.
Funded by the Learning and Skills Council, LFE is a partnership between the Football League and the PFA. LFE is currently responsible for the management of the Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programmes across Football League clubs.
The AASE programme is specifically designed to support Apprentices in relation to their football development, however, it is also there to provide them with transferable skills that will assist them within football, or as and when they move on to alternative careers.
Now embraced by a number of other sports including Rugby Union, Swimming, Golf and Cricket the ASE programme has real value and importance for Government as a way of highlighting best practice within Apprenticeships.
The AASE scheme involves 16 to 18 year old footballers doing a football specific NVQ, a level 2 football coaching qualification, a College course related to elite sport and key skills in numeracy and literacy.
This is all designed to complement the technical development work being carried out by the football coaching staff to produce a skilled and educated youth group. The success of the scheme has gone from strength to strength, 92% of Football League Apprentices achieved the full framework of qualifications last season.
Successful graduates of the programme include Mark Beevers & Tommy Spurr (Sheffield Wednesday), Dan Gosling (Plymouth Argyle now Everton), Miles Addison (Derby County), Ryan Bennett (pictured above, Grimsby Town now Peterborough United), Jonathan Howson (Leeds United), Korey Smith (Norwich City) and Craig Curran (Tranmere Rovers).
Other graduates have gone on to pursue university educations in subjects including biology and physics, while some move into employment in careers such as Physiotherapy, the Fire Service and the Armed Forces but whatever route they take the Apprenticeship they have followed provides them with transferable skills for life.
The message is clear: Apprenticeships are “Opening Doors to a better future”
Throughout Apprenticeship Week, events and awareness raising activities are going to roll-out across the country, so if you are interested as either an employer or parent of a potential Apprentice then please visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk.
If you would like to know more about the work of the LFE, or to keep up to date with the Apprentices at your Club check back at www.lfe.org.uk, the Clubs programme and website.