The Army is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week - 6-10 March 2017
The British Army takes apprenticeships extremely seriously. Our apprenticeships are part of a nationally-recognised scheme, and at any one time about 17,500 soldiers are on an apprenticeship, meaning we deliver the largest apprenticeship programme in the country.
More than 95 per cdent of soldiers (no matter what their age or prior qualifications) will be entered in to an apprenticeship as they start Phase 2 Training.
Our National Apprenticeship Week starts today with an event at Minley to launch the Army Apprenticeship Awards 2018. Along with Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel, Mark Lancaster, Comd HC, Lt Gen James Bashall will launch the Awards at Gibraltar Barracks.
Each of apprenticeship fits with military training and is closely related to a soldier’s Army role, so as well as becoming a better soldier they are working towards a recognised qualification.
Top 100 Apprentice Employers
In January, the Army was invited to attend an award ceremony celebrating Britain’s Top 100 Apprentice Employers.
Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills said:
“Since becoming the Skills Minister, I have met hundreds of young people with a passion for apprenticeships. They really do see apprenticeships as a ‘ladder of opportunity’ – where progression towards a higher or Degree apprenticeship is realistically achievable.
"To all these young people, I say, no matter who you are, or where you are from, or whatever you want to do, an apprenticeship will open doors for you.”
It’s a sentiment the Army echoes: by completing their apprenticeship, soldiers gain a valuable and nationally recognised trade-related qualification, recognised by civilian employers. So not only does this add to their capability as soldiers but increases their employability when they make the transition to civilian life.
As well as being recognised as one of the top 100 employers offering apprenticeships, in recent years, our programme has been highly commended in the National Apprenticeship Service Awards and gained a National Training Award.
Pictured top: LCpl Hannah McCabe is the 500th learner to have completed the Army’s Advanced Apprenticeship in Policing. She is pictured here surrounded by her peers, being presented with her Royal Military Police Certificate by the head of the Royal Military Police, Brigadier David Neal.