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National Apprenticeship Week 2023

National Apprenticeship Week 2023

National Apprenticeship Week brings together the entire apprenticeship community to celebrate everything that is amazing about apprenticeships.
We will be working with schools, colleges, teachers, students, employers, parents and apprentices to ensure that you have everything you need to make the week a huge success.

#NAW2023 @apprenticeships

If you missed out on NAW 2023 do not worry we have all 5 days available to watch back on demand below!

Here are the companies that took part:

PWC, Travis Perkins, Gatwick Airport, National Nuclear Laboratory, Tarmac, Specsavers,  Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, Halfords, John Sisk & Son, M Group Services, Nexus, Weightmans, Accenture, Kent & Medway Integrated Care System, JP Morgan, Anglian Water, Panache Cruises, Costain 



  • Morgan Sindall Infrastructure

    NAW 2023

    Morgan Sindall Infrastructure delivers some of the UKs most complex and critical infrastructure across six core sectors of energy, water, nuclear, highways, rail and aviation for public and private customers. Working on projects and long-term frameworks, we believe in connecting people, places and communities through innovative and responsible infrastructure.
    Our people are our business. Through their expertise, we harness innovative ideas and approaches that enable us to safely and responsibly design and deliver resilient infrastructure upon which we all rely. Morgan Sindall Infrastructure is part of Morgan Sindall Group plc, a leading UK construction and regeneration group with revenue of over £3 billion.

    Your UK nuclear multi-discipline delivery partner. Specialists in programme, design, construction and engineering. From start to finish, our projects are built with our belief of being a responsible business and delivering change, whether it is for our people, our environment, communities and UK nuclear.
    With over a decade of working in highly regulated and secure environments, our people are our expertise, and we empower them to deliver for our clients safely and securely.

    LinkedIn – Morgan Sindall

  • Specsavers

    NAW 2023

    Specsavers is a great British success story – a family-run retailer that is a familiar name on almost every high street and in the community in the UK and Ireland. Our legendary catchphrase – ‘Should’ve gone to Specsavers’ – is used by everyone and its warm and witty marketing has won a place in people’s hearts – We are proud of how far we’ve come as a business, now we want to see you grow with us.

    Specsavers began more than 35 years ago with the vision of two optometrists, Doug and Mary Perkins, who set out to provide best-value eyecare to everybody.

    Their passion for optometry has led Specsavers to become the largest privately-owned optical group in the world, delivering high-quality, affordable optical and hearing care in 10 countries. And it continues to shape the lives and experience of around 37,000 colleagues who are developing their careers with us across the globe.

    All our retail apprentices focus on ‘being there’ for our customers, which literally means helping people improve their quality of life. As an apprentice in one our stores or helping customers in their homes, you’ll be supporting a customer through their entire optical journey passionately delivering excellent customer service while confidently discussing Specsavers’ products and services. Our retail apprenticeships include Optical Assistants, Customer Service and Spectacle Makers. After completing your apprenticeship, you could progress to professional development (in optics or audiology) or into management through the team leading Apprenticeship, this is just some of the vast development routes you may consider.

    LinkedIn – Specsavers


  • M Group Services

    NAW 2023

    M Group Services
    M Group Services are the leading essential infrastructure services provider operating within water, energy, transport and telecommunication across the UK & Ireland. M Group Services, a trusted employer to in excess of 10,000 skilled specialists working from 240 locations, operates a divisional structure aligned
    with its end markets
    Our Vision & Values
    To be the leading service provider for essential infrastructure in the UK and Ireland
     Invest in People: engaging and empowering everyone to deliver and
     Health and Safety: putting health, wellbeing and safety of people first
     Service Delivery Ethos: helping deliver our clients business needs
     Integrity: behaving respectfully and in a sustainable manner to the
    individual, our communities and the environment, maintaining accountability and honesty in the way we work

    M Group Services | M Group Services

    LinkedIn – M Group Services

  • National Nuclear Laboratory

    NAW 2023

    As the UK’s national laboratory for nuclear fission, NNL is harnessing nuclear science to help solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. We channel our work into four strategic areas: Clean Energy, Health and Nuclear Medicine, Environmental Restoration and Security and Non-Proliferation. These four Focus Areas are the cornerstones of our ambition, shaping what we deliver to our customers and for UK society, and how we invest in our future.

    At a time when society is waking up to acting on the environmental crisis our planet faces, it is
    impossible to overestimate the scale of the challenge ahead for the UK in reaching net zero by 2050. Without nuclear, the UK will not meet this target on time. And without NNL’s work, the UK nuclear sector cannot deliver what is required. We are custodians of a unique set of facilities and capabilities that enable ground-breaking nuclear research and development – including four world-leading laboratories in the North West of
    England. The most important asset for our future success, however, is our people. We are
    fortunate to be gifted with some of the most creative and inspired scientific minds in our sector,
    in the world.

    Everyone in our workforce is here to deliver environmentally and financially sustainable solutions to the major challenges of the 21st century, with the support of our customers and partners in government, academia and the supply chain.

    LinkedIn – NNL


  • Gatwick Airport LTD

    NAW 2023

    London Gatwick is the UK’s second largest airport with one of the world’s most efficient single runways. Gatwick serves over 170 destinations across the world on short and long-haul routes and is the largest base for easyJet, one of Europe’s most successful airlines. We are part of the VINCI Airports group, which manages the development and operation of over 65 airports across the globe. It owns 50.01% stake in our airport with the remaining 49.99% being managed by Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP).

    Home | Gatwick Airport

    Linkedin – Gatwick Airport


  • John Sisk & Son Ltd

    NAW 2023

    Who is Sisk

    Sisk is an innovative, international, construction and engineering company with a 160 year history spanning three centuries, our family business has stayed true to John Sisk’s vision of providing exceptionally high levels of construction expertise and customer service by employing, training and motivating capable staff.

    We operate across key sectors as an Irish family-owned business, with offices in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Sligo, Waterford and Portlaoise, and in the UK, in St Albans, Birmingham, Warrington and Bristol. Sisk also work in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, and Denmark.


    The sustainable development approach taken by Sisk is to maximise sustainable construction and minimise the environmental effect of a project on society. This approach is rooted in the recognition that active engagement in social progress, environmental protection, and economic balance is necessary for long term development.

    We are investing significantly in energy efficiency to improve the way we do business. Electric Vehicles are one of a number of initiatives we are rolling out as part of that commitment. Our ambition is to make energy efficiency part of the business culture in Sisk and across the industry.

    Creating legacies in communities

    We promote safety, welfare, training, non-discrimination and charity to support confidence and moral across a healthy diverse community. Sisk is acutely aware of the impacts of construction projects on the local environment.

    We engage with all stakeholders including the local community, clients, end-user groups, regulatory and professional bodies at an early stage as part of project design and throughout construction.

    Our contribution to social progress ranges from our inclusive recruitment and career development opportunities, safety system, training and recruitment of apprentices, donations of time and finance to charitable causes, providing training to local schools, providing local employment & trade and supporting local community organisations.

    Client satisfaction

    Innovation is at the heart of what we do as a business every day. Sisk has been on the Lean journey since the late 1990s but undertook a step change in approach in 2016, recognising how core Lean principles matched the company’s focus on delivering value for customers and respecting and creating an efficient, safe and rewarding environment for all those who work with them.


    Every Sisk employees actions and behaviours are what make the biggest difference to our safety performance. This sets the highest standards all the time and helps Sisk employees’ become role models for those who look to us for leadership, support and direction. We must consistently challenge unsafe behaviour and all play our part in making sure our people and those with whom we work with go home safely every day.

    LinkedIn – John Sisk & Son


  • Travis Perkins PLC and LEAP Apprenticeships and early Careers

    NAW 2023

    LEAP is an award-winning apprenticeship provider to people of all ages and abilities within the builders merchant sector. From Branch Counter to Boardroom, we provide apprenticeships designed around the needs of businesses to empower people to build successful and fulfilling careers within the construction sector. 

    One of our partners, Travis Perkins PLC, works with the construction industry and provides the building materials and equipment needed to help customers build new, or transform existing homes into places that people love. These materials create schools, hospitals, and businesses that serve their communities and enrich lives. 

    Travis Perkins PLC, supports your development whether you’re looking to lay the foundations or build your career, as the largest distributor of building materials in the UK – with more than 1,400 branches and sites, and over 20,000 colleagues nationwide and in Europe – they have the scale and breadth of opportunities to help you grow and develop. 

    Send us an email to find out more at

    LinkedIn – Travis Perkins

    LinkedIn – LEAP Apprenticeships & Early Careers

    Twitter – Travis Perkins

  • Nexus

    NAW 2023

    Nexus is a leader in enabling the energy transition by delivering sustainable infrastructure. The
    Group comprises three businesses: Tamdown, TriConnex and eSmart Networks.
    We work hard to ensure that working for any of the companies within the Nexus Infrastructure
    Group is a rewarding place for our people. Employees spend a lot of time at work and we know
    the importance of spending that time working towards a common purpose. For us, that purpose is
    Building Bright Futures.

    LinkedIn – Nexus

  • PwC

    NAW 2023

    Traditionally, there’s only been one route when school comes to an end. University. Degree. Career. But things have changed, and there are now many professional opportunities available to you straight out of school. You don’t need a degree to launch a successful career in the business world. Many of our senior leaders joined us without a university degree and have accelerated their career at PwC and beyond. Things are changing and we’re giving you more opportunities than ever before to progress your career in accounting, technology and business – whether you want to jump straight into the working world, go to university, or both.

    All of our full-time School and College Leaver programmes are designed to help you develop your business skills through real client work, while also completing formal training and studying towards qualifications to give you a head start in your career. PwC will provide you with support all the way. You’ll earn a competitive salary, benefit from our excellent support networks and have the opportunity to continually progress your career. Just like our graduate joiners, you’ll work on varied and challenging client and internal projects, which make a real difference to the world of business.

    LinkedIn – PwC

    @pwc_uk_ careers


  • Weightmans LLP

    NAW 2023

    We’re a top 40 UK law firm, with more than 1,400 people working from our offices in Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Newcastle. What makes us different is our people. Our people are determined to achieve the best results for our clients. How we get there varies from organisation to organisation, person to person.

    Here at Weightmans, we offer a range of programmes tailored for those who are looking to enter
    the firm and gain qualification. Our dedicated early careers team are available to advise on the
    qualification pathways available and the application process.

    Weightmans Early Careers

    LinkedIn – Weightmans


    Instagram – Weightmans

  • Tarmac

    NAW 2023

    Tarmac – So Much More

    We’re the largest construction materials company in the UK, owned by the global brand CRH. There’s so much more to us than meets the eye – with a variety of roles that will suit your lifestyle. We have opportunities based outdoors on site, in one of our offices or you can even find yourself a role that is a mix of both!

    Joining Tarmac will give you a chance to build a successful career for yourself, shape the world we live in and enjoy yourself in work. We’re proud of the connections we have with our local communities as we work to build a more sustainable future for our country, and we want you to feel that pride when you join us.
    The bigger we think today, the better we can make tomorrow You’ll link into a new social network and build a work family. At Tarmac, interest, ambition and collaboration lead to new challenges, opportunities and a sense of pride in a job well done.

    So much more than roads. Tarmac, building our future.

    Our approach to Early Careers

    We understand and appreciate how critical the early careers population is to our business and industry, which is why we’ll empower you from day one. From the moment you join


    Tarmac you work, earn, learn and grow.  Our commitment is to support you all the way through your chosen entry programme – not just with formal training and qualifications, but also with a culture and environment where you feel welcomed and excited about coming to work and making a difference


  • Halfords

    NAW 2023


    Our unique mix of stores, garages, mobile vans and home delivery means we can offer customers
    unparalleled convenience in the motoring and cycling markets.

    We know that our customers want us to be there for them, when they need us. That means our stores and
    garages are open early and late, we offer a proposition which is mobile and comes to them wherever they
    are and we offer convenient delivery options to meet their needs.

    This year we made strong progress in further enhancing the journey our customers go on with us and now
    offer an even more convenient proposition with more garages – giving customers less distance to drive to
    drop their vehicle off – and significantly more mobile vans (both customer and commercial), meaning that
    more customers than ever can access our services without disrupting their busy lifestyle.

    We’ve created a culture of engagement where the customer is at the heart of everything we do, where
    people work together to be better every day, where energy and enthusiasm drives career development,
    and where you’ll be inspired to embrace challenge as opportunity.

  • Kent and Medway Integrated Care System

    NAW 2023

    The Kent and Medway Integrated Care System is a partnership of organisations that
    come together to plan and deliver joined up health and care services to improve the lives
    of people across Kent and Medway.

    We have four key purposes:
     improving outcomes in population health and healthcare;
     tackling inequalities in outcomes, experience and access;
     enhancing productivity and value for money;
     supporting broader social and economic development.

    Who is included?

    Primary Care
    • Primary care services provide the first point of contact in the healthcare system,
    acting as the ‘front door’ of the NHS. Primary care includes general practice,
    community pharmacy, dental, and optometry (eye health) services.
    Primary care networks include groups of general practices working together, and
    in partnership with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and
    voluntary services in their local area, to offer more personalised, coordinated
    health and social care to the people living in their area.
    • There are around  40 PCNs in Kent and Medway. Networks are aligned to
    health and care partnership – this supports them to work more closely with
    other partners in the area.

    Secondary Care

    Secondary care includes:
    • planned or elective care – usually in a hospital
    • urgent and emergency care, including 999 and 111 services, ambulance
    services, hospital emergency departments, and out-of-hours GP services
    • mental health care
    Community Health
    Community Health Services Include:
    • district nursing
    • health visiting
    • child health services
    • sexual health services
    • and many others

    The Leading Health Trusts in Kent and Medway are:
    Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
    East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust​
    Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
    Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
    Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust​
    Medway NHS Foundation Trust

    Social Care

    Social Care is an important element of the Health and Care Pathway. In Kent and
    Medway, Social Care is managed through the two councils, Kent County Council and
    Medway Council.
    What is the difference between healthcare and social care?
    A healthcare need is related to the treatment, control or prevention of a disease, illness,
    injury or disability, and the care or aftercare of a person with these needs.
    A social care need is focused on providing assistance with:

    • the activities of daily living
    • maintaining independence
    • social interaction
    • enabling the individual to play a fuller part in society
    • protecting them in vulnerable situations
    • helping them to manage complex relationships

    and (in some circumstances) accessing a care home or other supported accommodation


    What you need to know about Health and Care apprenticeships in Kent and Medway:

    • if you are aged 16 to 18 or 19+ and in your first year of an apprenticeship, the
    minimum you should receive is £4.81 an hour (the National Minimum Wage for
    • many employers will pay you more than the minimum wage
    • they take between one and five years to complete
    • anyone over the age of 16 can do one
    • you’re likely to spend four days on work placement and one day or at a training
    centre or college
    • you’ll develop your skills, including English and maths
    • you’ll gain a competence qualification (based on what you can do in the workplace)
    and a knowledge qualification, or a qualification combining both
    Apprenticeships are available in all sectors across Primary, Secondary,
    Community, Social and Tertiary Care.

    Apprenticeship levels

    • NHS apprenticeships are available at several levels:
    • level 2 – equivalent to GCSEs
    • level 3 – equivalent to A-levels
    • levels 4 and 5 – equivalent to a foundation degree and above
    • levels 6 and 7 – equivalent to a full bachelor’s or Master’s degree
    Entry requirements
    • Entry requirements will depend on the employer and the type and level of
    • For example, you may need four or five GCSEs at grades 9-4/A-C or equivalent to
    do a level 3 apprenticeship. To start a level 5 or 6 apprenticeship you're likely to
    need A-levels, T-Levels, equivalent level 3 qualifications or relevant and sufficient

    How to Apply:
    You can apply for a Kent and Medway Apprenticeship by either contacting an Employer
    Directly; or applying via the NHS Jobs webpage

    Useful Links:

    Work Here – East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust 

    Careers with Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust 

    Current vacancies | Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust

    Working for us :: Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust 

    Apprenticeships | Apprenticeships | Medway Council

    Be an apprentice – Jobs and Careers – Kent County Council

    Work for us (

    You searched for Apprenticeships – Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust 

    NHS Jobs – Candidate Homepage

    KMPT | Apprenticeships


  • Costain NAW 2023

    NAW 2023

    Costain helps to improve people’s lives with integrated, leading edge, smart infrastructure solutions across the UK’s energy, water, transportation, and defence markets.

    We help our clients improve their business performance by increasing capacity, improving customer service, safeguarding security, enhancing resilience, decarbonising, and delivering increased efficiency.

    Our vision is to be the UK’s leading smart infrastructure solutions company. We will achieve this by focusing on blue chip clients whose major spending plans are underpinned by strategic national needs, regulatory commitments, legislation, or essential performance requirements. We offer our clients leading edge solutions that are digitally optimised through the following five services which cover the whole lifecycle of their assets: future-shaping strategic consultancy; consultancy and advisory; digital technology solutions; asset optimisation and complex programme delivery.

    Our culture and values underpin everything we do.

    For more information visit

    Routes into Costain – ApprenticeshipsGraduate ProgrammeWork Experience


  • Panache Cruises NAW 2023

    NAW 2023

    Panache Cruises

    Every industry has a disrupter, someone who does things differently, and cruising is no exception.

    Founded by James Cole, one of the most recognised names in the cruise industry, Panache Cruises prides itself on its team. We don’t just ‘book cruises’, we craft each cruise holiday as if it were our own trip and we leave no stone unturned in creating the ultimate cruise experience. We have unparalleled experience and knowledge, but that doesn’t mean we do everything the way it’s always been done – quite the opposite, if we can see a better way of doing something then we embrace it. We know you want a completely personal service, so we deliver that. Our Cruise Connoisseurs provide a single point of contact throughout your experience with us. We know you want bespoke holidays that are carefully crafted to suit you, so that’s how we do it. We know you want a truly unique experience, not an ‘off the peg’ holiday, and we excel in making that happen. We know you want unrivalled financial security, so with our ATOL approved Trust Account, we give you just that. Your money is 100% safe with us. Our team is our business. Our people have flair, spirit, confidence, enthusiasm and energy but most of all, we are creative perfectionists. We simplify the process. Our totally personal service removes the need for automated call centres.

    Your Personal Cruise Connoisseur

    However you first contact us, whether it’s a scheduled appointment, an email enquiry or you just pick up the phone and call us, you’ll be introduced to one of our ‘Cruise Connoisseurs’ – your personal concierge. They will be your single point of contact. Our Cruise Connoisseurs are seasoned travellers and between them they’ve covered the world. On average they have over 10 years of experience in the cruise industry so wherever you’re heading, we have someone on the team with invaluable experience. They’re experts in researching, planning and creating the perfect cruise holidays. They’ll get to know you, understand exactly what you’re looking for, and make personal recommendations that you’ll love. Nothing is too much trouble for your Cruise Connoisseur, they take all the hassle and hold music out of booking your cruise and make it easy and exciting. They operate on the premise that the devil is in the detail, ensuring all the finer elements of your cruise are taken care of.

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