Dates for your events calendar

In her monthly column, Acorn's Sarah John puts forward essential dates you should have in your events calendar. 

Last week, the dates for National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2017 were announced, and whilst we’re not quite planning the final details of our 2017 event activity just yet, it did get me thinking.  We are extremely lucky in the world of training to have so many events and celebrations to showcase and raise awareness of apprenticeships both in Wales and throughout the UK.

The week long celebrations of NAW gives businesses, start-ups and large, the opportunity to show their support and highlight their commitment to training.  Some businesses support the NAW activity through social media, whereas others host their own events and campaigns during this week to attract aspiring apprentices.

Adults Learners Week, VQ Day and the VQ Awards are other examples of celebrations in the UK where  training providers, businesses and learners can come together to recognise their commitment and hard work.    

In addition to celebratory initiatives, it’s important to be aware of exhibitions dedicated to make people aware of training opportunities.

This month marks Skills Cymru, Wales’s premier career and skills event. The two-day exhibition will welcome over 100 organisations with an expected footfall of over 10,000 14 to 25 year olds, showcasing a world of career options to students. I’ve always found it to be a fantastic opportunity to meet the future workforce of Wales, seeing first-hand what skills and passion the next generation will contribute.

We at Acorn will of course be exhibiting at Skills Cymru at the Motorpoint Arena on the 12th and 13thof October.  We have been attending the Cardiff exhibition for many years, and last year we were delighted to win an award for our stand.  It’s a great couple of days which provides us with so many opportunities to discuss different career routes with school leavers, and to talk to businesses about what training programmes Acorn can deliver to their new and existing staff. Since last year, we have launched a number of new courses in a number of sectors including project management, so we’ve got plenty to talk about.

If you’re interested in recruiting apprentices, or would like to explore the courses and funding available to offer your exiting staff a variety of bespoke training programmes, come along and talk to Acorn at Skills Cymru.

And of course, join us throughout the year to highlight and celebrate the importance of training:

  • Skills Cymru – Llandundo – 5th – 6th October
  • Skills Cymru – Cardiff – 12th – 13th October
  • National Apprenticeship Week 2017 – 6th to 10th March (2017)
  • Adult Learners Week – date TBC
  • VQ Day – date TBC
  • VQ Awards – date TBC
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