Apprenticeship news

The history of apprenticeships in the UK goes back to the Middle Ages. One of the first documents attempting to set out the terms and conditions for training was an Elizabethan Statute in 1563. By the late nineteenth century, the scope of apprenticeships had spread from traditional trades such as construction and printing to encompass emerging sectors such as engineering and shipbuilding. Apprenticeships today provide more choice for young people in a professional capacity as well as sitting across the manual trades and more young people are taking the apprenticeship route.

Demand for apprenticeships within our profession

399 people managers (83%) said they would consider hiring apprentices in the future.

Source: 2015 Salary Survey

In the last parliament more than 2.3 million apprenticeships were delivered in the UK and the government is committed to delivering 3 million more apprenticeships by 2020. On 22 July 2015 the Skills Minister, Nick Boles MP, announced that the government has approved 26 new Trailblazer groups to develop new apprenticeship standards. One of those groups, led by Amanda Nuttall, APMPUK Director of Apprenticeships, has received approval to commence the design of an apprenticeship for the role of a bid and proposal co-ordinator.  The Trailblazer group consists of 10 APMP members representing employers across a range of sectors.

This is excellent news and will help us in our mission to encourage new talent to join our profession.

Having been given approval to proceed work is now underway to develop the standards and submit them to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) before the end of this year. There are then two more approval gateways to get through, including a consultation phase, before the bid and proposal apprenticeship is formally in place.   

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  • The last of 5 articles this week

    Today is the last day of National Apprenticeship Week.  We hope you’ve enjoyed the insights we’ve shared across social media this week from experienced bid and proposal apprentices, and their employer.  If you missed it, you can catch up on what Charlotte, Vicky and Frank had to say. 

    National Apprenticeship Week 2017: Round Up

  • The penultimate of 5 articles coming this week

    It’s Day 4 of National Apprenticeship Week, and today we hear from Vicky Coleman, a Proposal Manager within NG Bailey’s Engineering Services division.

    National Apprenticeship Week 2017: Meet Vicky

  • The third of 5 articles coming this week

    It’s National Apprenticeship Week, and an anticipation of the launch of the APMP UK Chapter’s first Bid and Proposal Coordinator Apprenticeship later in 2017, this week we are sharing insights from individuals and businesses who have already taken part in a similar scheme in the bid industry.

    National Apprenticeship Week 2017: The Employers Perspective

  • The second of 5 articles coming this week

    It’s Day 2 of National Apprenticeship Week, and in line with this year’s theme “Ladder of opportunity”, we caught up with Charlotte Rees, a Bid Manager at NG Bailey, to hear about the opportunities which have opened up as a result of her completing a Bid & Proposal Apprenticeship.

    National Apprenticeship Week 2017: Meet Charlotte

  • 1 of 5 articles this week

    It’s National Apprenticeship Week, and what better week to update our APMP UK Members with the progress being made with the development of a brand-new Bid and Proposal Coordinator Apprenticeship.

    Happy National Apprenticeship Week 2017 from APMP UK