An Olympic-style torch is on its way on a tour around the south of England ahead of National Apprenticeship Week.
The torch will be taken along to a number of events during the next month, culminating in an appearance at the launch of National Apprenticeship Week in London on Monday 14 March.
Designed by apprentices, the torch symbolises passing knowledge from one generation to the next, and is aimed at encouraging businesses and potential students to become involved in apprenticeship programmes.
Skills for business
Director of the National Apprenticeship Service Sue Husband said: “Good quality apprenticeships offer a fantastic way for many young people to earn as they learn whilst providing employers with the skills they need for their business.
“Both employers and their apprentices have a great opportunity to step into the spotlight during National Apprenticeship Week, to help show how an apprenticeship really can take you anywhere.
“The ‘pass the torch’ campaign and employer challenge will see an Olympic-style torch, engineered by apprentices, journey across Southern England in the run-up to and during National Apprenticeship Week.
“The torch showcases the extraordinary talent of apprentices and represents the transferring of knowledge from one individual to another. It is also being used to support the passing on of apprenticeship knowledge from employer to employer.
“Our ambition is for the torch to encourage pledges from employers to take on apprentices – to see businesses thrive and to give young people the skills and jobs our economy needs.”
National Apprenticeship Week takes place from 14 to 18 March, this year’s event promoting the theme of ‘rising to the top’.