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National Apprenticeship Week


National Apprenticeship Week has begun, with the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority backing lots of activity – from sessions in schools to a new opportunity for more businesses to access grant funding. The week also includes visits to Tees Valley businesses, promotional events in the region’s colleges, and apprenticeship challenges.

Ben Houchen, the Tees Valley Mayor, has kicked off apprenticeship week by becoming an apprentice himself. He spent the morning with Tees Components apprentice, Harry Tranter. Find out how he got on here.

We’ve also been around the area filming some apprentices in action, you can see the films by clicking on the below links

Monday – Tees Components with Harry Tranter

Tuesday – Intelect with Will Harrison

Wednesday – EE with Daisie Donaldson and Aiden Stewart-Brown, Apprentice Customer Service Advisers

Thursday – Taylor Wimpey with James Garbutt

Friday – Hartlepool Borough Council with William Copeman


The North East Apprenticeship Ambassador Network has also been speaking to the parents and guardians of young apprentices throughout the region. You can see what they had to say about being an apprentice here.

Schedule of Events

Here are this year’s events taking place across Tees Valley which have been supported by the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority

  • Monday 3rd February: Beyond Housing Apprenticeship Challenge Launch
  • Tuesday 4th February: Bede 6th Form College Mock Interviews Stockton Riverside College apprenticeship promotion evening event
  • Wednesday 5th February: Engineering Awareness event at NETA Training Local Authority Apprenticeship Challenge School Visit to Hartlepool Power Station
  • Thursday 6th February: Hartlepool College Big Apprenticeship Event Middlesbrough College Apprenticeship Awards
  • Friday 7th February: Rye Hills Academy event; Meet the Apprentice with Thirteen Group

If you are a business who would like to be involved in supporting or creating more apprenticeships, please get in touch at


Fire it Up, the new national campaign for apprentices, has teamed up with Jamal Edwards MBE, founder of music platform SBTV, for a three-part campaign encouraging young people to consider undertaking an apprenticeship. The films follow seven apprentices as they record, produce and launch an exclusive track and music video with grime MC P Money. Part one shows the creative process behind the track, part two focuses on the song’s promotion and part three, which shows the music video and “making of”. All episodes are available to watch here.

Fire it Up as also teamed up with Spotify to produce a series of 30 second audio ads for young people (16-24) on its Spotify Free platform. The ads have been matched to the six top ‘moment’ playlists on Spotify, which are Travel, Commute, Party, Cooking, Workout and Focus. They have also produced a Fire It Up branded playlist, curated by Jamal, which is live now!

Finally, they partnered with the Guardian Labs to produce content for our young people, parent, teacher and employer audiences. This work includes a series of online case studies and articles which can be viewed here as they go live, two documentary style videos and a partnership with micro influencers.