Inner Growth, Outer Shine

Navigating the world of learning and professional development

Written by Suzannah Hale
on February 11, 2020

This year was the 13th  National Apprenticeship Week, and as it draws to an end, we'd like to share and reflect on whats been one of the busiest and most exciting years yet. Many of our employers have held events which we’ve supported and proudly attended. 

Our own learner forum was a huge hit. We took this year’s theme of ‘Look Beyond’ to new level and focused on how an apprenticeship can shape your future career, inviting former apprentice and advocate Jack Eldridge to share his inspiring story. Jack started as an admin apprentice and is now the Head of Business Planning for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport department in Government.

NAW 2020 Jack

Following this we invited Jeremy King from STEM in schools in for a ‘look beyond’ themed team building event which saw apprentices and line managers building space rockets out of newspapers with the use of a mangle and glue. It was great to see the communication, team work and amazing creativity between teams, and even a competitive side coming out. The end results were fantastic:

NAW 2020 team 1

NAW 2020 team 2

NAW 2020 team 3

We also had the privilege to support events at: 

  • Guys and St Thomas' NHS Trust
  • Hounslow Council
  • Ealing Council
  • North Middlesex Hospital 
  • Hackney Council

National Apprenticeship Week has given us the opportunity to celebrate our apprentices and employers! But we’re still looking for 30 Hawk Stars (current and former learners and employers who go above and beyond in their roles and are true apprentice role models). As part of our Hawk is 30 events we will be inviting our 30 Hawk stars to an awards event which will celebrate their success and showcase the hard work they do! If you have anyone in mind that you’d like to nominate, please get in touch, contact


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