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What’s new with NSoA?

Back in March we launched the National Society of Apprentices and it’s time to let us know what you think. A group of apprentices asked us to find out how far people travel to training and work and how that affects their apprenticeship. The survey will take about 5 minutes and of course we’ll enter you into a prize draw for taking part – First prize of £100, £50 runner up and two £25 amazon vouchers to be won.


The research findings will be presented by the leadership team at our first round of membership events in September.


Monday 8th September – North West

Tuesday 9th September - North East

Wednesday 10th September - Midlands

Thursday 11th September – South West

Friday 12th September – London


Each of the days will be focussed on 3 things; Ideas, People and Action.


For more information on your local event email: apprentice@nus.org.uk




It’s an exciting time to be an apprentice, and for apprenticeships in general. We are seeing a real debate about what apprenticeships should look like, where you can do one, in which subjects and to which level. Apprenticeships are finally beginning to be taken seriously.

Following our research into careers advice and apprenticeships over the last year we’ve been talking with apprentices across the country from all sorts of different frameworks. Apprentices have been telling us they are concerned about:

- Careers Advice

- Pay and travel costs

- Respect as an apprentice

- The quality of teaching and learning

So these are the things that the national society will be focussing on this year.

When apprentices have been talking to us about the quality of their experience we’ve seen something quite disturbing. The experience of men and women in apprenticeships is different. When we followed up these stories and looked at the research we found that training, conditions and pay are better in apprenticeships that tend to be done by men. We believe everyone has the right to access an excellent apprenticeship.

Everyone seems to be talking about apprenticeships, but it’s time for apprentices to do the talking.

Raechel, Joe and the Interim Leadership Team



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Hi, I'm Joe Vinson, Vice President (Further Education).

Welcome to the Further Education zone of NUS Connect where, come rain or shine, you'll find campaign information, news and ideas to take up in your students' union. Campaign materials and information for students are available at www.nus.org.uk.

If you have any comments or ideas on how we can improve this section, then please email me at joe.vinson@nus.org.uk. In the meantime, please check out my blog for photos and my thoughts on the varying campaigns we're running.

Staff contact: Katie Shaw, FE Campaigns & Policy Officer