Celebrate National Apprenticeship Week with Futures and a quiz!

4th February, 2021 Read time: 2 min

For National Apprenticeship Week 2021, we're inviting you to take part in our online quiz.

If you haven't already seen this on our social media pages, don't scroll too far before watching this video. Have a go at guessing the answers to the ten questions. No peeking!

The Answers 
1. How many Apprenticeships were started between 2010 and 2019?
  1. 5.1 million
  2. 4.2 million
  3. 3.3 million

With each passing year, the diversity within those starting apprenticeships also increases, as the percentages of women, people with disabilities and people from BAME backgrounds increases.

2. What sector was most popular for apprenticeships in the 2016/17 academic year?
    1. Health, Public Services & care
    2. Engineering & manufacturing
    3. Construction & Planning

This is very different to the most popular apprenticeships 100 years ago. In 2011, the top trades were drapery, dressmaking and milinery. In 2019, the top apprenticeship was Business Administration.

3. What is the highest level of Apprenticeship currently available?
    1. Level 3 - equivalent to A-Level
    2. Level 5 – equivalent to Foundation Degree
    3. Level 7 – equivalent to Master’s Degree

These can last one to five years and the professions/subjects available include architects, solicitors and research scientists.

4. Which of these well-known people didn’t start their career as an apprentice?
    1. Sir Ian McKellan
    2. Sir Patrick Stewart
    3. Gordon Ramsay

Both Sir Ian McKellan and Gordon Ramsey started their careers as apprentices. Sir Patrick Stewart’s first job was as a journalist – though rumour has it that he spent his working time attending theatre rehearsals and made up the stories he reported on! 

5. The Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne and former Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson, both trained as apprentices in the same profession, what was it?
    1. Toolmaking
    2. Electrician
    3. Accounting

Both Ozzy Osbourne and Sir Alex Ferguson trained as toolmaking apprentices. Ozzy also trained to be a plumber, as well as a car factory horn tuner! 

6. Which of these are currently approved apprenticeships (according to UCAS)?
    1. Advanced Dairy Technologist
    2. Church Minister
    3. Assistant Puppet Maker

According to UCAS, Church Minister, Assistant Puppet Maker and Advanced dairy Technologist are all currently approved apprenticeships. Which just goes to show that there’s more options when it comes to apprenticeships than you might think. 

7. In December 2020, which Nottingham-based company was named one of the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers in the country?
    1. Boots
    2. Experian
    3. Nottingham City Homes
8. Which Branch of the Armed forces bagged the top spot in the same list?
    1. Royal Air Force
    2. British Army
    3. Royal Navy

Nottingham City Homes placed at number 30 in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2020 list, while the top spot was taken by the British Army, although all three armed forces branches appear in the top 10. 

9. We couldn’t have an Apprenticeship quiz without mentioning BBC’s The Apprentice. What is 2016 winner Alana Spencer’s cake and chocolate brand called? 
    1. Ridiculously Rich
    2. Incredibly Indulgent
    3. Deliciously Decadent

Alana Spencer’s cake and chocolate brand is called Ridiculously Rich by Alana. The Welsh entrepreneur won series 12 of The Apprentice after facing challenges including creating a virtual reality video game and advertising jeans.

10. When was the first official national apprenticeship system of training introduced?
  1. 1124
  2. 1563
  3. 1967

The first official national apprenticeship system of training was introduced in 1563. The Statute of Apprentices of 1563 became law, meaning that anyone who wished to enter a trade must do so via apprenticeship lasting at least 7 years.

How did you do?

If you’re interested in finding out more about apprenticeships, whether for yourself, your employees or someone you know, visit our Apprenticeships page.  

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