NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND: The Big Assembly – National Apprenticeship Week 2020!

Did you miss our National Apprenticeship Week 2020 Big Assembly?

It was the seventh in a successful series of live, interactive digital broadcasts, with audiences of tens of thousands of students from across the UK simultaneously participating in conversations about their futures.

The Big Assembly will last for 30 minutes and is designed with teachers and careers advisers in mind. It is an online interactive webinar, where you and your students will feel involved; you’ll be able to ask our panellists questions through our chat facility and get involved with interactive polls throughout the broadcast. What’s more is it’s all completely FREE!

The Big Assembly NAW2020 was hosted by the Chair & Vice Chair of Young Apprenticeship Ambassador Network East Midlands and we will be joined by an amazing selection of young people, from a host of diversities. Our panellists are current apprentices at a variety of companies including Virgin Media, Morrisons, Bakkavor, Workpays and the BBC and will give your students advice and information about apprenticeships and careers.

We’ll be showing you and your students how inclusive apprenticeships are, with panellists from a host of different socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds to those who live with mental and physical challenges. Discover who our hosts and panellists are by clicking here.

All you will have to do is press play on the broadcast! By registering to our event by clicking here or filling out the form on the right-hand side, you will receive exclusive information and we’ll send you an email on the day with a link directly to the LIVE broadcast.

If you’ve got questions we haven’t answered please scroll down to our FAQs or contact us by clicking here. You can also watch all of our previous Big Assembly events on demand, while you are waiting.

Please click here to download lesson plans for the event.


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WHAT IS NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK?National Apprenticeship Week (3 – 9 February 2020) is an annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships across England and is a time to recognise and applaud apprenticeship success stories across the country. It is a flagship moment in the calendar year for supporters and ambassadors of apprenticeships, uniting them and delivering consistent messages with strong collective impact. ‘Look Beyond’ will serve as a rallying cry for the apprenticeship community to showcase the true meaning of diversity within apprenticeships, including:

• calling on young people to look beyond traditional routes into employment and explore the diversity of career options and industries now available to them through apprenticeships;
• calling on employers to look beyond traditional hiring routes and shout about the value they already see from diversifying their workforce by employing apprentices
• calling on parents and teachers to look beyond old preconceptions around apprenticeships, building understanding of the true value they bring, and sharing this with young people.

National Apprenticeship Week is a time to recognise and applaud apprenticeship success stories across the country, extending the message to communities and audiences that are less familiar with the value and return on investment they bring.


The Big Assembly is a live digital broadcast allowing students the opportunity to discuss their careers, it is also interactive so you and your students will be able to ask questions to the panel to be answered live!

#NAW2020 Big Assembly will be live at 10.30am on Monday 3rd February 2020 for 30 minutes, to coincide with National Apprenticeship week. The Big Assembly will also be available on demand, 24 hours after the live broadcast has finished.

The Big Assembly can be streamed through our website – First, you need to register to attend, you can do so by clicking here. On the day you will receive an email from us with details of how to watch it live – be prepared to ask questions during the event!

If your plans change and you don’t have the chance to watch it, it will be available on demand on the Big Assembly website, 24 hours after the live broadcast.

Yes. Anyone who wants the live stream either for themselves or to show to a group will need to register, test and then log on Wednesday 6 November.

It’s so much more than that! The Big Assembly is a mix of short inspirational films from young people, interspersed with live discussion, which will include the opportunity to take questions from viewers. Each Big Assembly will have a different format with new and inspiring ideas to keep your students engaged. During the discussion, the panel will answer questions sent ‘real time’ using the online chat facility, email and social media.

Yes. Just ask the teachers to register to they receive the information they need before the event.

All of our previous Big Assembly events are now available for you to watch on demand. You will also have the opportunity to watch the #NAW2020 Big Assembly 24 hours after the live broadcast.

You can check your connection to the stream by viewing any of the Big Assembly events On Demand, by clicking here. Alternatively, once you have registered, we will also send you a link so you can test your connection a few weeks before the event.