Organisations team together to help mums into work and progress through part-time apprenticeships
Jul20

Organisations team together to help mums into work and progress through part-time apprenticeships

Young Women’s Trust, Trust for London, flexibility experts Timewise and the Learning and Work Institute are teaming up to promote part-time apprenticeships that will help people with caring responsibilities get back into work, as well as progress their careers. While the number of people doing apprenticeships has increased since the introduction of the levy in April, many – particularly women, people with caring responsibilities,...

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Apprenticeship levy to pay dividends for English employers
Jul13

Apprenticeship levy to pay dividends for English employers

Half (54%) of business-decision makers at levy-paying organisations say they are already making use of the apprenticeship levy, but there’s still a long way to go to make sure all organisations in England are using the funding effectively, according to new research from The Open University. Of those not already using their ‘levy pot’, three in 10 (29%) say they already have concrete plans for the funding, but it seems that one in five...

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Is poor mentor training to blame for almost a third of apprentices dropping out?
Jul04

Is poor mentor training to blame for almost a third of apprentices dropping out?

Richard Daniel Curtis, CEO of The Mentoring School, shares how colleagues feel about supporting apprentices – and asks whether inadequate support and training for mentors is leading to nearly a third of them dropping out. The government has set a target of 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 and introduced an apprenticeship levy for employers with an annual wages bill of over £3million. Government guidance for pay and conditions...

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Apprenticeships provide employment boost for people with a learning disability
Jun29

Apprenticeships provide employment boost for people with a learning disability

Charity Mencap is highlighting the low levels of people with a learning disability in paid work and the need for employers to open up their recruitment practices. Latest statistics show that there are less than 6% of adults with a learning disability known to social services are in paid employment. People with a learning disability face many barriers when trying to find work, including: Complicated application forms Negative employer...

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Professional Trainee scheme at NFU Mutual crowned the category winner of The Job Crowd Awards 2017
Jun29

Professional Trainee scheme at NFU Mutual crowned the category winner of The Job Crowd Awards 2017

Insurer named the number one company for graduates to work for in the Banking and Finance Sector NFU Mutual is delighted to announce that its Professional Trainee scheme has won Gold at The Job Crowd Top Companies For Early Careers 2017/2018 awards. The Stratford-upon-Avon based insurance, investments and pensions business was ranked the number one company for graduates to work for in the Banking and Finance Sector for companies with...

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Four in ten millenials have no pension provision
Jun28

Four in ten millenials have no pension provision

Four in ten millennials have no pension provision, new research from YouGov reveals. The Bridging the Young Adults Pension Gap report indicates that 44% of 18-34 year olds say they have no pension provision whatsoever compared to around a fifth of 35-54s (22%) and over-55s (20%). YouGov’s study reveals the extent to which under-35s have a poor knowledge of pensions. Approaching three in ten (27%) say they simply don’t know understand...

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RSG supports Princes Trust initiative to get disadvantaged young people into employment
Jun22

RSG supports Princes Trust initiative to get disadvantaged young people into employment

The UK’s largest independent recruitment organisation, RSG, has named The Prince’s Trust as it’s chosen charity partner in a bid to help disadvantaged young people across the country take the first steps into work. The Prince’s Trust aims to support 60,000 new young people across the UK, helping to give them the skills and confidence needed to get a job. With five centres across the South, the aim is to reach more than 10,000 new...

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Apprenticeship levy is here – so now what?
Jun08

Apprenticeship levy is here – so now what?

Steve Hill, Director of External Engagement at The Open University, discusses how employers can make the most of the new apprenticeship levy. The apprenticeship levy came into force last month, putting employers at the heart of developing and funding apprenticeships in England. Designed to boost skills in the UK, the levy applies to all UK organisations with an annual wage bill of £3 million or more and plays an important role in...

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CIPD Awards dinner celebrates South East Wales CIPD student success
Jun08

CIPD Awards dinner celebrates South East Wales CIPD student success

CIPD Wales’ South East Branch were proud to round off their annual year with a gala dinner at Cardiff Bay’s St. David’s Hotel to celebrate success among the region’s students. Students and members celebrated the evening with a delicious three course meal, a mock casino, and of course, dancing, after the all-important awards were announced. Winners of the most outstanding student from each of their...

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Tomorrow’s talent set to receive £5,000 Chivas Brothers’ bursary for second year
May30

Tomorrow’s talent set to receive £5,000 Chivas Brothers’ bursary for second year

Chivas Brothers has once again began the search for bright, enthusiastic and dedicated applicants for its popular bursary scheme in partnership with the Scottish International Educational Trust (SIET).   The initiative, which launched to great acclaim for the first time last year, offers financial support to ambitious employees or their family members, helping them to realise their aspirations and take their talents to the next...

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Adecco selects Student as UK CEO for a month
May25

Adecco selects Student as UK CEO for a month

The Adecco Group UK and Ireland, the UK and Ireland’s largest workplace solutions organisation, has chosen the UK participant of its fourth ‘CEO for One Month’ initiative following an assessment day on 18 May. ‘CEO for One Month’ is part of the worldwide Adecco Way to WorkTM programme, designed to help talent increase their employability and career prospects. Edmund Broadhead was chosen from eight finalists following the assessment...

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‘Jobs for the boys’ myth limits apprentice opportunities
May19

‘Jobs for the boys’ myth limits apprentice opportunities

Gender bias colours students’ attitudes to apprenticeships Six out of 10 school leavers believe apprenticeship opportunities are in sectors with mainly male workforces One in three parents believe apprenticeships are suited to boys Male students wrongly believe apprenticeships for men involve manual labour while female students think most opportunities are in nursing, healthcare and childcare School leavers are missing out on...

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Are millenials scared of phone conversations?
May18

Are millenials scared of phone conversations?

A survey conducted by virtual receptionist providers CALLCARE has shown that despite checking their phones more than 157 times a day,  nearly one in three millennials will not use their mobiles to make calls, opting instead for messaging apps and email communications. The results are sobering: Almost one in three millennials use their mobiles to make calls no more than twice a week Evidence suggests negative millennial attitudes...

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‘Not just a job, he’s got a career!’ says Mum as son with DS lands sought after science career
May18

‘Not just a job, he’s got a career!’ says Mum as son with DS lands sought after science career

As talent shortages persist, employers cannot afford to ‘write off’ any group of potential workers, yet it is significantly harder for adults with learning disabilities to obtain work than almost any other client group. Individuals with Down’s syndrome battle misperceptions about their capabilities and often can’t even get an interview. The Down’s Syndrome Association’s ‘Workfit’ team are doing an amazing job of...

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One in 4 Employers have NEVER considered apprenticeships
May16

One in 4 Employers have NEVER considered apprenticeships

25% of UK organisations have never considered apprentices, despite evidence that they are highly valued, according to new research by The Adecco Group UK and Ireland, the UK and Ireland’s largest workplace solutions organisation. The Adecco Group UK&I’s report, Closing the Skills Gap: Will Apprenticeships Deliver the Workforce of Tomorrow? includes research that found that a popular reason for not employing apprentices is that...

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