Could mature workers fill the skills gap, as the new levy funds training for all ages?
Apr11

Could mature workers fill the skills gap, as the new levy funds training for all ages?

  Engineering and manufacturing companies of any size could fill skills gaps by using the Government’s new apprenticeship levy, which came into force on 6 April. For the first time, employees aged 24 and over will attract 90% funding for apprenticeship training, with no upper age limit and with eligibility for graduates. “Employers have struggled to train in the last few years and this new funding could help upskill our...

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The apprenticeship levy will only fail if employers fail to use it – lose the pessimism and give it a shot!
Apr06

The apprenticeship levy will only fail if employers fail to use it – lose the pessimism and give it a shot!

Guest blog by Roxanne Stockwell, Principal, Pearson College London You may have missed it, but today the Government will implement the biggest shake up of workplace training and funding for a generation through the introduction of the apprenticeship levy. The idea behind the Levy is very simple. The Government is committed to recruiting 3 million apprentices by 2020 and is introducing the Levy to both fund this reform and, crucially,...

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Social mobility charity backs critical report of Government’s apprenticeship scheme
Apr06

Social mobility charity backs critical report of Government’s apprenticeship scheme

  Executive Director of social mobility charity Leadership Through Sport & Business has backed MP’s criticisms of the Government’s “blunt tool” apprenticeship initiatives. Caroline Adair said it was important that young people were not just started in schemes, but offered support and training throughout the process until they complete. Speaking after the publication of the critical report by the Education, Skills and Economy...

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22 year old’s ‘Headstart’ app recruits 20,000 students in first 6 months
Apr04

22 year old’s ‘Headstart’ app recruits 20,000 students in first 6 months

22-year-old undergraduate student Nicholas Shekerdemian has celebrated massive success and has been named as one of 2017’s ‘most exciting young entrepreneurs to watch’ in several reports, after his ground-breaking Headstart app was a finalist and award winner in the ‘Disrupt HR’ competition at HR Tech World in Paris.  Signing up over 20,000 students in just 6 months,  the app which he co-founded and launched with...

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Apprenticeship Levy imposed without consultation, future Wales taxes need Welsh consent, warns Assembly Committee
Mar28

Apprenticeship Levy imposed without consultation, future Wales taxes need Welsh consent, warns Assembly Committee

A Welsh Assembly Committee is warning that new taxes in devolved areas must have consent from the devolved institutions. The recommendation is one of thirteen in the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee’s report on the Apprenticeship Levy – a UK government charge on large employers which comes in to force next week. Committee chair Russell George AM said: “The introduction on 6 April 2017 of a UK-wide Levy has raised a number...

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Everything HR needs to know about the new apprenticeship levy
Mar23

Everything HR needs to know about the new apprenticeship levy

Guest blog by Rachel Harber, HR and Operations Director at Omega Resource Group. In an attempt to expand the total number of apprentices in England to three million by 2020, the Government has implemented an apprenticeship tax to be charged to large employers, which will be introduced in April 2017.   What is the Apprenticeship Levy 2017? In spring 2017 the way the government funds apprenticeships in England is changing. Some...

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Degree apprenticeships – the real alternative for apprentices and employers
Mar23

Degree apprenticeships – the real alternative for apprentices and employers

As the cost of going to university rises, many young people are looking to apprenticeships to gain qualifications and work experience at work rather than by going to University and spending much of their early working life in debt. However, the new Degree Apprenticeship could offer the best of both worlds.  It is a new education route, just launched by the Government, bringing together the best of higher and vocational training. This...

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Curves over career: One in four millennials care more about their body image than career
Mar21

Curves over career: One in four millennials care more about their body image than career

Two thirds of millennials would exchange a 20% pay cut for the perfect body Young women are seven times more likely to worry about their figure than their career One in five millennials (17%) have received comments about their weight from a colleague A new study into millennial health has revealed that career aspirations are at the bottom rung of the ladder as two thirds of young people would be happy to take a pay-cut if it meant...

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Millenials thrive best in a culture of recognition, finds study
Mar14

Millenials thrive best in a culture of recognition, finds study

Millennials who show an appreciation of their colleagues, known as ‘giving recognition’, have a desire to work harder, according to a study released by The O.C. Tanner Institute. However it’s not only millenials – the study also shows that UK workers who frequently ‘recognise’ their colleagues are more motivated and innovative with greater organisational pride than those workers who ‘never/rarely’ give recognition. The...

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RSA Apprentices: “University wasn’t right for me, I wanted to earn and learn”
Mar10

RSA Apprentices: “University wasn’t right for me, I wanted to earn and learn”

During 2017 National Apprenticeship Week (March 6th – 10th), two young apprentices from global insurer’s RSA offices in Halifax champion the benefits of being able to earn a wage,  whilst gaining practical on the job training combined with study. Co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, the 10th National Apprenticeship week is designed to celebrate the positive impact apprenticeships and traineeships have on individuals,...

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Rendall & Rittner Housing and Property Management apprentices join new pilot scheme
Mar10

Rendall & Rittner Housing and Property Management apprentices join new pilot scheme

Leading property management company, Rendall & Rittner has signed up five aspiring apprentices for its pilot group of the first ever Government Apprenticeship in Housing and Property Management. The apprentices visited the office on Thursday 9th March to see their head office and meet with directors for National Apprenticeship Week. Since the Governments pledge last year to create three million apprenticeships by 2020, many...

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Tips for getting the best from your apprentices
Mar10

Tips for getting the best from your apprentices

This week marks National Apprenticeship Week, a campaign aimed to bring together employers and apprentices from across the UK to celebrate the success of this career option. Many organisations are choosing to offer an alternative route into the world of work, as opposed to the more traditional university path. Leading workplace specialist Active, for example, has had many successes with apprentices in the past and has recently...

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Futurestep: as 1250 people apply for 23 cyber security apprenticeships, businesses need apprenticeships
Mar10

Futurestep: as 1250 people apply for 23 cyber security apprenticeships, businesses need apprenticeships

The UK Government has revealed that almost 1,250 people applied for 23 cyber security apprentice roles in three-week application period. The news comes at the end of the tenth National Apprenticeship Week and it’s a great example of demand among young people to explore alternatives to university. The government’s decision to implement this scheme is also a great example to business of the need to do more to not only protect the...

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National Apprenticeship Week – a week in the life of a legal apprentice
Mar09

National Apprenticeship Week – a week in the life of a legal apprentice

A week in the life of a legal apprentice By Florence Lungu, Legal Apprentice at national law firm Bond Dickinson 19 year old Florence has been a legal apprentice at national law firm Bond Dickinson for a year and half. In this article, she describes what her day-to-day role at the firm is like and what the apprenticeship scheme has meant for her, her personal and professional development as well as her career in law. My role as a...

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National Apprenticeship Week: Ben proves that apprentices can still succeed within the graduate dominated finance industry
Mar09

National Apprenticeship Week: Ben proves that apprentices can still succeed within the graduate dominated finance industry

Apprenticeships within the financial services sector are often overlooked, but Ben Slater’s success shows that it is possible to thrive within the sector without a degree.    Having obtained ‘A’ levels in 2013, Ben decided against university choosing instead to pursue a career in the financial services industry through an apprenticeship with Nottingham based Russell Ulyatt Financial Services. Immediately after leaving college at 18,...

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