‘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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Why apprentices require organisational support to succeed
May15

Why apprentices require organisational support to succeed

Nearly half (45%) of apprentices struggle to find time to study, despite the requirement to spend 20 per cent of their working hours in off-the-job training One in five (20%) apprentices lacks support from their line manager But technology-enabled learning enables faster delivery and study, saving time for apprentices and employers Many apprentices aren’t receiving the organisational support they need to succeed, according to a new...

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London-based SME? Young talent is waiting to join your business
May12

London-based SME? Young talent is waiting to join your business

London’s Square Mile is home to some of the biggest and best businesses in the world with young, aspiring City workers competing for the most exciting internship and apprenticeship opportunities in the country. Whilst many large companies already have the resources to put these initiatives in place, SMEs can often get left behind as they struggle to compete with the shiny, structured offerings of their rivals. With the new...

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Study reveals graduates have unrealistic salary expectations
May11

Study reveals graduates have unrealistic salary expectations

Nearly half of graduates (47%) expect an average of £9,000 more than they get in their first role after university, a new report reveals. Post-university, graduates expect their first job to pay between £21,000 and £30,000, yet only one in six achieve this sum. The study of 492 graduates, by sales recruitment specialist Pareto Law, discovers a marked difference between expectation and reality when it comes to graduates’ views on...

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“The millennial myth”
May10

“The millennial myth”

Guest blog by Gareth Way, HR and Training Director at Creditsafe I’m often asked to review what companies should do to engage with new employees who are entering the world of work for the first time, and so I thought it was about time that I set out where I stand in the whole ‘generation discussion.’ A great deal of column space is given to the dissection of the differences between the multiple generations that coexist in the...

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Recruitment drive for student nurses in Wales as NHS Bursaries continue in the Principality
May10

Recruitment drive for student nurses in Wales as NHS Bursaries continue in the Principality

The Welsh Government’s campaign to recruit and train nursing students starts as Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced that NHS Bursaries for eligible student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals will continue to be available in Wales in 2018/19. The bursary will be based upon individuals committing in advance to taking up the opportunity to work in Wales, post qualification, for a period of two years. The...

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OECD Skills Outlook finds UK could lose competitive advantage if we don’t start upskilling
May04

OECD Skills Outlook finds UK could lose competitive advantage if we don’t start upskilling

The OECD Skills Outlook report 2017, launched today has revealed that the UK may lose it’s competitive advantage if it does not improve its skills mix to ensure that it meets the skills requirements of technologically advanced industries – the full UK breakdown is available here. Obviously, this is a significant issue for the UK, and whilst the Government has already taken some action with the introduction of the...

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How to employ and engage with the millennials transforming flexible working
Apr20

How to employ and engage with the millennials transforming flexible working

By Joanne Cumper The way we work is a source of continual debate, with people arguing for and against a number of set ups – whether it be an open plan office, hot desking, i.e. not working from your own, fixed desk in an office, the use of hybrid mobile devices, or something contrary to the previous. Whatever the set up; everyone has an opinion. Flexible working is something that businesses grapple with every day. Why? There are two...

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Why Apprentices are positive for individuals, businesses and the economy
Apr20

Why Apprentices are positive for individuals, businesses and the economy

Stuart Cavanagh, Head of HR at Novus Property Solutions Having worked with a wide range of apprentices, property maintenance specialists Novus Property Solutions are well positioned to advise on just how we all benefit from Apprenticeship schemes. Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular as people look for more cost-effective, debt-free routes to gaining experience and full-time employment. The last couple of years has seen a...

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Extraordinary experience in extraordinary times – my life as an EU trainee
Apr20

Extraordinary experience in extraordinary times – my life as an EU trainee

Most HR Managers are used to supporting apprentices and graduate trainees.  The European Parliament is no different and it runs the Robert Schubert Traineeship Programme, and places are highly sought after. Trainee Víctor Nauzet Hernández shares his experience of working in London’s European Parliament Information Office: Since I began my Bachelor´s Degree I had been dreaming of participating in the Robert Schuman traineeship...

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AXA apprenticeship scheme recognised for boosting youth employment in Glasgow
Apr13

AXA apprenticeship scheme recognised for boosting youth employment in Glasgow

AXA Business Insurance has just been named Employer of the Month by Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow. DYW Glasgow, which is supported by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, aims to increase industry links with education and move more young people into work. Today’s award recognises AXA’s role in piloting Scotland’s first Foundation Apprenticeship in Financial Services, which provides school pupils with flexible work-study placements in...

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Employers reveal top personal skills they seek in young people – and it seems there is a soft-skills gap
Apr13

Employers reveal top personal skills they seek in young people – and it seems there is a soft-skills gap

UK employers value more than just work-related skills in young people coming out of the education system and into the workplace, according to a study by education charity Central YMCA. The survey of senior managers at more than 200 businesses revealed that learning new skills (57%), being well-read (47%) and having a strong interest in a hobby (43%) are the top three non-work-related qualities employers look for most when hiring young...

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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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