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

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

Leading property management company, Rendall and 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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National Apprentice Week is 6-10 March – An employer’s guide to employing apprentices
Mar09

National Apprentice Week is 6-10 March – An employer’s guide to employing apprentices

With National Apprenticeship Week 2017 taking place from 6-10th March, employer advice service Peninsula have provided HR News with a quick guide on the important areas employers need to be aware of when employing apprentices: What documentation do apprentices receive? Apprentices do not work under normal contracts of employment. Instead, there are special documents depending on where the apprentice will be employed. If taking an...

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Smaller businesses not ready for April’s apprenticeship levy, warns Xpert HR
Feb27

Smaller businesses not ready for April’s apprenticeship levy, warns Xpert HR

Smaller businesses could be unprepared for the new Apprenticeship Levy[i], which is expected to come into force on 6 April 2017, according to a survey from XpertHR[ii]. The levy will require employers with a paybill of more than £3 million a year (around 2% of businesses in the UK) to pay 0.5% of this to fund apprenticeship costs. The Government is introducing the levy in a bid to increase the number of apprenticeships in England to...

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Are UK millenials the ‘abandoned generation’ in the workplace?
Feb27

Are UK millenials the ‘abandoned generation’ in the workplace?

UK Millennials feel their career prospects are worse than any other generation 25-34 year olds graduated into the worst UK economy in living memory UK Millennials feel they have been denied the same career opportunities afforded to other generations, reveals research published today by HR software & analytics supplier Peakon. Peakon surveyed over 5,500 respondents during February, and researchers found: Compared to any other...

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Law Firm Bond Dickinson wins National Apprenticeship Award
Feb24

Law Firm Bond Dickinson wins National Apprenticeship Award

  National law firm Bond Dickinson has won the Newcomer Large Employer of the Year award at the National Apprenticeship Awards. Organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, the awards showcase the very best apprenticeship employers and apprentices in the UK and recognise excellence in businesses growing their own talent through apprenticeships schemes. Bond Dickinson was amongst the first law firms to make legal...

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Apprenticeship levy comes in April – are employers ready for when the levy breaks?
Feb23

Apprenticeship levy comes in April – are employers ready for when the levy breaks?

Guest blog by Michael Bainbridge, Managing Director, KZN Solutions The Government’s Apprenticeship Levy scheme is nearly upon us. However, it’s still doubtful whether many businesses affected by the changes are actually ready.   Poor advice is making the situation worse There is a great deal of poor advice being bandied about, which means there is a danger that the issues seem more complicated than they really are.  This means...

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Millenials ‘will have to work until their seventies’ to afford retirement
Feb23

Millenials ‘will have to work until their seventies’ to afford retirement

New research shows that today’s Millenials have a long working life ahead of them, partly because pension schemes are becoming less generous. The average Millennial is able to save just £103 a month, or £1,236 a year, research from giffgaff money can reveal. This means they’re projected to work until they’re 77 years old before they have enough money to enjoy retirement. The research is part of a recent survey into Millennial...

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Why apprentices are becoming more employable than graduates
Feb22

Why apprentices are becoming more employable than graduates

Guest blog by Ryan Longmate, Managing Director of Positive Outcomes Apprentices seeing a shift in perceptions We’ve seen a significant shift in the recruiting habits of businesses in the last few years. The perception of apprenticeships has altered dramatically – among both young people and employers – with many companies now considering apprentices to be the most employable of young people in today’s job market. Apprenticeships are...

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Is this the UK’s coolest apprenticeship?  Dan & Nancy learn how to make beer!
Feb16

Is this the UK’s coolest apprenticeship? Dan & Nancy learn how to make beer!

In what could be one of the UK’s most unusual apprenticeships, The Craft Academy, a brewing venture led by apprentices, has been launched by Greene King. The Craft Academy helps craft new talent and unbottle potential by giving young people the chance to earn while they learn about brewing, design, marketing and sales. With the help of experienced mentors, the 18 month course teaches participants industry-specific skills as they...

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How the new apprenticeship levy will benefit employers from April onwards
Feb07

How the new apprenticeship levy will benefit employers from April onwards

Guest blog by Kelly Ball, Managing Director of Positive Outcomes, a leading provider of apprenticeships and work-based training The apprenticeship levy comes into force in April, and it promises to help businesses thrive by enabling them to establish a talented and skilled workforce. One of the primary aims of the levy is to increase the number of apprenticeships nationwide. This is in line with the government’s pledge to create 3...

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Are millenials REALLY so different in their career priorities?
Feb06

Are millenials REALLY so different in their career priorities?

Generation X includes those born from early 1960s to late 1970s, Generation Y, ‘the millenials’, were born between 1980 and the end of 1994 (with some more generous definitions taking in those born up to 2000). I want it all, I want it NOW! The millenials are are much maligned, according to the Guardian.  Common perceptions of an entire generation include laziness, being demanding, and ‘wanting it all, NOW!’...

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