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Smaller businesses throughout England are embracing apprenticeships, with nine out of 10 that have taken on apprentices saying they have boosted productivity, according to a new study from the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). The study showed that businesses appreciate the value apprenticeships can bring to them, with 97% saying that taking on apprentices has been good value for money for them, nine out of ten (90%) saying they have boosted their productivity, and 63% saying that they bring staff

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A Cornishman who was homeless has turned his life around and is now celebrating national recognition for his inspirational efforts as a housing apprentice. Ross Jasper, from Penzance, was a resident at Devon and Cornwall Housing’s (DCH) Coach House Foyer in Cornwall, which provides accommodation and independent living support to young homeless people. Jasper went on to grasp every opportunity he was given by the housing provider, including the help and encouragement to apply for an apprenticeship with DCH. Jasper’s

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The best advice for those considering a legal apprenticeship is to research all options, according to CILEx Apprenticeships have long been a respected and effective means of training practitioners in a profession. They combine the acquisition of knowledge (academic study), skills (application of learning) and experience (work-based learning) while earning a wage with a training employer. Training requirements for solicitors and barristers have traditionally followed a more academic approach. These traditional routes into law have focused on recruiting university graduates

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Northumbria University is aiming to bolster its degree apprenticeship programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels Higher and degree apprenticeships are a key strand in the government’s skills strategy and are open to newly recruited and existing staff from organisations of all sizes. They combine university study and workplace learning to enable employees to gain new knowledge, new skills and new thinking, while completing an undergraduate or master’s degree. In the current climate, organisations need to be sure that they

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Director of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), Sue Husband, challenges some of the key myths around the apprenticeship levy Myth #1: All businesses must pay the apprenticeship levy Only employers that pay more than £3 million in wages are liable to pay the apprenticeship levy. Levy-paying employers contribute 0.5% of their paybill into a fund each month, which can be re-invested in apprenticeship training for their business. And for every £1 contributed, the government adds 10p. If you’re an employer

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Travis Perkins, the UK’s largest supplier of building materials to the construction, DIY and home improvement markets, has so far recruited 200 new apprentices in 2018. These new recruits will be working across the group’s 20+ industry brands and will be at the forefront of the companies’ celebrations for National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2018. Louise Powell, head of education and learning at Travis Perkins, said: “We are a huge advocate of apprenticeships at Travis Perkins and we are extremely proud

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CCB Training, part of The Cornwall College Group (TCCG), has signed up more than 1,200 new apprentices between September 2017 and today. CCB Training noted the influx of students as the latest figures published by the Department for Education (DfE) showed provisional starts for the first quarter of 2017/2018, covering the months of August, September and October, were down 26% nationally compared to the same quarter the previous year. “As the largest provider of apprenticeships in the South West, we

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Sue Husband, director of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), sets out why 2018 is set to be a crucial year for apprenticeships National Apprenticeship Week 2018 takes place this week. The theme is ‘Apprenticeships Work’ and it’s a week-long celebration of apprenticeships in England designed to showcase how apprenticeships work for individuals, businesses, communities and the wider economy. During the week, employers and apprentices will come together to celebrate the success of apprenticeships while encouraging even more people to choose an

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A degree apprenticeship allows you to study at degree level while earning a salary and gaining practical, on-the-job skills, as University of Salford explains This work-based route to a degree means you will be working alongside industry experts gaining vital experience to help you excel in your chosen career. If you are looking for an alternative to traditional university study then a degree apprenticeship could be the perfect route for you. The government and your employer fund these apprenticeships so there

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The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is calling on construction employers to offer opportunities to the hundreds of Carillion apprentices and workers who lost their jobs following the company’s collapse. A new careers page has been set up on the CITB website, collating job opportunities in each nation and region, to help Carillion staff find new employment. CITB has played a major role in the wake of Carillion’s closure. CEO Sarah Beale is part of the government’s taskforce that aims

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