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Apprentices stand to save £147 million per year through the National Union of Students (NUS) Apprentice extra card, according to new statistics. New NUS research examining the benefits of being an apprentice show that 43% of apprentices feel that they enjoy the same lifestyle as their friends who work full time, particularly because of the discounts that they receive through schemes such as the NUS Apprentice extra card. Some 64% of apprentices feel that they are in a better financial

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May is launching a wide-ranging review into post-18 education that is expected to include an examination of university tuition fees. In a speech in Derbyshire to announce the review, May will respond to criticism that university has become too expensive and challenge the belief that vocational training “is something for other people’s children”. The prime minister will call for a parity of esteem between academic and technical options to “create a system of tertiary education that

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The Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network (ADCN) has increased its membership, taking the number of employers committed to apprenticeship diversity to more than 40. Set up to champion apprenticeships and diversity among employers, BT, Shropshire Council, Nottingham City Homes, the Royal Air Force, Walsall Council, Vets4Pets, My KindaFuture, Colas Rail, Christeyns and Bombardier have all recently joined the network. These employers have all committed to encouraging more people from underrepresented groups to consider apprenticeships. Existing members, including the BBC, Kier Group,

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Five major cities across England have pledged to work to make apprenticeships more accessible to individuals from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) and disadvantaged backgrounds. The 5 Cities Project, launched by the UK Department for Education, will see the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) work with partners in the Greater Manchester, London, Bristol, Birmingham and Leicester areas to promote the take-up of apprenticeships among under-represented groups, including BAME, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Employers supporting the drive include B&Q, Rolls

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Traineeships have been around since 2014 and are playing a pivotal part in supporting employers to prepare their workforce for the future, by bringing in young people that need a degree of reassurance and mentoring to become work-ready. Qube Learning has been delivering traineeships since August 2014, with our provision growing year on year, and we have now developed nationwide relationships with both large and small employers that are seeing the benefits and results of our programme. Traineeships are extremely

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BBC Learning is currently casting for a new campaign focusing on peer mentoring for 16- to 24-year-olds. The broadcaster is looking for young people aged 16 to 24, who have taken different routes in order to achieve their full potential in employment. They might have done an apprenticeship or attended a vocational college, gone straight into employment after secondary school, or not achieved the results they needed to attend their desired university course. BBC Learning would like these young people

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  The number of apprenticeship starts in the UK fell dramatically in the first quarter of the 2017/18 academic year. There were 114,400 apprenticeship starts reported for the period, compared to 155,600 reported at this time in 2016/17, a decrease of 26.5%, according to the latest Department of Education (DoE) statistics. The DoE did point out that the decrease was not as large as the drop between the fourth quarters of 2015/16 and 2016/17, when apprenticeship starts fell by 59.3%,

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Transport for London (TfL) is looking to take on 180 new apprentices across engineering, cyber security, finance and many other areas. The London transport authority has expanded its current apprenticeship programme to include six new schemes. Half of these new opportunities will be level-six apprenticeships, meaning that students will study for a degree qualification in areas such as civil engineering, quantity surveying and commercial property surveying, while earning and gaining real work experience at the same time. Since 2009, the

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Western Power Distribution, an electrical distribution company, has launched its 2018 Craft Apprenticeship Scheme, and is looking for talented and highly motivated individuals to join its workforce. The Craft Apprenticeship Scheme is aimed at recruiting enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to operate in three main roles: working on overhead lines, as jointers on the underground cable network and as fitters working on switches and transformers in substations. The core training for these positions can take anywhere between 18 months and two

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Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has become the only chamber in the country to be accredited as an end point assessment organisation for the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. The University of Suffolk approached John Dugmore, chief executive at Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, to encourage it to become an end point assessment organisation, which handles marking and assessment once a course has been completed at an education provider. Robert Turnbull (pictured), SFEDI programme leader at Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, wrote, developed and

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