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Kathryn Jack, apprenticeship recruitment manager at CILEx Law School, has been selected to join the Institute for Apprenticeships panel of apprentices. The panel of apprentices was formed when the institute launched in April 2017 and is charged with ensuring the needs of apprentices are factored into decision making. The panel can make recommendations to the board on any aspect of apprenticeships that fall within the institute’s remit Jack, 24 (pictured), brings a huge amount of experience to the role. She

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Apprenticeship starts were down 25% for the seven months to February 2018—prompting further calls for the levy system to be reformed. There were 232,700 apprenticeship starts over the seven months to February 2018, according to the Department for Education’s (DfE) latest statistics. This was significantly below the 309,000 recorded during the same period the year before. Seamus Nevin, head of policy research at the Institute of Directors, said the figures “yet again show that the system is not working as

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Degree apprenticeships can and must play a significant role in boosting the number of disadvantaged students studying at university, Robert Halfon MP has said. Halfon, as chair of the parliamentary Education Select Committee, gave the keynote speech at a Universities Alliance event at the end of April, and dedicated a significant portion of it to the “social justice problem in our universities”. Statistics suggest that students from disadvantaged backgrounds are turning away from university altogether, as a ‘two-tier’ system develops

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Youth apprenticeships in England need to include more general education to overcome a lack of basic skills such as literacy and numeracy, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). OECD, an intergovernmental economic organisation with 35 member countries, examined the apprenticeship system in a new report, and found that young English apprentices receive far less general education than apprentices in other countries. One of the report’s authors, education analyst Malgorzata Kuczera, explained in a blog post that

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Businesses from across Devon and Cornwall are being invited to CCB Training events where they can meet their future star apprentices. CCB Training, which is part of the Cornwall College Group, is hosting its fourth annual Get Hired apprenticeship recruitment events this spring, with an event being held in Devon for the second time. Taking place on 25 April across the Saltash, St Austell, Camborne and Bicton College campuses, Get Hired will run from 5.00pm to 7.00pm. Employers attending the

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is seeking views on its proposed approach to the regulation of the nursing associate role, a new apprenticeship created to bridge the gap between healthcare assistants and registered nurses in England. As part of its proposals, the NMC has outlined its approach to education, including standards of proficiency for the role that will ensure nursing associates deliver first-class care. The NMC also set out how it expects the existing code—with a new introduction—to apply

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The Institute for Apprenticeships has appointed Robert Nitsch CBE as its new chief operating officer. Nitsch is a professional engineer with a background in logistics. He has been the Army’s personnel director for the past three years. He is responsible for the Army’s career education and apprenticeship programme. He has held a number of training appointments and significant leadership roles in his military career, including membership of the Army Board. The institute that Nitsch (pictured) is joining as chief operating

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City of London Corporation, the governing body for the Square Mile and a major London-wide public services provider, has exceeded its target to employ 100 apprentices in a single year by hiring 102 young adults in 12 months. Apprentices have been placed across City of London Corporation’s departments, learning new skills as tree surgeons at Hampstead Heath, as animal handlers at the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre and museum curators at Keats House. All City of London Corporation apprentices, who are

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A rare opportunity for a traineeship at an independent publishing house has opened in the North of England. And Other Stories Publishing, based in Sheffield, is seeking a trainee for its traineeship from June. The traineeship will focus on marketing and sales work locally and nationally, but will also cover editorial, production, design, contracts, funding and administration. There will also be the opportunity to take secondments at other literary businesses in Sheffield. And Other Stories Publishing’s traineeship is paid, at

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The apprenticeship levy is not fit for purpose in its current form, Confederation of British Industry (CBI) deputy director general Josh Hardie has said. Speaking this week, Hardie bemoaned the 41% drop in apprenticeship starts over the past year, describing it as a loss of opportunity for young people and those who want to progress in the workplace. “And it shows that the levy in its current form isn’t fit for purpose,” Hardie (pictured) argued. As it currently stands, employers

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