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Two CILEx apprentices have revealed why they decided to take the apprenticeship route. CILEx, the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, works with employers to provide an alternative route into legal careers. Karen Whyte, who was recently recognised at the CILEx National Award Ceremony for achieving the highest overall grade in the level 6 law and practice exams, wrote in a blog post for the institute that the flexibility of apprenticeships was what attracted her to the route. She wrote: “Coming

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Bridgwater & Taunton College has celebrated the achievements of its apprenticeship cohort at a glitzy awards ceremony at the McMillan Theatre, as part of National Apprenticeship Week. The college currently has 3,000 apprentices enrolled on programmes with more than 1,400 employers, making it the largest provider of apprenticeships in the Southwest. The Intermediate Apprentice of the Year award was won by Leonie Perrett, who, during her level 2 apprenticeship, has progressed to assistant production manager at Goose & Gander, a

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Ed Rhodes of Centauri Therapeutics tells the University of Kent how his apprenticeship links into the practical work he does What’s your name and role at Centauri Therapeutics? My name is Ed, I’m a level 5 apprentice at Centauri Therapeutics and I work in the microbiology department. Can you tell us a little about your apprenticeship? I’m doing the level 5 biosciences, studying a range of things, currently human physiology and disease and then also doing the work-based learning. Mostly,

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David Gallagher, managing director of NCFE Apprenticeship Services, discusses the increasing  importance of end-point assessment to apprenticeship quality As insightful and diverse as my experience in the UK skills sector has been, nothing has provided such rapid insights into the quality of programmes, as my first six months leading apprenticeship end-point assessment (EPA) at NCFE. EPA has become the day-to-day acid test of whether the teaching, learning and development of an apprentice has met the expected standard. Unlike the infrequent

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Emma Leire of Centauri Therapeutics explains to the University of Kent that the great thing about an apprenticeship is that you can train the apprentice in a specific area so you are tailoring a person’s skills to your area of work What’s your name and role here? My name is Emma Leire and I’m the lead microbiologist here at Centauri Therapeutics. Can you tell us a little about the apprenticeships at Centauri? So we are a small biotechnology company and we

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Want to change the world? Interested in people, places and sustainability? Choose an apprenticeship in town planning! Planners organise, design and make decisions on where new homes, roads, schools, shops and all the other things we need to live and work should be built. It is a job at the heart of discussions with local communities, businesses and politicians to make towns, cities and the countryside attractive, safe and environment friendly. Find out more at www.rtpi.org.uk/becomeaplanner Learning on the job

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A retired Silicon Valley chief executive officer whose life was changed by an apprenticeship is supporting the 2019 AMRC Training Centre’s Apprentice of the Year ceremony—putting his name to two new achievement awards. Nominations are made by employers and trainers who want to recognise the achievement, innovation, fresh thinking or other contributions to industry shown by AMRC Training Centre’s apprentices, and are judged by a panel of staff and award sponsors. This year, two new awards will be handed out to

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AMRC Training Centre apprentices who won tool boxes supplied by Stanley Black and Decker have been putting them to good use, from DIY around the house to making up essential kit for on the job. Stanley Black and Decker sponsored the tool box and drill prizes for the AMRC Training Centre’s internal Spotlight awards last year, which celebrates new apprentices’ contribution and progress in centre. The company also backed the 2018 Apprentice of the Year Awards, which recognises the achievement,

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The Government Economic Service degree apprenticeship programme is officially live. The programme is the UK’s first degree-level apprenticeship in economics, creating new routes to careers in the Civil Service for young people who would prefer to study for a degree while working at the heart of government. The degree apprenticeship will offer students a starting salary of about £22,000 in London and in excess of £20,000 nationally. It will be delivered in partnership with the University of Kent, which said

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Employers have cautiously welcomed the chancellor’s announcement that the value of apprenticeship levy vouchers that can be transferred will increase under new plans. UK chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed earlier this week that employers will be allowed to transfer up to 25% of their apprenticeship levy entitlement to another organisation in their supply chain, from April 2019. More money will also be pumped into the Institute for Apprenticeships and apprenticeships in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects. The measures are a

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