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A £60 million project in the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Masterplan was given planning approval yesterday at a Preston City Council hearing. Designed by Hawkins Brown following an international RIBA competition, the proposed Student Centre and a modern civic square will be the focal point of UCLan’s £200 million Masterplan development. The new Student Centre, which has targeted a BREEAM (environmental quality) rating of ‘excellent’, will be 7,304sqm providing a new reception area, informal learning spaces and a student

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Debbie Gardiner, executive chairman of training provider Qube Learning, was recognised in the 2018 New Year’s Honours list for her work in the further education and charity sector. Gardiner, who has more than 17 years of leadership and management experience in further education, is passionate about providing high quality training for apprentices, trainees and employers. She was awarded an MBE for services to apprenticeships and charities. The news follows the positive structural changes recently made within Qube Learning, with Joe

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The UK government is awarding contracts worth nearly £500 million to provide apprenticeship training for learners and small businesses. From late December 2017, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) began handing out contracts to hundreds of organisations to provide apprenticeship training to non-levy paying employers. Each of these employers does not pay the apprenticeship levy because they have an annual pay bill of less than £3 million. “This will ensure all businesses have a real choice of high quality

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Global professional services firm EY will offer an apprenticeship to both existing students and new joiners to its graduate programme this year. Eligible graduates will now work towards their professional accountancy qualification and a government-accredited Level 7 Apprenticeship in Accountancy and Taxation, which is the equivalent of a master’s degree in the UK. By the end of next year, around 1,000 eligible EY tax and assurance graduates and school leavers are expected to be completing this apprenticeship at the firm,

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University of Plymouth students who have successfully completed the cyber security analyst degree apprenticeship pathway will now gain automatic associate membership of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP). The IISP is the not-for-profit body dedicated to raising the standard of professionalism in information security. The University of Plymouth is the first university to be accredited under this new scheme. The institute has been working closely with the UK Tech Partnership and other industry and academic bodies for several years

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