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The chief executive of data hosting company UKFast has called on technology companies to solve the nationwide skills shortage themselves through apprenticeships. Lawrence Jones, chief executive and co-founder of Manchester-headquartered UKFast, told the Financial Times that apprenticeships have helped his company to attract new recruits while taking charge of their training. He said: “We have put in a huge amount of money but it has worked for us. It is so expensive to recruit and apprentices are loyal because you

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The first 52 colleges and post-16 providers to teach new T-levels were named last week as the UK government set out its vision for a technical education system. As courses, T-levels will be on a par with A-levels and will provide young people with a choice between technical and academic education post-16. Courses in construction, digital, and education and childcare, will be taught from September 2020. A further 22 courses will be rolled out in stages from 2021, which will

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A new prisoner apprenticeship pathway is being introduced to give prisoners who undergo training while in custody a guaranteed job upon release. Justice secretary David Gauke MP announced a new jobs strategy aimed at cutting reoffending today and apprenticeships form a major part. The prisoner apprenticeship pathway will offer an alternative means of delivering training in custody that guarantees jobs on release. Gauke (pictured) said in his speech announcing the strategy: “Frankly, there are too many low-level qualifications being delivered

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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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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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