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The Prime Minister has confirmed that Nadhim Zahawi MP will be his new Adviser on Apprentices. Mr Zahawi, the Conservative MP for Straford on Avon will also co-chair of Apprenticeship Delivery Board. In his new role he will work closely with Number 10, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the Skills Funding Agency to ensure that the Government’s pledge for 3 million apprenticeship starts during the current Parliament is met. Zahawi is an experienced businessman and entrepreneur, who

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£4.1 million investment in high quality, work-based training programme for young people Up to 40 new opportunities this year across three UK locations 16-month ‘living wage’ training programme with recognised vocational qualification Insurance firm Prudential has launched its 2015 apprenticeship programme, which will create opportunities for up to 40 young people across three UK locations. The FTSE 100 company has committed to investing £4.1 million in its apprenticeship programme over a four year period to help young people get their

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UKReport reveals 5 million consumers would prefer to do business with apprentice employers One in four would pay a price-premium for services or products that champion apprentices National Apprenticeship Week starts today with events across the country Consumers prefer to do business with businesses employing apprentices, a new report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has revealed. The Benefits of Apprenticeships to Businesses study finds that offering apprenticeships were perceived by two-thirds of the public as contributing

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Balfour Beatty is taking further action to help more young people into work Balfour Beatty, one of the early members of The 5% Club, is marking National Apprenticeship Week (9–13 March) with a range of new commitments to help more young people find work in the growing infrastructure sector. Balfour Beatty is: creating 150 new apprenticeship vacancies in civil engineering, construction and business disciplines. Opportunities are on www.balfourbeatty.com andwww.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship encouraging companies in its 7000 strong UK supply chain to join

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A Commission on Apprenticeships has concluded that all schools should offer one vocational subject to pupils to increase apprentice numbers Co-chaired by Conservative MP for Harlow Robert Halfon and Labour member Lord Glasman, the cross-party commission discovered that University is more widely promoted than alternative routes such as technical and vocational courses. The commission was brought into effect last summer to make sure that apprenticeship qualifications are fit for purpose, and also to make recommendations on how to boost the

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Kwik Fit, the UK’s largest automotive repair and servicing company, is marking the launch of National Apprenticeship Week 2015 on 9 March with the announcement of 200 new apprentice roles. These jobs are being offered at its centres across the UK, providing opportunities for many school leavers to work close to home. Most of the two year apprenticeships are available to 16-18 year olds, providing a valuable first step on a career in the automotive sector. Kwik Fit has trained

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