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Renaissance, but not quite the full picture
Print – Issue 174 | Article of the Week

There’s no doubt that the apprenticeship system has been through a rigorous set of changes, in a bid to fit the pressing skills crisis. Discarding the oily overall reputation, apprentices can now be seen besuited in; courts, financial trading halls, IT and even PR and marketing offices.

Article by: Angela Middleton | Published: 15 May 2019

Levy in crisis – should top-end apprenticeships still be funded?

Funding for these apprenticeships should instead be consistent with whatever the Post 18 Education and Funding Review proposes for full time higher education with a combination of student loan, government grant and employer support where appropriate. 

Article by: Mark Dawe | Published: 24 March 2019

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Top tips for employers on getting the best out of apprentices

Institute of Student Employers (ISE) asked its members about the 76,000 entry-level staff they have hired over the last three years, including graduates, apprentices and school leavers. The Survey revealed that employers are almost four times as likely to raise concerns.

Article by: Stephen Isherwood | Published: 23 March 2019

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Garnering value from levy funds

With an estimated 92%* of total levy funds remaining unspent across UK businesses, Chancellor Philip Hammond recently announced that there will be a further £90 million injected in to apprenticeship levy funding, and they will also be allowing employers to transfer up to 25% of their annual training fund to another business in their supply chain.

Article by: Steve Barker | Published: 1 December 2018

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The apprenticeship levy: a lesson in creativity, engagement and giving back

Improved productivity and record investment in skills training: these are the key promises of the new apprenticeship levy, launched in April last year. The new levy system was designed to make it easier for companies to take on apprentices and saw the UK government set itself an admirable goal of hitting a target of three million new apprenticeships by 2020.

Article by: Hamish Munro | Published: 25 September 2018

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How to create a pro-apprenticeship company culture

Apprenticeships will only be in a position to achieve core business goals if people across the whole of an organisation recognise their value. If employers manage to successfully implement apprenticeships – at all levels, across a range of teams, and amongst both new and existing staff – then employees will start to see how on-the-job training can be of huge benefit.

Article by: Jake Tween | Published: 5 May 2018

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Apprenticeships driving tech

Britain is a global hub for technical innovation and creativity - and apprentices have long been a great way to nurture talent in almost any industry. Yet official figures highlighted a significant drop in the number of new apprentice sign-ups. This, combined with frequent reports in the UK suggests that companies may struggle to find the skilled workforce they need.

Article by: Sarah Henley | Published: 11 April 2018

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Now’s the time to capitalise on the levy

British businesses continue to look to apprenticeship schemes to build momentum ahead of the first anniversary of the Levy. Issues with strategic planning of company wide learning, staff engagement, development policy and confusion over legislation have caused a failure to maximise employer levy spend  to date but Lally feels 2018 has already started to see a huge change in the market.

Article by: Daniel Lally | Published: 7 April 2018

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How to set up an apprenticeships programme

Many point to apprentices being tomorrow's top talent. Here is a guide to getting the next generation of workers on the path to a career in your organisation. For businesses, there has never been a better time to offer an apprenticeship scheme. Thanks to a new format introduced in 2017, there is a real drive to get young people into work, backed by substantial funding (more on that in a bit).

Article by: Conor McArdle | Published: 1 April 2018