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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

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Essential skills shortage – are apprenticeships the answer?

The study of 15 apprenticeships in emerging sectors, carried out by specialist recruitment company, Pareto Law, reveals a need for both soft skills and digital prowess in these emerging industries, and highlights the demand for further technological advancement across banking, telecommunications and science, among other sectors.

Article by: Jonathan Fitchew | Published: 17 March 2018

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“Ho!” “Heave!” “Ho!” “Heave!” “Ho!”* | Print – Issue 161 | Article of the Week

Bringing the apprenticeships programme to fruition has resembled the classic Laurel and Hardy feature The Music Box. The question is, not whether the piano will be delivered, but what occurs on the journey and, in what state it will be in when it arrives. We’re more than halfway through the timeframe that then PM David Cameron set out in August 2015 and, so far, the piano has taken some knocks.

Article by: Andy Smyth | Published: 14 March 2018

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Is the Government apprenticeship strategy up to the job?

Brexit has, understandably, dominated the political agenda since the referendum and the government has now begun to focus its efforts on negotiating an acceptable exit strategy. But while all eyes have been on Europe, a concerning trend has been emerging much closer to home.

Article by: Jo Sellick | Published: 8 March 2018

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We must not give up on apprenticeships

The first official apprenticeships statistics since the launch of the Apprenticeship Levy, released back in October 2017, made for dismal reading. According to figures from DfE, total apprenticeship starts for May, June and July 2017 fell by 61 percent compared to the same period in the previous year.

Article by: Crissi Williams | Published: 15 January 2018