The apprenticeship landscape is shifting and these perceptions are out of date and quite frankly, wrong. Gone are the days of entry-level, trade-based schemes for people just starting their career, apprenticeships have been transformed in a bid to drive highly sought after workforce skills – and astute employers are using apprenticeships to strengthen their business resilience. Article by Steve Hill, External Engagement Director - Open University.
Published: 19 May 2017
Apprenticships up, 509,400 UK apprenticeship schemes commenced in 2015/16, 9,500 more than the previous year. Between August 2015 and January 2016, more than 11,000 higher apprenticeship schemes started. From Stuart Cavanagh, Head of HR at Novus Property Solutions.
Published: 25 April 2017
The Apprenticeship Levy has arrived, and it’s build up has been dominating business news and encouraging organisations to consider Apprenticeship schemes. Article by Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partner Director from Kaplan, an Apprenticeship Training Provider. Historical support for the article comes from Krista Cowman, Professor of History & Director of Research at University of Lincoln.
Published: 9 April 2017
I've been involved with the recruitment of legal apprentices for Bond Dickinson LLP since January 2015. I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't a little daunted at first at the prospect of taking over the process from my line manager who had not only introduced the scheme but skilfully and successfully ran it to that point, but little did I know then that it was to become one of the most rewarding parts of my role. By Emma Forrester, Recruitment Advisor at national law firm Bond Dickinson.
Published: 14 March 2017
As we mark the tenth National Apprenticeship Week, it is an ideal opportunity to reflect on how apprenticeships have changed over the last decade and how we develop future skills.
Published: 10 March 2017
Following the announcement of the Apprenticeship Levy it has been difficult for employers to take a real strategic approach, because Government has been drip-feeding additional details and confirming policy since. We're there now, but there is a real danger that some organisations, in their rush to ensure they have an apprenticeship programme in place, may not have done everything that will enable them to make the most of the opportunity.
Published: 3 March 2017
In April the government is to introduce a new ‘payroll tax’ in the form of an Apprenticeship Levy. Those businesses with an annual payroll bill in excess of £3 million will see their payroll costs increase next year by 0.5 percent - a substantial extra cost burden for any company affected, across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. By David Lynch Managing Director of Bis Henderson Academy.
Published: 9 February 2017
According to a survey conducted by property maintenance and refurbishment Novus Property Solutions, it was found that the UK is once again emerging as a hotbed for apprenticeships. Almost half (47 percent) of the respondents said they would accept an apprenticeship in their chosen field, given the opportunity.
Published: 27 October 2016
Schools’ university bias causing low awareness among students of value of apprenticeships. Just one in four students believe apprenticeships offer a better chance of employment than university education.
Published: 16 August 2016
The role of the apprenticeship has undergone a sea change in recent years. No longer is it seen as the poor relation of the university degree.
Published: 16 December 2015