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More women on apprenticeships would fill skills gap

This week (7-13 March) marks UK women in construction week, and recruitment expert Matt Wainwright is calling for employers to use the apprenticeship grants announced as part of the COVID support packages to attract more women in to careers in the built environment.

Contributor: Matt Wainwright - Nicholas Associates, | Published: 15 March 2021

The pandemic is sparking a career change revolution

From younger people starting out in their careers, to well-established workers, the pandemic has sparked a significant change in career direction for thousands of people, and apprenticeships are coming into their own to make this happen - not just for school leavers, but experienced workers wanting to upskill and retrain. 

Contributor: Jon O'Boyle - Eden Training Solutions | Published: 18 February 2021

Science industry opens arms to more apprenticeships

The Science Industry Partnership (SIP), a powerful employer-led membership alliance supported by Cogent Skills, has today (Monday 8 February) announced its latest Apprenticeship Survey findings and the launch of a new group to support the sector’s apprenticeship ambitions.

Contributor: Roger Thomas, Cogent Skills | Published: 16 February 2021

Apprenticeship Week: Why we need reform

As we celebrate Apprenticeship Week, Tania Bowers of APSCo argues that reform is needed.

Contributor: Tania Bowers, Legal Counsel and Head of Public Policy - APSCo | Published: 12 February 2021

There’s millions in unspent training funds for furloughed workers

Last year, following the 24-month deadline for training grants to be spent, the Treasury quietly took back £330m of unspent apprenticeship levy money - which, contrary to popular belief, can be used by businesses to train all members of staff, whatever their age, level and time with the company.

Contributor: Jon O'Boyle - Eden Training Solutions | Published: 9 February 2021

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Alarming numbers of apprentices with hidden learning difficulties

One in three apprentices have learning difficulties or disabilities (LDD) and only a fraction have been diagnosed. While official government figures report that one in ten (11.5%) learners say that they self-identify with a LDD, the new analysis suggests that up to 35% of apprentices have a hidden or neurodiverse learning difficulty.

Contributor: Chris Quickfall, CEO - Cognassist | Published: 12 November 2020

Early careers engagement? Keep the light on for future generation

There’s no doubt that we’re facing unprecedented times as a result of Covid-19 and how we operate on both a local and global scale has now changed permanently. Times have been tough and while we’re seeing glimmers of hope, we are by no means out of the worst just yet.

Contributor: Jane Clark ,Global Head of Emerging Talent at AMS | Published: 5 June 2020

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Confusion: can furloughed staff continue with apprenticeships and professional development?

We are also hearing from some learners who, while still working, simply can’t do the same type of work at home as they would in the workplace. The risks for employers in such situations is that the employees feel ‘lost’ and disconnected. By providing them with relevant and interesting self-development opportunities, they are helping them to maximise downtime, while also making a valuable contribution towards their employees’ mental health and wellbeing.

Contributor: | Published: 28 May 2020

Utilities demand more from Apprenticeship Levy

The predicted funding shortfall for Apprenticeships must be transparent. Any funding gap should be filled by a combination of increased public funding and lowering the payroll threshold to below £3m for employers who contribute to the Apprenticeship Levy. Public funding offers a proven healthy return for the UK economy.

Contributor: Nick Ellins, Chief Executive - Energy & Utility Skills | Published: 17 December 2019