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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

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Spring Statement what it means to apprenticeships

There’s no point having a great headline, when the actual body of the story just isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. And that’s been the exact case with today’s Spring Statement, and the announcement back in 2015, which manifested into the Apprenticeship Levy.

Contributor: Charlie Mullins | Published: 19 March 2019

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Single parents are being locked out of apprenticeships

Provide career and skills support to all single parents who move onto job-seeking benefits, encompassing part-time skills training and support with childcare. This should include opening up access to the extended 30-hour childcare offer to those undertaking a traineeship. 

Contributor: Laura Dewar | Published: 9 March 2019

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Apprenticeship Levy must be more flexible to be inclusive to women

“The toolkit also highlights the benefit of working with recruitment industry trade association members. REC members all adhere to a code of professional conduct in which diversity is a core principle. Recruitment professionals are well placed to advise employers on how best they can make change happen.”

Contributor: Sophie Wingfield | Published: 31 January 2019

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Government must remove barriers to employer investment in apprenticeships 

The findings are a stark reminder that the Government has a long way to go to create an environment in which businesses can really benefit from increased investment in skills development, with no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution for apprenticeships.

Contributor: Kirstie Donnelly | Published: 17 January 2019

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Are apprenticeships the answer to falling Uni numbers?

Many commentators have blamed high tuition fees for a growing number of young people applying for university, raising fears of a lack of social mobility. But school leavers give other reasons too, including that they don’t enjoy studying or don’t think they have the necessary academic skills for university.

Contributor: John Kerr | Published: 16 December 2018

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Big firms urged to grasp 10 percent levy move

It's welcomed news that large employers are now able to transfer their levy funds to other organisations. But caution is urged in managing the process well, to maximise the potential business benefits, as the move is adding more complexity to a system that many employers have had difficulty in understanding.

Contributor: Chris Wood | Published: 9 August 2018