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.
Published: 15 March 2021
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.
Published: 18 February 2021
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.
Published: 16 February 2021
As we celebrate Apprenticeship Week, Tania Bowers of APSCo argues that reform is needed.
Published: 12 February 2021
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.
Published: 9 February 2021
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.
Published: 12 November 2020
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.
Published: 5 June 2020
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.
Published: 28 May 2020
The 13th annual National Apprenticeship Week date will take place from 3 -7 February 2020. National Apprenticeship Week is an annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships across England and is a time to recognise and applaud apprenticeship success stories across the country.
Published: 3 February 2020
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.
Published: 17 December 2019