Daily Archives: May 15, 2012

Apprenticeships: The Real Story – The Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mobileweb/alice-barnard/apprenticeships-the-real-story_b_1514972.html Apprenticeships: The Real Story – The Huffington Post Apprenticeships: The Real Story Comments (3) Traditionally, apprenticeships were the main route into business. Some of the country’s best-known entrepreneurs mastered their skills this way: Michel Roux, restaurateur and Masterchef judge, British fashion designer Karen Millen, and hair-product entrepreneur John Frieda all learned their crafts via […]

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Minister Mark Prisk launches apprenticeship scheme at BRE (From Watford Observer)

http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/9706151.Minister_Mark_Prisk_launches_apprenticeship_scheme_at_BRE/ Minister Mark Prisk launches apprenticeship scheme at BRE 11:20am Tuesday 15th May 2012 in News By Adam Binnie Minister Mark Prisk and Watford MP Richard Harrington met the first six recruits to a scheme offering the first laboratory technician apprenticeships in the region. Minister for Business and Enterprise, MP Mark Prisk, visited the Building […]

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BBC News – Work programme launch ‘speedy’ but MPs warn of risks attached

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18067309 Work programme launch ‘speedy’ but MPs warn of risks attached 15 May 2012 Last updated at 05:38 Contractors are paid a fee when the job centre refers an unemployed person to them MPs have “commended” the speed with which the welfare-to-work programme was set up but warned of risks associated with the payment-by-results approach. […]

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Apprenticeships set for takeoff | Business skills | guardian.co.uk

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business-skills/a-plan-for-apprenticeship-success?newsfeed=true A plan for apprenticeship success The introduction of a ‘degree-level’ vocational qualification should raise the prestige of learning a trade, but what else can be done to develop the skilled workforce needed to drive economic growth? By Janet Murray At the table Sue Littlemore (chair) Education journalist Jan Hodges Chief executive, Edge Foundation Steve […]

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Apprenticeships proving effective for SMEs

http://www.smallbusiness.co.uk/channels/employing-staff/news/2103593/apprenticeships-proving-effective-for-smes.thtml Apprenticeships proving effective for SMEs Britain’s apprentices are getting promoted, improving their confidence and taking on more responsibility in the workplace, according to a report. The Apprentice Learner Survey of 5,000 apprentices reveals that almost nine in ten apprentices (89 per cent) are ‘satisfied’. One third of individuals who had finished their apprenticeship had […]

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A4e dumped by Government as it is ‘too great a risk’ | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2144802/A4e-dumped-Government-great-risk.html Bungling welfare-to-work firm A4e loses Government contract as it is ‘too great a risk’… but it still has another ELEVEN with them Department for Work and Pensions finds no evidence of fraud But DWP terminates Mandatory Work Activity contract after finding ‘significant weaknesses in A4e’s internal controls’ Small number of MWA claims were ‘erroneous’, […]

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BBC News – Ministers end A4e contract for welfare-to-work scheme

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18070203 Ministers end A4e contract for welfare-to-work scheme 15 May 2012 Last updated at 16:03 A4e handles government contracts worth millions of pounds for welfare-to-work schemes The government has ended a contract with welfare-to-work company A4e after deciding that continuing would be “too great a risk”, it has said. Employment minister Chris Grayling said the […]

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BIS media information for journalists and the press – Press Releases – Surveys show high value of apprentices – BIS

http://news.bis.gov.uk/Press-Releases/Surveys-show-high-value-of-apprentices-679fb.aspx Surveys show high value of apprentices 15 May 2012 00:01 The results are taken from the Apprentice Learner Survey of 5,000 apprentices and will provide fresh evidence of the real value of apprenticeships. Key findings include: Satisfaction amongst apprenticeships is high. Almost nine in ten apprentices (89%) were satisfied, rising to 92% amongst completers. […]

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BIS media information for journalists and the press – Press Releases – Hundreds of employe rs bid for £250m skills training pilot – BIS

http://news.bis.gov.uk/Press-Releases/Hundreds-of-employers-bid-for-250m-skills-training-pilot-67a09.aspx Hundreds of employers bid for £250m skills training pilot The Employer Ownership pilot invited the first round of bids earlier in the year for a share of the £250 million fund which will route public investment directly to employers – enabling them to invest in the training and skills development they need to grow […]

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BIS media information for journalists and the press – Press Releases – Hundreds of employe rs bid for £250m skills training pilot – BIS

http://news.bis.gov.uk/Press-Releases/Hundreds-of-employers-bid-for-250m-skills-training-pilot-67a09.aspx Hundreds of employers bid for £250m skills training pilot The Employer Ownership pilot invited the first round of bids earlier in the year for a share of the £250 million fund which will route public investment directly to employers – enabling them to invest in the training and skills development they need to grow […]

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