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New Role, New Challenges

Paul Champion.     After nearly two years working with the exceptional team at Chesterfield College it’s time to move on.  I have learnt so much during my time as Assistant Principal at Chesterfield and I would like to wish everyone at the college and the wonderful team within Learning Unlimited the best of luck and […]

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£144m announced for Welsh apprenticeships

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-32422540 First Minister Carwyn Jones will announce the cash for apprenticeships on Thursday A £144m fund to pay for 52,000 apprenticeships in Wales will be announced on Thursday. The cash will be spent on schemes across Wales over the next four years. The majority of places will be targeted at 16-24 year olds and will […]

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23,000 new apprentice jobs pledged for National Apprenticeship Week

http://www.onrec.com/news/news-archive/23000-new-apprentice-jobs-pledged-for-national-apprenticeship-week Even more young people will be able to ‘get in and go far’ with an apprenticeship, as more than 23,000 new apprenticeships have been pledged by employers as part of National Apprenticeship Week. From BT committing to hiring 700 apprentices, Microsoft Partners announcing plans to recruit 3500, Halfords pledging 500, Greene King announcing 2000 […]

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Labour warning as apprenticeships in London fall by 5,000

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/labours-warning-as-apprenticeships-in-london-fall-by-5000-10115703.html Labour has sounded the alarm over figures showing apprenticeship places have dropped by 5,000 in London. Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna said the “door was closing” on school leavers searching for high quality training. According to an analysis by the Commons library, there were 5,030 fewer apprenticeship starts across London in the last academic […]

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These are the key points from the budget announcement today, which are pertinent to the employment and skills sectors:

 ·         The Government will introduce a new Apprenticeship Voucher, putting employers in control of Government funding for training apprentices needs. Testing will begin with employers and providers immediately, with a view to full implementation by 2017. ·         A package of measures will be introduced to improve employment outcomes for people with mental health conditions, improving links […]

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LAUNCH OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE REPORT:  DOWNLOAD HERE. Apprenticeships and traineeships for 16 to 19 year-olds,.

HTML: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmselect/cmeduc/597/59702.htm   PDF: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmselect/cmeduc/597/597.pdf    Quality Apprenticeships for young people have doubled in number but need to be increased further, say MPs.   The proportion of young people taking up any kind of apprenticeship remains too low, despite significant recent improvement in the number of apprenticeships that last 12 months or more, warn MPs. Incentives for […]

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BT to create 1,000 new apprenticeships and graduate jobs

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/business/news/11839320.BT_to_create_1_000_new_apprenticeships_and_graduate_jobs/ BT to create 1,000 new apprenticeships and graduate jobs NEW jobs are heading to York as telecommunication giant BT announces plans to create 1,000 new apprenticeships and graduate jobs in the UK this year. The new recruits to BT will consist of 700 apprenticeships and 300 graduate jobs, working in a range of areas, […]

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LABOUR’S SHADOW BUSINESS, INNOVATION AND SKILLS TEAM Liam Byrne speech: Ending the gap between classroom and career

Ending the gap between classroom and career: Labour’s next steps in skills and higher education reform Speech by Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills Monday 7 July 2014, City of Westminster College SEE REST OF SPEECH HERE

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Warwickshire College principal’s pay rise criticised

A union has criticised a college principal’s pay rise of up to £50,000 over two years, while 99 members of staff are at risk of redundancy. The University and College Union found the salary rose from up to £180,000, to £230,000 between 2011/12 and 2013/14. An unnamed senior manager at Warwickshire College also enjoyed a […]

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30,000 adolescents disengaged despite raised participation age, figures show

By Laura McCardle, Thursday 26 June 2014 Almost 30,000 16-year-olds were not in education or training at the end of 2013 despite the government raising the participation age to 17, official figures reveal. Government legislation requires school leavers to continue in education or training until they turn 18. Image: Vicky Matthers Government data shows that […]

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