Skills Category

Can Apprenticeships Train the Workforce of the Future? States Hope So.

Just found this article again. This is an apprentice at Alliance Technology who worked with TranZed Apprenticeships to develop deliver and graduate the first cyber security apprentices in Maryland. America has a skills gap. Governments across the U.S. are turning to European-style apprenticeship programs as a possible solution. — Read on www.governing.com/topics/mgmt/gov-work-study-student-debt-apprenticeships.html #openyoureyestoapprenticeships #tranzedapprenticeships #apprenticeships4america […]

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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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Mixing up hard and soft skills training is best for business

https://www.trainingjournal.com/articles/feature/mixing-hard-and-soft-skills-training-best-business reality, tasks we carry out in a successful modern workplace require both soft and hard skills, Marc Zao-Sanders says With the result of the forthcoming General Election and the UK’s economic outlook both uncertain, politicians and commentators continue to debate which policies and projects might stimulate and sustain recovery.  One such debate revolves round the skills […]

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UK needs plumbers, builders and engineers as skill crisis hits economy

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/feb/10/uk-plumbers-builders-engineers-skill-crisis-economy Construction and technical companies blame recession for lack of apprentices and call on government and schools to promote trades  Some companies are having to employ Portuguese bricklayers on huge rates due to a shortage of qualified people in the UK. Photograph: Ian Nicholson/PA

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Ofqual to increase focus on vocational qualifications

http://news.tes.co.uk/further-education/b/news/2014/07/08/ofqual-to-increase-focus-on-vocational-qualifications.aspx Ofqual is set to increase its focus on vocational qualifications, it was revealed today. Jeremy Benson, director of policy at the regulator, told a summit in London that it would shift its focus away from academic qualifications. “We know Ofqual has a role to play in improving the quality of vocational education,” he said. […]

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Research and analysis UKCES Employer Skills Survey 2013 Scotland

Detailed findings from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills’ (UKCES) Employer Skills Survey 2013 relating specifically to Scotland. download from link below https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ukces-employer-skills-survey-2013-scotland

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Skills must be more integrated with employability, say experts

Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion chief executive Dave Simmonds explained that plans to integrate skills and employability “are nothing new”. http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/hro/news/1144558/skills-integrated-employability-experts?WT.rss_f=Learning+and+development&WT.rss_a=Skills+must+be+more+integrated+with+employability%2C+say+experts p

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Project Management – apprenticeships sector in the spotlight

The recently introduced higher apprenticeship in project management provides the focus for a new ‘Sector in the Spotlight’ film, which has been produced by the National Apprenticeship Service https://www.trainingjournal.com/articles/video/project-management-apprenticeships-sector-spotlight

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Skilled traders’ fears over apprenticeship changes

Rob (left) is an apprentice electrician and Tom (right) has already done a four-year course It’s claimed that many small businesses might stop taking on apprentices, if the government pushes ahead with major changes to the system. It wants small firms to design and run courses with colleges and guarantee apprentices stay a certain length […]

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Boris backs cut price travel for apprentices

By Ruth McKee LONDON mayoral candidate Boris Johnson has pledged that apprentices working in the capital will get the same cheap travel entitlements as full-time students if he succeeds in his re-election bid. On a visit to a chemical plant in Brimsdown, the incumbent mayor told the Advertiser that if re-elected, apprentices, who are currently […]

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