Apprentices plan requires public bodies to enforce 2.3% workforce quota

New proposals to ensure apprentices make up more than 2.3% of the workforce in public bodies in England, have been announced by the Government.

A consultation is being launched on plans to make public sector employers take on more apprentices, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills said.


Oxford City Learning careers fair in Cowley highlights benefits of apprenticeships

A DRIVE to encourage youngsters to take an apprenticeship after they leave school was high on the agenda of a two-day careers fair.

This year’s Oxford City Learning (OCL) careers fest, which finished yesterday, held at Mini’s Cowley Plant, aimed to inspire youngsters with different career choices.


More young people choose apprenticeships as choices grow

There have been over 150,000 starts across England, with every region seeing at least 11,000 apprenticeships started in the last quarter. In addition, more young people are benefitting from traineeships which provide the essential skills and experience needed to prepare for an apprenticeship or other job.


Apprenticeships: AELP warns over slow pace of growth

But the government insists target of 3 million new starts is on track

The number of apprenticeships is “not growing at a pace we would like”, the Association of Employment and Leaning Providers (AELP) has warned, with sluggish progress among 19- to 24-year-olds a particular cause for concern.


Apprenticeships and skills poverty

Invariably these days news items about apprenticeships are accompanied by the stock image of a young person in overalls, typically in high tech engineering, maintaining some complex piece of machinery.

A recent article in the Daily Mail cites a Managing Director bemoaning the state of the employment market for high skilled Apprentices. The article relates to engineering and other highly skilled technical roles. I was struck by the article’s tone of frustration that not enough help was being given to businesses who work in the upper reaches of our multifaceted economy.


Salford Apprentice Employer Shortlisted at National Awards

Through its involvement with the ‘Creating a New Pendleton’ regeneration scheme in Salford, a local employer has been shortlisted for a National Apprenticeship Award for their work with Salford City College in delivering construction Apprenticeships.


Nicky Morgan vows to tackle ‘snobbery’ over apprenticeships

The Education Secretary has pledged to tackle “outdated snobbery” towards apprenticeships through the introduction of a new law requiring schools to allow access to apprentice providers and colleges.


Brewery’s apprenticeship scheme applauded by Prime Minister

Prime Minister David Cameron has praised the work of Bury St Edmunds-based pub group Greene King for its commitment to training apprentices.

The company, which currently has 3,300 apprentices, has been recognised by the government for its commitment to apprenticeships.

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Helping Government reforms achieve high quality apprenticeships

At our roundtable with Policy Exchange yesterday, the Skills Minister, Nick Boles, set out a thorough and clear set of reforms he is driving forward to ensure that the 3million apprenticeship target is met through high quality.  He rightly says that the levy is a game-changer and I share his excitement about how this will draw in employers who now have to invest in apprenticeship training, many for the first time.


The Biggest Thing to Happen in Apprenticeships over the NEXT 5 years


“The Biggest Thing to Happen in Apprenticeships over the NEXT 5 years” 

Over the next 5 years, apprenticeships will change in a radical way. With radical changes comes the need for radical solutions and business models. 

The National Apprenticeship Company is coming soon to work with you, to lead the evolution! 

  • If you are an employer worrying about the levy, or your just baffled by what is going on!
  • A training provider or college who is wondering how you will fit after the reforms have concluded?
  • An awarding body who is concerned about what Independant assessment will look like and mean? 
  • A school wanting to be kept in the loop so that your learners will have the best options for them to enter work via apprenticeships.

Then “The National Apprenticeship Company” is a good place to start and work through the many questions to find solutions. 

Why not join us on that journey by signing up for more information and be part of the evolution of apprenticeships:

Could you offer a young person work experience?

Our Traineeship programme can benefit a young person who is struggling to get into work, providing them with an up to 10 weeks workplace programme, moulding them into high-quality employees.


Customer Relations Apprenticeship Success

Our Customer Relations Apprentices have been working with Profound since September, and have progressed massively since!

Josh Lincoln, Louise O’Hare and Kallum Fisher work within the Business Development Department, as the ‘foundations’ of new business for Profound.


Courtney Carr has begun her learning journey with Profound, starting an eight-week Traineeship programme!

Courtney decided to go to college once she left school but after trying to settle down, she realised it wasn’t the route for her to take. She was more interested in working within Customer Services at Call Centres, but the majority of her applications replied with ‘too little experience’ or the fact that she was under 18. Searching for alternative routes, Courtney tried applying for Apprenticeships but found that after two months of searching for them she was still no further forward.


Profound – Daniella progresses into full time employment after completing Level 3 Apprenticeship!

Congratulations to Daniella Godding, who has successfully achieved her Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Business Administration and has secured a full-time permanent role in Corporate Support with Cellular Solutions!


Have You Heard The News?

Well, it’s time to say goodbye to the comfort of Saturday and Sunday and face that unspoken enemy of many! Monday! I guess most suffer from that gut wrenching feeling where you have to drag pretty much your proverbial out of bed and head to work?! Well, my friends, Monday isn’t going anywhere, it is here to stay. That feeling, that moment when you crave an extra hour in bed is so related to a Monday.


Profound – Profound supporting Sun FMs One Million Pounds Worth of Work for Wearside

Profound are supporting Sun FM’s Million Pounds Worth of Work for Wearside, we hope to encourage employers in the Sunderland area to help us create Apprenticeship opportunities for young people.

As Sun FM enter week 3 of the campaign, to help get more people in our city into employment, they have more than trebled our target!


Profound – Daniella progresses into full time employment after completing Level 3 Apprenticeship!

Congratulations to Daniella Godding, who has successfully achieved her Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Business Administration and has secured a full-time permanent role in Corporate Support with Cellular Solutions!

Daniella started her apprenticeship on the 1st of December 2014, managing how own programme of learning, developing her knowledge and skills to an exceptional level! During Daniella’s apprenticeship programme she successfully achieved ‘Apprentice of the Month’ with Profound, which is a great achievement in her learning journey!


Apprenticeship numbers drop in over 30 constituencies, new figures reveal

The number of apprenticeship starts in more than 30 constituencies across England has fallen year-on-year, according to new figures.

While the overall number of apprenticeship starts in England rose by 14 per cent to 499,900 in 2014-15, new research published by the House of Commons Library reveals that in 34 constituencies, there was a fall in the number of people embarking on an apprenticeship compared to the previous year. In 17 more Parliamentary constituencies, there was no change in the number of starts. The figures raise questions about the chances of the government reaching its target of creating 3 million apprenticeships during the current Parliament.