Apprenticeships

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Three million apprenticeship starts target will be missed

27 Jun 2019

The government will miss its target of getting three million apprenticeship starts by 2020, the education secretary has conceded.

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How on-the-job training can accelerate school leavers’ career progression

3 Jun 2019

While university is a popular choice for school leavers, well-paid vocational alternatives can also help jump start a successful career,...

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MPs urge radical improvements in apprenticeships

22 May 2019

MPs have strongly criticised the government’s apprenticeship programme, in particular its focus on higher level placements and failure to meet the needs of smaller employers.

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‘Gender-neutral’ ads to encourage female STEM apprentices

14 May 2019

The government is to consider using “gender-neutral language” in apprenticeship standards to ensure women are not deterred from training for...

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Small businesses seek urgent apprenticeship reforms

26 Apr 2019

The government is in danger of making apprenticeships unaffordable for smaller firms, with reforms urgently needed to curb the decline in apprentice numbers.

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Lifelong learning provision is inadequate, claims Lords committee

25 Apr 2019

The government must rethink its approach to lifelong learning and ensure that it educates younger people for longer working lives,...

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Tesco boss: Apprenticeship levy is too inflexible

29 Mar 2019

The CEO of the UK’s largest retailer has slammed the apprenticeship levy for being too inflexible and “open to abuse”.

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‘Premium’ should be paid for high-value apprenticeships

27 Mar 2019

Employers that offer “high value” apprenticeships should receive “premiums” from the government to encourage schemes that facilitate higher average wage...

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Use or share apprenticeship levy funds, employers urged

27 Mar 2019

With the deadline to use unspent apprenticeship levy funds fast approaching, employers should review their skills needs or share their...

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Apprenticeship levy underpayment investigations more than double

25 Mar 2019

The number of organisations being pursued by HMRC for apprenticeship levy underpayment has more than doubled in a year, as...

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‘Don’t fund level 6 and 7 apprenticeships’ say learning providers

20 Mar 2019

Training providers have called on the government to remove the highest and degree level apprenticeships from the scope of funding...

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Apprentices need more help with how to dress for work

20 Mar 2019

Employers are four times more likely to worry about how their apprentices dress for work than they would about graduates,...

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Spring statement: minimum wage review and early apprenticeship reforms

13 Mar 2019

All the employment highlights from the Chancellor's spring statement...

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‘Use the apprenticeship levy to improve management’ – Cary Cooper

8 Mar 2019

Improving the UK’s poor management performance is the definitive way to fix the economy, says organisational psychologist Professor Sir Cary...

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Apprenticeships should be opened up to single parents

8 Mar 2019

Most single parents are being locked out of apprenticeships because of a lack of part-time opportunities and the difficulty of supporting children with such low pay.

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