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Engineering course prepares Daniel to scale the heights

Posted on 1 Mar 2016

After successfully completing his GCSEs, Daniel Ord from Lees in Oldham embarked on an A Level course at college. However, after a year, he decided that full time academic study wasn’t for him. 18 year old Daniel had always been interested in engineering, and decided to look for an opportunity to get practical experience as […]

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BOLTON APPRENTICE YOUTH WORKER INVITED TO PARLIAMENT

Posted on 25 Feb 2016

At the end of 2015 Connor Stevenson, Apprentice Youth Worker with Raise the Youth Foundation, was Highly Commended by the Association of Colleges, and in February was invited to attend a celebratory event at the Houses of Parliament. The 24-year-old was officially recognised by the Association of Colleges due to his outstanding efforts in turning his […]

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Apprenticeship opportunity with global engineering company

Posted on 22 Feb 2016

Twelve individuals are enjoying a unique pre-apprenticeship engineering opportunity at global engineering company Doosan Babcock, where they are working towards gaining nationally recognised qualifications and developing a range of skills to enhance their future career prospects. The pre-apprenticeship programme provides the apprentices with an introduction to a globally recognised company, as well as an opportunity to progress to […]

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Rising Fast In the Business World

Posted on 19 Feb 2016

Dominic Caldino is taking his education by storm! After completing his Intermediate Apprenticeship in Business Administration with The Manchester College, Dominic’s employer, Students4UK have promoted him from admin apprentice to assistant manager. Students4UK recruit international students to study in the UK from across the world, linking up with key universities up and down the country […]

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‘Apprentices trump grads’ – UKFast Chief

Posted on 16 Feb 2016

With Manchester tech giant UKFast taking on its first apprentices from troubled software developer Bright Future, we dropped in to speak with CEO Lawrence Jones MBE to find out why he’s invested so much in UKFast’s apprenticeship scheme. Check out the video to see why he thinks apprentices are making better choices than their graduate […]

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Bolton College Apprentices Talk Success

Posted on 15 Feb 2016

In the first of a series of chats with Bolton College apprentices, we hear from Peter Stanley, Declan O’Donnell and Molly Burbidge about their Apprenticeship experiences…   Peter Stanley: IT Apprenticeship Level 3 – Bolton College “I started at Bolton College with no formal qualifications, having lived abroad and had internet schooling from a young age. I progressed […]

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YMCA win big at Business Awards

Posted on 1 Feb 2016

Staff at the Ashton, Wigan and District YMCA saw their commitment to the community earn them the We’re Backing Wigan prize at the recent Wigan Business Awards. The non-for-profit organisation, which has its head-quarters on Hilton Street in Ashton, won the prestigious award for the huge array of schemes it runs to help the borough […]

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Schools ‘must offer apprenticeships option’

Schools in England are to be required to give vocational routes as much time as academic subjects to help students who want to land apprenticeships. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said ministers wanted to “level the playing field”, making sure young people are aware of all options open to them. Apprenticeship providers must be given access […]

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Wigan council kick start careers

Posted on 28 Jan 2016

Over the past three years, Wigan Council has supported lots of young people to gain apprenticeships both within the council and other organisations. Providing training and employment opportunities for residents is one of the council’s key priorities. By 2020 the council want 60 per cent of working age residents to be qualified to NVQ level […]

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Apprenticeships spark career ladder success

Posted on 26 Jan 2016

Two Bury College Level 3 apprentices have received promotions within a leading manufacturing company after displaying dedication and commitment to the business. 23 year old Mike Coope and 21 year old Matthew Wilkinson are completing their 3 year IT apprenticeships at timeware®, a manufacturer and installer of workforce management solutions. The duo secured employment at […]

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Penguin ditches degree requirement

Posted on 22 Jan 2016

Who says you have to go to university to land the job of your dreams? Certainly not Penguin. The global publishing house announced this week that it would no longer require job applicants to have a degree in order to qualify for a position. Penguin join big name employers like Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers […]

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Video Diary: Lois @ The Co-operative

Posted on 20 Jan 2016

Throughout the year, we’ll be catching up with apprentices across Greater Manchester to see how their role is developing. First up, it’s former National Intermediate Apprentice of the Year, Lois, who talks about promotion and judging this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards.

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Take Advantage of the Tameside Jobs Pledge

Posted on 13 Jan 2016

Tameside Borough Council are offering a number of grants and schemes to help get residents of Tameside into work. These include: Tameside Business Grant for Employers Trade Grant Tameside Youth Employment Scheme Ex-forces Personnel (Pilot) Scheme Tameside Free Travel For more info and to find out how you can register your interest, please visit: www.tameside.gov.uk/TJP   […]

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NATIONAL SUCCESS FOR MANCHESTER APPRENTICE

Posted on 11 Jan 2016

An apprentice from The Manchester College has been named the North West Intermediate Apprentice of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards. Laura Broughton, 20, from Salford was announced winner for the North West – Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Staffordshire region at the prestigious awards ceremony at Lancashire County Cricket Club. She is now in […]

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Merry Christmas!

Posted on 18 Dec 2015

Merry Christmas from The Apprenticeship Hub! We hope you have a fun-filled Christmas and New Year with your friends and family. The New Year is the perfect time to consider your future, and The Hub will be here to provide all the information and resources you need to kick start your career with an apprenticeship. […]

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#SANTASELFIES COME FLOODING IN

Posted on 15 Dec 2015

Entries for The Apprenticeship Hub’s latest competition have been flooding in across the weekend, as people of all ages vie for the coveted prize of an Apple Watch. Even dogs have been getting in on the action! The Hub’s morphs popped up at town centres and Christmas events across Greater Manchester, singing the Hub’s very […]

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Win an Apple iWatch!

Posted on 11 Dec 2015

Feeling merry? You could be in with the chance of winning an Apple iWatch simply by snapping a festive selfie! Tweet your snaps to @SeeDifferentHub using #SantaSelfie and follow us to be entered into our prize draw. The competition closing date is 31st December, so get snapping! Merry Christmas from The Apprenticeship Hub!

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Apprenticeship trio serve up success

Posted on 10 Dec 2015

A Haslingden tea room is celebrating its continuing growth and award success after enlisting the support of three Bury College apprentices. The Dearden Tea Rooms in Deardengate is well known locally for its warm charm and charisma, a quaint establishment which boasts a range of breakfasts, sandwiches, light bites and salads and their signature afternoon […]

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Government Reveals New Apprenticeship Plans

Posted on 7 Dec 2015

The latest apprenticeship plans released by the government have revealed that the public sector will have to hire 200,000 more apprentices in the next five years. The plans, outlined in English Apprenticeships: Our 2020 vision detail how large public sector bodies will have to employ apprentices and ensure they make up at least 2.3 per […]

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Hire and higher for apprentices at Wealthcare

Posted on 30 Nov 2015

Bury-based financial advisory firm Wealthcare has promoted its first-ever apprentice and recruited another as the firm continues to expand its team. Antonia Staples has joined Wealthcare’s administrative support team via the Bury College Apprenticeship Programme. Antonia, 19, who lives in Bury, is studying for a diploma in business administration. Meanwhile Wealthcare’s first apprentice, who joined […]

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Apprenticeship Levy Explained in Autumn Statement

Posted on 25 Nov 2015

The Chancellor George Osborne has outlined the government’s plans to help ensure the delivery of three million apprentices in British business by 2020. Discussing what he referred to as “huge reform to raise the skills of the nation”, Osborne announced the details of the Apprenticeship Levy proposed earlier this year. The levy, which will be in […]

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Programming Apprenticeship Hits All The High Notes

Posted on 24 Nov 2015

Joe Gill, 19, has hit all the high notes with his recent Apprenticeship. He was excited about what the future holds after studying a Programming Apprenticeship as well as an EDI Level 2 in Principles of the Creative and Cultural Sector, both run by The Manchester College. After his Apprenticeship Joe was able to secure a […]

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Engineering Apprentice is taking on the world

Posted on 11 Nov 2015

Reece Prince from Wythenshawe attended Manchester Enterprise Academy where he achieved good grades in his GCSEs. Reece decided while he was still at school that he wanted to do an apprenticeship. He’d enjoyed practical subjects at school, and enjoyed finding out how things were made and how they worked. Reece heard about a 40 week […]

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Apprentice Chef cooks up a feast in his Dream Job

Posted on 6 Nov 2015

Let Joseph Fredericks tell you about his experiences  in landing his dream job as an Apprentice with one of Manchester’s top restaurants, Mr Cooper’s House and Garden, an acclaimed restaurant in The Midland hotel which is run by Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan. Excited about what the future holds after overcoming a serious illness to land […]

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Ian Holborn on the future of apprenticeships

Posted on 4 Nov 2015

Ian Holborn, managing director for work-based learning at The Manchester College, on the future of apprenticeships. Over recent months there have been some big announcements from government on the future of apprenticeships, including the pledge to create three million new apprenticeships by 2020. The Prime Minister announced plans to introduce an apprenticeship levy for larger […]

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Apprentices Sustain Culture. Fact.

Posted on 3 Nov 2015

Paul Shannon, Chief Operating Officer at ANS Group Plc, talks about Manchester’s shortlisting to become the European Youth Capital in 2018 and how apprentices sustain culture. Manchester has been shortlisted from 20 European cities to become the European Youth Capital (EYC) in 2018. Amongst the shortlist, Manchester’s competitors include: Cascais (Portugal), Kecskemét (Hungary), Novi Sad (Serbia) […]

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HR apprentice riding high

After achieving four A level passes at Audenshaw School in Tameside, Jack Hampson considered his career options. Jack, from Denton, could have gone to university, but decided that he wanted to get qualified in the workplace and earn while he was learning. Jack decided to look for Apprenticeship opportunities in HR on the Apprenticeships.org website and […]

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Amy Jets to Las Vegas on Live Events Apprenticeship

Posted on 2 Nov 2015

Excited about what the future holds after studying a Live Events Apprenticeship, through The Manchester College. Amy shares her experiences and recommends an Apprenticeship to others who want to obtain their dream job! Part of Amy’s Apprenticeship at Entertainment Today is to attend international conferences, so with her first week on the job Amy was […]

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#SEEDIFFERENT Competition Winner Revealed

Posted on 30 Oct 2015

The Apprenticeship Hub has today announced the lucky winner of its competition to win an Apple iWatch. Jasmine Wagstaff-Shore from Manchester beat hundreds of other hopefuls to get her hands on the popular item. Young people across Greater Manchester had been sending in their imaginative selfies all summer, with the campaign’s #SEEDIFFERENT hashtag, in the […]

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Apprentice at The Manchester College Named Intermediate Apprentice of The Year

Laura Broughton, 20, from Salford was announced winner for the North West – Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Staffordshire region at the prestigious awards ceremony at Lancashire County Cricket Club. She is now in the running to be nominated for the National Awards finals. Laura completed her 12 month Apprenticeship with The Manchester College and Greater […]

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Apprenticeship just the start for social whizz

Posted on 29 Oct 2015

After achieving good A-level grades at college, Chloe, from Warrington, considered going to university but also wanted to explore a vocational route into the career of her choice. Her careers advisor at college told her about the Apprenticeship opportunities available at The Skills Company, so Chloe attended a careers fair to investigate which Apprenticeships she […]

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APPRENTICE YOUTH WORKER GAINS NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Posted on 28 Oct 2015

Connor Stevenson, Apprentice Youth Worker at Raise the Youth Foundation, has been Highly Commended by both the Association of Colleges and the National Apprenticeship Awards 2015. Connor, who is currently completing a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Teaching & Learning Specialist Support for Schools, was nominated for AoC Student of the Year and the National Apprenticeship […]

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‘Degree Apprenticeships raising the bar’

Posted on 23 Oct 2015

Following an Ofsted report, released this week, criticising businesses for ‘wasting’ public funding on low level apprenticeships, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) has recommended the take up of Degree Apprenticeships. In light of the report, announced by Ofsted chief  Sir Michael Wilshaw, Liz Gorb, Director of Apprenticeships at MMU, commented: “Degree Apprenticeships provide an excellent example of […]

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Yasmin shares her Apprenticeship story

Posted on 16 Oct 2015

In June 2013 I left school with 10 GCSEs and started to apply for college, wanting to study Business Studies. In September 2013 I started at college, however after a few weeks there I decided it wasn’t for me. I felt I wanted to get out into the working world and be earning money. In […]

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Statistics show that more people than ever are doing an apprenticeship

Posted on 15 Oct 2015

Provisional statistics revealed yesterday (14 October 2015) show that more people than ever are doing an apprenticeship, with strong growth in the number of higher apprenticeships. More than 872,000 people were employed on government funded apprenticeships during the 2014 to 2015 academic year, with almost 30,000 people working to gain the high value skills British […]

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Oldham College Offer Exclusive BBC Traineeship

Posted on 14 Oct 2015

Are you interested in an exclusive BBC Traineeship designed by world class professionals and delivered by Oldham College? Do you want to gain valuable digital skills to help you into employment? Then all you need to do is fit the criteria below: Be motivated to learn new skills, have little or no work experience Use […]

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Top Level Apprentices to trump graduates

Posted on 9 Oct 2015

The best apprentices – those with a level 5 qualification – will earn £50,000 more in their lifetime than someone with an undergraduate degree from a university outside of the Russell Group, taking home close to £1.5m over their career. The new calculation by the Boston Consulting Group is revealed in Levels of Success: The Potential […]

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UTC Students Better Prepared for Work

Posted on 8 Oct 2015

New research released today by the Baker Dearing Educational Trust shows that, for two thirds (66 per cent) of parents, their biggest fear is that their child will not find a job when they leave education. Nearly half (48.1 per cent) of parents said they felt stressed about their child’s education and 80 per cent […]

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The Skills Company Opens Its Doors

On Wednesday 14 October The Skills Company, a leading provider of apprenticeships and traineeships in the Greater Manchester area, will be opening its doors to welcome all those with an interest in kick-starting their career with new opportunities in apprenticeships.   Taking place during National Work Experience Week, the open day event, entitled Access All Areas, […]

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Apprentice achieves childhood career aspiration

Posted on 2 Oct 2015

Nineteen-year-old Beth Goddard has been able to turn her love of dancing from a hobby to a career after securing a Business Administration Apprenticeship at ActiveDance. The former Tottington High School pupil began her apprenticeship in September 2014 and is due to finish in January 2016 when she will progress onto a Level 5 Leadership […]

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The Apprenticeship Hub is here

Posted on 22 Sep 2015

Our two-year campaign to increase the uptake of Apprenticeships across Greater Manchester launches in full this week as the new Apprenticeship Hub website goes live. Results day flashmobs, a Greater Manchester bus tour and a branded float at Manchester Pride 2015, have all contributed to the exciting campaign build up, with a dynamic team of morphs […]

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Trailblazer boost for legal apprenticeships

Posted on 18 Sep 2015

The big news this month in the world of legal apprenticeships is the approval of assessment plans for five new ‘trailblazer’ apprenticeships being developed for the sector. The new apprenticeships are designed for: Solicitors Chartered Legal Executives Paralegals Conveyancing Technicians Licensed Conveyancer The hyperlinks above are to the relevant page of the BIS website where […]

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BBC launches digital skills programme

A new Traineeship programme designed by the BBC to equip 5,000 unemployed young people with employability and digital skills has been launched.  The BBC Make it Digital programme is aimed at unemployed people aged 16-24 who don’t already have a full level 3 qualification, the equivalent of two A Levels. The eight-week programme will be […]

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Wigan students head to Germany for industry opportunity

Two of the UK’s most promising young engineering students have been selected for a work placement in Oppenweiler, Germany, with Murrelektronik – one of the leading worldwide manufacturers of power distribution components and systems for industrial automation. In October, the Wigan UTC students will become part of the Murrelektronik manufacturing team and gain an insight […]

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