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Bury College Celebrates Apprenticeship Success

Posted on 1 Apr 2016

We caught up with past apprentices this week to find out how they have progressed in the workplace. Local ex-student Matt Cassell completed his apprenticeship in Leisure Operations and Leisure Management with us at Bury College in May 2015. He did extremely well and is now employed at the college in the sports department. Matt, […]

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Why an Apprenticeship?

Posted on 31 Mar 2016

Why an apprenticeship?   This must be a common question for many school and college leavers at this time of year, so our new apprentice Gabriella has noted her thoughts down to show you a true reflection of how she felt just a few months ago to how she feels now about apprenticeships:- “I have been […]

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LOCAL MPS EXPLORE DIVERSITY OF BOLTON COLLEGE APPRENTICESHIPS

After a week of apprentice showcases, information events and school visits, Bolton College celebrated the final day of National Apprenticeship Week by inviting Chris Green MP and Yasmin Qureshi MP to meet some exemplary apprentices. National Apprenticeship Week, now in its ninth year, is designed to celebrate Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on […]

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5 GOOD REASONS IT’S NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO HIRE AN APPRENTICE

Posted on 24 Mar 2016

THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP SERVICE REVEALS WHY YOUR BUSINESS SHOULD BE TAKING ON APPRENTICES The ninth National Apprenticeship Week celebrates apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, business and the wider economy. ‘Rise to the Top!’ is the overarching theme for this year, capturing the way in which apprenticeships can help […]

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HOW APPRENTICESHIPS ARE HELPING BUSINESSES GROW [NEW RESEARCH]

A SURVEY FROM THE SKILLS FUNDING AGENCY FOUND THAT A QUARTER OF BUSINESSES THAT EMPLOY APPRENTICES ARE GROWING RAPIDLY COMPARED TO JUST 6% OF THOSE THAT DON’T Organisations that employ apprentices are more than five times more likely to rapidly expand their business than those that don’t have apprenticeship initiatives. That’s the headline findings of […]

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PARENTS CALL ON BUSINESSES TO DO MORE TO SUPPORT APPRENTICESHIPS

A NEW WHITE PAPER FROM CMI REVEALS HOW PARENTAL VIEWS OF APPRENTICESHIPS ARE IMPROVING. Parents want businesses to do more to support apprentices according to new research from CMI. The survey of 1,003 parents found that just 16% think employers are doing enough to provide apprenticeships, and 72% support the Apprenticeship Levy first announced by […]

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Morson Group Champion National Apprenticeship Week 2016

In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week 2016, Morson Group held an exciting event to recognise the achievements of their apprentices from across all divisions of the business. Apprentices from Morson International, Morson Projects and Morson Vital Training joined members of the Morson Executive Board, trainers, assessors and past apprentices for a celebratory lunch and certificate […]

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Bury College was Hub of Activity for National Apprenticeship Week

Posted on 22 Mar 2016

There has been a full calendar of events at Bury College to mark National Apprenticeship Week. As a proactive provider and supporter of apprenticeships, the college has been helping young people find their true vocation. Several sessions challenged gender stereotypes, where youngsters got hands-on experience of various subjects not typically associated with their gender, such […]

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Hannah Eves: From Apprentice to Apprentice Ambassador

Posted on 21 Mar 2016

In support of National Apprenticeship Week in England, Hannah Eves from BNY Mellon’s Manchester office shares her story of going from an apprentice to Apprenticeship Ambassador. After speaking at an event late last year about the value of apprenticeships, I was approached to become an official representative for a local organisation called Apprenticeship Ambassadors to […]

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Apprenticeships: 10 myths busted

BNY Mellon in a final installment of a week-long series of stories in support of National Apprenticeship Week in England, asked Sarah Davies from their Human Resources team in Manchester to explain popular misconceptions about apprenticeships. Here she shares her thoughts on common apprenticeship myths to help people to better understand the opportunities an apprenticeship could offer. MYTH […]

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Apprentices on Track for Engineering Success

Morson Group continues to demonstrate a commitment to the Rail Industry as their first cohort of Morson Vital Training (MVT) apprentices achieve their Intermediate Apprenticeship in Rail Engineering qualifications. During National Apprenticeship Week 2016, the group of apprentices were recognised for their outstanding achievements at a celebration event at the company head office based in […]

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Morson Group recognises apprentice of the year

Posted on 18 Mar 2016

As the nation comes together to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week and the positive impact apprenticeship programmes have on individuals, businesses and the economy, Morson Group awards their Apprentice of the Year 2015. 20-year-old Beth Dixon from Swinton is completing the Advanced Apprenticeship in Finance and has gained a range of new skills as she progresses […]

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Cheadle Letting Agent scoops newcomer award

Posted on 17 Mar 2016

Damar Training announces a letting agent in Cheadle winners of ‘Newcomer Employer of the Year’ at Damar Training’s 2016 Annual Apprenticeship Awards Stuarts Property Services Ltd in Cheadle Village (a Letting and Property Management Specialist established since 1908) have taken on two apprentices through Damar Training. They have been selected and are proud winners of: ‘Newcomer Employer […]

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Damar Training’s Annual Apprenticeship Awards 2016 – the results are in!

Posted on 15 Mar 2016

The results are in for Damar Training’s Annual Apprenticeship Awards 2016. Headquartered in Stockport, Damar is one of the country’s  leading providers of apprenticeships and work-based training and, over the past year, has  worked with over 1,500 apprentices at more than 300 employers nationwide. The awards coincide with National Apprenticeship Week (14-18 March 2016) and […]

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Up to 15 Social Media Jobs Up For Grabs!

Are you a Facebook Fanatic, Tweetaholic or Instagram addict? Well, imagine getting paid for doing the stuff you love. North West leading companies including AmeriCamp, WDC Creative, PR Agency One, Hamilton Davies Trust and more, want bright, creative social media enthusiasts to join their teams, while studying for a City and Guilds social and digital […]

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MediaCityUK backs apprenticeships

Posted on 10 Mar 2016

MediaCityUK is renowned for being the creative hub of Greater Manchester. With the BBC and ITV in residence, it’s home to some exceptionally talented people – apprentices included. With that in mind, the Apprenticeship Hub headed down to MediaCityUK’s apprenticeship evening to speak with Down At The Social’s Corey, to find out how he’s enjoying […]

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Carfinance247 ramps up its apprenticeship scheme

Posted on 7 Mar 2016

Working in partnership with Apprenticeship College Positive Outcomes, Carfinance247, based in central Manchester, plans to create a total of 30 apprenticeship positions over the next quarter. A car finance broker has ramped up its apprenticeship programme as it looks to embrace the Government’s vision of creating 3m apprenticeships by 2020. Working in partnership with Apprenticeship […]

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Apprentice finds her vocation

An apprenticeship in Business and Administration has led to Robyn Jones finding her vocation – as a nurse. Robyn started her apprenticeship with the Fairfax Group Practice, Prestwich, expecting it to lead to a career as a medical secretary or similar. However, during the apprenticeship, which combined healthcare with administration, Robyn found herself increasingly drawn […]

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Talented plumber secures apprenticeship

Natasha Thompson, a Level 2 plumbing student from Tameside College, has secured an apprenticeship with, Dyno-Rod Ltd, a Tameside plumbing firm, part of British Gas. Natasha has always shown a talent for plumbing and was even entered into the new entrant category for plumbing at the Greater Manchester Colleges Group’s Skills competition last year. Natasha […]

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Life is sweet for catering apprentice

Posted on 3 Mar 2016

Life is looking sweet for 19-year-old Joseph McManus, who is on his way to achieving his ambition of being a pastry chef, partly thanks to Bury College. Joseph, who attended Sharples School in Bolton, is studying catering at the college while completing an apprenticeship at Gorsey Clough Residential Nursing Home, Harwood Road, Bury. At Bury College, […]

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From traineeship to apprenticeship success

Posted on 2 Mar 2016

Jordan left school at 16 with few qualifications and little idea about what he wanted to do. Aside from a brief stint working part-time as a driver’s mate for a small delivery firm, he spent many months outside of employment, education or training. “After I left school, I didn’t really have a clue what I […]

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Neil Williams – an NHS star!

Posted on 1 Mar 2016

In 2014, Stockport General Practice and Alvanley Family Practice consisted of an employee base that was heavily weighted towards older staff, many of whom were working part-time. It desperately needed to diversify, enhance its skills base and bring in a fresh, new perspective…all on a limited budget and without an HR department. To conquer these […]

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Engineering course prepares Daniel to scale the heights

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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