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Creative Pioneers Q&A

Posted on 7 Jul 2016

We spoke to Sean White, Creative Pioneer graduate, class of 2015 about his experiences as an apprentice with BJL. Why become an apprentice? I found that throughout my time at School and College, I never really felt that I could excel within my respected subjects. An apprenticeship seemed like the perfect opportunity to sharpen my […]

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Lisa scoops higher apprentice of the year award

Lisa Grimes from Leigh is Executive Assistant to the Finance Manager at Creative Support in Manchester. Creative Support is a national charitable organisation which provides care and support for vulnerable people with needs such as learning disabilities, mental health issues, autism and dementia. The organisation employs around 6000 people, and is headquartered in Manchester city […]

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All you need to know about the apprenticeship levy

Posted on 5 Jul 2016

The Apprenticeship Levy comes into force in April 2017. It’s being introduced as part of the Government’s commitment to create three million apprenticeships by 2020, and is expected to raise £3bn annually across the country. Jayne Worthington, Managing Director of Manchester based training organisation, The Skills Company has provided the answers to some common questions […]

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Bolton College Scoops Two Regional Awards

Just months after being singled out as best FE College in the FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey, on Thursday 9th June Bolton College was recognised yet again for its successful collaboration with local businesses – winning in the Health & Social Care category and Advanced Apprentice of the Year at the Skills for Business Awards […]

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National first for apprenticeships

Posted on 27 Jun 2016

Greater Manchester colleges and leading skills provider join forces to boost apprenticeship growth Today sees the launch of a new partnership between ten leading further education and skills providers in Greater Manchester to accelerate the uptake of apprenticeships in the region. The ground breaking partnership, which will be known as the Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Company […]

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Interview: Theresa Grant (GMCA)

Posted on 20 Jun 2016

Greater Manchester’s lead on skills and employment tells the Apprenticeship Hub why devolution and the changing educational landscape make it the perfect place for young people to begin a career.   Sat behind Theresa Grant’s desk in Trafford Town Hall is a placard referencing inmate rule #21 from the American high security prison, Alcatraz. Just […]

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Aldi apprentice ace!

Posted on 17 Jun 2016

Aldi is a reputable global retailer that is continually in the news for the right reasons, with profits soaring and happy customers to boot! It is no surprise then that they also run an extremely successful apprenticeship programme. We caught up with apprentice Jamie Corcoran to hear about his apprenticeship journey to date. Despite getting good grades in his GCSEs […]

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Intermediate & Advanced Business Administration

Posted on 15 Jun 2016

Business Administration apprenticeships are a great first step in an administration career in a business or office environment. Damar Training offers Intermediate and Advanced Business Administration apprenticeships across Greater Manchester, and has produced a handy guide to the qualifications. Find a link to download the fact sheet here. To find out more you can call Damar on 0161 480 8171.

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Blog: Bethany Greenwood @ Aptus Utilities

Posted on 14 Jun 2016

I was working as a hairdresser after completing an apprenticeship, but after a few years began to feel my career options were limited. It was a big decision to leave, but I had heard positive reports about Alliance Learning through friends and family and decided to go through them to find a new role. The […]

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Double Success at Skills for Business Awards

Bury College is proud to have been crowned winners of two highly valued Skills for Business Awards.   At the prestigious awards ceremony held on Thursday 9th June, Bury College was presented with the Outstanding Innovation Award for its partnership with the National Skills Academy Nuclear (NSAN) and global engineering firm Doosan Babcock. In addition, Bury […]

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A personalised approach

Posted on 8 Jun 2016

New Charter Academy are working hard to engage all parents including those who are traditionally hard to reach. Their consistent and personalised approaches are beginning to work… Setting New Charter Academy is a large secondary Academy for pupils aged 11 to 18. The school has a higher than average number of pupils from disadvantaged background. […]

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Blog: A reflection on my year as a creative pioneer

Posted on 7 Jun 2016

It has now been over 7 months since I finished my first ever apprenticeship and so I think I can now properly look back and truly reflect on my experience. September 8th, 2014 was the day that I began my apprenticeship in Social and Digital Media at Nine Lives Media, a rapidly growing production company […]

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Greater Manchester Police to increase Apprenticeship Programme

Posted on 6 Jun 2016

We are pleased to say that Greater Manchester Police is significantly increasing the size of its apprenticeship programme over the coming year. This means that there are likely to be around 240 apprenticeship job opportunities for young GM residents, spread across three intakes. GMP’s apprenticeship programme has been running for over three years now and […]

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It’s Competition time…

Posted on 3 Jun 2016

It’s officially the start of summer, which can only mean one thing… competition time! We are offering a few very lucky winners the chance to take pride of place on the #SEEDIFFERENT float at Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend Parade 2016. For full details of how to enter see our flyer (pictured left). And if you needed […]

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Accounting Apprentice is a Cut Above at L’Oréal

Posted on 31 May 2016

Bury College apprentice Mike Nelson has been praised for his fantastic progress during his AAT accounting apprenticeship with the cosmetics leader L’Oréal, who are looking to continue to support him to the next level. Having had a keen interest in accounting for a long time, Mike, a former pupil of Bridgewater High School in Warrington, […]

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Accounting apprentice destined for the top

Sam Birchenough works at Warr & Co Chartered Accountants, an accounts practice based in Stockport. He is new to accounts, but has demonstrated exceptional talent and potential during his first year as an apprentice. His work is no longer required to be checked and monitored at each level and he is set tasks that would […]

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The Skills Co Apprentice Flourishing in Creative Role

Posted on 27 May 2016

We spoke to Olivia, Marketing Apprentice at Marketing Manchester, to hear about her apprenticeship journey so far… Where did you go to school/college? What was your experience of education like? I went to Hyde Clarendon Sixth Form, the lifestyle of college was very relaxed, however when it came to course work deadlines or exam times, […]

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Damar Training named AAT Training Provider of the Year by the Association of Accounting Technicians

Damar Training, the specialist apprenticeship training provider, has been named AAT Training Provider of the Year (Small) at the Association of Accounting Technicians’ Training Provider Awards 2016.   The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of accountancy students across the country as well as the training providers who deliver the AAT’s accounting qualifications. The awards ceremony […]

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Bury College Celebrates Traineeship Success

Posted on 25 May 2016

On 16th May Bury College proudly hosted a celebration event to acknowledge the exceptional achievement of twelve young aspiring engineers. The twelve trainees, who were recruited from across Greater Manchester, successfully completed a unique pre-apprenticeship opportunity with Bury College at global engineering company Doosan Babcock. The innovative programme, supported by the Nuclear Industrial Partnership, provided […]

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Qdos: An Employer’s Journey

Find out more about how Qdos came to employ an apprentice and how easy the process was from Managing Director, Damian Linley. Also hear from Joe Turner, Qdos apprentice about how his journey with Oldham College is going.

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Campaign calls on young people to kick-start career with an apprenticeship

New GetInGoFar campaign shows young people how an apprenticeship can give them the skills and experience they need to land their dream job. From hundreds of talented apprentices across England, 13 have been selected to be the stars of the campaign. Telling their stories, the apprentices, from top firms including IBM, JCB and Sellafield, will […]

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The complete guide to higher and degree apprenticeships

Posted on 19 May 2016

Which? University and the National Apprenticeship Service has published a Complete Guide to Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, covering everything you need to know, from how much students can expect to earn, to the first hand experiences of apprentices and employers. Introduced by the government in 2015, Degree Apprenticeships offer the chance to gain a degree […]

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It’s Learning at Work Week!

Posted on 16 May 2016

This week (16th – 22nd May 2016) is Learning at Work Week – the annual awareness week organised by the Campaign for Learning that aims to shine the spotlight on the importance and benefits of learning and development in the workplace. Each year thousands of organisations take part in the week, running vibrant campaigns and activities which […]

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Get in. go far

Posted on 12 May 2016

The National Apprenticeship Service is calling for young people to ‘Get In. Go Far’ by choosing an apprenticeship. The government backed campaign, launching on Monday 16th May, is designed to inform and inspire young people to consider apprenticeships, traineeships and work experience as valid routes to a rewarding career. Advertising will target 14 – 24 […]

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Business Bonus for Bury Hospice

Bury College business students were crowned winners after building their own business to raise vital funds for Bury Hospice. Students on the college’s Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business course, were tasked by the hospice to create a business from scratch in order to raise the highest amount of money. Each team was given £50 […]

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Trafford Council Leader Talks Apprenticeships

Posted on 6 May 2016

When Sean Anstee became Leader of Trafford Council in 2014, he also became the youngest council lead in the country, aged 26. He’s now the Greater Manchester lead for apprenticeships having started out his own working life as an apprentice at Barclays in 2003. We caught up with Sean to see how an apprenticeship got […]

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Family business paves the way for Bolton apprentice

Posted on 28 Apr 2016

Mitul, 18, from Bolton, is a Level 2 Carpentry & Joinery Apprentice at Seddon – a family owned and managed business that delivers over £160million of building projects across the UK. Why did you choose to do an Apprenticeship? I have never been very academic, so I wanted to learn and work towards a qualification […]

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Apprenticeship Levy: How it will work

The apprenticeship levy, which the Government hopes will help to create 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020, comes into force next year. This week the Government released further details about how the levy will work and what businesses can expect to pay. You can read the whole update on the gov.uk site. Check it out […]

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Food Degree Apprenticeships to boost productivity

Posted on 19 Apr 2016

The next generation of food entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to combine a high quality degree and on-the-job training under plans for new degree apprenticeships, Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has announced. The creation of the degrees will help safeguard the UK’s position as a world leader in high-tech food innovation which has seen us give […]

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Chamber Supports National Your Future Initiative

Posted on 7 Apr 2016

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce celebrated National Apprenticeship Week in March through the British Chambers of Commerce initiative Your Future. The Chamber hosted careers fairs (pictured) bringing local school pupils together with apprenticeship providers and potential employers to give valuable career information. The week’s events took place on the 15th and 16th March, with 30 […]

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In praise of apprentice supervisors – one employer’s story!

At Damar, we often say that great apprenticeship programmes are the result of a fantastic partnership between three key people – the apprentice, the trainer (or trainers) and the apprentice’s manager. The progression of one of our successful accounts apprentices, Lisa Cochran who works for Stockport Truck Centre demonstrates this perfectly. Emma Porter is Finance […]

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MULTI-MILLION POUND BOOST TO DEGREE APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Posted on 6 Apr 2016

Sajid Javid announced a new £10 million fund to boost the number of degree apprenticeships, providing more opportunities for young people to fulfil their potential. Degree apprenticeships offer the very best of university and vocational education by offering a degree while earning. The Business Secretary made the announcement as he met degree apprentices in Manchester. A new […]

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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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