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Degrees losing attraction for smaller employers

SMEs prefer to hire apprentices over university graduates as they look for ‘hard’ skills that will have a bigger impact on their business Jobseekers fresh out of university are finding their degree certificates don’t open as many doors with potential … Continue reading

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Number of teenagers ditching A-levels for apprenticeships rises by 15%, government figures show

Rising numbers of teenagers are turning their backs on traditional  A-levels in favour of apprenticeships, Government figures show. The number of 16 and 17-year-olds in apprenticeship schemes has risen by 15 per cent from 41,738 last year to 49,228 this … Continue reading

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Employers say ‘helping young people into work is a must do’

Traineeships provide opportunity for employers to build a pool of high-quality future recruits for their sector Employers in England feel they should be doing more to help young people into work. A new poll conducted amongst 501 employers by ICM … Continue reading

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Young advised to give job applications a personality boost

Young job seekers should play up their personal attributes and passions when applying for work, according to new research released today to mark the finals of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2014. The study of over 900 line managers, conducted by … Continue reading

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Why SMEs should invest in apprenticeships

Study estimates apprentices are worth around £214 per week to businesses through reduced costs and improved quality of product Apprenticeships are often described as a great way to introduce talent to an organisation, and the government’s pledge to fund 100,000 … Continue reading

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Traineeships can provide young people with the skills employers want

A new poll indicates that traineeships can give young people the skills and work experience to help them get a job. The ICM Research survey shows that providing opportunities for young people to develop their interview skills and get some … Continue reading

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More finance for the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) scheme

Apprenticeship grant for employers Extra funding will support demand for AGE in 2014 to 2015 and the scheme will focus entirely on small businesses (ie those with fewer than 50 employees) from January 2015. £170 million of additional finance will … Continue reading

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What employers look for in Apprentices

If you’re applying for an apprenticeship, it’s vital to know what recruiters want It’s often difficult for school-leavers applying for apprenticeships as they may not have a wealth of work experience or previous jobs. While recruiters will certainly bear this … Continue reading

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National Apprenticeship Week 2014 – A Huge Thank You!

National Apprenticeship Week 2014 has been the most successful ever, generating over 20,000 Apprenticeship vacancies 50% more than last year. A huge range of organisations and individuals got involved in the Week. Thanks to their phenomenal support and enthusiasm over … Continue reading

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Small and medium sized enterprises to push up Apprenticeship numbers

Apprenticeships are growing in popularity amongst employers and young people. According to new research conducted by ICM, small businesses are planning to create thousands of new apprenticeships in the next year. Apprenticeships are great for businesses, personal careers and create … Continue reading

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July 22nd, 2014

SMEs prefer to hire apprentices over university graduates as they look for ‘hard’ skills that will have a bigger impact on their business Jobseekers fresh … Continue reading

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July 9th, 2014

Rising numbers of teenagers are turning their backs on traditional  A-levels in favour of apprenticeships, Government figures show. The number of 16 and 17-year-olds in … Continue reading

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