Weir still number 1

Following release of the most recent Ofsted data today, 10th July 2018, Weir Training Ltd continue to be the only Independent Learning Provider in the country, this academic year to have achieved Grade 1s across all 6 key areas. Weir so proud of this continued achievement and look forward to finishing the academic year in…

What does an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted report really mean?

We are delighted to share receiving the highest possible accolade in the education industry following our recent converted short inspection from Ofsted.  This is an exciting time for Weir Training, especially with the recent Apprenticeship reforms. We wanted to share with you what being an ‘Outstanding’ provider actually means. Who is Ofsted? Ofsted are the…

Apprenticeship: the debt-free route to a satisfying job

The popularity of apprenticeships has risen sharply in the last two years – between February and April 2013, applications were up 32% on the same period the previous year, according to the National Apprentice Service, meaning there were 11 people applying for each vacancy. Meanwhile, David Cameron has described them as the “new norm”. This…

South Central celebrates their Apprenticeship stars

Companies, organisations and apprentices from across Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex are celebrating this week after winning top accolades at the regional final of the prestigious National Apprenticeship Awards 2013, held at Fareham College, Hampshire on 10th September. The winners included software company Capgemini, based in Woking, Surrey that was presented with both the…

Apprenticeship Grants for SMEs extended by Government

The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16-24 year olds (AGE 16-24) has been extended for a further year until December 2014. The (AGE 16-24) grant scheme aims to support businesses that would not otherwise be in a position to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment through the Apprenticeship programme. The grant incentive of…

More school leavers shun university in favour of apprenticeships

Rising numbers of school leavers are pursuing alternative options to university. A-level pass rates could rise this week as “practically-minded” students shun traditional exams in favour of vocational courses and apprenticeships, according to a leading academic. Sixth-formers who would previously have struggled with “peripheral” A-levels are now more likely to take practical qualifications amid increased…

Jobless Figure Falls At Fastest Rate In Years

The total jobless count sat at 2.51 million in the quarter, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Meanwhile, the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance last month fell by 21,200 to 1.48 million. It was the fastest rate of fall in three years. Total unemployment was at the lowest level since last autumn.…

Traineeships programme to boost youth skills

Plans to help young people in England improve their preparation for the world of work have been unveiled. The traineeships programme will offer work experience, lessons in English and maths, CV-writing tips and advice on how to prepare for an interview. The scheme, for 16- to 24-year-olds, is funded by the Department for Education (DfE)…