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You only have until 31 July…

The Level 3 Diploma CYPW (Early Years Pathway) will be replaced by the new Early Years Educator from 1 September 2014. This means that from 1 August 2014 government funding of the Level 3 qualification will require a GCSE grade C and above in English and Maths, with functional skills no longer accepted. If you would like to […]

How can I get a job after my GCSEs?

Answer: Work Ready Extra Go to sixth form, or go to college – these are the two choices that most young people are told they have after they finish their GCSEs. But what if you don’t want to go to school or college? If you know that it isn’t for you, what options do you […]

Lettings agent learning the value of training

With support from Kent Training & Apprenticeships, a lettings agent in Medway have recognised the benefits of training and taken it to the next level. MRS Lettings have employed three apprentices so far, with two being offered full-time employment, and the business is looking to recruit more once they have completed the move to a bigger […]

Consultation launched looking into the future funding of traineeships

A consultation looking into a future funding reform for Traineeships for those aged 16-24 was launched today by Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock. Traineeship funding is currently delivered using the same arrangements as for further education, rather than having its own specific approach. The consultation proposes that training providers are funded based on the […]

CEO’s see skills shortages as a threat to growth plans

A new study of the views of 1,344 CEOs across 68 countries worldwide suggests the UK’s business leaders are  increasingly concerned about Western Europe’s skills shortages, believing them to be the number one threat to growth plans. According to the international professional services firm, PWC’s report, The talent challenge: Adapting to growth, businesses and their leaders face questions […]

Matthew Hancock outlines latest apprenticeship funding reforms

Skills minister Matthew Hancock said the government was “working to change the culture of the country” when it came to work-based learning. Apprenticeship reforms have led ministers to put investing in the hands of employers: For every £1 a business invests in training, the government will invest £2. Darren Stevens outlines Matthew Hancock’s “simple” new […]

Apprenticeship Reforms Face Criticism From Small Businesses

The government’s reforms of the apprenticeship system have received a lot of criticism. The changes, known to hamper small businesses from getting involved in the scheme have been challenged by Guardian professional, Dave Dalton. He has put together a new model for apprenticeship funding based on employers being given a loan, similar to those given […]