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Posted on | August 15, 2014 | Comments Off

Allianz Insurance has opened its Technical School Leaver programme for the fourth year running to give students with A-level qualifications the opportunity to work within its Retail division.

The technical programme has been specifically created for talented young people who are academically capable but might not wish to attend university. Read more

New technical schools provide job boost for young people

Posted on | August 12, 2014 | Comments Off

Top employers including Jaguar Land Rover, Hitachi, Dyson and Kew Botanical Gardens back the new schools.

Thousands more places offering specialist, technical education are to be created after proposals for 7 new university technical colleges (UTCs) and 4 new studio schools were announced on the 5th of August 2014 by Chancellor George Osborne.

The new schools, backed by local businesses and universities, will provide more than 5,000 places (when full) for 14- to 19-year-olds. The schools will offer a more technical or vocational based education using curriculums developed in partnership with universities and employers. This will ensure students are developing the skills needed in a particular region or sector.

The latest approvals mean that all open UTCs or studio schools, or those approved to open, now offer in total places for more than 50,000 young people, allowing them to train for careers that are key to the economy, such as engineering and science. Read more

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Careers & Apprenticeship event

Posted on | July 8, 2014 | Comments Off

Come along to the Careers and Apprenticeship Event at Dukinfield Town Hall on Tuesday 15 July from 4pm to 7pm, where you will be able to try your hand at a variety of different skills, trades and professions.

You will have the opportunity to talk to employers and training providers to learn about career paths and apprenticeships. The practical ‘Have a Go’ sessions will give you the chance to experience a wide variety of different jobs – from cake decorating to plumbing, vehicle maintenance to forensic science. Read more

Young Women Engineer Future STEM Careers at Discovery Workshop

Posted on | July 8, 2014 | Comments Off

Talented young women were invited to engineer their future STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers at a WISE Create Your Future workshop at Walsall College on Saturday 28th June, in celebration of National Women in Engineering Day.

“Engineering is not as boring as I previously thought, it consists of loads of funny moments.  It’s a passion!” (School girl)

The event was organised by WISE, supported by The Black Country UTC and Walsall College, and was aimed at girls, parents and teachers to raise awareness, inspire and encourage young women to consider engineering as a career. Female role models and employers were on hand to dispel myths and stereotypes about the engineering sector and facilitated this hands-on session. Read more

Smaart Advice 12.2 Summer Edition now online to read.

Posted on | July 4, 2014 | Comments Off

The summer edition of Smaart Advice is now available online to read.

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New statistics show thousands more 16- and 17-year-olds embarking on apprenticeships than last year.

Posted on | July 4, 2014 | Comments Off

New statistics show thousands more 16- and 17-year-olds embarking on apprenticeships than last year.

New figures from local authorities reveal the proportion of school leavers embarking on apprenticeships has risen by more than 15% in just 1 year.

The data shows that apprenticeships, which now offer real jobs and training to develop the practical skills and experience that businesses want, are becoming increasingly popular with 16- and 17-year-olds. Read more

Automotive Apprenticeship starts show first increase in three years

Posted on | June 27, 2014 | Comments Off

Automotive Apprenticeship starts in England have seen their first increase since the end of 2010. The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) found a 4.2% increase, up to 10,940 starters, in 2012/13 in their yearly benchmarking report. Apprenticeship start figures have been falling since 2009/10 in the face of economic recession, with a 14.8% decrease recorded in 2011/12 according to figures from the Skill Funding Agency.

The biggest improvement in apprenticeship starts came in vehicle sales, with an increase in uptake of 233.3%. Meanwhile, Vehicle Parts, Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, and Vehicle Body and Paint also showed slight increases.

The findings come ahead of proposed changes to the model of apprenticeship programmes, coming in England from 2017 which the IMI believes will make it more difficult for smaller businesses to take on new apprentices. The government’s proposed changes would see the administration duties of apprenticeship registration shift from the training provider to the employer, along with an added financial contribution.

“Apprenticeships starts are a key indicator of growth in the automotive retail sector and the increase of new starts in 2012/13 are a sure sign of green shoots in the industry,” commented IMI CEO Steve Nash. “In particular, the increase in vehicle sales apprenticeships demonstrates improved confidence and new opportunities for automotive businesses.

“As a sector, we must work together to ensure that any proposed changes to the apprenticeship programmes do not derail this growth. The recruitment and training of the next generation is vital to the industry’s future success.”

Recent research released by the IMI showed that by the end of their third year, a well-recruited apprentice can generate between 150% and 300% return on investment. Furthermore, apprentices who start with no experience typically generate profit within 18 to 24 months– much earlier than was previously assumed. The IMI is currently working to promote these findings as a way of encouraging more businesses to employ apprentices.

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Apprenticeship trailblazers continue to gain momentum

Posted on | June 27, 2014 | Comments Off

Matthew Hancock announces a new range of apprenticeships that will be developed by employers under the Trailblazer scheme.

Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock today (27 June 2014) announced a new range of apprenticeships that will be developed by employers under the Trailblazer scheme. He also called for expressions of interest from groups of employers to become part of the third phase of Trailblazers.

The Apprenticeship Trailblazers, launched in October 2013, have gone from strength to strength. The first phase of Trailblazer sectors includes energy & utilities, digital industries, financial services, life sciences and industrial sciences. Businesses from each sector worked together and produced new concise employer-led standards for key apprenticeship roles in their industry. These were launched in March 2014 and the first apprenticeships under the new standards will be delivered in 2014/15. Read more

A university education is “not worth the money”

Posted on | July 30, 2013 | Comments Off

1_1The Vast majority of 16-19 year olds share this view Read more

Find out more about how young people’s career interests have changed and which careers are proving more popular

Posted on | July 30, 2013 | Comments Off

4_1Every day young people have to make important decisions about their future career. Their desires and expectations change over time, with exposure to a variety of influencers such as media, new technology, family/peer group expectations and changes in social mobility. What is interesting to educators, employers and learners is to see how young people’s career interests have changed and which careers are increasing in popularity. Read more

UCAS Extra – the service for students without a university place

Posted on | July 29, 2013 | Comments Off

Students who have applied for a university place through Ucas, but have not received any offers can still find a course through Ucas Extra. Read more

Applications for degree courses rise – despite £9,000 a year fees

Posted on | July 29, 2013 | Comments Off

5_1UCAS has hailed the 3.5% increase in applications for full time degree courses in the UK as ‘encouraging’, despite a stubborn gap between application rates for young men and women. This is most pronounced for disadvantaged groups where young women are 50% more likely to apply than young men. Read more

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