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CONEL agrees deal with Whittington Health to train up to 85 apprentices

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CONEL agrees deal with Whittington Health to train up to 85 apprentices

Posted: 23rd of September 2016 by Paul Cassell

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) has won a contract with Whittington Health NHS Trust to train up to 85 apprentices to work in the healthcare sector over the next 12 months. The Trust provides hospital and community care services to 500,000 people living in Islington and Haringey as well as other London boroughs, including Barnet, Enfield, Camden and Hackney.

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Career Advice: Saying Sorry At Work

Career Advice: Saying Sorry At Work

Posted: 26th of September 2016 by Tom Clover

When things go wrong and it is your fault, it is usually best to put your hand up, accept the mistake, say sorry, and help move on to find a solution – especially at work. Hiding your mistakes or blaming others will only tend to back-fire if you get found out, losing you trust and standing at work. However, saying ‘sorry’ too much can also be a problem – especially when there is no need. Saying sorry in order to cushion a request or save someone’s feelings can actually instead make you sound unsure, unworthy, or even at least partially to blame for something. A mis-placed sorry can undermine your credibility at work and see your ideas and contributions side-lined or ignored. Unfortunately, apologising unnecessarily seems particularly common in women, which only serves to undermine their authority, so here’s six instances when you really don’t need to say sorry at work:

Starting & Switching Careers

Starting & Switching Careers

Posted: 23rd of September 2016 by Tom Clover

When you start your career you will almost certainly start somewhere near the bottom of the ladder and start working your way up as you gain skills and experience. Qualifications, whether gained at university or through a vocational scheme like apprenticeships may offer you a little boost early on but ultimately you will need to prove your worth as an employee in order to gain promotion and rise up the career ladder. But what if you decide to switch careers, having decided that your choice of job didn’t suit you or wasn’t really what you thought it would be – how easy is it to move to a different role, company, or even career?

CONEL launches new partnership with Siemens to train engineering apprentices

CONEL launches new partnership with Siemens to train engineering apprentices

Posted: 23rd of September 2016 by Paul Cassell

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) has launched a new partnership with global engineering giant Siemens to train its next generation of apprentices in London. The College is providing training for 17 new recruits to the company’s apprenticeship scheme, where they will have access to its fully-equipped workshops featuring the latest in engineering tools and equipment.

Starting A-Levels? 5 Things You Need To Know

Starting A-Levels? 5 Things You Need To Know

Posted: 21st of September 2016 by Tom Clover

If you are just starting your A-levels, here’s some quick belated congratulations on getting your GCSE grades and making it to college. Having spent the last few years working up to your GCSE exams you are now set to move to the next stage of your education, but there are a few things that you need to know first. We took advice from a few people who have been through their A-levels already to find out five things that they wish they’d known when they started…

BPIF's Trainee of the Year

BPIF's Trainee of the Year

Posted: 20th of September 2016 by Ceri Priddle

Here at the BPIF we are delighted to announce that one of our very own apprentices has been short-listed for Trainee of the Year at the PrintWeek Awards

Teachers embrace latest IT education after being Microsoft accredited

Teachers embrace latest IT education after being Microsoft accredited

Posted: 20th of September 2016 by Paul Cassell

Teachers at The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London are embracing the very latest in education technology after being accredited by Microsoft. Eighteen teaching staff at the College were among the first to qualify as Microsoft Certified Educators (MCE) this summer. The MCE course provides teachers with the skills and knowledge on how to use new computer technology to enhance teaching and learning.

Landing Your Dream Job

Landing Your Dream Job

Posted: 19th of September 2016 by Tom Clover

Do you have an idea of what your dream job would be? It may be something that you have always dreamt of doing, or it may be an idea that has only come to you recently. If you put the wages aside for moment, chances are, your dream job is something that you are actually interested in doing. It could be a hobby that you would like to turn into a career, or maybe just a role that genuinely interests you. But how do you actually go about making that dream job into a reality? First up, so long as your dream job actually exists, it stands to reason that someone has to get paid to do it, right? So, why shouldn’t it be you?

The University Prospects Swindle?

The University Prospects Swindle?

Posted: 16th of September 2016 by Tom Clover

With the abolition of the maintenance grant for students from the poorest backgrounds (in favour of a loan system) and with tuition fees in England set to rise above £9,000 per year, getting a degree is an expensive business – especially for those from less well-off families. Many students can now expect to graduate with over £50,000 worth of debt, yet despite this thousands of young people are signing up to courses with the hope of securing a better future as a result. The notion being that a degree will lead to better prospects and higher earnings, allowing you to repay the debts you accrued at university. But how true is this theory, and has the cost of university finally outweighed the potential benefit?

What is 4D Printing?

What is 4D Printing?

Posted: 14th of September 2016 by Ceri Priddle

You may feel like 3D printing has only just appeared on your spectrum. I was astonished to realise that 3D printing has actually been around for 30 years,

The ‘Business Of You’

The ‘Business Of You’

Posted: 14th of September 2016 by Tom Clover

Some people invest their time, energy, and money into a business – building it up from the bottom and watching as it grows and gets more successful, but what about thinking of yourself in the same way? When it comes to making an investment of any sort, perhaps you should put your resources into improving the business of ‘you’ first. But just what do we mean by the ‘business of you’ – and how can you best invest in yourself?

Get ahead with Talent Academy

Get ahead with Talent Academy

Posted: 13th of September 2016 by Nerys Montana

Do you know what you’re going to do next? Choosing which job or career you want isn’t easy; you might even want to try out a few things to help you decide. If you need ideas or help deciding check out Talent Academy for online career advice, tips and support.

Aliens, bottoms and chocolate – the ABC of insurance*

Aliens, bottoms and chocolate – the ABC of insurance*

Posted: 13th of September 2016 by Nerys Montana

If you’re reading this, you probably realise that you don’t need to go to university to have a successful career. You probably also know that apprenticeships are available in just about every sector, including finance and even insurance. At the CII, we’re passionate about giving you the tools to make an informed choice about your career.

Anger Management Advice Fails

Anger Management Advice Fails

Posted: 12th of September 2016 by Tom Clover

Losing your temper is rarely the best way to solve a problem, whether it is in your personal life, at school, or at work, but anger is something that we all experience from time to time, so learning how to deal with it is important. Letting your anger get out of control will only end up causing you difficulties, but many of the more common methods of anger management may not really work. Check out these common anger management fails and see if you could deal with a situation better…

Making Choices: Heart Vs. Head

Making Choices: Heart Vs. Head

Posted: 9th of September 2016 by Tom Clover

When it comes to making decisions we tend to opt for one of two techniques, either looking at the facts rationally and weighing up the options or going with our ‘gut instinct’ and going with what feels right to us. These different styles of decision-making can be useful in different circumstances – deciding what you want to order at a restaurant is probably something you don’t have to rationalise and can decide on instinct, while working out how to invest money may be more driven by rational thought. Basically, it is a matter of whether you go with your head or your heart, but when things get more complicated (such as deciding what to do with your future), things can get muddled. So how do you make big choices in life – do you go with your heart or your head?

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