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Girls in Apprenticeships: Don't let stereotypes hold you back

Girls in Apprenticeships: Don't let stereotypes hold you back

Posted: 2nd of September 2014 by Lynette Daly

Apparently, according to the City and Guilds group research findings: “Men are twice as likely to be encouraged to take an apprenticeship as women.” Former apprentice Tiana Locker, who is now Apprentice Connect Ambassador at City and Guilds, said: “These research findings really resonate with my own experiences. At school, I was actively dissuaded from taking an apprenticeship and pushed towards university to study teaching. I would have benefited from more comprehensive careers advice during school, as in my experience they tended to fall back on outdated stereotypes. It’s definitely important that girls and boys understand the full range of career opportunities available to them.”

About To Start Your Final Year? Time to Think About the Future!

About To Start Your Final Year? Time to Think About the Future!

Posted: 2nd of September 2014 by Tom Clover

Having been on your summer holidays, chances are you are just thinking about heading into your final year. Whether this is at school, college, or on a further education course, you will need to have a plan for what to do next. Of course, your mind will be full of thoughts of your last year of study, assignments, exams, and the fact that you have months left before you leave. However, don’t be fooled, it will be no time at all before you break up for Christmas, and then the next stop will see you entering the home straight to the end of your studies. You can never be too prepared, and so now is the right time to at least begin to think about what to do next. Rather than end up feeling rushed into a decision, or simply looking for whatever routes are available later on, you can start laying down some genuine ground-work to get ahead for your future. This does, of course, depend on what you plan to do.

Can we count you in?

Can we count you in?

Posted: 1st of September 2014 by Zara Hutchins

Management accountancy isn’t just about numbers and spreadsheets. On movie sets, at fashion labels, inside football clubs, that’s where you’ll find the CIMA Chartered Management Accountant. CIMA members play key roles in some of the world's most exciting organisations. And they are generously rewarded for their efforts.

What to do if you didn’t get the GCSE grades you need

What to do if you didn’t get the GCSE grades you need

Posted: 1st of September 2014 by Lynette Daly

Whether you did worse or better than you expected to in your GCSEs there are Colleges out there just waiting to offer you something. Maybe you did far better than you thought you would and you now want to take a course at a higher level or a different kind. Maybe you didn't get the grades that you need and you’re not sure what to do now. Don’t panic – colleges offer something called the late admissions process, which you can find out about here.

The Importance of Literacy & Numeracy

The Importance of Literacy & Numeracy

Posted: 1st of September 2014 by Tom Clover

An annual study has shown that there is concern among employers about the levels of literacy and numeracy of their staff. 54% of those employers who were questioned stated that they felt there were weaknesses among their staff when it came to writing, while a further 53% expressed concerns over the ability of their staff to manage mathematical tasks. Maths and English GCSE passes are seen as the basic requirements for many jobs, and yet it seems many employers don’t feel that their workers are up to scratch. In addition, 61% feel that there are weaknesses in the IT skills of their employees, leaving many wondering what is going on.

Next Apprenticeships... The Future of Fashion Retail...

Next Apprenticeships... The Future of Fashion Retail...

Posted: 29th of August 2014 by Zara Hutchins

Are you friendly, enthusiastic and helpful? Do you have a passion for fashion and outstanding service? The Next Intermediate Apprenticeship in Retail could be your first step into the future of fashion retail and career success!

Is TXT TLK Ruining Your Prospects?

Is TXT TLK Ruining Your Prospects?

Posted: 29th of August 2014 by Tom Clover

When it comes to sending text messages or updating social media, a lot of us use abbreviations and slang. It makes sense to do so, as it is faster and allows you to say what you want in as few characters as possible – which is handy if you are on Twitter or typing out a quick message to your friends. Such is the proliferation of this type of text talk in today’s society that abbreviations like ‘LOL’ and OMG’ have become everyday terms recognised by even the most tech-ignorant people. But could you use of text talk actually hurt your chances of getting a job? Some employers certainly think so!

Study Skills: Are You Ready For Next Year?

Study Skills: Are You Ready For Next Year?

Posted: 28th of August 2014 by Tom Clover

Heading back to school or college after the long summer holiday break may seem like a bit of a nightmare. Having got used to spending your days relaxing, you may be slightly dreading the thought of going back to full-time study. Of course, you should have made sure to do any assignments or homework that was set during the holidays, but there is more to getting ready for your next year than just this. Of course, if you are about to begin a new course or head to a new college then you will also want to make sure you get off on the right foot and make the best possible start. Getting ready for the new term doesn’t take a whole lot of effort, but the benefits to you and your studies are hard to ignore.

Top 10 Feel Good Tunes

Top 10 Feel Good Tunes

Posted: 28th of August 2014 by Lynette Daly

Some days it's really hard to drum up an enthusiasm for the day ahead - here are some top tunes that are guaranteed to put a spring in your step and make you smile.....or dance

Top Apps for students

Top Apps for students

Posted: 27th of August 2014 by Lynette Daly

There's an app for almost everything now, but here are five of the best apps for students.

Dream Your Troubles Away: Late-Night Problem-Solving & Learning

Dream Your Troubles Away: Late-Night Problem-Solving & Learning

Posted: 27th of August 2014 by Tom Clover

Every night, when you go to sleep, you have dreams. Rather than just being flights of fancy, research has shown that these dreams are an important part of how we work our way through life. Sleeping isn’t just about resting your body, but also helps your mind to process things that have happened through the day, working out problems, sifting through new information, and discarding the useless information you have taken in while keeping the important lessons from the day. Scientists who have looked into people’s dreams even believe that your dreams may be a way for you to work out what is going on in your life, while the idea of sleeping on a problem is far from just a clichéd idea.

GCSEs Done, What Next?

GCSEs Done, What Next?

Posted: 27th of August 2014 by Zara Hutchins

So you’ve finished your GCSEs – but what next? IT apprentice Stevie Stewart blogs about how he felt after GCSE results day, and why school leavers should choose IT apprenticeships with QA.

Why I Chose an Apprenticeship Over University

Why I Chose an Apprenticeship Over University

Posted: 27th of August 2014 by Zara Hutchins

In 2012 I finished Secondary School and like most other people my age, I decided to go to Sixth Form as it was the standard route to take. I took four subjects: Computing, Maths, Physics and French but after a year, I wasn't sure if this was really the best option for me. Do I really want to keep learning these subjects for another year, when I know I just want to do Computing?

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