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UK university applications going down, RDI applications going up
30th November 2012, 10:01
The number of applications to study in UK universities has fallen by 8% compared to 2011, and is the lowest for at least six years, as more and more students are put off by the high tuition fees. Despite the general decrease in UK university applications, RDI, the online distance learning specialists have seen application figures going up by 38% compared with the same point last year. The growth is attributed to a number of reasons: · Affordable tuition...
Small to medium businesses can now claim a government backed grant of up to £15,000 when they take on apprentices through Kensington and Chelsea College. The west London based college has been delivering apprenticeship programmes across the capital, and successfully matching apprentices to employers looking to fill skills gaps and vacancies within their organisation. Now, thanks to the government backed grant, the college is able to offer businesses with less than...
Gain a Degree with No Upfront Fees!
29th November 2012, 16:03
Great news! Our part-time students can now study for a degree with no up front fees to pay! Not even a deposit! For the first time, National Design Academy (NDA) students taking advantage of the flexibility of studying part-time, online can now apply for Student Loans in the same way as full time students attending University. Part-time students can now access a Tuition Fee Loan through the Student Loans Company (SLC) to cover their entire degree tuition fees. The loan is...
OU and WEA partner to provide education and training
27th November 2012, 09:42
The Open University (OU) and the Workers Education Association (WEA) are teaming up to offer learners education and training, with the emphasis on adults whose education level prevents them from entering university and people on low incomes. The partnership between the OU and WEA is an attempt to reverse the three-year decline in adult participation in all categories of education and training demonstrated in Government figures. Each organisation will be promoting links through...
Education and training numbers rise, but Neets still top the million mark
27th November 2012, 09:40
The number of 16-24 year olds not in education, employment or training - commonly referred to as "Neet" - has dropped by 136,000 since this time last year, according to the Department for Education (DfE). That's a fall of two percentage points, welcomed by the government. But it still means that approximately 17% of 16-24-year-olds were, up to September this year, without college places or jobs, which, according to the government, is still too high, despite...
Must read report: Six Steps for Change
27th November 2012, 07:59
At last, a report that wants the same thing as us! Our organisation exists to show people that there are perfectly valid alternatives to the traditional university route and welcomes anything which aims to create parity between academic and other methods of learning. At notgoingtouni we have always stressed that although university is a great route to career success for some people it does not suit everyone and there are other ways to achieve your goals. It would be great...
Get ahead of the competition
27th November 2012, 07:42
Do you want a head start when applying for a job or course? Competition is fierce for every vacancy and it is important to be as polished as possible to maximise your chance of success. In partnership with our friends at Trotman we have an amazing prize to give away to one lucky person. Get a load of this lot! 1) 30 minutes interview coaching by phone or Skype (normally £250) with careers expert and author Jeremy I’Anson 2) Free CV review and advice...
BBC and C4 team up to provide apprenticeships
23rd November 2012, 12:54
Both the BBC and Channel 4 will be working with their suppliers to provide apprenticeship opportunities in "Open Channels" - a scheme partly funded by an initiative from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: its Employer Ownership Pilot (EOP). The government has invested £250 million in the EOP, and this partnership between the BBC and Channel 4 is the 39th bid to receive funding under the scheme. The BBC will be training over a hundred apprentices...
Havering College media students film the big debate for young people
23rd November 2012, 11:46
A SUCCESSFUL Q&A event called Havering Asks was held at Havering College of Further and Higher Education, at which around 150 young people had the chance to debate on the issues which matter to them. The student question and answer session was staged by Havering Council, in partnership with the College, as part of their local democracy work with young people. The panel was chaired by BBC journalist Richard Lindley and comprised the chief executive of Havering Association...
Begin the path to your degree before Christmas
21st November 2012, 12:36
Whether you have not shaped your professional path yet or you need a qualification to advance your career, applying to begin your Higher National Diploma before Christmas means you can get ahead of those students waiting to begin their degrees next autumn. How to secure your place onto an HND A Higher National Diploma (HND) is a highly recognised qualification, equivalent to the first two years of university that will help you gain an understanding of key concepts and...
Follow the crowd to university or do an apprenticeship and kick start your career?
20th November 2012, 09:49
If you’re looking for a new direction and want a real job, a real salary and qualifications employers want then a QA Apprenticeship in IT, sales or business is for you. Sam Jones chose a QA Apprenticeship over college and now he is thriving in an IT role. Are you going to follow the crowd to university or take the smarter route to a brighter future by doing an apprenticeship? QA Apprenticeships in IT, sales and business offer you a real job, a real salary and qualifications...
Question and Answers
20th November 2012, 09:24
1) I'm 18 and have been in full time employment since I was 17, am I eligible to apply for an apprenticeship? City & Guilds Advisor: Yes – people can apply for an apprenticeship whatever age or stage they’re at in their career. Some apprenticeships will require you to have certain qualifications already, and some will require previous work experience. However it completely depends on the industry you want to get into and the specific apprenticeship programme....
Cordon Bleu style
19th November 2012, 16:01
Abigail Watson, 18, from Sevenoaks in Kent, had her career dreams come true when she was awarded a scholarship and apprenticeship at a London restaurant. Along with thousands of others hoping for the best possible start to a catering career, Alison applied for a Le Cordon Bleu scholarship, together with a nine-month placement at Chelsea restaurant Tom's Kitchen. Le Cordon Bleu scholarships are open to 17-20-year-olds, offering them the chance to live in Central London...
Distance learners access student funding for the first time
19th November 2012, 09:51
Tuition loan change a ‘watershed’ for distance learners Students who want to study for their degree online are able to get tuition fee loans for the first time, thanks to changes to student funding. This autumn’s intake of distance learners are the first to benefit from the changes. They will be able to secure upfront tuition fee loans to cover the cost of their degree course, only repaying the cost of their learning when they have completed their studies...
National Apprenticeship Service honours top 100 apprenticeship employers
16th November 2012, 13:47
Together with City & Guilds, the National Apprenticeship Service honoured the top one hundred businesses that employ apprentices at the Skills Show in Birmingham. Chief Executive of the National Apprenticeship Service, David Way, said: "The breadth and depth of employers on our top 100 list just goes to show the huge impact apprenticeships have on companies of all sizes and the wider UK economy. Apprenticeships are the country's gold standard for vocational training....
Check into the Hotel Business
16th November 2012, 10:04
Are you one of the many young people who’s interested in working in the hotel business? Perhaps you’ve been inspired on holiday, seeing all those people who work in that buzzy atmosphere, meeting all kinds of new people every day. Babcock International Group has just been named Hospitality Training Provider of the Year so an Apprenticeship with Babcock would be a great place to start your career. Hospitality isn’t just about hotels – it covers...
Never knowingly undersold: John Lewis launches its first Apprenticeship scheme
14th November 2012, 15:38
Retailer John Lewis, famous for their "never knowingly" slogan, announced today that it is taking on eighty apprentices. Already known for its different outlook towards employees - referring to them and also treating them as "Partners" - John Lewis' apprenticeship scheme also stands out because it guarantees apprentices secure employment at the end of their training. The programme itself comprises two levels: for those who’ve left school at...
Spend a million - Create an Apprenticeship
13th November 2012, 11:26
For every million pounds spent through public procurement, says the Business Innovation and Skills Committee in its report "Apprenticeships", one apprenticeship should be created. Appointed by the House of Commons to examine the administration, expenditure and policy of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, together with other public bodies including Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading, the committee is calling on central and local government as well...
Great resources for budding food scientists and technologists
12th November 2012, 17:11
If you’re interested in becoming a food scientist or technologist and are looking for more information, then check out these great links to resources offering more information on courses, careers, events and much more! The Institute for Food Science and Technology (IFST) IFST is a qualifying body for food professionals in Europe and is covers all aspects of food science and technology. Membership is open to anyone with a professional interest in food and it also offers...
Sam is crowned the food industry’s ‘Apprentice of the Year’ 2012
12th November 2012, 17:10
Apprenticeships are very important to food and drink manufacturers. They are a great way to get into the industry and many employers consider them to be a great way of attracting talent to their business. Every year at the Community Partnership Awards, the industry celebrates its top apprentices. This year’s winners … Apprentice of the Year Sam Roberts, Unilever Sam is a fourth year apprentice engineer, based at Unilever’s Trafford Park manufacturing...