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- Left school after GCSE's a year ago, not sure what to do next.
Hi, I'm 17 years old and completed my GCSE's last July. I went into Sixth Form until January 2013 but really didn't enjoy it, so I left and got a part-time job that I love in retail. I'm not looking to go to Uni, but I do want to get....... Read More
Siemens Apprentice Benefits from Local College Route
31st May 2013, 13:05
• Siemens apprentice the first to attend Leeds City College • 180 applicants for single apprenticeship • Siemens’ commitment to training tomorrow’s engineers 18-year-old Matthew Jackson is one of 160 apprentices that Siemens has recruited UK-wide lin the last six months. Rugby-playing Matthew was taken on at Siemens Mechanical Drives (MD) in Leeds, in conjunction with studying at Leeds City College. Previously, Siemens MD apprentices...
Pera Training, the UK’s largest provider of manufacturing apprenticeships, has today announced the launch of a new free training programme aimed specifically at getting young people, living in Leicester, off benefits and back into work. The scheme, called ‘IntoWork’, is aimed at those over 19 years of age who have been unemployed for less than nine months and who are currently on benefits. Commenting on the launch of the new course, Pera Training’s...
Under-five childcare apprenticeship scheme launched
30th May 2013, 15:27
Addressing concerns about the quality of childcare for the under fives, a new apprenticeship course in early years education is being launched, and will be open to applications in September. Each apprenticeship is expected to last, on average, twenty months and will combine studying for childcare qualifications at college with on the job training. Around a thousand apprenticeships will be offered, each with a bursary of £1,500 to cover living expenses and funding...
Uni exam questions "unanswerable"
29th May 2013, 12:24
More than three hundred Cambridge University students sat their second year natural sciences paper on Saturday, but because of a typographical error, two of the questions were completely unanswerable. It took an hour before one student identified the mistake and brought it to the attention of the invigilators, who then granted everybody an extra quarter of an hour to finish the paper. The mistake that caused so much confusion was the omission of the 'i' symbol...
The secret to changing the world is you
29th May 2013, 10:07
“Being a part of ICS has opened so many doors for me. I have recently passed my PGCE in primary education at Bangor University and I only got to enrol on the course as I had gained experience while on the programme” Peter, VSO ICS Volunteer VSO ICS is part of the UK government’s ‘International Citizen Service’ programme for 18-25 year olds from any background. You don’t need any particular skills or qualifications, but we do take...
40% of student loans won't be repaid - report
28th May 2013, 11:43
A study carried out for the Institute for Public Policy Research claims that around four in ten graduates will never earn enough to repay their student loans. Previously, Ministers had put that figure at one third of the total student loan bill remaining outstanding, since repayments only start when those taking out such loans begin to earn over £21,000 a year. Any remaining debts are written off at the end of thirty years. The research results will be formally...
Essex Academy has opened! Hair and Beauty courses enrolling now!
24th May 2013, 15:06
We are very pleased to announce we have officially opened! Essex Academy is based in Harlow in Essex and caters for any one of any age and level of experience. Our qualifications will develop your basic knowledge, skills and competencies that learners need to work in a beauty salon and is the minimum standard required to work effectively.Our qualifications will get you to the place you want to be, with a 90% employment rate, it realy is in your hands.. We work in small...
New Apprenticeship search tool "on its way"
24th May 2013, 14:46
In response to businessman Jason Holt's recommendation in his independent review into apprenticeships last year, the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) will soon be launching a new online search tool to help apprentices find their way into their chosen vocation. NAS Divisional Apprenticeship Director for London and the South East, Vic Grimes, announced the development of the search tool at training provider JGA Group's Spring Team Forum earlier this week. The...
BII Apprentices Learning Their Trade at Salford City Stadium
24th May 2013, 12:42
Salford City College’s brand new FutureSkills centre is already celebrating success after recruiting two apprentices on to its new British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) Apprenticeship in Licensed Hospitality. Apprentices Tom Judge, 19, and Nathan Knowles, 21, are both working towards their apprenticeship programme in the Salford City Collegecorporate hospitality suites of Salford City Stadium. The apprentices are visited on site by a college assessor as they develop...
Award winning night for SSP!
23rd May 2013, 16:45
Last night we celebrated winning two awards and recognition as highly commended at the 2013 annual British Sandwich Association (BSA) Sammies event in London. Our Upper Crust brand won the New Sandwich of the Year Award (hot category), for its hog roast and crackling baguette, beating competition from M&S, Eat, Tasties, Costa, Caffé Pausa and Asda. Glenn Evans(pictured), our Food Development Manager, was also awarded with the Sandwich Designer of the Year title...
Wales and England exam split
23rd May 2013, 10:53
It's now been confirmed that England and Wales are to have their own separate GCSE and A-Level examinations. Until now, relations between Wales and Westminster had been souring after last summer's GCSE grading fiasco, when more than two thousand Welsh candidates received revised grades for their English language papers. Welsh Education Minister Leighton Andrews maintains Wales would be keeping on the GCSE and A-Level brands, and refuses to consider re-naming...
Apprenticeship opportunities at global pharmaceutical company based in North Devon
23rd May 2013, 10:15
We’re looking for 11 apprentices who thrive on challenge and who will relish the opportunity to make a real impact on performance and profitability. You will need to bring an open-minded approach; have a real desire to share ideas with others and a firm commitment to progressing your career. Currently recruiting for the following: Communications Assistant apprentice x1 Packing Technical apprentice x1 Quality Technician apprentice x2 EHS Assistant apprentice...
Setting up new businesses with the help of the government's New Enterprise Allowance scheme. Dragons’ Den star Levi Roots is teaming up with Jobcentre Plus to encourage jobseekers to consider setting up their own businesses with the help of the government’s New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme. The New Enterprise Allowance gives jobseekers access to expert business mentoring and a weekly allowance totalling over £1,200 to help them get going....
SWAC apprentice wins North Devon Manufacturing apprentice of the Year 2013
22nd May 2013, 16:25
Congratulations to Madeleine Sutton who won the Apprentice of the Year award at the North Devon Manufacturing Awards. Maddy started at Actavis UK Ltd in August 2011 as a Product Development Apprentice which she successfully completed in March 2013. Since starting at Actavis Maddy has gone from strength to strength and was awarded the Apprentice of the Year award for applying the knowledge she had developed to improve operational efficiency and providing technical support...
SWAC apprentice is finalist in Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2013
22nd May 2013, 16:15
Paigle Turpin-West has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo Apprenticeship Awards 2013. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on June 13th. This is the second year running one of our apprentices has been recognised at the awards for their achievements. Paigle is a finalist in the outstanding apprentice (level 2 & 3) finance and business services category. Paigle was placed with her host organisation Envesca, a leading...
Win a taste of Ritz and glamour
22nd May 2013, 15:00
The Hospitality Guild has launched an online competition offering one lucky winner the chance to go behind the scenes at luxury hotel The Ritz for an all-expenses-paid week of work experience. To be in the running, entrants just need to answer two questions and take the ‘Personality Test’ on the new Hospitality Guild web portal, which helps them to learn about the roles that suit their skills and interests. Three applicants will be shortlisted from the entrants...
Workfare placements must be made public
20th May 2013, 15:59
At the end of a fifteen-month Freedom of Information case, Judge David Marks QC has ruled that the Department of Work and Pensions must publish the names of businesses, charities and other organisations that have taken on hundreds and thousands of unemployed people, many of whom have had to work there unpaid, as a condition of continuing receiving benefits. The ruling applies to all three of the Department's main employment programmes: the Work Programme, the Work...
Gove's new GCSE idea
20th May 2013, 10:01
Already planning to overhaul GCSEs in 2015 by instigating end-of-course exams as opposed to the current module system, Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove said grades could be replaced by a number-based system. Mr Gove was asked yesterday by an education select committee how he would avoid a "collapse" in the number of top grades as pupils and teachers adjusted to the new-style GCSE exams. "The plan that's likely, though not definitive",...
School and college leaver opportunities with PwC
20th May 2013, 09:21
If you want to jump straight in to the world of work and business, we’re the best place to start your career. As we know that your career is just that; yours. You choose it. You live it. You make it happen. To get the best from it, you need the best opportunities. And opportunities are at the heart of what we do. Our offer to you... · To be part of the world’s leading professional services network · Work directly with big name clients where...
Our new learning and development programme Pioneer launches!
17th May 2013, 15:13
The new Pioneer programme has now been launched to the business, which allows managers to complete a foundation degree. The Level 5 programme was announced earlier this week, as 21 of the our colleages celebrated achieving a Level 4 Certificate in Professional Development awarded by Coventry University. This was the first group to achieve this qualification, many will be among those who will be able to go on to complete a foundation degree in the future. Pioneer programme...