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10 Good Reasons To Take A Gap Year

10 Good Reasons To Take A Gap Year

Posted: 30th of January 2017 by Tom Clover

If you are considering taking a Gap Year, then you may be concerned about things like how much it might cost and whether taking a year out will harm your career or education. You might wonder if it isn’t just better to knuckle down and ‘get on with things’ by heading off to uni, starting an apprenticeship, or finding a job. However, if you spend the time wisely, a Gap Year needn’t be a sacrifice but could actually be a really beneficial experience in a number of different ways. Here we present ten good reasons to take that Gap Year:

Apprenticeships – Know Your Rights!

Apprenticeships – Know Your Rights!

Posted: 27th of January 2017 by Tom Clover

If you are planning on taking an apprenticeship it is worth knowing your rights. Many of the rights you have as an apprentice are the same as those for regular employees – such as being given a written contract of employment when you start. However, other rights are more specific to apprentices, such as being given time away from work to attend formal training.

The Benefits Of An Apprenticeship

The Benefits Of An Apprenticeship

Posted: 25th of January 2017 by Tom Clover

Thinking about what you will do after school of college often boils down to two things – whether to go to university, or whether to go out and find a job. However, these are not the only options available to you, and you may find that an apprenticeship will suit you even better. There are a number of benefits to opting for an apprenticeship – both for your career and your finances, but if you never get to hear about them how are you supposed to make an informed choice for your future?

Should I Go To University?

Should I Go To University?

Posted: 23rd of January 2017 by Tom Clover

If you are wondering if university is the right choice for you it is worth taking some time to think about why you are thinking of going and what you hope to get out of it. It’s fine to feel unsure about what you are going to do with your life after A-levels, and the barrage of well-meaning advice from friends, family, teachers, and even sites like this can be confusing. While we can’t advise you what is best for you, with a few thoughtful questions you should be able to see what may be the best option for you and your future. So, if you are wondering whether you should go to university or not, perhaps you should ask yourself…

Health worker forced to give up school at 12 looks to fulfil dream of becoming a nurse

Health worker forced to give up school at 12 looks to fulfil dream of becoming a nurse

Posted: 23rd of January 2017 by Paul Cassell

An inspirational healthcare worker who left school aged 12 with no formal qualifications looks set to fulfil her childhood dream of becoming a nurse. Audrey Lakeman, 54, who works at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, says her life was transformed after studying at The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) and is now applying to study for a nursing degree.

Slam dunk! College to launch new BTEC basketball course

Slam dunk! College to launch new BTEC basketball course

Posted: 23rd of January 2017 by Paul Cassell

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) is to become the only college in London to offer a new BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Basketball course from September. The Basketball Academy, based at the College’s fully-equipped Sports Centre in Enfield, is run in partnership with the London School of Basketball (LSB), and was launched in 2014.

Improve Your Prospects In 2017!

Improve Your Prospects In 2017!

Posted: 20th of January 2017 by Tom Clover

If you have returned to school or college after Christmas, you should be well back into the swing of things by now, but now that you are settled in again it might be a good time to think about where you are going next. You may have important exams coming up this year, so why not look back over your last term and see where you might be able to improve – rather than falling back into old habits!

Become a Personal Trainer

Become a Personal Trainer

Posted: 20th of January 2017 by Martha Witcomb

The Training Room has pulled together this post to give you the low-down on everything you will need to know if you’re considering becoming a Personal Trainer.

Top 5 most useful languages to learn

Top 5 most useful languages to learn

Posted: 18th of January 2017 by Emily Dujon

Learning a language can be difficult but it is well worth the effort as it can improve your career prospects and allows you to live in other countries with ease. Some languages are spoken in multiple countries to improve worldwide communication and business so we list which languages can be the most useful to learn.

Are You A Future Leader? 5 Tips To Get You Ready To Lead

Are You A Future Leader? 5 Tips To Get You Ready To Lead

Posted: 18th of January 2017 by Tom Clover

A 2014 leadership study found that 85% of global businesses are facing a potential leadership crisis as workforces age and need to be replaced by new bright young employees. It is estimated that Millennials will make up 40% of the workforce by 2020, yet only 21% of companies believe that their current pool of young employees have what it takes to become future leaders. There is clearly a belief that there is a gap between the leadership skills needed and those currently on display. Whether this is fair or true is a debate for another time, as what this shows is a perception among businesses which could actually work in your favour as a future employee or leader. Filling this apparent skills gap will not only make you desirable to employers but could also see your career take off as you become one of the leaders of tomorrow. So, what does it take to be a leader, what skills do you need, and how can you build them up?

Volunteers repair community well supplying 500 people with clean water

Volunteers repair community well supplying 500 people with clean water

Posted: 17th of January 2017 by Jodie.Morris@vsoint.org

A small community in the Eastern Region of the country, around 1,800 people live in Owuram. It is one of three communities selected to host ICS volunteers working to support local livelihoods. Three cycles of volunteers working in the same community teamed up to raise money and help repair a community well, enabling up to 500 local residents access clean water.

How to become a Nail Technician | LBTA

How to become a Nail Technician | LBTA

Posted: 16th of January 2017 by Emily Dujon

Did you know that over 17,000 businesses in the UK currently employ Nail Technicians? From nail salons and nail bars to department stores and hotels, there is a constant demand for excellent nail work. Manicures and pedicures are sought after by many, and nail art is increasingly seen at the very forefront of fashion.

Get A Career That You Believe In

Get A Career That You Believe In

Posted: 16th of January 2017 by Tom Clover

Choosing a career path is tough. It can seem like you are having to choose something that will impact the course of the rest of your life – and how are you supposed to decide that sort of thing right now? If you are the sort of person who finds it tricky to decide what top to wear on a night out you probably think that choosing what you are going to do for the rest of your life is a real stretch! It may even seem easier to just defer the decision and apply to university – even though this is a bit of an expensive way of avoiding making a choice. Perhaps it is time to take a different approach?

My apprenticeship story - Level 2 to degree

My apprenticeship story - Level 2 to degree

Posted: 16th of January 2017 by Ceri Priddle

As an apprentice I feel like a home-grown member of the team and I am treated no differently to any other member of staff, the fact that the company are, and always have been willing to invest in me means that I am always willing to go above and beyond in order to repay their faith.

Why You Should Forget ‘Jobs For Life’ & Seek Skills Instead

Why You Should Forget ‘Jobs For Life’ & Seek Skills Instead

Posted: 13th of January 2017 by Tom Clover

The idea that you can go to university or take an apprenticeship and then find a job that will stand you in good stead for the rest of your life is a bit out-dated. Sure, it can happen as there is always an exception to prove the rule, but the working life for most people is one that sees different jobs, a variety of different employers, and even the occasional total change of career! Traditional notions of the ‘job for life’ are increasingly obsolete as contract work and a variety of different employment models become more common. But what does this all mean for you as someone who is looking at entering the world of work? It means that you need to enter employment with a slightly different focus to that your grandparents did – who would have sought a job that they could stay at for a long time as they filled a pension pot and built up benefits over time.

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