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How is your apprenticeship going? Is your training up to scratch? What about your end-point assessment, if you’ve got that far? The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education’s recently revamped panel of apprentices is seeking your answers to these questions in an online survey. Running until 29 May (that’s this Friday!), the apprentice panel, which is made up of current and former apprentices, is gathering feedback on the quality of training and end point assessments, to inform its mission to

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Lockdown aside, current and future apprentices need not worry about their apprenticeship opportunities. There are lots of training and learning resources available Current and future apprentices are probably feeling worried right now. With lockdown still largely in effect and no end to the pandemic in sight, they might have noticed that apprenticeships have been particularly affected. Sutton Trust, which promotes improvements to social mobility and supports young people, recently revealed that “companies are furloughing or making apprenticeships redundant, off the

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Undeterred by the global pandemic, manufacturers across the Sheffield City region and beyond are recruiting ‘vital’ apprentices through the University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre as they prepare to hit the ground running and the Covid-19 lockdown begins to ease “Things may be uncertain but we do need to maintain skill levels now and looking to the future, so continuing with an apprentice programme is incredibly important,” said Phil Longden, operations director at NE Components in Hope Valley, who took

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Pearson College London is working with employers to launch new degree apprenticeships as soon as they are able to recruit again—and a current degree apprentice shares her experience so far At Pearson Business School, we work with a wide range of employers, such as L’Oréal, IBM, Moët and The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, to run degree apprenticeships. However, due to the situation with Covid-19, most of the companies we work with are not currently recruiting for apprentices. We’re still working

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Nationwide learning provider Mercuri International UK recently demonstrated how apprentices and employers are going about the daily business of joining and providing apprenticeships during the Covid-19 pandemic—with virtual technology proving key. We enjoyed an engaging and insightful experience remotely inducting new learners to the Hewlett Packard Enterprise (#HPE) sales academy. Mercuri consultant Jo Griffiths and learning development coach Christian Mandaracas were incredibly impressed with the enthusiasm of the learners on the virtual platform. Team spirit The new members of the

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Two University of Exeter degree apprentices have been nominated for the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West Apprentice of the Year award. Nominees Molly Drinkald and Anna Gates study civil engineering at the University of Exeter and work as industry apprentices—Molly at WSP and Anna at EDF. Molly, who works as a civil engineer at WSP, is in the second year of a five-year degree apprenticeship programme. She was nominated for the award by Charlie Statham, senior lecturer in

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The UK government has confirmed that apprentices can be ‘furloughed’—or put on temporary leave—and their employers claim up to 80% of their wages under the job retention scheme put in place to deal with the economic uncertainty arising from the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Employers struggling to pay their employees during the pandemic can furlough employees and apply for a grant that covers 80% of their usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month. Under the job retention scheme, apprentices

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The Department for Education (DfE) has released guidance for employers and training providers on delivering apprenticeship programmes and how they should support apprentices during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. “This is a difficult time for apprentices, employers and providers of apprenticeship training, assessment and external assurance,” DfE stressed in an explanatory note. “The government is committed to supporting apprentices, and employers continue to build the skills capabilities the country needs now and in the future.” “The Education and Skills Funding Agency

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Liberty Steel Group is investing in young engineers of the future with the announcement that its speciality steels business in South Yorkshire is hiring a new group of apprentices for the upcoming academic year. Liberty is offering 20 level 3 and degree apprenticeships in a variety of engineering specialisms, covering electrical, mechanical and materials across its South Yorkshire business. A further 10 apprentices will be hired across Liberty Steel Group’s other UK businesses. The closing deadline for applications is 30

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Jessica Compton, who has undertaken a marketing traineeship at technology company PragmatiQ Solutions, was recently named Apprentice of the Year at the SME MK and Buckinghamshire Business Awards. Jess has worked as a marketing coordinator at PragmatiQ Solutions while completing her BSc marketing management degree at the University of Northampton. The prestigious Apprentice of the Year award is a fantastic achievement and a real reflection of Jess’s hard work and dedication over the last couple of years. The SME MK

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