The Open University has launched its Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship, supporting more people into higher education and providing a new, flexible route into becoming a social worker.

Analysis of Ofsted’s early monitoring visits to employers, independent training providers and universities by online quality assurance specialist Mesma has revealed some positive impacts. 

The news comes as Ofsted says that the levy has contributed to a huge increase in the number of providers delivering apprenticeships, doubling the numbers of independent learning providers and employer providers.

As school leavers across England and Wales collect their A level results, it seems misconceptions remain regarding one of the most dynamic post-school career options available – apprenticeships.

New research from Arch Apprentices has suggested that negative perceptions about apprenticeships are still rife among Britain’s exam students. Specifically among females, the supposed lack of academic credibility is still a worry, despite apprenticeships allowing many avenues for adding to qualifications and credentials.

Leading training provider, Qube Learning, paid tribute to the UK's Apprentices, Trainees and their employers, with an award ceremony at London’s Montcalm Hotel. The ceremony was hosted by Multiple Gold Medallist & World Record Holder Colin Jackson CBE who greeted the winners on stage with words of congratulations on their success and an award to walk away with. 

Louise Doyle, director of Mesma and senior associate at SDN, has called for ‘new education communities of good practice' at an Ofsted conference.

Speaking at the A4E Apprenticeship Ofsted Inspection Conference, she focused on the common threads and strengths across the education spectrum that can be woven together to build a better system.

Ford Engineering Group has joined forces with Gateshead College to deliver a six-month traineeship which equips young people with the attitudes, skills and knowledge required to start an apprenticeship in this sector.

 

As National Apprenticeship Week highlights the opportunities available for apprentices, UK-based charity Education and Employers launches a report, Teenage Apprenticeships: Converting Awareness to Recruitment. The Government want to have recruited 3million apprenticeships by 2020, and the report investigates why the number of school leavers becoming apprentices has flatlined.

National policy agreement and local business leadership essential - CBI Businesses, the Government and learning providers must take a fresh approach to skills in 2018. 
In a new report, In Perfect Harmony, the UK’s leading business group argues that 28 skills reforms in 30 years have alienated firms, confused learning providers and failed to deliver on skills needs.

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Thursday 06 April 2017

Today welcomes in the biggest shake-up of skills in a generation as the apprenticeship levy comes into force. 

The levy will require all employers in the UK with an annual wage bill of at least £3 million to pay 0.5% of it to go towards funding apprenticeships. 

This money will be invested to provide quality training opportunities for apprentices and double the annual investment in apprenticeships in England to £2.5bn by 2019 to 2020, compared to investment from 2010 to 2011. 

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Wednesday 15 March 2017

Some of the nation's leading training providers have been highlighted in a new register published by the Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency. 

This register was created to enable people to find out more about different apprenticeships schemes and ensure they are receiving training with a top-quality provider. 

It also means that the trainers who are providing the courses tailor teaching to the needs of the apprentices and the requirements of the business they work in.