Supporting apprentices is increasingly being seen as an important part of strengthening the labour market as a whole with apprenticeships expected to contribute a staggering £3.4 billion to the UK economy by 2022.
The Levy tax can be used to fund new apprenticeships - something which I've been an advocate of for many years. As a former apprentice myself, I've always practiced what I preach and Pimlico Plumbers has always taken on apprentices, in our corporate offices, as well as amongst our engineers.
Philip Hammond promised a Budget that helps young people get the "skills they need to do the high-paid, high-skilled jobs of the future". The support shown to technical education, primarily via new 'T-Levels' for 16-19 year olds, will be broadly welcomed, with the UK seeking to act on its lowly 16th most productive economy status, according to OECD data¹.
As National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close it's a good opportunity to reflect not only on the great existing work in the employment support and ...
Along with Dame Stephanie, I have discovered some other fab women who currently work in technology, who also have a special story to tell about how they got there, and how technology careers have changed their lives.
When I started my apprenticeship in 1986, I knew I was joining a company that would provide me with the skills and training to have a successful caree...
This time last year, I would have never pictured that I would now be five months into an apprenticeship in Public Relations (PR). It has been the best decision that I could have made, but one that had never even entered my mind before, being so adamant that university was the right choice for me.
Throughout my A-Level studies I was weighing up the pros and cons of University or applying for an apprenticeship. I felt that both teachers and students at my secondary school only viewed University as the next option after A-levels. Apprenticeships were discussed, but not really taken seriously.
It's funny how true the old adage is, that things are like buses, you wait for ages for one and then they come in threes. A psychologist would no doub...
In the last six years, since I first started working for Dallaglio RugbyWorks in 2011, I have seen many examples of how a good apprenticeship scheme c...
We - society - therefore must work harder to improve the happiness levels of our young people in the UK. But this must be for all young people, no matter their background or current situation. With positive mentoring and support, they'll soon learn that it is all still to play for.
I was 16, just finished my last exams and was looking for something new to do. By all means I was classed as a 'normal teenager off to college', but my mental health didn't permit.
It's no lie that people are living longer. There are now five generations in the workforce - and this is going to become the norm. It'd be foolish to think that this won't change the way we hire and train our staff, so it's vital that businesses adapt too. That means understanding the need to hire and train staff differently.
A new apprenticeship levy comes into force on 6 April 2017. It will require all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill over £3 million each year, to invest in apprenticeships. The levy is seen as a key means of delivering the government commitment to reach three million apprenticeship starts by 2020. It will also help to address decades of chronic underinvestment in skills.
Don't forget too that many employers will offer graduate placements abroad - for the right person (and not every young person wants to work abroad, so don't allow yourself to be pressured) that can be a great chance to impress potential employers and see more of the world too.
I succumbed, I let myself wallow. There were at least two days when I stopped and felt good for nothing. In the big scheme of things, that's nothing, but for me, that's huge. It goes against my mindset, I like to work through things, to keep myself busy, to keep myself active.