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What makes a good pre-apprenticeship programme 28/11/2019 A pre-apprenticeship is a program designed to prepare an individual to enter and succeed in an apprenticeship. Pre-apprenticeships started in the 1970’s and were originally designed to help more women take up apprenticeships in the construction industry where they represented only 3% of the workforce. Today, pre-apprenticeship programs are more widely available and for a variety of different reasons. For example, an employer in a particular area may design a pre-apprenticeship program to help it find local residents who are not quite apprenticeship ready – the program can provide a much-needed pipeline of entry-level candidates for future apprenticeship jobs. Other programs might be specifically designed and tailored to support young people, ex-service men and women, those with disabilities, or adults looking to re-skill and enter the workforce. All pre-apprenticeship programs generally feature specialist support to help those furthest from the labour market get apprenticeship-ready. They are designed to give individuals the skills, confidence and connections they need to be successful in a whole range of industries. Read More Employer Providers and Ofsted inspection 10/10/2019 Any provider who has ‘had the call’ from Ofsted will know that sinking feeling you get in the pit of your stomach as the reality dawns on you that your whole world is about to be turned upside down as you are scrutinised for days. This blog aims to demystify the process of an Ofsted inspection and set out what you can do to prepare for a visit. It includes some useful practical tips and even explains how you can anticipate a visit before it has happened! Read More Are apprenticeships helping to close the skills gap? 07/08/2019 The ‘skills gap’ describes the difference between the skills employers want and the skills that job applicants have. According to The Open University’s 2018 Business Barometer report, 91 percent of businesses have struggled to recruit and retain people with the skills they need and are spending a whopping £6.3 bn every year plugging the gap.  Research from The 5% Club suggests that fewer than 2 percent of businesses are fully confident that their employees will be equipped to take advantage of digital developments.   Read More A Guide To End Point Assessment (EPA) 09/07/2019 End Point Assessment or EPA, is the final test of an apprentice at the end of their apprenticeship. The EPA is designed to be an objective and impartial assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSB's) an apprentice has learned. The activities undertaken as part of the EPA process are different for every apprenticeship, but they all follow the same overall structure. Read More What Does the Future Hold for Public Examinations for 16-Year-Olds? 18/02/2019 GCSEs were brought in to revolutionise the education system in 1988, replacing the CSE (Certificate of Secondary Education) and the more academically challenging O ‘Levels, with a one-size-fits-all examination and course work qualification for those wishing to leave formal education at the age of 16.  Read More 10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Apprentices 30/01/2019 Taking on an apprentice can be a big undertaking for your business. For this reason, you’ll want to make sure that you’re getting the best out of your apprentice in order to ensure maximum return on investment. Read More How Can Technology Be Used to Enhance Learning Experiences? 18/01/2019 Last year, Education Secretary Damian Hind called on the technology industry to revolutionise the way in which education is carried out in the UK. Read More




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