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5
Jan

Using Apprenticeships to Increase Workforce Diversity

Diversity awareness is much more prominent than it used to be and over the last decade, awareness of diversity in the workplace has been influenced by the popularity of apprenticeships. Despite this, many organisations still lack a diverse workforce. 75% of employees still believe more diversity is needed and business owners and employers need to look at ways to increase

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5
Jan

The Renewed Importance of Health and Safety Training

The role of health and safety training and similar knowledge has become even more important due to and during Coronavirus. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought an unknown risk to the workplace, and the wider world, and has enforced the need for improved and better standards of workplace health and safety. Staff need to feel confident and safe in the workplace,

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5
Jan

Preparing the Healthcare Sector for Vaccination Rollout

On 8th December the first Coronavirus vaccinations were given in the UK, and this is the beginning of many months of vaccinations, with the aim of getting as many people as possible vaccinated by the middle of next year. The first 800,000 doses are planned throughout December, with more than 4 million planned by the end of January. With this

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9
Dec

Demystifying eLearning: How to embrace the Remote Learning Boom and Enhance your Skillset

Even some of the world’s top universities have switched their lectures and seminars to eLearning so it has become as valuable and useful as traditional learning environments. The uncertain times of late have lead to the online world becoming more important than ever, especially for training and developing your skillset in a time where you may not be able to

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9
Dec

National Minimum Wages for Apprentices to Increase in 2021

The Treasury has announced the next increase in minimum wage for apprentices will be next April, with the rate going up from £4.15 to £4.30 an hour. This is the second raise in as many years, with the £4.15 rate only set in 2020. Before this, the last increase was from £3.70 to £3.90, back in the 2018 Budget. An

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9
Dec

Customer Service Tips to build a Stronger B2B Relationships

Working in the business to business sector poses a different kind of challenge to customer facing business. In fact, the name is so misleading that you may not even believe customer service matters, but it absolutely does. Just because your customers are other businesses doesn’t mean they don’t expect a high level of customer care and attention, delivered to a

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9
Dec

Maximise your Funding: How to get the most out of the Apprenticeship Levy

The Open University reported that nearly £120m in apprenticeship levy money is swallowed up by the government every month, meaning companies simply aren’t taking advantage of the funding available to them. The apprenticeship levy is designed to make taking on apprentices more attractive. The levy is used to fund apprenticeship training and there are many ways to make the most

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25
Nov

Now is the Perfect Time to Hire an Apprentice: New Bonuses Support Businesses and Young People

-IMPORTANT UPDATE- Apprenticeship employer incentives extended by two months until 31 March 2021! Chancellor Rishi Sunak has today announced a two-month extension be applied to the government’s cash bonus scheme for hiring apprentices. Any employer looking to bring an apprentice into their company over the next few months can benefit from the government’s new bonus scheme. The scheme is running from

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11
Nov

Skill Up: Use Lockdown 2.0 as a Chance to Train your Team

The enforcement of the second lockdown across England on 5th November has been met with mixed opinions. It is designed to help contain Coronavirus and minimise the damage the virus is doing to our population and economy, but by enforcing another lockdown, many businesses are having to close. The government provide a full list of the businesses that have to

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6
Nov

Preparing Apprentices for a Post-Pandemic Future

Like all of us, apprentices found their time cut short when the UK went into lockdown. With another lockdown period upon us many more companies will have to close again or consider some downtime dependent on their circumstances. Those already undergoing apprenticeships may have stop work, or work from home again and those due to start training will have had

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