• Midland Regional Growers Celebrate Their Apprentice Of The Year Ceremony 2017

    16th May 2017 admin

    Midland Regional Growers (MRG) are a group of independent ornamental horticultural nurseries and growers in and around the Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire areas.  MRG have a cohort of keen and enthusiastic apprentices that are following a career in commercial production horticulture trained at Pershore College part of the WCG.

    The annual MRG Apprentice of the Year Award Ceremony was held at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival and the award was presented to Daniel Marshall of Glendale Horticulture by Sir Alan Titchmarsh in the Festival Theatre. Daniel in his second year of apprenticeship has worked very hard and has proved himself to be a valuable member of the Glendale.

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    MRG are currently recruiting for a new cohort for September and the vacancies are live now at www.getingofar.gov.uk

     

    To see a video of the ceremony, courtesy of WCG Apprenticeships (Matt Handy), click here – https://youtu.be/mn18nyXOrDc

  • Worcestershire Apprenticeship’s Technical Guide to Employing an Apprentice

    21st April 2017 admin

    In this useful guide we summarise what an employer needs to do, and the things they need to consider, if they want to employ an Apprentice.

    (Published by Govt. 20/04/17)

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  • Worcestershire Skills Show Proves A Hit For More Than 1,600 Young People

    21st March 2017 admin

    Employers, training and apprenticeships organisations and young visitors have praised the organisers of the annual Worcestershire Skills Show 2017, which attracted more than 1,600 young people and students.skillsshow2

    This year’s event was the third held annually, with plans already under way to hold it again next year. Over 50 businesses and education providers showcased a variety of roles within business, such as Marketing, Finance and HR, for pupils and students from high schools and special schools across the county. The show offered young people the opportunity to meet with employers, who provided them with the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at a range of activities and see the type of careers available to them locally.

    It was officially opened by Alastair Falk, from the Careers and Enterprise Company, accompanied by Clare Marchant, Chief Executive of Worcestershire County Council, Catherine Driscoll, the council’s Director of Children, Families and Communities, and Carl Arntzen, Chief Executive of Worcester Bosch.

    They were also the first to sign a pledge wall, committing each of their organisations to “support the development of Worcestershire’s future workforce.”

    Clare Marchant said: “The Skills Show was a fab demonstration of how committed Worcestershire’s businesses and schools are to do their best for young people; it showed the wealth of opportunities open to them.”

    Mr Arntzen said it was vital for companies like Worcester Bosch that more of the county’s bright young people were encouraged into STEM careers – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – to address a skills shortage in this area.

    Mr Falk added: “Events like The Skills Show give people a sense of the reality of worklife.”

    The Careers and Enterprise Company are creating “Enterprise Adviser” networks nationally, where business leaders work with individual schools to support the delivery of careers advice and increase employer interaction in schools, which in turn supports the ongoing development of our future workforce.

    At the event young people got the opportunity to undergo a mock interview with business leaders. The idea was to get a feel for a real life interview setting and to take some of the myths away about interviews being terrifying.

    Among the ‘mock-interviewees’ was Molly, 16, from Hanley Castle High School, who said she was really encouraged by the activity. “It wasn’t too scary, though it felt like a real interview. It gave me confidence for the real thing.”

    One of the big draws was Squareye Television Ltd’s stand, where young people could try their hand at news or weather presenting. Jon Essex, managing director, said: “We were very pleased to support The Worcestershire Skills Show for the third year running.

    “Our stand gave the students a real life hands on experience of television production both in front of and behind the camera. The students enjoyed having a go at reading the weather from an autocue and being keyed onto an animated weather map background, which was then sent live to all the screens at Worcester Sixways. The whole event was a great success and we are very proud to have been involved.”

    Comments from visitors and partner organisations on Twitter testified to the event’s success.

    Faun Zoller tweeted: “Thanks for a fab day! #inspired” while Stuart Allen, a local businessman who also runs #WorcestershireHour on Twitter every week, added: “Thank you…the Skills Show was exceptional.” Chatty Parrott tweeted: #skillsshow2017 is well under way, yay! #futuregeneration

    A full rundown of tweets on the day can be found here: https://twitter.com/i/moments/839814077434183680

    Cllr Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member for Economy, Skills and Infrastructure, added: “This was a great way for young people to get inspired about an industry or career path and the employment opportunities within Worcestershire. Each year it gets better with more businesses taking part and more things to do.”

  • Nova Training Announced as Apprenticeships 4 England Training Provider of the Year

    8th March 2017 admin

    Last night, Nova Training were awarded Training Provider of the Year at the Apprenticeships 4 England Apprenticeship Awards 2017 ceremony in London.

    Read about their achievement here.

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  • Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2017 Nominations Are Now Live

    6th March 2017 admin

    Nominations for the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2017 are now live.

    The categories for nominations are:

    Apprenticeship Ambassador of the Year

    Apprentice of the Year (Intermediate, Advance and Higher)

    Employer of the Year (Small, Medium, Large and Newcomer)

    School of the Year

    Training Provider of the Year

     

    Click here to see the nomination forms for all categories.

    Completed nominations and enquiries should be sent to awardsnominations@worcestershire.gov.uk

  • Worcester City Council Apprenticeship Grant

    28th February 2017 admin

    Worcester City Council is launching a new Apprenticeship grant programme to support small and medium size businesses looking to hire an Apprentice. Businesses based in the Worcester City Council area can apply for a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of hiring an Apprentice.

    Priority will be given to businesses operating in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering; Cyber Security/IT/Defence; Visitor and Destination Economy; and Construction. Other knowledge based sectors such as advertising and marketing, consultancy and legal and financial services will be considered.

    Eligible businesses must provide an approved Apprenticeship and not had an Apprentice within the previous 12 months. The Apprentice must be aged 16 – 24, reside in the Worcester City postcode area and not previously employed by the business.

    Worcester City Council is running the scheme in conjunction with Worcestershire Apprenticeships. Businesses can apply for the grant once the Apprentice has completed 13 weeks on the programme.

    For further information contact Kim Cook at Worcestershire Apprenticeships – Tel. 07917 631342 or email kim@hwstpa.co.uk

     

  • 5 Steps To Taking On An Apprentice

    21st February 2017 admin

    1. Choose an Apprenticeships framework or standard for an Apprenticeship in your industry and at a suitable level.

    https://findapprenticeshiptraining.sfa.bis.gov.uk/

     

    2. Find a training organisation that offers Apprenticeships for your industry (they will handle your Apprentice’s training, qualification and assessment).

    https://findapprenticeshiptraining.sfa.bis.gov.uk/

     

    3. Check you’re eligible for a grant and apply.

    https://www.gov.uk/take-on- an-apprentice/employer- grants-apprentices

     
    4. Advertise your Apprenticeship – (your training organisation will do this for you through the find an Apprenticeship service).

    https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch

     

    5. Select your Apprentice and make an Apprenticeship agreement with them.

    https://www.gov.uk/take-on-an-apprentice/apprenticeship-agreement

     

  • Apprenticeship Service NOW LIVE (previously known as Digital Apprenticeship Service)

    17th February 2017 admin

    The new Apprenticeship Service is now live, previously known as Digital Apprenticeship Service.

    This short video tells you more about the service. The government’s design and development experts tell you how it gives employers control, how it can help drive up quality and, importantly, how it works.

     

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  • Levy Payers – New SFA Legal Agreement to Enable Spending

    15th February 2017 admin

    This agreement gives employers the authority to access the funds in their account to manage their Apprenticeships. They must agree to all the terms and conditions in this agreement and the funding rules; before funds can be used to pay for Apprentices.

    Once they sign this agreement they’ll be able to authorise SFA to pay for Apprenticeship training and end-point assessment with the training provider they have chosen to manage your Apprenticeships.

    The SFA will notify employers when this agreement is available to sign.

  • Registration NOW OPEN for Online Apprenticeship Service

    15th February 2017 admin

    Large employers are encourage to register for an online Apprenticeship service before the launch of the Apprenticeship Levy on the 6th of April.

    The Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) are from today (13 February 2017) encouraging large employers to sign up and register for the Apprenticeship service, in readiness for the launch of the Apprenticeship Levy on 6 April 2017.

    The Apprenticeship service https://www.gov.uk/guidance/manage-apprenticeship-funds is an online digital system (similar to online banking) that has been set up to support the Apprenticeship Levy.

    The levy will require employers, with a wage bill of over £3 million a year, to pay 0.5% of their wage bill into the Apprenticeship service, to encourage them to invest in Apprentices.

    The online service then allows those employers to financially manage their Apprenticeship programme and help them to estimate their financial spend and recruit Apprentices through their training providers. It will help employers:

    • focus on their business priorities
    • address skills shortages head on
    • invest in the skills and training to help their organisations succeed

    It’s really quick to set up an account, and employers that have already registered during our testing phase have told us how easy they found it.

     

    To register, levy-paying employers should have:

    • their Government Gateway login details for PAYE schemes they want to include
    • the details for each organisation that will be making an agreement with a training provider for Apprenticeship training, including Companies House or charity number

    The register to manage your Apprenticeship funds page https://www.gov.uk/guidance/manage-apprenticeship-funds provides more guidance.

  • Green Lighting Ltd. honoured by HRH The Princess Royal for using training to boost business growth

    25th November 2016 admin

    Green Lighting Ltd. receives prestigious award at St James’s Palace ceremony

    25th November 2016 – Award winning designer and manufacturer of lighting concepts Green Lighting Ltd., who are based at the Great Western Business Park in Worcester, is celebrating after being commended for its commitment to training and skills development by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at a ceremony at St James’s Palace in London on Thursday afternoon.

    The Worcester based business was one of 34 organisations honoured with a Princess Royal Training Award for creating lasting impact by successfully linking their skills development needs to business performance. The winners, including prestigious car manufacturers, healthcare organisations and charities, all demonstrated that training can make a significant impact on productivity and business success.

    The judges were particularly impressed by Green Lighting’s continual professional development programme tailored on an individualised basis and that they embrace the invitational approach to an individual’s career path in step with that of the business and its growth.

    The Princess Royal Training Awards were delivered for the first time this year by the City & Guilds Group. Each of the 110 applications was assessed against three Hallmarks of Excellence and the Princess Royal Training Awards Commission, which comprised HRH The Princess Royal and ten leading figures in the business and learning & development community.

    Commenting on the award, Managing Director, Anthony Ottway said: ‘I am delighted that our dedication to training and development has been recognised in this way. At Green Lighting Ltd. we place a premium on ensuring that our employees and managers have the chance to learn and grow in their roles. We understand that this is not only good for them but it is vital to the success of the business.’

    City & Guilds Group Chief Executive, Chris Jones added: ‘All of the successful organisations deserve enormous praise. I hope these awards have shone a light on how important it is for businesses to invest in training to boost their productivity, address skills gaps and develop their leaders. This has never mattered more than in today’s uncertain economy. I hope this year’s winners inspire other organisations to share their experiences, and put forward their training and development success stories.’

     

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  • Apprenticeships celebrated at Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2016

    22nd November 2016 admin

    Over 330 apprentices, apprentice employers and businesses attended the popular Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2016 on Thursday 17 November 2016.

    The awards, now in their third year, celebrated a total of twelve categories and 24 finalists, recognising the county’s best apprentices, apprentice employers, schools and training providers at the West Midland Safari Park.

    The prestigious awards are an initiative from Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Worcestershire County Council, who launched the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards in 2014 with host Nick Hewer, with Steph McGovern hosting the 2015 awards.

     

    Read more here…

     

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  • Anticipation building for this week’s Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2016

    16th November 2016 admin

    Some of Worcestershire’s best apprentices, employers, training providers and schools will be celebrated at this week’s Worcestershire Apprentice Awards 2016.

    Following an impressive number of nominations across all 10 awards, which are all sponsored by local companies, this year’s 24 finalists will once again be recognised for their exceptional achievements with Apprenticeships.

    Apprentices, apprentice employers, training providers and schools will all be attending The Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards at 6:30pm, on Thursday 17 November at the Tree Tops Pavilion, West Midland Safari Park where the winners in each category will be announced.

    The awards will be presented by business owner and winner of the first series of BBC’s The Apprentice, Tim Campbell MBE, and promise to be even bigger and better than last year’s awards which saw over 300 people in attendance.

    The popular celebration event will culminate in the two overall awards of Apprenticeship Employer of the Year, which is sponsored by Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd. and Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by the Worcester Bosch Group, to recognise outstanding achievement.

    Tim Campbell MBE, Event Host, Business Owner and Winner of the First Series of BBC’s The Apprentice, said: “My congratulations go to all of the finalists who have reached the finals of this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards.”

     

    “I am highly looking forward to hosting the awards and celebrating the tremendous achievements of all those that make Worcestershire’s apprenticeships such a success.”

     

    “The awards demonstrate the importance of apprenticeships in providing younger generations with the skills and confidence needed for a bright and successful future.”

    Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards celebrate the fantastic apprenticeships we have in the County and all of the support that they are given to make them the success they are.”

    “I would like to congratulate all the finalists for their achievements and I look forward to attending the awards evening on 17 November.”

    Cllr Dr Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy, Skills and Infrastructure, added: “We have once again received some incredible entries for this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards. The awards highlight the incredible impact that Apprenticeships have on our local workforce.”

    “I would strongly encourage any businesses who are considering employing an apprentice to visit the Worcestershire Apprenticeships website, www.worcsapprenticeships.org.uk.”

    For a full list of the finalists for this year’s awards and for more information on taking on an apprentice, visit www.worcsapprenticeships.org.uk and join the conversation on Twitter using #WorcsApprentice

     

    Awards Finalists 2016

    School of the year sponsored by The Development Manager Ltd VLE Middleware – IT Hosting and Support Services

    • Droitwich Spa High School – Droitwich
    • Hanley Castle High School – Malvern
    • King Charles I School – Kidderminster

     

    Training Provider of the Year sponsored by Worcestershire Training Provider Association

    • The Development Manager (TDM) Ltd – Bewdley
    • Kidderminster College – Kidderminster

     

    Newcomer Apprenticeship Employer of the Year sponsored by Apprentices in Business (AiB)

    • Minster Micro Computers – Kidderminster
    • VAX – Droitwich

     

    Small Apprenticeship Employer of the Year sponsored by Titania

    • Matthews Construction – Worcester
    • ISO Quality Services Ltd – Worcester

     

    Medium Apprenticeship Employer of the Year sponsored by Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce 

    • CP Food UK Ltd –  Kidderminster
    • DRP – Kidderminster

     

    Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year sponsored by Sanctuary Group

    • Worcester Bosch – Worcester
    • Bromsgrove School – Bromsgrove

     

    Intermediate level apprentice of the year sponsored by West Midland Safari Park

    • Christina Trouton – Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust Worcester
    • Justin McKeon – Malvern Instruments Malvern
    • Jamie Stampe – The Hop Pole – Bewdley

     

    Advanced level apprentice of the year sponsored by Ormerod Rutter Chartered Accountants

    • George Stephens – Mettis Aerospace Redditch
    • Pippa Dressler-Pearson – Southco Ltd Worcester
    • Christian Warwick Frost – Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd – Worcester

     

    Higher level apprentice of the year sponsored by Morgan Motor Company

    • Alex Tyrer – Sanctuary Group Worcester
    • Jessica Morris – Bishop Fleming Worcester
    • Evangelene Brookes – The Community Housing Group – Kidderminster

     

    Apprentice Ambassador of the Year sponsored by the Training Academy

    • Jennifer Appleton – ISO Quality Services Ltd – Worcester
    • Dave Barnett– Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd Worcester

     

    Worcestershire Apprentice of the year sponsored by Worcester Bosch Group The Apprentice of the Year will be decided from winners of other awards.

    Worcestershire Apprenticeship Employer of the year sponsored by Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd The Apprentice Employer of the Year will be decided from winners of other awards

  • Success at the Worcestershire Apprenticeships Show 2016

    26th October 2016 admin

    Last week over 2000 people attended the Worcestershire Apprenticeships Show 2016 at Worcester Racecourse.

    Thank you to everyone who attended.

    Take a look at these video highlights, courtesy of Nova Training.

     

     

    For any information on Apprenticeships or any of the providers that attended the event,

    call the hub on 0300 666 3 666 or Helena directly on 07775502211.

  • Worcestershire Apprenticeships become the first Apprenticeship Hub to achieve Matrix Accreditation

    28th September 2016 admin

    Worcestershire Apprenticeships become the first Apprenticeship Hub to achieved Matrix Accreditation

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    The Matrix Standard is a unique quality award for organisations  that provide quality information advice and guidance to support individuals in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals.

  • New Levy Calculation Service Released Today

    12th August 2016 admin

    Use this tool to estimate if your organisation will pay the apprenticeship levy, how much your organisation will have available to spend on apprenticeships and how much the government will contribute towards the cost of training.

    You’ll need to know your organisation’s annual UK payroll.

    https://estimate-my-apprenticeship-funding.sfa.bis.gov.uk/

     

    Disclaimer

    This tool is designed to be illustrative only. The actual amount of levy you will pay may vary, for example, this tool may underestimate the amount of levy you will pay and therefore receive if your organisation is part of a group. The Department for Education is not responsible for the consequences of any decisions or actions taken in reliance on the information provided by this tool.

  • Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2016 Finalists Announced

    2nd August 2016 admin

    24 of Worcestershire’s best apprentices, employers, training providers and schools have been announced as finalists at the Worcestershire Apprentice Awards 2016 and tables are now on sale.

    Following impressive nominations across all 10 awards, which are all sponsored by local companies, this year’s finalists once again represent the exceptional work of apprentices and those who support Worcestershire’s young talent.

    Finalists for each award, businesses and guests will attend The Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards at 6:30pm, on Thursday 17 November at the Tree Tops Pavilion, West Midland Safari Park where the winners in each category will be announced.

    The awards will be presented by business owner and winner of the first series of BBC’s The Apprentice, Tim Campbell MBE, and promise to be even bigger and better than last year’s awards which saw over 300 people in attendance.

    The popular celebration event will culminate in the two overall awards of Apprenticeship Employer of the Year, which is sponsored by Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd. and Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by the Worcester Bosch Group, to recognise outstanding achievement.

    Tables have now gone on sale and spaces at the high-profile event are limited. Seats cost £85 each and a table of 10 can be bought for £800 and those who wish to attend, are being urge to secure their places at the earliest opportunity.

    Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Once again we have received some excellent entries that really highlight the fantastic impact that apprenticeships have on our local workforce as well as the overwhelming support available to apprentices. I would like to congratulate this year’s awards finalists for their achievement in reaching the final, which is a great achievement, and any businesses who are considering employing an apprentice in the future can find a wealth of information atwww.worcsapprenticeships.org.uk.”

    Cllr Dr Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy, Skills and Infrastructure, added: “The Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards display the many high-quality apprenticeship places available to our County’s apprentices as well as their fantastic achievements. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and to all the finalists and I look forward to the awards evening . This is always a popular event and I would therefore encourage those who wish to attend to secure their seats or tables for the awards as soon as possible.”

    For a full list of the finalists for this year’s awards and for more information on taking on an apprentice, visit www.worcsapprenticeships.org.uk. To book a table or secure your seat at the awards, email awardsbookings@worcestershire.gov.uk

    Awards Finalists 2016

    School of the year sponsored by The Development Manager Ltd VLE Middleware – IT Hosting and Support Services  

    • Droitwich Spa High School
    • Hanley Castle High School – Malvern
    • King Charles I School – Kidderminster


    Training Provider of the Year sponsored by Worcestershire Training Provider Association

    • The Development Manager (TDM) Ltd – Bewdley
    • Kidderminster College

    Newcomer Apprenticeship Employer of the Year sponsored by Apprentices in Business (AiB)

    • Minster Micro Computers – Kidderminster
    • VAX – Droitwich

    Small Apprenticeship Employer of the Year sponsored by Titania

    • Matthews Construction – Worcester
    • ISO Quality Services Ltd – Worcester

    Medium Apprenticeship Employer of the Year sponsored by Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce 

    • CP Food UK Ltd –  Kidderminster
    • DRP – Kidderminster

    Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year sponsored by Sanctuary Group

    • Worcester Bosch Group – Worcester
    • Bromsgrove School

    Intermediate level apprentice of the year sponsored by eResponse Recruitment

    • Christina Trouton – Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust Worcester
    • Justin McKeon – Malvern Instruments Malvern
    • Jamie Stampe – The Hop Pole – Bewdley

    Advanced level apprentice of the year sponsored by Ormerod Rutter Chartered Accountants

    • George Stephens – Mettis Aerospace Redditch
    • Pippa Dressler-Pearson – Southco Ltd Worcester
    • Christian Warwick Frost – Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd – Worcester

    Higher level apprentice of the year sponsored by Morgan Motor Company

    • Alex Tyrer – Sanctuary Group Worcester
    • Jessica Morris – Bishop Fleming Worcester
    • Evangelene Brookes – The Community Housing Group – Kidderminster

    Apprentice Ambassador of the Year sponsored by The Training Academy

    • Jennifer Appleton – ISO Quality Services Ltd – Worcester
    • Dave Barnett– Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd Worcester

    Worcestershire Apprenticeship Employer of the year sponsored by Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd
    The Apprentice Employer of the Year will be decided from winners of other awards.

    Worcestershire Apprentice of the year sponsored by Worcester Bosch Group
    The Apprentice of the Year will be decided from winners of other awards.

  • Could your school employ an Apprentice?

    1st June 2016 admin

    Employ one Apprentice in your school by the year 2020 and be part of the ONE BY 2020 campaign.

     

    National School Apprenticeships (NSA) are proud to announce the launch of their “One by 2020” campaign. Through this initiative, they want every school in England to employ at least one apprentice by the year 2020. The aim of this is to increase job opportunities for young people and give every school a cost-effective method of hiring new staff. Every school that registers their interest will be able to display their “One by 2020” logo, which demonstrates their commitment to developing apprentices and creating job opportunities for young people in their community.

     

    One by 2020 Campaign

     

    Over 3000 schools have already joined the NSA programme. Register your school’s interest here today.

  • Are you ready for the Apprenticeship Levy?

    20th May 2016 admin

    The Apprenticeship Levy will affect all businesses with a monthly payroll of over £250k (£3 million a year). Are you ready?

    Find out if you are ready at our free event – 6th July 2016 – 9.30-12.00 – Worcester Racecourse

    To read more about what will be covered in the event click here.

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    The agenda for the meeting can be found here.

  • Former HWGTA Chief Executive Receives MBE

    18th May 2016 admin

    Philip Round, who retired as HWGTA Chief Executive in November 2014, after over 35 years’ service to the Association, was notified in January, that as part of the Queen’s 2016 New Year’s honours list, he was to be awarded an MBE for services to Apprenticeships & Skills.

    Duane Sanger, current Chief Executive said “Philips’s impact on the work of the Association has been totally exceptional. We were all delighted that his work and dedication has been recognised at the highest level.”

    Philip was joined by his family when he accepted the award at Buckingham Palace from HRH the Duke of Cambridge, at the end of last month.

    Phil says:

    “I had a magnificent send-off from HWGTA ahead of my retirement and received many compliments from Staff and companies for my stewardship of the Association over 35 years.   I therefore retired very satisfied that my work had been more than recognised.

    So you can imagine my surprise when exactly a year to the day after I retired I received a letter from the Cabinet Office informing me that the Prime Minister was proposing to submit my name to the Queen to approve me being appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for Services to Apprenticeships and Skills.   I was delighted to hear of this honour, but as there was no certainty of it actually happening and the letter was in strict confidence, I didn’t tell anyone including my wife and family until the end of December when the New Year’s Honours list was made public.

    Philip Round MBE

     

    On April 22nd I, along with my wife, daughter and son attended an Investiture at Buckingham Palace to collect my award from HRH The Duke of Cambridge.   The whole occasion was superbly executed, not least the privilege of speaking to Prince William about the work of the Association.   He was very interested in Apprenticeships, the age group we work with and the range of training delivered by the Association.

    To make the occasion even more memorable we travelled to London the day before to take in a show and had lunch at The Ritz after the Investiture.   The highlight for my children was driving into the Palace grounds in a chauffeur driven limousine and walking up the red carpeted steps that all the world leaders have done as guests of the Queen.   The highlight for me was knowing that the work that had gained national recognition, is in very safe hands and is going from strength to strength, as evidenced by the recent Ofsted judgement of ‘Outstanding’.”

  • Apprenticeship Levy: How will it work?

    22nd April 2016 admin

    The apprenticeship levy will apply to all UK employers in both the private and public sectors who pay annual pay bills of more than £3 million.

    This document explains who the levy affects, how much you will pay and what happens once the money has been paid.

    How the Apprenticeship levy works – 21st April 2016

    For more information on the Apprenticeship Levy, see our useful resources here.

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  • Employers of young Apprentices will no longer pay National Insurance Contributions

    14th April 2016 admin

    Employers of young apprentices are set to save thousands of pounds after the government abolished employer National Insurance contributions for apprentices under 25 years of age.

    The change, which came into effect on 6 April 2016, will make hiring an apprentice even better value for employers across the country.

    This exemption will apply to both existing employers with apprentices and those taking on a new apprentice.

     

  • County MPs welcome Apprentices to Westminster

    18th March 2016 admin

    Wednesday last week, a group of Apprentices enjoyed a tour of the Houses of Parliament in London, arranged by the Worcestershire Training Providers Association. See what MP Robin Walker had to say here.

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  • Upcoming Events for Employers

    2nd March 2016 admin

    Employers wanting to find out all about Apprenticeships, how they can benefit your business, how you can recruit an apprentice in 3 easy steps, plus what is the new employer levy all about? Why not come along to one of our lunchtime events and find out more.  There has never been a better time to take on an apprentice.

    The dates for our events are as follows, all times will be 12.30 – 2.00pm:

    15th March – Worcester City event at The Racecourse

    23rd March – Malvern event at Morgan Motors

    13th April – Redditch event at South Crest Hotel

    20th April – Bromsgrove event (venue to be confirmed)

    27th April – Wyre Forest event at Kidderminster Rugby Club

    28th April – North Worcestershire STEM employer event at local employer, Heartbeat UK in Redditch

  • Worcestershire Apprenticeships visit Parliament

    11th February 2016 admin

    Worcestershire Training Providers Association (WTPA) is commissioned by Worcestershire LEP to deliver the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Hub and Clearing House.

    On Wednesday 16th March 2016 a group of local Apprentices will visit the Houses of Parliament and receive a guided tour by local MP Robin Walker.

    Robin says ‘I am delighted that a group of Apprentices from Worcestershire will be coming to Parliament. As a member of the All Party Parliamentary group for Apprenticeships, a Parliamentary Apprenticeship ambassador and having served on the BIS Select Comimittee, which oversees policy towards Apprenticeships, I have always been passionate about promoting Apprenticeships and all the opportunity they can offer. I am passionate about the Government’s plan to deliver over 3 million Apprenticeships by 2020 and I want to see Worcestershire play a major part in that. We have already seen the numbers double and the quality increase over the last five years but I will keep on pressing the case for more Apprenticeship opportunities so that more bright young people can earn and learn at the same time. It is always a pleasure to welcome constituents to Westminster but it is doubly exciting when those constituents are also Apprentices!”

     

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  • Local 6th Formers meet the Apprentice of the Year

    11th February 2016 admin

    Victoria Rawlings from The Replacement Service in Worcester won the Worcestershire Apprenticeship of the Year Award in November 2015.Victoria has now started writing a ‘Winners Blog’ and has visited schools within the county talking to students about Apprenticeships.

    St Augustines School in Redditch were the first to take up the offer. So Victoria joined Helena Baxter to deliver an Apprenticeship Workshop to 6th form students informing them of all of the local opportunities.

    Sally Beach Careers Advisor said

    ‘Thank you for coming in to talk to our 6th form students. The presentation was very useful not only for the students but for myself as a guidance practitioner. Thanks again and I feel confident that we can work together to ensure that our students get the best support when considering an Apprenticeship’

    Worcestershire Training Providers Association (WTPA) is commissioned by Worcestershire LEP to deliver a School Engagement Programme across the county.

    The aim is to raise Awareness of Apprenticeships within schools, building links within Education and Business. We focus on priority growth sectors aligned with the LEP Strategic Economic Plan.

    The delivery meets the statutory guidance for schools which states:

    ‘The governing body must ensure that the independent careers guidance provided is presented in an impartial manner and Includes information on the range of education or training options, including Apprenticeships and other vocational pathways’

    All schools in Worcestershire are engaged with the programme and a variety of activities are being delivered to year 9 to year 13 students (aged 13 to 18). From Year Group Assemblies to Parent Evenings, Teacher Training, STEM workshops including promoting Females into Engineering, the programme is flexible and designed to meet the local school or academy’s needs. Young people are shown ‘live local vacancies’ and case studies and given information about how to apply successfully for Apprenticeships.

    Since 2013 we have spoken to over 17000 students and we have seen an increase of 12% 16 to 18 year olds undertaking an Apprenticeship in Worcestershire over the last year compared to 3% regionally and nationally.

     

     

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  • The Brathay Apprentice Challenge #BAC16

    2nd February 2016 admin

    The Brathay Apprentice Challenge #BAC16, the official search to find the apprentice team of the year, is now open for nominations.

    Teams undertake a series of work-related challenges to develop new skills, showcase their employer and engage with young people and employers to promote the benefits of apprenticeships.

    Teams of nine apprentices can be from a single employer, a group of small businesses, an industry, supply chain or training provider.

    Apprentices that take part gain vital skills including teambuilding, leadership, logistical and communications. They also benefit by becoming more confident, more aware of their own capabilities and ultimately more employable.

    To find out what it takes to be named the apprentice team of the year and to enter a team, visit https://www.brathay.org.uk/brathay-apprentice-challenge

    or email apprentice-challenge@brathay.org.uk

     

    Nominations close midnight Monday 15 February.

     

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  • Learn More About Apprenticeships With Free Webinars

    21st January 2016 admin

    A series of free 15 minute webinars will run every Wednesday at 19:30 from January to June covering a range of topics linked to apprenticeships. They will be recorded and hosted on the site for anyone who missed the live broadcast.


    You can register for the webinars at www.amazingapprenticeships.com  – please see this 2 page flyer for schools for further information.


    Other resources include:

    The Apprenticeship Pack for 16-19 year olds – a free workbook that teachers can use with their students to work through a range of interactive tasks and activities to understand apprenticeships, how to search for jobs and the recruitment process.

    Short films – Three short films will be added to the site that feature:

    1. Apprentices in the workplace
    2. Apprentices developing technology of the future
    3. Higher and degree level apprentices



  • Changes to Apprenticeships and Funding

    10th December 2015 admin

    Starting in January 2016, the government and various apprenticeship providers and employers will be making some changes to increase the quality and quantity of apprenticeships, to hope to achieve 3 million apprenticeships by 2020. This list of actions, show the changes that are planned to commence in 2016. For more information on the Apprenticeship Vision, the full publication can be found here. Apprenticeship Vision for 2020

     

    ACTIONS

    • Ongoing – The employer, apprentice and training provider must sign a Statement of Commitment as part of their Apprenticeship Agreement
    • Ongoing – Employers consider providing ‘employer occupational briefs’ as part of assessment plan development
    • Ongoing – Universities work with employers to deliver new degree apprenticeships
    • January 2016 – Government will publish data on apprenticeship wage returns by sector subject area
    • Spring/Summer 2016 – Government will legislate to protect the term ‘apprenticeship’ from misuse by education and training providers
    • Summer 2016 – Government works with media partners to publish first Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer lists
    • Academic Year 2016/17 – Training providers will have to meet higher minimum levels of performance for apprenticeships
    • Annually from January 2018 – Government will include 16-18 year old apprenticeship results in schools’ performance tables
    • Monthly – Employers can submit proposals, draft standards and assessment plans for approval
    • From September 2015 – Government procurement rules mean that apprenticeships are considered in all contracts over £10m and 12 months
    • Ongoing– Government will continue to provide support through the National Apprenticeship Service for large businesses (via account management) and small
    • businesses (via a national helpline) to offer apprenticeships
    • December 2015 – Government consults on the target for the public sector
    • January 2016 – Government will launch an integrated communications campaign to promote apprenticeships, traineeships and work experience opportunities
    • January 2016 (and annually) – Government will run the National Apprenticeship Awards to recognise the contribution of apprentices and employers across the
    • country
    • January 2016 – Government will extend the existing successful Apprenticeship Grant for Employers until the end of the 2016/17 academic year
    • February 2016 – Government will launch an improved Find an Apprentice service allowing employers to post their own vacancies directly on the system
    • March 2016 (and annually) – Government and employers celebrate the success of apprenticeships through National Apprenticeship Week
    • Spring/Summer 2016 – Government will lay regulations setting out public sector apprenticeship targets Autumn 2016 and annually (subject to Parliamentary approval) – duty on Public sector bodies comes into force to employ apprentices and report publically on progress against their apprenticeship targets
    • From January 2016 – National Careers Service digital platform will determine the potential suitability of a young person for apprenticeships, traineeships or the JCP
    • work experience programme
    • February 2016 – The Careers and Enterprise Company will award funding to initiatives from its Careers and Enterprise Investment Fund
    • By March 2016 – The Careers and Enterprise Company will complete its national roll out of the Enterprise Adviser Network
    • Spring 2016 – Government will set out further plans for the reform of technical and professional education based on the recommendations of the Independent Panel
    • By spring 2016 – Government will publish a careers strategy
    • By spring 2016 – Government will refresh its existing strategy for care leavers
    • By spring 2016 – Government will deliver improved guidance to JCP work coaches and employer advisers
    • From August 2016 – Government will enable more colleges and training providers to deliver traineeships
    • From September 2016 – UCAS will promote higher and degree apprenticeships and enable people to apply for them via its website
    • October 2016-March 2017 – Jobcentre Plus will roll out support for schools to raise awareness of apprenticeships, traineeships and other local employment opportunities
    • April 2017 – Government will introduce the new Youth Obligation for 18-21 year olds
    • Ongoing – Training providers get onto Register of Training Organisations and work with employers to deliver standards
    • Ongoing – Assessment organisations get onto Register of Assessment Organisations, design tools and methods and deliver end-point assessments
    • From November 2015 to at least March 2016 – Training providers can access the Future Apprenticeships support programme
    • February 2016 – Government will update guidance for area-based reviews to emphasise the need for colleges to increase apprenticeship delivery
    • Until March 2017 – Area-based reviews of post-16 education and training review how current provision meets needs
    • Ongoing until April 2017 – Employers continue to develop apprenticeship standards and assessment plans and submit them for approval to BIS
    • By April 2017 – Government will establish the Institute for Apprenticeships to regulate the quality of apprenticeships and set caps on the level of government
    • funding available for individual standards
    • From April 2017 – Employers submit apprenticeship standards and assessment plans for approval to the new quality body
    • From 2017/18 – As many apprenticeship starts as possible will be on the new standards
    • Ongoing – Government to develop the Digital Apprenticeship Service to support employers to choose and pay for apprentices:
    • From October 2016 – Roll out of Digital Apprenticeship Service functions of find an apprenticeship course and training provider
    • From April 2017 – Employers manage their apprenticeships through the Digital Apprenticeship Service
    • January 2016 – Government to provide guidance to training providers and employers on funding arrangements for academic year 2016/17
    • April 2016 – Employers will no longer pay National Insurance contributions for apprentices aged under 25
    • Spring 2016 – Government to provide guidance to training providers on operation of the levy and changes to the funding system
    • Summer 2016 – Government and Industry Training Boards to work jointly to consult with their members
    • From summer 2016 – Government to communicate with employers on how the levy will operate including PAYE guidance and general levy guidance
    • April 2017 – Employers in scope will start paying the levy to fund their apprenticeships

     

  • Tenbury High Ormiston Academy Career Fair Success – November 2015

    8th December 2015 admin

    Following the Careers Fair last Month, CMP Consult Caroline Palethorpe reviewed the event;

    “On Tuesday 3rd November between 6pm – 8.pm, 32 of the 34 organisations invited provided a “Market place” of information, advice and guidance on apprenticeships, training, FE, HE and employment to approx. 200 young people, parents and carers from the school.

    Three of the organisations, National Citizenship Services, TDM Wyre Academy and Worcestershire Apprenticeships were timetabled to provide “Have a Go” interactive workshops in the Quest. Kidderminster College entertained the large audience all evening with hair and nail art demonstrations.

    Everyone that completed the evaluation requested that the event was repeated next year. Tenbury High Ormiston Academy senior management has already indicated that this event should be repeated in 2016 as it supports a couple of the Academy’s priorities.” – Caroline Palethorpe

  • ITV Apprenticeships Feature

    8th December 2015 admin

    Last week ITV broadcast a great insight in to Apprenticeships, and how Kidderminster College are trying to promote Apprenticeships to young people and employers.

     

     

    Beth Newton, Employer Engagement Co-ordinator at Kidderminster College discusses Apprenticeships with ITV.

  • Higher Degree Apprenticeship Factsheet October 2015

    4th December 2015 admin

    Higher and degree apprenticeships combine work with study and may include a work-based, academic or combined qualification or a professional qualification relevant to the industry.

    Higher apprenticeships range from Level 4 to 7 and are equivalent to a foundation degree and above. Degree apprenticeships are available at Level 6, which is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree and Level 7, which is equivalent to a Master’s degree.

     

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  • Winners from the Apprenticeship Awards 2015

    18th November 2015 admin

    Congratulations to all the winners of the 2015 Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards featured below.

     

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    Worcester Group Training Association – Winners of the Training Provider of the Year Award

     

    Worcestershire Apprentice of the Year – Victoria Rawlings

    Sponsored by Worcester Bosch Group

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    Worcestershire Apprenticeship Employer of the Year – Community Housing Group

    Sponsored by Yamazaki Mazak (UK) Ltd

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    School of the Year – Hanley Castle and Sixth Form Centre

     

    Worcestershire Training Provider of the Year – Worcester Group Training Assoc

    Sponsored by Worcestershire Training Provider Network

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    Newcomer Apprenticeship Employer of the Year – Victoria Carpets

    Sponsored by Worcestershire Ambassadors

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    Worcestershire Traineeship of the Year – Crayge Phillips

    Car re-furb Centre Worcester

    Sponsored by Vestia Community Trust

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    Intermediate Level Apprentice of the Year – Ross Huntley

    OHMS Mowers Ltd, Pershore

    Sponsored by Morgan Motor Company

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    Advanced Level Apprentice of the Year – Sam George

    TBC Digital, Kidderminster

    Sponsored by Hereford & Worcester Chamber of Commerce

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    Higher Level Apprentice of the Year – Victoria Rawlings

    The Replacement Service, Worcester

    Sponsored by Worcestershire LEP

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    Small Apprenticeship Employer of the Year – Dolphin Computer Access

    Sponsored by Apprentices in Business

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    Medium Apprenticeship Employer of the Year – Ormerod Rutter Chartered

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    Sponsored by eResponse Recruitment

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    Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year – The Community Housing Group

    Sponsored by Sanctuary Housing

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    Worcestershire Apprentice Ambassador of the Year – Kim Cook

    Worcestershire Training provider Network

    Sponsored by CIPD Hereford & Worcester

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    The video shown for the first time at the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2015, shows how the Worcestershire Apprentice of the Year for 2014, Ryan Shemwell, has excelled in his career in the last 12 months.

     

  • Celebrating Apprenticeship Success

    20th October 2015 admin

    Apprentices from TDM Wyre Academy have been honoured at a graduation ceremony, attended by family, friends, employers, trainers and assessors. The apprentices, employed at a range of organisations around Worcestershire and the Midlands, have completed their apprenticeships across a wide range of IT disciplines, including Information Systems, Software Development, Web Design, and IT Support.

     

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    This year there were 46 graduating apprentices, with 11 attending the ceremony at St. George’s Hall, Bewdley. Graduation certificates were presented by, Derrin Kent and Duncan Carson from the TDM Wyre Academy. The apprentice graduates were also joined by guest of honour, John Pritchard, Director of Apprenticeships, Standards and Quality of the Tech Partnership.

    John Pritchard said; “Higher Apprentices are bringing in fresh ideas and excellent new talent to the sector. By completing a Tech Industry Gold accredited apprenticeship in IT, these young people now have career paths that are genuinely limitless.”

    Sue Carrier, whose son Luke received his Tech Industry Gold Higher Apprenticeship said; “Thank you to all at TDM for the wonderful welcome and hospitality at the apprentice graduation ceremony. Congratulations to all graduates. Thank you TDM for the commitment, support and guidance my son received throughout his apprenticeship.”

    Derrin Kent, TDM Wyre Academy Managing Director said; “I am delighted that we are able to recognise the achievements of apprentices who have worked extremely hard to achieve their Higher and Advanced apprenticeships. We’d also like to thank employers for investing in Apprenticeships that offer ambitious, talented young people excellent career prospects and give organisations a route to grow and develop a highly qualified and motivated workforce. We’d urge anyone interested – both employers and potential apprentices – to get in touch with TDM’s Apprenticeships team.”

    Apprentices were present from organisations across Worcestershire and the Midlands, including AVL, Dolphin Computer Access, Datascan Retail Systems, King Charles I School, Oosha IT, Sanctuary Group, Southall School and UK Oak Doors.

    TDM Wyre Academy, a specialist training provider established in 2010, works with employers and young people across Worcestershire and the Midlands to deliver Tech Industry Gold accredited IT apprenticeships and Digital Marketing apprenticeships.

     

     

    TDM Wyre Academy
    TDM Wyre Academy ICT Apprenticeships provide school and college leavers with fantastic opportunities to develop their careers in the exciting and rapidly growing IT & Digital sectors.
    TDM Wyre Academy apprenticeships are Tech Partnership approved as Tech Gold and offer high quality work based learning programmes, combining genuine employment and mentoring with training and assessment provided by qualified and experienced IT practitioners and educators.
    To find out more visit wyreacademy.com , call 0333 10 100 68 or email enquiries@wyreacademy.com

    Tech Industry Gold apprenticeships
    Tech Industry Gold apprenticeships are licensed by tech employers as delivering high quality learning and development that meet the skills needs for employment in the sector.
    Employer members of the Tech Industry Gold network share best practice, benefit from online resources, and contribute to the tech sector’s work in increasing uptake of apprenticeships.
    Tech Industry Gold apprentices benefit from industry – developed course standards, supported by up-to-date online resources, ensuring that they develop the technical, business and interpersonal skills to make a swift contribution to their employers.

    For further information please visit https://www.thetechpartnership.com/

     

     

  • Apprenticeship Selfie Campaign

    7th October 2015 admin

    A local campaign is being launched ahead of the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2015. Worcestershire’s Apprentices are being invited to take a 10-second selfie video to describe why they are proud to be a Worcestershire Apprentice.  Please ask your apprentices to take part by following this link  http://www.wlep.co.uk/worcestershire-apprenticeship-selfie-campaign/

    Worcestershire’s Apprentices are being encouraged to take part in the new Apprenticeship Selfie Campaign. 

    The local campaign is being launched ahead of the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2015 which take place on 12 November. Worcestershire’s Apprentices are being invited to take a 10-second selfie video to describe why they are proud to be a Worcestershire Apprentice.

    The video must start with the words ‘I am proud to…’ and give the best reason as to why they’re proud to be involved in such a great scheme.

    Apprentices are being provided with the following tips to help make sure their video stands out among the crowd:

    • Try to film in areas with a good level of light
    • Keep the camera as steady as possible
    • Avoid zooming and sharp camera movements
    • Avoid fast panning and tilting of the camera when recording takes place
    • Try to shoot in a quiet area where there’s no background noise
    • Make sure you speak slightly louder than usual if there is unavoidable background noise
    • Don’t rush. Take your time getting the bestpossible shot
    • Record for at least ten seconds but no longer than fifteen seconds. This gives the editor more to work with.

    Some of the videos submitted will be shown on the night of the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards and also used in publicity opportunities to celebrate local apprentices.

    Gary Woodman, Executive Director at Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The video selfie campaign is a fantastic way for young people to celebrate the many excellent apprenticeship places available in Worcestershire.

    “There are more than 10,000 people participating in apprenticeship schemes in Worcestershire now, more than four times the number in 2011. I hope hearing from some of our apprentices will inspire many more businesses to provide apprenticeship opportunities and to help young people understand the many options available.”

    Cllr Simon Geraghty, Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Infrastructure at Worcestershire County Council, said: “We look forward to seeing the hard work of local apprentices, businesses and schools recognised at this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards on 12 November 2015. These videos are another great way to celebrate local success stories and we hope that organisations who don’t currently offer apprenticeship places visit the dedicated website to find out how their workplace could benefit from an apprentice.”

    Apprentices interested in submitting their selfie videos are being asked to send their selfie videos to: selfie@worcestershireapprenticeawards.co.uk. Submissions must include full name and job role/area of apprenticeship as well as confirmation that the videos can be used in publicity and at the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards.

  • Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2015 Finalists Announced

    1st October 2015 admin

    Some of Worcestershire’s best apprentices, employers, training providers and schools have been announced as finalists at the Worcestershire Apprentice Awards 2015 and tables can now be booked.

    Following impressive nominations across all 13 awards, this year’s finalists once again represent the hard work of apprentices and those who support Worcestershire’s young talent. For the full list of nominees, click here.

  • National Apprenticeship Week 2016

    27th July 2015 Kim Cook

    The date for next year’s National Apprenticeship Week will run from 14 to 18 March 2016.

    Co-ordinated by the Skills Funding Agency, the week will include hundreds of events and activities across England to showcase apprentices and apprenticeship employers.

    Apprenticeships are thriving in England and National Apprenticeship Week will celebrate the positive impact that both apprenticeships and traineeships have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

    Employers, apprentices, business support organisations, colleges and training organisations and schools across the country will be encouraged to support the week by hosting activities to showcase the achievements and benefits of apprenticeships and traineeships.

    To find out more about what happened during National Apprenticeship Week 2015 please see last year’s campaign web page: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/national-apprenticeship-week-2015

  • Traineeships – information for employers

    2nd June 2015 Kim Cook

    A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience focused on giving young people the skills and experience that business want.

    A new Guide to Traineeships https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/traineeships-referral-sheet-employers to outline the benefits that traineeships can bring to your business. It is available on the traineeship section of the government website https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/traineeships-programme
    Working closely with an eligible training organisation, you can design a programme that suits your needs and those of the trainee.
    You can find a trainee with the support of employer-focused teams and their Find a Traineeship recruitment site on https://www.gov.uk/find-traineeship where businesses can advertise their opportunities free of charge

  • Changes to Apprenticeship & Traineeship National vacancy website

    19th May 2015 Kim Cook

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please note that in the very near future the facility for candidates to search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies or traineeship opportunities through the Apprenticeship vacancies (Av) system will be turned off. All candidates will be required to hold an account on the Find an apprenticeship’ or Find a traineeship’ service housed on Gov.uk. Candidates can create an account via the following links: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship or https://www.gov.uk/find-traineeship

    This will apply to ALL candidates irrespective of whether or not they have an existing account on Av. Therefore, with immediate effect, if they have not already set up a new account can you encourage candidates to create an account on the new service and to use it in order to search and apply for vacancies. The Av system will reflect this change via messaging that will appear to inform candidates but it would be very helpful if you could begin getting this message out to your customers.

    With the new services there is no requirement for partners or other stakeholders to create an account in order to search the system. Anyone can search and view full vacancy details without an account but only people who hold an account will be able to make applications.

  • School Engagement Programme

    13th May 2015 Kim Cook

    Worcestershire Training Providers Association (WTPA) has been commissioned by Worcestershire LEP to deliver a School Engagement Programme across the county.

    The programme is focused on delivering Impartial Information, Advice and Guidance to young people regarding Apprenticeships and the variety of local opportunities available.

    The delivery meets the statutory guidance for schools which states:

    ‘The governing body must ensure that the independent careers guidance provided is presented in an impartial manner and Includes information on the range of education or training options, including Apprenticeships and other vocational pathways’

    Nearly all schools in Worcestershire are engaged with the programme and a variety of activities are being delivered to year 9 to year 13 students (aged 13 to 18)

    From Year group assemblies to parent workshops, staff training, STEM workshops the programme is flexible and designed to meet the local schools needs.

    Young people are shown live vacancies’ and case studies and given information about the local training provider network.

    This programme has been designed to work in conjunction with providers current school marketing activities but to enhance Apprenticeship recruitment and is seen as a valuable benefit to members.

    Since March 2015 we have spoken to nearly 3000 students.

    For more information contact Helena Baxter email helenabxtr@gmail.com Mobile 07775502211

  • Biggest ever apprentice minimum wage rise

    13th May 2015 Kim Cook

    An inflation-busting 20 per cent rise in the national minimum wage for apprentices. The rate paid to apprentices will rise from £2.73 an hour to £3.30 in October 2015.

    The National Minimum Wage rate for 16 to 17-year-olds, will be £3.87 an hour from October so when you consider you will be receiving training and qualifications with an Apprenticeship, £3.30 is a good start and many employers pay more than the minimum so check out the live vacancies on here now.

  • Malvern Hills District Council announce Grant to support SMEs

    11th March 2015 Kim Cook

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    Malvern Hills District Council announce £1000 Grant to support their local SME Businesses in employing an Apprentice

  • Matthew Hancock: UK is hungry for skills, particularly in STEM subjects

    4th March 2015 Kim Cook

    Business, enterprise and energy minister Matthew Hancock has said that to plug the engineering skills gap, there needs to be a focus on quality apprenticeships and more needs to be done to inform schoolchildren about different opportunities from primary school age.

    Speaking at the Semta Skills Awards on Tuesday, Mr Hancock said that it was vital’ to inspire young people into STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) careers to make sure the UK has the skills it needs to thrive.

    Hancock said: “We need to make sure that apprenticeships are more widely available in leading businesses, but we also need to make sure that they are attractive to young people. We need to break down the totally illogical gender divide in engineering. Because we cannot fix the skills shortage if we exclude almost half of our population.”

    He continued: Industry is hungry for high level skills, especially in STEM subjects. We’ve put millions of extra capital investment into STEM teaching facilities and we are putting £185 million more into the teaching of these subjects. In the next parliament, we are committed to 3 million apprenticeships, but it is crucial that they are there in quality as well as quantity. The right skills policies are vitally important to inspire young people into careers that industry needs and that includes engineering

  • Selfie Campaign

    24th February 2015 admin

    National Apprenticeship Week: Selfie Campaign.

    Click here to join Worcestershire Apprenticeships Selfie Campaign and show your support for Apprenticeships!

  • Awards Evening photographs

    9th December 2014 admin

    The photos taken on the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards evening are now ready for viewing.

    To view the photos, please click here, then enter the password:

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