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Nicola Shearer and Hannah Young

Apprenticeships added up for us

Nicola finished an Apprenticeship some years ago while Hannah is just starting hers; but both have no regrets about the career paths they have taken. Here are their stories...  
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Apprenticeship leads to bigger things for former rugby league player

Former rugby league professional now owns his own business after completing an Apprenticeship with Premier Sport
Traineeships explained

Traineeships explained

Traineeships unlock the great potential of young people and prepare them for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’.
The changing face of engineering

The changing face of engineering

The perception of engineering Apprenticeships changed. Young people and employers have realised that this is a valid route into the engineering industry.  
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Join the IT crowd

IT Apprenticeships are a good route into the IT sector, particularly as UK tech firms are crying out for IT staff, but have trouble finding the right people with the right skills.
Building a highly skilled workforce to aid UK growth

Building a highly skilled workforce to aid UK growth

National Apprenticeship Week this year was bigger than ever. More people are recognising the long overlooked value of technical skills, and just how valuable Apprenticeships are.
Developing talent in the financial sector

Developing talent in the financial sector

Almost 3,000 apprentices studying towards qualifications on the Providing Financial Services framework in 2012/13, compared with just over 200 six years earlier.
Driving talent development to meet the needs of tomorrow

Driving talent development to meet the needs of tomorrow

The Cisco IT Apprenticeship programme has been running for the past 12 months.
The rise of the City apprentice

The rise of the City apprentice

You can take an Apprenticeship in insurance and finance and the number of companies offering them
is increasing.  
Driving talent development to meet the needs of tomorrow

Driving talent development to meet the needs of tomorrow

The Cisco IT Apprenticeship programme has been running for the past 12 months.
The employer benefits of Apprenticeships

The employer benefits of Apprenticeships

There are lots of benefits for employers who run Apprenticeship programmes, including increased return on investment, extra productivity and a boost to employee morale.
Join the Club

Join the Club

The 5% Club is a new industry-led initiative which asks its members to commit to ensuring that 5% of its employees are apprentices, sponsored students or graduates.
Employer uses Apprenticeships to give unemployed youth a sporting chance

Employer uses Apprenticeships to give unemployed youth a sporting chance

Stevenage Sporting Futures Team supports and provides physical education and sport sessions to schools in Stevenage, which has high youth unemployment (7.9%).
Start your career in social care with an Apprenticeship

Start your career in social care with an Apprenticeship

After completing an Apprenticeship in health and social care, Hannah, 19, became a Community Care Worker with Hertfordshire County Council.
Higher Apprenticeships what s the catch

Higher Apprenticeships: what’s the catch?

“Too good to be true.” “What’s the catch?” “Are they real?” These are just some of the responses that we frequently get when we talk to young people about Higher Apprenticeships.
The time is now for apprenticeships

The time is now for apprenticeships

Traineeships are beneficial to young people who have no experience of the workplace. But why are they beneficial to businesses?
There s never been a better time to be an apprentice

There’s never been a better time to be an apprentice

There is a wealth of options open to young people after they leave school to enable them to follow their dreams and realise their aspirations.
IMI calls on businesses to invest in apprentices or risk failure

IMI calls on businesses to invest in apprentices or risk failure

Research reveals up to 300% return on investment from automotive apprentices.
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Apprenticeships deliver for businesses and individuals

Apprenticeships are becoming an increasingly popular option for businesses, helping them develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce and bringing about many business benefits - including improved skills levels, service, morale and productivity.
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Top apprentices recognised at National Apprenticeship Awards

The nation’s top apprentices and apprentice employers have been recognised at the 2016 National Apprenticeship Awards.
National Apprenticeship Awards 2015 a celebration of the best of the best

National Apprenticeship Awards 2015: a celebration of the best of the best

One of the best parts of my job is getting out and meeting different and interesting people across the country, and the people I love meeting the most are apprentices and trainees.
Amey apprenticeship programme enhancing skills

Amey apprenticeship programme enhancing skills

Amey is one of the UK’s leading public and regulated services providers, delivering highways and rail maintenance through to utilities and consultancy services, and last year it was named as one of the Top 100 Employers for Apprentices by the National Apprenticeship Service.  
Making it easier for businesses to recruit apprentices

Making it easier for businesses to recruit apprentices

With more and more of the UK’s most innovative companies now offering apprenticeships, this year’s National Apprenticeship Week will show just how far an apprenticeship can take you. 
Apprenticeships A professional alternative

Apprenticeships: A professional alternative

At Lloyds Banking Group we believe there’s more than one way to start a rewarding, long-term professional career.  Our apprenticeship programmes are an outstanding alternative for those who don’t want to study for a degree.   
Unilever s career kickstart

Unilever's career kickstart

Multinational company Unilever believes it has a responsibility to support young people's development, and so has increased the number of Apprenticeship programmes it offers.
Apprenticeships A mutual beneficial relationship

Apprenticeships: A mutual beneficial relationship

This year’s National Apprenticeship Week 2015 celebrates apprenticeships and traineeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, explains why. 
Next generation of project professionals

Next generation of project professionals

Sellafield Ltd is responsible for safely decommissioning the UK’s nuclear legacy as well as fuel recycling and the management of nuclear waste on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on one of the largest construction sites in Europe.
Tech employers go for gold

Tech employers go for gold

The war for tech talent is inhibiting growth right across the digital economy. Check out the latest research from employer network the Tech Partnership.  
Top 5 reasons to hire an apprentice

Top 5 reasons to hire an apprentice

Undoubtedly, an apprenticeship is a viable and beneficial option for school leavers to progress quickly in working life - but what are the benefits for employers?
An alternative route into a financial career

An alternative route into a financial career

Question: Why are financial Apprenticeships popular?
Answer: Because they offer professional qualifications for the trainee — and a way for businesses to replenish their workforce.
learning skills in the care sector

Learning skills in the care sector

A Higher Apprenticeship — developed by Skills for Care and the National Skills Academy for Social Care — has given Lisa Larouche a wider perspective on the care sector.
Opening the door into the creative industries

Opening the door into the creative industries

Q: Is an Apprenticeship a good route into the creative industries?
A: Yes — and one that is increasingly valued by school leavers and businesses alike.
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Apprenticeship support: hear from the Ambassadors

National Apprenticeship Service Ambassadors, Goeorge Ritchie and Jason Holt share their thoughts on apprenticeships.
Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2015

Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2015

Here we list the top 100 apprenticeship employers in the UK for 2015. Find out who the top apprenticeship employers are in your area.
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Are you a creative problem-solver?

Whatever you’re into – whether it’s music or food, space or computer games, there’s a world of exciting opportunities in engineering.
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Counting the benefits of a payroll apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are a popular route into the payroll industry for young people, offering hands-on learning in a real work environment. What's more, they're good for employers too.
Ann Watson, CEO of Semta

Be proud, be loud, be generation great!

Ann Watson explains why vocational pathways to work lead to the gateway of greatness.
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Taking a different route into the world of work

University degrees don't always offer better employment outcomes says Mike Hill, chief executive of graduate careers experts Prospects. Apprenticeships can offer a different route to a career.
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A different path to success

ACCA commissioned YouGov to undertake a poll of 1005 UK-based 16 –18 year olds in order to gain a better understanding of young peoples’ views on apprenticeships. The poll was carried out between 22 October and 19 November 2015.
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Towering success for Ben's businesses

Teenage entrepreneur Ben Towers has seen the value of workplace training at first hand — and hired himself as an apprentice in his own business.