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Students need to play to their strengths for success in the classroom – and in the brave, new workplace

We all recognise that the world of work is changing fast, and one of the most sought-after skills is being able to work flexibly with people from all sorts of different backgrounds. This month’s guest blog is by Victoria Bird of team performance specialists, Belbin...

Neuro-diversity – what does the future hold for your child?

If you child has been identified as having Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) helping your teen to get work experience or into full time work can sometimes feel like a bit of a challenge, but it needn’t be. We asked Katie Smith, Partnership and Innovation Manager...

Why your child should consider an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering

Adam Bytheway is a mechanical technician at Chemoxy International, one of Europe's leading chemical contract manufacturers. He was able to train and qualify for his role through an engineering apprenticeship with the company. Here, he takes a look at why an...

Young unemployed frustrated by national job schemes

According to the Local Government Association (LGA), unemployed young people are losing faith in the prospect of finding jobs and feel national schemes are not offering them the right skills to help them into work. A poll of unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds, carried out...

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Apprenticeships offer great opportunities for high achievers

For high achievers there are now great alternatives to following the well-trodden path of a university degree  –  particularly, though not exclusively, for those with an interest in engineering, science and technology. Here are just some examples of high-quality...

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Civil Engineering Apprenticeships with Skanska

Location: Nationwide Age Requirement: 16+ Skanska currently have apprentice opportunities in Civil Engineering, Infrastructure Services, Utilities and Cementation. Apprentices will be recruited across various projects in the UK. The Apprenticeship aims to prepare...

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Understanding the Qualifications and Credit Framework

The diagram above shows how English qualifications we all know about fit into the QCF framework. It illustrates in pictorial form the complicated-sounding concepts of levels, awards, certificates, diplomas and credits. Comparing qualifications To find out how one...

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Careers in the Creative Sector

One of the big issues for young people and their parents is tracking down accurate,  reliable information about career opportunities. My site aims to help by highlighting online resources that are genuinely helpful among the mountains of confusing dross. Today the...

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Parents and teachers struggle to provide careers advice.

In recent years, there has been considerable investment in vocational qualifications and career opportunities for young people – including the introduction of higher apprenticeships and a new technical baccalaureate – that will provide an alternative career path  for...

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How to Find an Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are offered by a wide range of employers and you'll find them advertised on the Government's official Find an Apprenticeship website, other sites and sometimes in local newspapers and through local colleges and training providers. Finding an...

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