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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...

Generic Skills ~ advice from a major employer

 When recruiting young people, employers are often most interested in personal qualities which are quite hard to define or pin down precisely.  So they will make judgements based on gut instinct – relying on their intuition to help them decide whether an applicant...

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Emotional Resilience ~ ten tips for teens

This advice from the American Psychological Association is aimed at young people facing a personal crisis. It's good advice and many adults should find it instructive too! Ten simple ideas on how to deal with emotional turmoil that have that all important ring of...

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Working with Children ~ the range of apprenticeships

It can be very confusing trying to understand the complicated jigsaw of different apprenticeships and qualifications available in the field of work with children and young people. This post aims to shed some light on the different options. Children and young people's...

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Is it a good idea to get a degree?

Update (August 2016): A recent report by a think tank called the Intergenerational Foundation has looked in detail at the so-called graduate premium. This is the extra amount on average that graduates will earn over their working lives compared with those who do not...

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How to write a CV personal statement

A personal statement is a brief, eye catching statement that explains your reasons for applying while highlighting your key skills. It should be the very first item at the top of your CV and should show that you know about the job you are applying for and why you...

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Find an Apprenticeship ~ How to search and apply online

This little guide will help you to make best use of the official Find an Apprenticeship service. There are two different ways to search.  You can put a keyword in or you can browse. It may not be obvious but if you leave the optional keyword box empty then you will...

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Becoming a Lawyer ~ advice from an expert

Until 2012 Ian McIntosh was a partner in a large law firm advising business clients on corporate deals, mergers and acquisitions etc.  He is now a career coach for aspiring lawyers. Q. “What is black and brown and looks good on a lawyer?” A. “a Doberman” Few careers...

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Changes to A Level ~ UCAS Survey Findings

Big changes to A levels are on the way. This will mean that A levels in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be different in terms of their structure and assessment methods. In England, the A level will become a two-year ‘linear’ qualification with the AS...

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