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Applying for Apprenticeships as a School or College Leaver

I recently received this query from a pupil in Year 11: “Hello, I am currently still at school. When will i be able to apply for an apprenticeship? Would this be after i have done my GCSE's?  Thanks.” I thought it would be useful to reproduce my reply here in my blog...

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Building the Future ~ Apprenticeships in Construction

According to the think-tank Demos, the construction industry accounts for 2.1m jobs in the UK, representing 7pc of the workforce.  It is an industry that is highly sensitive to change in the wider economy.  As the UK economy has slowly begun to emerge from recession...

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Legal Services Apprenticeships and CILEx

A renewed interest in legal apprenticeships has seen in-house legal departments and law firms taking up Legal Services Apprenticeships (LSAs) which are overseen by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).  There are currently 360 LSAs working at 107...

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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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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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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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