Guest Blog: Are we being boiled alive or are we ready for lifelong learning 2.0?

In 1995, organisation thinker, Charles Handy, wrote about the future of work and the new 'upside down' competitive realities in the world of work and of leisure. Nearly a quarter of a century later much has happened as he predicted and much is yet to materialise. In his book, Handy stressed that we’re often unaware of changes around us until it is too late, comparing the situation to frogs being gradually boiled alive. Does [...]

Helping Schools Be Great at Gatsby

Working with Careers Guidance colleagues, we know the importance, and the resulting challenges of embedding a robust careers plan within schools. As a national training provider, one of our core values, is putting the learner at the heart of everything we do. This is key to our work in supporting apprentices from the day they sign up to an apprenticeship but equally so in the years and months before a person – particularly in [...]

Think it’s too late for a career change? Think again!

Think it’s too late for a career change? Think again! When thinking of an apprentice, many will picture someone young, in their first job at a junior level. Whilst this is true and many thousands of school leavers this summer will get their first taste of work with an apprenticeship, the number of those starting an apprenticeship later in life is high. In 2017/18, 41% of the apprenticeships started were by people over the age [...]

Remit apprentices ‘dress down’ to raise cash for suicide prevention charity

Apprentices and staff at Remit’s Automotive Academy have donated £600 to their latest chosen charity, thanks to loose change collections from ‘dress down Friday’. The academy, based in the heart of Derby, opened its doors two years ago to motor industry apprentices from all over the country, who attend for week-long blocks of training. Every Friday it has become a tradition at the Academy to have a dress down day. Apprentices are invited to wear [...]

College Career Changer Katie has found her feet with an Automotive Apprenticeship

EIGHTEEN-year-old Katie Briggs didn’t like school or college, and struggled with confidence, before she found out about apprenticeships.Now, after a career change, the Light Vehicle apprentice Technician from Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, has found her ‘place’ with Lindleys Autocentres and with the support of Remit Group is looking ahead to a lifelong career in the motor industry.“I originally went to college after school to do a completely different course,” said Katie. “I’d chosen animal science because I [...]

MET Automotive Apprentice James Says Award Nomination is Priceless

Mechanical, Electrical and Trim apprentice Technician, James Barnard, from Apollo Motor Group Cheltenham, has described his apprenticeship as ‘life-changing’ and his recent shortlisting as a finalist in this year’s Bodyshop Live Awards as ‘priceless’. James was shortlisted for the awards after completing a rigorous round of practical assessments at the Remit Group Automotive Academy in Derby, which were used to help the judging panel identify who has the best knowledge and practical skills to take [...]

Rowen’s Apollo mission is a real success!

Twenty-year-old Rowen Small from Cheltenham has just completed his Level 3 body repair apprenticeship, and has been named a World Skills UK finalist for 2019. The now-qualified technician is based at Apollo Motor Group in Cheltenham. Apollo works with national training provider, Remit Group, to deliver its UK apprenticeship programme. Rowen was put forward for World Skills UK 2019, by his Remit apprenticeship development coach. In June he joined 17 fellow apprentices selected for the [...]

Scania Heavy Vehicle Apprentice ready to take on the world!

Twenty two-year-old Rob Darroch is looking forward to joining some of the UK’s top heavy vehicle apprentices, as he takes part in this year’s prestigious World Skills UK competition. The heavy-vehicle apprentice technician from the Wirral has been working for Scania specialist, Haydock Commercials, at Ellesmere Port for the past three years. Rob will now complete time managed practical skills assessments to determine whether he should make it through to the final six in his [...]

Post GCSEs: A Parents’ Guide

GCSE results day can be a nerve-wracking time for parents and teens alike. After a long wait since the exams finished, this could be the first time your child has had to make any real-life decisions. As parents you will be key to understanding the implications of these results so it’s vital you know what they mean and what the options are afterwards. When they open their envelopes, there might be some disappointed teens but [...]

Stonegate Pub Company uses apprenticeships to reducing chef turnover by 32%

This month hundreds of thousands of school leavers are entering the workforce talent pool for the first time. Armed with exam results, this can represent an excellent opportunity for employers, across all sectors, to engage with a fresh stream of talent. Some however, can be concerned about the level of support needed to get a school leaver ‘work-ready’. With the help of Remit Group, thousands of employers are using apprenticeships to provide the ongoing learning, [...]

How to deal with common worries around results time

1. “I’m worried I won’t be able to get onto my course or apprenticeship of choice.” If you don’t do as well as you'd hoped, it’s important not to panic. Talk to your teachers and careers advisors and if you are looking at an apprenticeship talk to your employer or the apprenticeship training provider. They will help you understand what the options are and what you can now do to secure the ideal course or [...]

Former Dancer moves to a new tune

Lydia Neighbour dreamed of being a professional dancer. She focused on little else. But now she is enjoying her new career as a Technical Sales Apprentice at Hewlett Packard Enterprises. She explains, “I was very much fixed on becoming a dancer. I trained all the time, so I had little time for anything else. I did my A levels alongside my training, as a backup almost.” When she has to finally give up on her [...]

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