Can you do an apprenticeship after a degree?

In recent years the image and perception of apprenticeships has undoubtedly changed for the better. Traditionally seen as a job for a school leaver in an industrial environment, a great deal of work has been done to position apprenticeships as an attractive and credible alternative to college or university and with more and more firms creating fantastic apprenticeship schemes aimed at young people leaving school many are taking this option. But, for those considering their [...]

What is 20% off the job?

Getting 20% off the job training right. As part of their learning journey, ESFA funding rules require that all Apprentices undertake 20% off-the-job training during their Apprenticeship. Off-the-job training is defined simply as any training and learning that is undertaken outside of the normal daily routine that helps support the apprentice in their role. It sounds simple but in practical terms this requirement has caused much confusion for employers. Here we try and demonstrate ways [...]

Setting The Standard

Following, what was described as the biggest shake up in vocational training for a generation in May 2017, with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and the creation of new Apprenticeship Standards, there has been much debate about the pros and cons of the new look programmes and the move away from frameworks. Here we try and establish what this means, the differences between frameworks and Standards, whether the two are interchangeable, and the impact [...]

Apprenticeships or University? A parent’s guide

Apprenticeships or university? It can be hard for a parent when your child is torn between going to university or starting an apprenticeship. University has historically been seen as the crème de la crème of education, while apprenticeships were seen as routes into more manual jobs. However, times have changed and so have opinions on Apprenticeships. Many teens are now realising that potential employers value work experience and the transferable skills gained from an [...]

Parent’s apprenticeship myths… Busted

If you’re following us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, you’ll have noticed that we are debunking the most common apprenticeship myths, from wages they offer to the sectors they are available in. Here we discuss the 5 most common myths about Apprenticeships and offer the real facts. Apprenticeships are only for people who didn’t do well at school, and my child won’t be able to go onto Uni if they do one. Wrong! Whilst an [...]

What to do now? Advice for 3aaa Apprentices

  No, really! Keep calm and carry on is our best advice to you. You might feel a bit unsure and a little bit nervous about the future but there’s plans in place to support you through the closure of 3aaa. If you work for a small company your employer will be working with the ESFA, (who are the part of the government that look after Apprenticeships) to find you a new provider to take [...]

Advice to 3aaa staff

It’s been a tough few weeks for the talented staff employed at 3aaa. With over 500 jobs lost it’s a sad time for the Further Education industry and a worrying time for those hit by the closure. The training industry can sometimes be fiercely competitive, and it’s been fantastic to see the sector pulling together to support their colleagues who, through no fault of their own have found themselves redundant. We completely understand that the [...]

Life after 3AAA, an employer’s guide

For the employers working with 3aaa, the news that the provider has ceased trading will be a cause of upset, and concern. Can your apprentices still complete their programme? Will you be able to find a new training provider? Will the ESFA help? The government’s website states: “Since the closure of 3aaa, we have established a taskforce to implement alternative arrangements for apprentices and their employers. We are working to ensure that every apprentice is [...]

Outstanding results for Remit with Carpetright achievers

Remit Group has recently celebrated the results of its first cohort of Carpetright apprentices with nine achieving a distinction on the new Team Leader/Supervisor level 3 standard. The group embarked upon the Carpetright Store Manager Academy programme in 2017, which involved Remit working with the client to provide a bespoke apprenticeship programme in line with company values. Remit tailored the Team Leader standard to the needs of Carpetright to design a fit for purpose management [...]

5 things to consider when appointing a training provider.

With the closure of 3aaa many employers are now looking at the daunting task of appointing a new training provider. With over 2500 registered training providers it can certainly seem like an impossible task! We’ve put together 5 things you should consider when you’re choosing your new training provider. Industry experience The first point to consider is if the training provider has experience in your industry, and if so, how much? Look for long lasting [...]

Automotive Academy open days are coming!

We are delighted to be opening the doors of our Automotive Academy over the next few weeks to aspiring apprentices and their families. Located on Wincanton Close near to Pride Park in Derby, our Automotive Academy training facility is purpose-builtt for those wanting to work in the automotive industry. It boasts three dedicated workshops, each kitted out with all of the latest technical equipment to support apprentices undertaking body, paint, heavy vehicle and light vehicle [...]

Thanet Earth gets LEAN thanks to training with Remit Group

Thanet Earth is celebrating some serious productivity benefits as its latest cohort of apprentices achieve their national qualification through Remit Group. As the UK’s largest, most high-tech greenhouse complex, growing tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, and distributing them to major retailers and farm shops across the UK; Thanet Earth, based in Birchington Kent, is a leading light in showing how apprentices can have a positive impact on a business with one learner embarking on a project [...]

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