DfE Doubles Early Years Apprenticeship Bursary

The Department for Education has doubled the size of its early years apprenticeshipATG_nursery_261113 bursary to £3,000, to encourage the participation of high-quality individuals.

Two hundred people taking part in early years apprenticeship programmes will benefit from the increase as well as from the availability of a further £300 for training and education. The bursaries, which were first announced in May, will be available to people in apprenticeship programmes focused on early years education, which is today’s equivalent of the nursery nurse diploma from the past. The double bursaries will be distributed among the first 200 successful applicants to the scheme.

Eligible candidates will have an apprentice position at a nursery, school nursery or children’s centre that provides early learning places for two-year-olds. Candidate should have at least GCSE grade C or above in English and mathematics. The scheme is managed by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, and is already open to applicants. Apprenticeships are expected to last an average of 20 months and involve both work and training to provide participants with recognised qualifications through various channels, including colleges for further education.

In its official statement, the DfE said that having qualified and highly skilled early years educators is the best way to avoid the emergence of a gap in educational attainment between children who are socially disadvantaged and those from wealthy backgrounds. Quality care in the early years will ensure higher standards and provide children with the best possible start in life.

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Online Apprenticeship Applications, Vacancies Hit New Highs

The number of apprenticeship applications filed online and that of vacancies posted reachedOnline Applications record levels in the period between February and April, the latest data from the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) reveals. The total number of applications grew by 32.5% year-on-year, while the number of vacancies increased by 14.8%.

As many as 368,830 applications were submitted over the Internet during the third quarter of the 2012/2013 academic year as opposed to 278,410 in the same period a year earlier. As for vacancies advertised online, their number went up from 28,396 to 32,604. Candidates were at their most active in the immediate aftermath of National Apprenticeship Week, making 18 March the busiest day for filing. On that day apprenticeship hopefuls submitted 6,730 applications. Regarding vacancies, the highest number posted online in a single day was 17,700 and this happened on 26 April.

There was no change in the top three when it came to sectors attracting the biggest number of applications. As was the case a year earlier, Business and Administration was first with 101,510 applications, followed by Childcare and Customer Services with 29,020 and 26,200 respectively. The number of vacancies advertised was also the highest for Business and Administration (7,702) but Customer Services overtook Childcare on that count (2,700 versus 1,991).

Commenting on the latest NAS figures, Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said that apprenticeships were increasingly perceived by young Britons as an excellent alternative to a university degree. School leavers are quickly grasping the potential of an apprenticeship to help them realise their career ambitions. The government is working tirelessly alongside the NAS to promote the apprenticeship cause, encouraging more employers to take on apprentices and reap the associated benefits, Hancock added.


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Potential Apprentices To Get Help From New Search Tool

Young Britons looking to enter vocational training will have their quest for opportunities madeATG_youngperson_240513 easier by an online search facility that the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) is currently developing, FE Week has reported.

The announcement was made on Tuesday by Vic Grimes, NAS apprenticeship director for London and the South East. Addressing the audience at a training provider forum, Grimes said that the service would go live soon, offering a database of providers and available apprenticeships.

The search tool comes in response to the Holt Review conducted last year. Undertaken by entrepreneur Jason Holt, it made a number of recommendations designed to ease access to apprenticeships. Among those recommendations was the development of an online search facility allowing employers to find quality training providers. This was suggested as part of a broader aim to facilitate the entry of small companies to the apprenticeship arena. With a database of providers and opportunities readily available for search, young people considering the apprenticeship route will be greatly assisted in their undertaking.

Grimes went on to tell his audience that the government had “huge ambitions” with regard to apprenticeships. Last year the number of apprenticeship starts reached 500,000 and the goal is to have that lifted to 520,000 this year. The coalition is betting heavily on apprenticeships, putting them at the centre of its economic growth strategy. The plan is to support 3.8 million apprenticeships over the decade ahead, which is expected to deliver huge benefits to the UK economy. According to recent research, the gain will amount to £3.4 billion, Grimes pointed out.

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LSIS Seeks To Boost Uptake Of Disabled Apprentices

The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) is in the midst of its latestATG Training Apprentice initiative aimed at encouraging employers and training providers to take on apprentices with disabilities. Acting in partnership with Remploy Employment Services, the LSIS is addressing issues through two workshops this week, one held on Monday and another scheduled for Thursday. Three other workshops on the subject were organised earlier this year and proved extremely successful. The LSIS will be closed on 31 July 2013 but Remploy, the specialist employment support services provider, is hoping to secure a sponsor and continue to deliver such workshops across the country.

The seminars focus on concerns that might discourage employers and training providers from recruiting apprentices with disabilities. A survey commissioned by the National Apprenticeship Service in 2011 identified some of those concerns. Remploy, which carried out the research, established that employers were often deterred from taking on disabled apprentices for fear of an overwhelming regulatory burden with regard to health and safety. Some were also concerned that the apprentices would drop out of the programme, which could affect the company’s business plans. Through these workshops, the LSIS and Remploy seek to address existing concerns by informing providers how to get extra support and funding for disabled apprentices, as well as increase the number of disabled learners in apprenticeship programmes by using employer engagement strategies.

Remploy business consultant Howard Nelson said the organisation was hoping to carry on the work started by the LSIS although the workshops may not be free in the future if a sponsor is not found. The success of the events organised so far has prompted Remploy to consider a national conference on disabled apprentices, which is scheduled to take place in September.

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Online Apprenticeship Applications Exceed 1m In 2012

January 8, 2013

The growing popularity of apprenticeships was underscored yet again last week, when the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) released its 2012 figures for apprenticeship applications and vacancies. The number of applications filed online reached nearly 1,127,000, while that of vacancies advertised stood at 106,510.

Business and Administration proved the most popular professional field both in terms of applications and vacancies. The NAS report shows that 311,190 applications were submitted in the Business and Administration category, while the number of vacancies posted online was 26,480.

The second most popular category among aspiring apprentices was Childcare with 76,410 applications. Customer Services landed at number three with 72,220 applications, and Vehicle Maintenance & Repair and IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professional rounded off the top five. The former generated 71,370 applications and the latter 66,650.

Customer Service was ranked second by the number of vacancies posted, with a total of 10,460. Hospitality and Catering came in third with 8,650 vacancies and the fourth place went to Childcare with 5,490. IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professional secured the fifth position on this count as well, responsible for 5,040 vacancies.

Commenting on the results, NAS chief executive David Way said they provided further proof of the popularity apprenticeships have come to enjoy, both among employers and the public. Attracted by the high quality of work done by training providers, a broad range of people are making an apprenticeship their first choice in the pursuit of a career. The NAS is hopeful that 2013 will bring continued growth in vacancy numbers and more apprenticeships in pivotal sectors like the Digital and Creative Industries, Engineering and IT.


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It is day 4 of National Apprenticeship Week 2012!

Today we are in Hale Leys Shopping centre discussing #apprenticeships with passers-by.

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Last night the Government confirmed an incentive of a £1,500 Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds. More details are on our website www.atg-training.co.uk

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It’s Day 3 of National Apprenticeship Week 2012!

If you haven’t already logged on to our website, www.atgapprenticeships.com, and looked at the wide range of Apprenticeship vacancies we’re currently recruiting for, then do it now!

There are oportunities in fashion, marketing, gardening and manufacturing.

If you need any advice, call 0845 8949530 and we’ll be happy to help!

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It’s Day 2 of National Apprenticeship Week 2012!

CEO Ian Harper will be on the radio today discussing the current issues pertaining to apprenticeships. The following stations will carry the message.

  • BBC Radio Oxford
  • Big L
  • BBC Radio London
  • www.AdferoNews.com
  • Inspiration Fm
  • 106 JACK FM Oxfordshire
  • Represzent 107.3

If you are in the High Wycombe area, come and see us at the Job Centre Apprenticeship Fair being held in the AMF Bowling Centre from 2pm to 4pm this afternoon. We’ll be able to answer all your Apprenticeship-related questions and discuss our current vacancies with you.

See you there!

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It’s National Apprenticeship Week 2012!

It’s National Apprenticeship Week 2012! We are currently recruiting for a number of Apprenticeship positions in a variety of sectors, including Manufacturing, Business & Administration and Customer Service. For more details, go to: http://www.atgapprenticeships.com

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