Logistics Training: The Challenges Before Sector Employers

ATG Training ApprenticeJust like any other sector, logistics needs to ensure it has the necessary talent to enable future growth. While logistics sector operators acknowledge the importance of employee training and development, many among them fail to achieve the desired results for one reason or another. Recent research conducted by Skills for Logistics has highlighted the need for greater focus on the adequate provision of information relating to staff training and skills development in the logistics sector.

As the organisation established, 36% of sector employers harboured doubts about the current situation, expressing the belief that the currently available training programmes and qualifications did not adequately reflect the skill needs of the logistics sector. Meanwhile, 10% of the companies that had not partnered with a training provider attributed this to their lack of knowledge on the matter.

Skills for Logistics has the responsibility to provide information and tools promoting workforce development. The Sector Skills Council for the UK’s logistics industry is also in charge of providing advice on training options and solutions. It conducts its work in partnership with employers, recruiters and training providers, seeking to bring to light all the opportunities for skills development.

One of the ways in which Skills for Logistics demonstrates its commitment to the staff training cause is through its round table events. A new discussion is scheduled to take place next week, on 8 April, bringing together industry and training representatives for an exchange of views on the skills and training challenges facing the sector.

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Rolls Royce Launches Apprenticeship Programme 2014

With a host of Apprenticeships currently available in the Thames Valley, applications are sought for the roles available on www.atgapprenticeships.com.

An example of the interesting opportunities companies offer is Rolls-Royce Motor Cars who are looking for apprentices, with the successful applicants set to start in August 2014, the company announced this week.

The Apprenticeship Programme will select young people who will join forces with the company’s teams in various roles, including assembly, engineering, paint, wood and leather, Rolls-Royce said.

This will be the seventh consecutive year of the company’s Apprenticeship Programme. It is open to people aged between 16 and 24 and provides applicants with the chance to be trained at a leading engineering company and to experience luxury car manufacturing processes first-hand. The programme has been developed in collaboration with the Learning Skills Council and several colleges.

Those that are approved for the apprenticeship will go through a training scheme lasting up to four years, while at the same time studying for nationally recognised qualifications, the company explained. Recently the programme was extended to cover business areas, and the first business apprentices were selected this year.

The recruitment process has been designed to ensure that only the best applicants are chosen. Those that successfully complete the apprenticeship will be given the opportunity to stay with the company and continue to advance in their professional paths.

Young people who want to take part in Rolls-Royce’s Apprenticeship Programme can apply online on the company website.


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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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Jaguar Land Rover Targets Female Engineers With 2014 Apprenticeship Programme

Jaguar Land Rover has announced its 2014 apprenticeship recruitment programme,ATG_femaleengineer_141113 which will focus on attracting more female engineers. The carmaker will look to hire 150 new apprentices through the campaign, adding to a workforce of 500 already in apprenticeship programmes at its five sites in the United Kingdom, which offer young people a mix of academic education and hands-on experience in the automotive industry.

There are two options for applicants: either a four-year advanced apprenticeship programme that targets students at GCSE level, or a six-year higher apprenticeship programme aimed at A-level students. There is a specific focus on female applicants this year, with Jaguar Land Rover encouraging more of them to consider an engineering career in car manufacturing.

At present there are 24 women in the carmaker’s apprenticeship programme. One of them, Bethan Fernandes Philips, who is in Jaguar Land Rover’s apprenticeship programme together with her twin sister Teresa, said they had both always been passionate about engineering and the programme had given them the opportunity to pursue careers in this area.

ATG_RangeRover_141113Mike Wright, executive director at the Tata Motors-owned automotive company, commented that the carmaking industry is very competitive and the challenges and opportunities for engineering professionals are at their height. This makes it essential for Jaguar Land Rover to make sure it hires the next generation of engineers and innovators to support its growth plans for the future, he added.

Jaguar Land Rover last week reported £668 million in pre-tax profit for the third quarter of the year.


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Can Labour’s Apprenticeship Plan Boost The Domestic Skills Base?

Ed Miliband has garnered lots of media attention with his plan to promote high-qualityATG_EdMiliband1_081013 apprenticeships and help the UK maintain its skills base. At the recent Labour Party conference, the party leader outlined a policy under which UK employers would be required to take on an apprentice for every non-EU worker joining their staff. Last week, The Engineer published the findings of its reader poll on Labour’s plan, revealing a mixed attitude towards the idea.

Miliband’s policy envisions the recruitment of an apprentice for every Tier 2 non-EU immigrant employed by a UK company. These are foreigners admitted into the country because of their highly valuable skills. By providing an apprentice with equivalent skills, UK employers would ensure the availability of highly skilled workers for the UK economy, Miliband claims.

So how do readers of The Engineer feel about this balancing act? According to 44% of them, the policy would have no impact because it would only apply to non-EU workers, while 39% expressed the belief that it would have a positive effect on the domestic skills base. For 16% of the sample, the plan raises concerns that local employers would be put off recruiting foreign talent, thus negatively affecting a skills base that relies on overseas workers.

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is among the industry organisations that believe there are better ways of promoting apprenticeships and helping the UK nurture its future talent. According to the BCC, better results would be achieved by offering apprentice employers financial incentives and urging schools to give greater attention to work skills, The Engineer said.

Spokesman for  a provider of Apprenticeships, ATG Training commenting said ‘Policy matters have major impacts on the training market and any proposed changes need to be fully debated, with industry SME’s having a key role in the future economic output of Great Britain PLC’.

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Overcoming The Challenges Faced By Non-Traditional Apprentice Recruiters

Not that long ago, apprenticeships were mainly associated with the manufacturing sector.ATG_businessrecruit_190913 However, this is rapidly changing as more young people and employers become aware of the benefits that training on the job can deliver. Apprenticeships are being embraced by a growing number of business sectors and a wide variety of professions can now be entered through this route. But in sectors where the concept is still relatively new, managers encounter additional challenges when it comes to the selection, training and development of their apprentices, according to an article on the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) website.

Among the sectors relatively new to apprentice recruitment are finance, health and the creative sector. Four executives from these sectors shared their thoughts and experience with Alison Coleman, the author of the ILM article. According to Mike Thompson, head of Barclays RBB’s employability programmes, apprentices in this industry need to be managed differently from other recruits. They need to go through a transitional period during which they learn things such as workplace etiquette, dress code and timekeeping. Apprentice selection also calls for a different approach and Barclays has tweaked its interview process to make sure that it secures the right candidates.

Commenting on behalf of health recruiters was Tony Moss, managing director of healthcare staffing agency Your World Recruitment. He noted that the pre-assessment stage was perhaps the most important one. In the health sector it is crucial to have apprentices with a passion for the job and a true understanding of the environment.

Stephen Smyth, spokesman for ATG Training noted the increased demand from employers for the pre-assessment and short listing service the training provider delivers. ‘This saves companies valuable production time whilst ensure good quality candidates get to the final interview stage’.

Matthew Kynaston, who is in charge of marketing at digital agency Cyber-Duck, offered a look at things from the creatives’ perspective. According to him, apprentices in the sector should be entrusted with the management of a project, allowing bosses to determine the strengths and weaknesses of their trainees.

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Young apprentices have been awarded certificates by Slough Borough Council

Young apprentices have been awarded certificates by Slough Borough Council after completing a year-long programme which has been delivered by ATG Training.

Council chief executive Ruth Bagley presented 24 young people with National Vocational Slough apprentices August 2013Qualification (NVQ) certificates at a ceremony at the council’s offices in St Martin’s Place on Tuesday.

The apprenticeship programme invites school leavers to work at the council in two departments over two months, and has been voted ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Of the 24 apprentices who completed the programme, 11 have been employed by the council and its contractor arvato (OK), two have found employment elsewhere and one has continued in further education.

Cllr Pavitar Mann, commissioner for education and children, said: “Congratulations to all those who have completed their apprenticeships and successfully gained their NVQs.

“I am pleased that we, as a council, are doing all we can to ensure our younger residents have every opportunity to earn, learn and train.

She added: “This council’s apprenticeship programme has gone from strength to strength.

“It is a great path to take for those young people who have just received their GCSE results and would like to continue in education and work at the same time.”

Another round of apprentices will be taking part in the course next year, with 28 young people starting next month.

Anyone interested in applying for the September 2014 intake can forward their details and a recruitment pack will be sent when the vacancy opens.

Candidates must live within Slough and be aged 16-18.

Email recruitment@slough.gov.uk for details.

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20,000 Apprenticeship Vacancies For School Leavers

These are crucially important days for young Britons. Precisely a week ago, all attentionATG_290813 was focused on the release of GSCE results. While the excitement may have passed its peak, it is far from over. The big question still faces many school leavers: what to do now? For the growing number of youngsters making an apprenticeship their first choice, the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) delivered some great news on GSCE results day, announcing up to 20,000 vacancies across a wide variety of sectors and positions.

A recent spate of data has confirmed the growing popularity of apprenticeships both among young people and employers. Several months ago, NAS-commissioned research found that apprentices were viewed as 15% more employable compared to peers with other qualifications. Earlier this month, an ICM survey established that 54% of English youngsters would snatch up an apprenticeship opportunity if it presented itself. And the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills published last the findings of its own research last week, announcing that 81% of employers and 72% of apprentices would recommend an apprenticeship.

NAS director Jaine Bolton noted that GCSE results day was a stressful time for many young people, but they now have a steadily growing pool of options to choose from. Increasing awareness about the value of apprenticeships has led to a significant rise in the number of opportunities available, giving young people excellent chances to build a rewarding career. Apprenticeships now cover more than 170 occupations and 1,500 job roles, making this the best time ever for school leavers to consider vocational training, Bolton added.

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Parents Score Poorly On The Apprenticeship Test

Many young Brits may miss the opportunity of a lifetime because of parental prejudice andATG_parent_270813 ignorance, according to Semta’s chief executive Sarah Sillars. This has to do with the fact that most parents have little idea what an apprenticeship is and insist that their children follow the academic route, even though this may not be the best choice for them.

Research conducted on behalf of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) has revealed that over 55% of parents cannot say whether a Higher Apprenticeship is a qualification equal to or better than a university degree. Only 18% of the 1,200 people polled knew that it actually is. In addition, 41% voiced the belief that a degree is rated highest by employers but previous research has shown that young people who have completed a Higher Apprenticeship have greater appeal for employers than university graduates.

Sillars said that parental ignorance and prejudice were not only costing the UK economy dearly but also preventing many young people from taking the vocational route and achieving great things. Parents must do their homework so that they can help their children make an informed choice and follow the best road into the future. The situation in the UK stands in sharp contrast to that in Germany and Korea, for example, where apprentices are celebrated and “treated like rock stars,” as Sillars put it. If the UK is to succeed in building its future talent base and pave the way to lasting prosperity, apprenticeships must be encouraged and parents need to get their facts straight so that they can really give their children worthwhile advice, Sillars stated.

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UK To See Growth Of Over 50% In Apprentice Numbers By 2018

The number of apprentices in the UK is projected to reach 800,000 within five years, amounting to growth of more than 50%, Online Recruitment magazine has reported.

The forecast comes from Alexander Mann Solutions, a globally operating specialist in talentATG_apprentices_010813 acquisition and management. Its head of client services, Tim Campbell, was named Apprenticeship Ambassador for the Mayor of London. As Campbell told OnRec, a growing number of bright young Britons are choosing apprenticeships instead of university and this is great news for employers. In fact, both parties stand to reap significant benefits. Companies get motivated, enthusiastic new employees, while apprentices get to build valuable workplace skills and confidence. Campbell noted that about 80% of employers consider the presence of apprentices among their staff as conducive to greater productivity.

In 2012 the UK apprentice army numbered 520,600, which translates into an increase of 14% compared to 2011. In addition, almost 75% of apprentices now finish their training successfully as opposed to 50% in 2006.

At present, the most popular sectors among apprenticeship candidates are business administration and retail. They jointly account for over 50% of all apprenticeships. Next on the popularity list are healthcare, public services, engineering, manufacturing and construction. The sharpest increase in apprentice numbers has been recorded in London, where the growth rate is estimated at an impressive 132%. Second place is occupied by the North East with a similarly impressive expansion of 107%. The South West has made the smallest progress but its 60% rise in apprentice numbers is still a solid result.

Having seen the figures, Stephen Smyth, spokesman for ATG Training remarked that the growth in employer confidence had been reflected in the number of Apprenticeship vacancies seen on the website www.atgapprenticeships.com  However, many roles are due to close, so young people should apply before they took their holidays as the opportunities will be closed soon.

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