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Spring Statement 2019
March 14, 2019

The Chancellor has presented his Spring Statement to Parliament – here’s a summary of what he saidplaceholder

Education and skills

Ensuring people have the skills that employers need is vital to creating the workforce of the future. The Budget set out steps to equip people with the skills to succeed in the modern economy, and today the Chancellor announced:

  • updates to apprenticeship reforms announced at Budget that mean from April 1st employers will see the co-investment rate they pay cut by a half from 10% to 5%, at the same time as levy-paying employers are able to share more levy funds across their supply chains, with the maximum amount rising from 10% to 25%
  • to tackle period poverty in schools, the Department for Education will lead work to develop a national scheme in England to provide free sanitary products to girls in secondary schools
  • the government has appointed Professor Arindajit Dube to undertake a review of the latest international evidence on the impact of minimum wages, to inform future National Living Wage policy after 2020

Read more

DMH Associates Newsletter
March 8, 2019

DMH Associates will now be releasing a quarterly newsletter to provide an update of our recent activities and publications.

This first version incldes the following topics:

Career-Related Learning in Primary Schools

Emplower to Shape Change Learning and Identities in the Changing World of Work

British Journal Of Guidance And Counselling: International Symposium Series, Special Issue

Careers Wales – Work Advice Wales

Scottish Government – Careers Strategy

Skills Northern Ireland 2019



You can down the newsletter HERE

IEP News: Employability Practitioner Apprenticehsip Standard (Level 4)
February 19, 2019
Dear colleague,
I have the very real pleasure in advising you that, today, the Institute for Apprenticeships published the Employability Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard (Level 4) as being ready for delivery.
This is a very significant day for all those working in the public services space, helping people to become more independent.
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February 18, 2019

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Learning Rep e-magazine – Spring 2019
February 7, 2019

In the latest edition of the Learning Rep e-magazine, you will find the followinghttps://gallery.mailchimp.com/ebd004a8047907dc47d269fd1/images/725917be-d84f-4ebe-8126-0c17c574dc51.jpg

  • Getting fighting fit with the FBU
  • Innovating with the ULF
  • Learning behind the wheels
  • Boosting migrant wellbeing
  • Pay check for apprentices
  • Value My Skills goes digital

To download the e-magazine, please click here.

A Robot Will Appear Before the Education Select Committee
October 14, 2018

A robot will appear before a select committee for what is believed to be the first time when Pepper answers questions from the Education Committee during a session on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the implications for education of developments in artificial intelligence

Pepper is part of an international research project developing the world’s first culturally aware robots aimed at assisting with care for older people. The Committee will hear about her work with students across the faculties at Middlesex University, including a project involving teaching primary level children, and what role increased automation and robotics might play in the workplace and classroom of the future.

After a demonstration by Pepper, the Committee will explore with witnesses, including those from Middlesex University, how robots can be used to support learning, and the skills needed to adapt to the growth in artificial intelligence and automation.

The Committee will first question a panel of experts on the suitability of the current school curriculum, the importance of re-skilling and lifelong learning and the effect of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on social justice. Read more

AELP Press Release
October 9, 2018

Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Press release – Monday 8 October 2018

Education Committee report on Apprenticeship

Government should adopt MPs’ recommendations on the apprenticeship reforms without delay

The recommendations in the Education Committee’s report, expertly steered by Robert Halfon MP, are to be warmly welcomed and the government should waste no time in implementing all of them, according to the Association of Employment and Learning Providers which represents providers that train 3 out of every 4 apprentices in England.

It is a pity that the excellent set of observations and recommendations may be overshadowed by media headlines of ‘poor quality training’, especially when Ofsted’s chief inspector has said herself that 80% of current apprentices are receiving good or outstanding training.  That said, every apprentice should be on at least a good programme and the Committee has hit the nail on the head when it identifies as a major issue the government’s letting into the apprenticeship market a mass of untested providers and assessors with few controls and limited monitoring. Read more

National Apprenticeship Week 2019 Date Announced
September 10, 2018

The date of the 12th annual National Apprenticeship Week – to take place in 2019 – has been announced and will run from 4 to 8 March 2019. 

This annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships will bring the whole apprenticeship community together to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.

Following the most successful National Apprenticeship Week ever that took place earlier this year, National Apprenticeship Week 2019 – which also coincides with National Careers Week – will look to involve more individuals, employers, partners and providers in activities that highlight the benefits apprenticeships bring to employers and the opportunities apprenticeships present to individuals.

National Apprenticeship Week 2018 was record-breaking: with 780 events taking place across England. The ambition of delivering a 10,000 talks movement – #10kTalks – to inspire the next generation of apprentices in schools across the country was exceeded, reaching over 33,500 people. Read more

Money Advice Service Annual Report 2017/2018
July 31, 2018

The Money Advice Service has published their Annual Report and Accounts 2017/18, highlighting the different ways they have helped people make the most of their money over the past financial year.

The key achievements for the year include:

  • Directly providing money guidance to 10.5 million people, including 3.8 million from the financially squeezed and struggling segments
  • Helping over 487,000 people through MAS-funded free debt advice services, with 93% of customers (where they agreed with an adviser to do so) going on to take action Read more
National Careers Service – New Contracts Awards
July 25, 2018

Below is a list of the new NCS areas and contractors (notice the subtle geographical changes – south central area has disappeared altogether and Cumbria is part of the service in the NE).

There will now be a period of transition activity to make sure there is a continued high-quality service for the remainder of current contracts, and to ensure that the new contractors are in place and ready to deliver the National Careers Service from 1 October 2018. 

  1. National Careers Service East of England and Buckinghamshire and National Careers Service East Midlands and Northamptonshire to be delivered by Futures Advice
  2. National Careers Service London and National Careers Service West Midlands to be delivered by Prospects
  3. National Careers Service North West to be delivered by Growth Company
  4. National Careers Service North East and Cumbria to be delivered by EDT
  5. National Careers Service South East to be delivered by CXK
  6. National Careers Service South West to be delivered by Adviza
  7. National Careers Service Yorkshire and Humber – further information will be provided in due course

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