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House of Commons Short of Public Sector Apprenticeships Target

Former skills minister Robert Halfon called on the House to ‘set an example to our nation’ by hiring more apprenticesImage result for house of commons

The House of Commons has not yet hit the public-sector apprenticeship target, it has been revealed.

Public-sector bodies have a legal duty, established in the 2016 Enterprise Act, to “have regard” to the target of having at least 2.3 per cent of their workforce comprised of apprentices. Official guidance specifies that “public sector bodies with 250 or more staff in England have a target to employ an average of at least 2.3 per cent of their staff as new apprentice starts over the period of 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2021”.

According to the Department for Education, the target has been calculated to ensure that the public sector delivers its “fair share” of the 3 million apprenticeship starts the government has committed to by 2020.

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Five Tips to Acing Your Phone Interview
April 1, 2019

The following hints and tips may be of interest to your clients.

Fantastic CV submitted?


Now, get ready for the phone to ring! How you respond to the first contact from a recruiter or hiring manager is just as important as the in-person interview. Here are five easy steps to make sure you shine.

1. Be Prepared

Track each and every opportunity you submit your resume for with the following information:

  • Company name and brief details on the company about what makes it an attractive place for you to work.
  • Position title and summary. Paste the position description into your notebook, and highlight what in the description spoke to you and what makes you the right, qualified candidate.
  • Know your resume. Know why your skills align with this particular job, and be ready to talk to it.

Have this info in a place that’s handy—you never know when a call will come in. Don’t be caught off guard: there are few things that’ll set a recruiter off more than a potential candidate who doesn’t remember the job. Read more

Careers England Newsletter 139
April 1, 2019