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SMEs Will Have Full Access to ESFA’s #Apprenticeship Service

Every apprenticeship employer in England will soon have access to the full benefits of the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s (ESFA)  apprenticeship service. With the first employers and providers commencing their use from Summer 2019

Currently, only apprenticeship levy-paying employers – those with an annual total pay bill of over £3m – or those in receipt of a transfer of apprenticeship funds – are able to use the full benefits that the apprenticeship service brings.

Whilst all other employers (those who do not pay the levy) have had access to some of the functions, such as find an apprenticeship, the ESFA is opening up the apprenticeship service to employers of all size, regardless of whether they pay the levy or not. This will provide employers with the choice over how they want to control the use of apprenticeships and make them work for their business.

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Top Tips for Inspiring Young People to Choose Engineering as a Career

EngineeringUK has released a new free guide to help STEM professionals and ambassadors to deliver exciting and varied activities to help encourage young people to consider engineering as a career choice

Getting the message across is a top tips guide for anyone who provides engineering outreach activities in schools.

It encourages STEM professionals and ambassadors to plan inspiring and impactful activities by providing real-world examples of engineering matched to what students might be learning in the classroom.

Engineering cuts across all life from addressing some of society’s pressing challenges like climate change to building and designing new technology like mobile phones or apps for improving health and wellbeing.

The guide suggests that making links between the skills involved in the subjects young people study – such as maths, science, D&T, computing, geography, art and languages – and exciting job roles in engineering can really help students realise the value of these subjects for the future and switch them on to the idea of a career in engineering. Read more

Older Employees Feel Undervalued
May 23, 2019
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More than half of over-60s want to continue working but are concerned about age discrimination and lack of career progression, according to research from AvivImage result for older workers

Nearly one in five (19%) of those surveyed feel that younger colleagues are favoured over older generations, while the same number (19%) believe their age has become a barrier to career progression and development.

However, more than half (53%) of employees aged 60 and older are not ready to retire, increasing to 61% for people still working past the age of 65, the research found. The majority (73%) of those in their fifties and sixties feel they share invaluable skills, experience and knowledge with colleagues, but 16% believe this is not valued by their employer. Read more