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Apprenticeship or University? | ApprenticeEye

Apprenticeship or University? | ApprenticeEye | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it
Struggling to decide between going to university or starting an apprenticeship? It’s a big decision, and not one to be taken lightly. We have listed a few points to bear in mind if you are wondering what to do when you finish school.
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Really interesting piece weighing up the pro and con of university and apprenticeships. I see a clear winner here, what are your thoughts? 

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Relax students… Employers don't care where you go to university any more

Relax students… Employers don't care where you go to university any more | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it
The job market has changed dramatically in recent years for university graduates, with many struggling to find their dream job, if they can find a job at all. But perhaps the idea that employers are only searching for candidates from the supposedly more prestigious universities is something of a myth.
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Some interesting facts about apprenticeships in this

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National Apprenticeship Week 2014

National Apprenticeship Week 2014 | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it
Delivering the best skills is a crucial part of our long-term economic plan for Britain. I’m proud that we’re on track to have 2 million people start apprenticeships over the course of this
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David Cameron on Apprenticeships

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Duke of York to launch apprenticeship scheme

Duke of York to launch apprenticeship scheme | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it

His Royal Highness The Duke of York will officially launch the Leeds City Region Apprenticeship Challenge on Tuesday March 4th 2014 to encourage more small businesses to recruit apprentices, as part of wider moves to boost young people's skills and kickstart economic growth.

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Kick Starting your new career!

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Go For It: An Apprentice On Apprenticeships - ATG Training Blog

Go For It: An Apprentice On Apprenticeships - ATG Training Blog | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it
Apprenticeships are finally getting the attention they deserve but the road ahead remains littered with obstacles. Through research reports and expert analyses,
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Apprenticeships getting the recognition they deserve

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Unemployed grads regret not choosing apprenticeships | ApprenticeEye

Unemployed grads regret not choosing apprenticeships | ApprenticeEye | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it
According to new research from totaljobs.com, two out of five graduates are still out of work six months after finishing university, making them question whether it would have been more beneficial to have done an apprenticeship instead.
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Unemployed graduates are regretting their choices and wishing they'd gone with apprenticeships

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NCS

NCS | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it
NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity open to all 16 & 17 year olds in England and Northern Ireland, that helps you build your skills for work and life, while you take on new challenges and meet new friends.
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Uni degree vs apprentice

Uni degree vs apprentice | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it
Is it any wonder that savvy school leavers are spurning increasingly expensive universities in favour of modern apprenticeships? Ruth Tierney investigates
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Why so many people are picking and apprenticeships over University

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Help to get the county working with the Kick Start Kent campaign run by Kent Business, highlighting the benefits of apprenticeships

Help to get the county working with the Kick Start Kent campaign run by Kent Business, highlighting the benefits of apprenticeships | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it
Kent Business is launching the Kick Start Kent campaign, showing how companies and workers can benefit from apprenticeships.
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The Kick Start Kent Campaign. With a great set of facts at the end of the article on why it is such a good idea to take on an apprentice

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Up to 27 school leavers competing for each apprenticeship - Telegraph

Up to 27 school leavers competing for each apprenticeship - Telegraph | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it
Figures from the National Apprenticeship Service show that up to 27 people are chasing each training place, with demand being fuelled by increased interest among women
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Competing for apprenticeships, it doesn't surprise me as they grow in popularity

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UK skills shortage 'worsening'

UK skills shortage 'worsening' | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it
Worsening shortages of skills could stop UK businesses from taking advantage of the economic recovery, research by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills finds.
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Love the careers advice section really boosting the idea of apprenticeships being the best way to get skills and get jobs!

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Young discouraged from skills route

Young discouraged from skills route | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it
Many young people who chose a vocational route over an academic one say they were actively discouraged from following that path, a survey suggests.
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A truly terrible set of statistics

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Busting myths about apprenticeships: are they a valid career choice?

Busting myths about apprenticeships: are they a valid career choice? | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it
Hannah Friend explains the key facts about apprenticeships, so you can work out whether it's a viable career option for you
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Apprenticeships are a valid career choice, and here's why

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How to impress in your apprenticeship application | ApprenticeEye

How to impress in your apprenticeship application | ApprenticeEye | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it
School-leavers applying for apprenticeships may not have that much professional experience, but worry not, for you can wow your potential employer in other ways. Check out these top tips on how to impress in your application.
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Great article on how you can impress when applying for apprenticeships

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Gender gap on apprenticeship advice, Labour's IAG plans and social mobility

Gender gap on apprenticeship advice, Labour's IAG plans and social mobility | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it
Labour calls for schools and colleges to form links to improve careers advice and how further education providers are helping disadvantaged pupils – the week in FE
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Gender gap on apprenticeship advice? Sounds like I have bucked the trend!

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Why You Should Consider An Apprenticeship Just As Seriously As University

Why You Should Consider An Apprenticeship Just As Seriously As University | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it
Students are still choosing to study in debt and graduate with scarce job prospects - and even less financial security - over taking up an apprenticeship. Recently UCAS revealed a 4% rise in university applications, so why aren't young people considering becoming an apprentice?
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A great article on why apprenticeships should be taken seriously

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Apprenticeship campaign: Debt-free way to qualifications

Apprenticeship campaign: Debt-free way to qualifications | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it
AFTER studying 13 GCSEs and three A levels at Ilfracombe Arts College, Michael O'Connell stacked shelves in a supermarket while he considered his options.

With university fees at £9,000 a year...
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Another young person who knew how to find a debt free way to the career he wanted.

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There's a place for apprenticeships at private schools, says Charlotte Avery ... - Cambridge News

There's a place for apprenticeships at private schools, says Charlotte Avery ... - Cambridge News | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it
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There's a place for apprenticeships at private schools, says Charlotte Avery ...
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A great article to show how great apprenticeships are!

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Media 'hurt teenage job prospects'

Media 'hurt teenage job prospects' | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it
More than two thirds of 14-17-year-olds believe negative portrayals of teenagers in the media are affecting their job prospects, a survey suggests.
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Negative press hurting young people's opportunities and careers

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Teenage job hopes ruined by negative media stereotypes

Teenage job hopes ruined by negative media stereotypes | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it
Persistent negative stereotypes in the media about teenagers are harming their prospects of getting a job, according to research published today.
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Young people need to be seen in a better way if they are ever going to do well.

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Appeal to back apprenticeships in East Lancashire - Lancashire Telegraph

Appeal to back apprenticeships in East Lancashire - Lancashire Telegraph | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it
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Appeal to back apprenticeships in East Lancashire
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EDUCATIONAL figures are urging parents to explore 'all the options' over fears not enough parents support apprenticeships.
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Everyone should back apprenticeships. We need to get those parents seeing the benefits!

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Duke of York visits Maidstone Museum to support Kick Start Kent campaign encouraging businesses to hire an apprentice

Duke of York visits Maidstone Museum to support Kick Start Kent campaign encouraging businesses to hire an apprentice | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it
The Duke of York has visited Kent today to support an initiative by the KM Group to encourage more companies to hire an apprentice.
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Duke of York, Prince Andrew, backs the Kick Start Kent campaign to get people hiring Apprentices

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Maths teacher boost for colleges

Maths teacher boost for colleges | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it
Graduates who take up a maths teaching post at a further education college in England are to be given a "golden hello" of £7,500.
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"This is an important step in creating a skilled workforce."

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Apprenticeship vacancies 'rise 24%'

Apprenticeship vacancies 'rise 24%' | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it
Apprenticeships are growing in popularity among both employers and young people, according to figures from the National Apprenticeship Service.
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Apprenticeships growing popularity as people final begin to bust the myths and see it as a valid career path

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The Hunger Games Survival Lessons for Jobseekers

The Hunger Games Survival Lessons for Jobseekers | Apprenticeships | Scoop.it
Do you have what it takes to be a victor in your job search?   Like 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who fought her way to victory in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, unemployed job seekers are widely regarded by hiring managers as underdogs in today’s job search. With unemployment at 8.3 percent, the lucky few who are called to participate in a job interview find that they have a lot to prove in the fight for one coveted position.   Let’s face it, in our current economic climate, if you’ve got gaps in your resume, went to a lower-tier school or are too old/young, you are not as likely as other job seekers to be called in for an interview. Job seekers must make sure that the odds of obtaining that interview are “ever in your favor” by using all of the tools at your disposal to stand out to potential employers.   Keep reading for job search survival tips:   1. Volunteer.  Katniss volunteers to participate in the Hunger Games in place of her sister, Prim. She is the first-ever volunteer from District 12, and her selflessness endears her to the Capitol. There is some debate among employers regarding whether or not it pays to work for free, but many experts believe that volunteering at a company provides important connections, experience and encouragement to discouraged job seekers.   2. Become the “Girl on Fire.”  Katniss becomes “The Girl on Fire” after making a powerful first impression with potential sponsors at the opening ceremony of the Hunger Games. An interview is your first opportunity to present yourself to a potential employer dynamically. Make sure that you remain confident and you dress appropriately. You want people to remember you.   3. Shoot a squirrel in the eye.  Peeta can throw a heavy bag of flour over his head as a result of working at a bakery for his whole life. Katniss is an expert with a bow and arrow – shooting her prey in the eye to make a clean kill. Make sure that you, too, are emphasizing your unique skills in the job search. What can you bring to a potential employer that no one else can?   4. Remember they already love you; just be yourself.  Katniss’ mentor, Haymitch, cannot decide how to present her to the public. In response, her stylist tells her just to be herself. As your job search progresses, you may find yourself frustrated by the specific demands of potential employers – and you may feel obligated to start applying for jobs that are not an exact fit for your skill set. Keep in mind that the best job for you is one that is challenging, that makes use of your skill set, and that allows you to learn and excel. Wait for that job – or create it for yourself and pitch the benefit to your favorite companies.   You’ve probably already heard that The Hunger Games grossed $152.5 million during its opening weekend – making it Hollywood's third-biggest opener of all time. And if you saw the movie, you probably cheered for Katniss as she worked to perfect her image, navigate a seemingly impossible situation and to survive.   As a job seeker, that is the trick to an effective job search – to perfect your image, to cheerfully navigate a seemingly impossible situation, and to survive. May the odds be ever in your favor. Related: 7 Key Tips to Boost Your Chances of Getting a Job.   Suki Shah is the CEO and co-founder of @GetHiredInc. Image credit Lionsgate
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