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Is now the right time to take on an apprentice?

On the face of it, you might think not. But we would ask of any business, what are your plans and where are you headed? If there is growth on the horizon then now is the time to plan effectively, develop your resources, and be ready to meet it. Together with you, once...

Businesses need to start thinking of apprenticeships as succession planning #GrowYourOwnTalent

Youthforce encourages businesses to think of apprenticeships as succession planning for their future workforce, our values-driven sales approach is here to generate win-win solutions for opening up sustainability within a business. In our area of expertise, STEM...

Balfour Beatty bucking the national trend and leading the way for apprenticeships during COVID

When COVID hit it was damning news for the younger generation and the jobs market. A BBC article from 28th of September charted ‘Seven ways the young have been hit by COVID’ including; young people left the workplace first, online graduate job vacancies fell by 60%...

5 reasons industry leaders use Youthforce for Materials Testing Apprenticeships

Materials Testing is a niche recruitment task, we understand the role and can effectively fill this small piece of the recruitment puzzle for larger companies' HR departments. We understand the characteristics that make a good technician and recognise the drive and...

STEM is a future-proof career choice. Beat the graduates to it with an apprenticeship.

This morning's Radio 4’s Today programme reported that UCAS has raised concerns that humanities subjects are under pressure with the amount of students studying for modern language degrees down a third in the last 10 years. John Cope from UCAS was featured and said...

‘Top apprentice employer stresses importance of lower level apprenticeships’

A member of the government’s apprenticeship delivery board says opportunities at level 2 and 3 are key. Lower level apprenticeships have the potential to greatly boost productivity, according to the head of apprenticeships at Barclay's. The number of lower level...

‘Could an apprenticeship really be the gateway to a successful career?’

    Richard Hines - Principal Specialist inspector at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) A demanding job in a high-pressure environment, dealing with matters of life and death daily, you might think that I’m the product of a Russell Group university...

‘Postgrad apprenticeships: ready for take-off’

  You could be forgiven for not having heard of postgraduate degree apprenticeships, also known as level 7 apprenticeships, which were launched in March 2015 with just 30 learners. But these master’s-level programmes have big potential. The Department for...

‘Why schools are perfect places for apprenticeships’

Taking on apprentices can be a way to create exciting opportunities and intricately develop schools' involvement in teacher training, writes one leading headteacher There’s a lot of talk about apprenticeships at the moment, including the dreaded apprenticeship levy. I...

‘Breaking: SFA unveils ‘mystery shopper’ scheme to test how ready providers are for apprenticeship reforms’

  The Skills Funding Agency has launched a new “mystery shopper” scheme to find out how prepared providers are for the new apprenticeship reforms. The announcement was made in the online SFA Update just uploaded onto gov.uk. It said: “To help us understand how...