Apprenticeship Bites

Apprenticeship Bites


A round up of bites from in and around the world of higher education and apprenticeships:

Asda to train more than 1,500 apprentices this year – including solicitors, software testers and data scientists

Asda has announced that it is extending the number of apprenticeship programmes it offers to 37, meaning that over 1,500 Asda colleagues will be able to earn while they learn this year.

The retailer has a long history of providing apprenticeship training opportunities, with more than 13,000 Asda colleagues gaining a qualification over the last seven years. But alongside programmes from Level 2 to 4 in retail and in distribution, Asda will also offer both existing and new colleagues fully-funded training programmes that you might not expect, with more than 400 apprenticeship opportunities at its head office alone.

These include a Level 7 programme (equivalent to a Master’s Degree) in Data Science, a Level 7 Solicitor apprenticeship and a Level 3 in Software Testing.

Other programmes on offer include a Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship (MBA) in Business Administration, Level 7 CIMA programme in Accountancy and a Level 5 CIPD (HR) programme.

Bupa UK makes £25k donation to help unlock new talent

Bupa UK is proud to be a partner of a new apprenticeship fund launched to unlock new talent and close the skills gap in Salford.

The Salford Skills and Apprenticeship Fund, which is the first public/private/third sector partnership of its kind, was launched at Bupa UK’s office, Bupa Place, in Salford Quays, Manchester, in March 2019.

As a partner, Bupa UK has donated £25,000 to the new fund, which has been launched to help small to medium sized organisations meet the cost of apprenticeship training. Other partners include Salford City Council, Apprenticeships at Salford City College, University of Salford, Salix Homes and Seddon.

The fund aims to attract, develop and retain talent in the city by creating opportunities for people, of all ages, to undertake relevant qualifications, helping to build skills, capabilities and aspirations. It is also hoped it will help existing employers close skills gaps in key sectors such as health and social care, digital, manufacturing and construction, hospitality, business and professional services.

Hinkley Point C ensures the future of welsh apprentices

21 Apprentices from Horizon’s suspended Wylfa Newdd new nuclear project will now continue their training as part of the construction of Hinkley Point C in Somerset.

The apprentices will join EDF Energy and work towards either a Nuclear Engineering Degree Apprenticeship or an Engineering and Maintenance Apprenticeship.  The young engineers will gain valuable industry experience working on one of Europe’s largest nuclear development projects and play a vital role in supporting the future skills needs of the nuclear industry more widely.

Those not joining EDF Energy but keen to stay in the energy sector will continue their training at Coleg Menai’s recently opened, world-class Canolfan STEM centre and carry out work experience at Doosan Babcock, a company which works closely with EDF Energy ‘s existing nuclear power stations in the UK..

easyJet to open recruitment for its 2019 Aeronautical Engineering Apprenticeship Programme

easyJet has announced that recruitment for its 2019 Aeronautical Engineering Apprenticeship Programme will begin on 3 June. 14 successful recruits will undertake 24 months of classroom and on the job training which will lead to a professionally recognised qualification in Aeronautical engineering.

The airline will hold two open evenings for prospective candidates to meet members of easyJet’s engineering team and training facilitators to learn more about the two-year apprenticeship programme.

easyJet remains committed to supporting the future of a sustainable, innovation-led aviation industry by offering the opportunity for participants to put their passion into practice in an exciting live environment in which they will develop the skills needed to kickstart their career in aircraft engineering.

At the end of the programme apprentices will graduate with recognised qualifications and the experience and skills needed to accelerate their career. A permanent role at easyJet with a package of up to £30,000 is available to those who are successful, joining 230 easyJet engineers who maintain the airline's fleet of over 300 Airbus aircraft.

easyJet’s engineering apprenticeship scheme has been in place since 2012 and complements the airlines cabin crew apprenticeship scheme Operational control centre apprenticeship programme which both launched earlier this year. Successful candidates joined the airline to learn the different disciplines of the Operational control centre alongside earning a Level 3 Aviation Ground Operations Specialist qualification.

TfL on the lookout for more than 130 apprentices

Transport for London (TfL) has started its search for fresh new talent with more than 130 apprenticeship opportunities on offer in a range of areas, including engineering, quantity surveying and project management.

TfL is continuing to offer fresh opportunities for candidates who want to play a key part in keeping London working and growing and is introducing two new apprenticeship schemes this year - one in Building Services and one in Vehicle Maintenance. A number of its apprenticeship schemes, including Civil Engineering and Commercial Property, also offer enthusiastic individuals the chance to study for a degree as part of their apprenticeship - meaning it is not necessary to choose between gaining industry experience or a university education.

TfL is also working with London Transport Museum to support those who have completed its Route into Work programme gain access to a number of these apprenticeship opportunities too. The programme supports young people between 16 and 25, who are not in education, employment or training, gain and improve employability skills, such as teamwork and confidence building, which can help them overcome potential barriers to employment.

TfL continually strives to increase the diversity of its workforce to reflect the city that it serves and to enable creativity and innovation. The apprenticeship programme is one of a number of ways in which TfL is offering exciting career opportunities to people from all communities to deliver safe, reliable and affordable transport for all Londoners.

Ad industry secures funding for new Apprenticeship Standard

The IPA and Arch Apprentices have announced that the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) has agreed funding for a new ‘Advertising and Media Executive’ Standard.

The Standard was developed by a trailblazing group of industry employers. It is the first apprenticeship scheme of its kind to be specifically designed by the industry for the industry that can be funded by agencies through their Apprenticeship Levy and incorporated into their new starter programmes. Agencies were briefed on how they can adopt this Standard into their recruitment and retention strategies at an IPA event, which took place in November 2018.

The 18-month Level 3 Apprenticeship is designed to fit around the new recruits’ day jobs and incorporates the IPA’s award-winning Foundation Certificate, and much more to provide them with a comprehensive understanding of the industry.

Agencies involved in creating the standard are: 360i, Across The Pond, AMV BBDO, Bray Leino, BBJ&K, Elvis, FCB Inferno, Generation Media, Goodstuff, GreenHouse,Group M, Hunterlodge, J.Walter Thompson, Karmarama, Leo Burnett, Manning Gottlieb OMD, MBA, MediaCom North, mcgarrybowen, Mindshare, Momentum, M/Six, Mullen Lowe Group, Omnicom Media Group, PHD Media, Posterscope MKTG PSI, Publicis Media, RAPP, The & Partnership, Total Media, VCCP Media. The Group is being supported by the IPA and by Creative Pioneers’ partner Arch Apprentices.

UK to benefit from new ‘project manager’ degree apprenticeship

The four-year scheme will create project managers for any industry, not just nuclear, equipping people with an internationally recognised project management qualification and a Bachelor of Science degree.

The development of the apprenticeship was led by Sellafield Ltd, with support from high profile companies like British Airways, BBC, British Telecom, Rolls Royce and BAE Systems.

The University of Cumbria (who lead the Project Academy for Sellafield), Cranfield and the University of Greenwich provided the support of academia.


Wednesday, 29 May 2019

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