5 Reasons You Should Invest in Management Skills

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Leadership and management skills are a vital component of any successful company. It doesn’t matter whether there’s 10 members of staff or a thousand – businesses of any size will reap the benefits of a strong management team. But just what are the effects of developed management for the whole company, and for the individuals that make up each team? … Read More

What is a Data Analyst?

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What is a Data Analyst?

Research group IDC predicts that by 2025, the world will be creating 163 zettabytes of data a year. That works out to 1 trillion gigabytes, or watching the entire Netflix catalogue 489 million times. This immense amount of data is the equivalent of a ten-fold increase over 10 years. This is due to a combination of the increasing reliance on … Read More

The Apprenticeship Levy – A Refresher

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  In this webinar, our panel of experts gives a refresher on the impact of the Apprenticeship Levy and the changes that came into effect in 2017. This includes a look at the teething problems that some organisations have faced, as well as what can be done to mitigate these. Get the answer to your top levy questions, including; What … Read More

Skills Team & Just IT Awarded New Funding Contracts

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The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have just announced which apprenticeship providers have been awarded funding to support employers who don’t pay the new apprenticeship levy. This funding directly supports smaller businesses with taking on new apprentices, or putting existing staff onto apprenticeship programmes. After a rigorous scoring and auditing process by the ESFA, we are delighted to announce … Read More

Apprenticeships: What is 20% “off-the-job” training?

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The new Apprenticeship Levy came into effect in May of 2017, but as with most schemes of its size, there have been some teething problems. Chief among these is the confusion surrounding the requirement that learners must spend 20% of their contracted work time completing “off-the-job training”. In a recent piece on their website, the BBC incorrectly stated that off-the-job … Read More

Training Requirements and Methods

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To use apprenticeship levy funds or claim government co-funding for an apprenticeship, the Education and Skills Funding Agency make it clear that an apprentice must spend at least 20 per cent of their contracted work time on off-the-job training. This has created some debate in the marketplace – especially those who are putting existing employees onto apprenticeship funded programmes – … Read More

Choosing the Right Standards

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Apprenticeship standards are the learning framework for an apprenticeship programme. There are a large number of government approved standards based on specific job roles, though each standard has a degree of tailoring to suit the employer’s needs. The standards must be aimed at upskilling the individual, allowing them to demonstrate substantiative learning in an area where they have a lower … Read More

Mayor John Biggs Launches his Apprenticeship Commitment with Skills Team

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The Mayor for Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, launched his ‘Apprenticeship Commitment’ in partnership with Skills Team last week. In front of 150 employers at Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel, the Mayor detailed his commitment to helping employers make sense of the Apprenticeship Levy, and to help them understand everything they need to do to make the Levy work for them. … Read More

Stifled Productivity

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What impact is this causing on UK businesses? In practical terms, it goes without saying that reduced worker productivity impacts profits directly, but there are several ways this affects businesses. Low productivity levels can cause a business to stagnate, ticking over where it should be in a period of growth and expansion. Due to productivity problems, businesses lose out on … Read More