July 2014

Welcome to the first edition of our new quarterly newsletter.  Each year learndirect touches the lives of thousands of people across the whole of the UK: young people entering the world of work for the first time through an apprenticeship; unemployed people wanting to get a foot on the jobs ladder through work experience or getting sustainable employment; and the employees of businesses wanting to improve their staff skill levels.  We’ve been celebrating the fantastic success of some of these people this month at the national finals of our learndirect Inspiration Awards.  Hearing first-hand from our customers on how they have transformed their lives or business through our services really is the best way to show how learndirect inspires people to realise their potential.  There are some case studies of the winners in this newsletter. Read more.

Although employment figures have been improving in the past few months the number of young unemployed people remains stubbornly high.  A number of reasons have been put forward why this might be – everything from the attitudes and behaviours of young people through to schools not preparing their pupils for the very different world of work. Read some of our latest campaigns and reports.

Our national Inspiration Awards were held in London on 11 June. Your can read about the stories of the winners via the links below:

Abbie Shaw – star apprentice award (16-18)

Chelsea Keedy – star apprentice award (19-23)

Keith Ashcroft – star apprentice award (24+)

Lisa Samuels – learner support award

Anthony Dorgan – inspiring learner award

Michelle Vanessa Murrey – into work award

McDonald’s – business impact award

Lauren Jenkins – into work onto Apprenticeship award

Catherine Nolan – career progression award