May 2013

Following the Government’s recent announcement on Traineeships,  edition 3 of our newsletter provides an essential overview on what the scheme means for businesses in our who, what, where, when and why of Traineeships.

We also focus on Adult Learners’ Week and how organisations can reap the benefits and rewards of life long learning and training and development.

Plus, with the new series of The Apprentice hitting our screens we take a look at the recurring skills gaps displayed by candidates past and present.

Rounding this edition off is a brief summary of our recent report, Nurturing Talent: building the workforce of the future.

Everything you need to know about Traineeships

The Government last week unveiled its framework for the delivery of Traineeships, outlining plans to help thousands of 16-19 year-olds not in employment, education or training (NEET) by equipping them with valuable workplace skills.

The Traineeships announcement has come at a welcome time, given that latest unemployment figures show that the number of unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds stands at 958,000.

Here’s our guide to the who, what, where, why and when of Traineeships and what they mean for businesses. Find out more >

Adult Learners’ Week: The benefits of lifelong learning

Adult Learners’ Week kicks off on 18 May, starting seven days of activities and events aimed at highlighting the benefits of continued education and exploring the learning options open to adults.

It is hoped that the week, which is coordinated by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, will encourage more individuals to consider embracing learning, allow organisations to showcase the various learning opportunities they offer and help shape the debate around adult learning.

It is also the perfect opportunity for companies to highlight the training opportunities open to their staff. Find out more >

Skills gaps highlighted by the new series of The Apprentice

The Apprentice is back on our screens with the 13 remaining candidates competing to be Lord Sugar’s protégé.

However, as in previous series, rather than wowing with their business acumen, the hopefuls already look to be lacking some of the vital skills needed to make it in the business world.

We take a look at five skills gaps highlighted by the would-be entrepreneur. Find out more >