NEWS - EDUCATION & CAREERS
Rochdale Council has announced that apprentices in the borough will receive an additional payment of £1,000 from the council as an incentive to continue their apprenticeship. Employers operating within the borough will also receive an extra £1,000 for every new apprentice they take on.
The council hopes this incentive will motivate more young people to take up an apprenticeship in fields such as informational technology, computing and engineering.Read more >>
Employers in Brighton and Hove are being asked to sign a pledge of support to create jobs and raise opportunities and to help young people prepare for work.
Brighton and Hove City Council has urged employers to show their support after announcing that it will be creating 100 apprenticeships in 2016/2017 and a further 150 in 2017/2018. The council has launched the scheme to help tackle the decline of apprenticeships in the city.Read more >>
Apprenticeships are one of the most important factors for business growth, according to research for the Funding Skills Agency.
The research, which was released as part of National Apprenticeship Week, found that nearly half of managers in growing companies in the West Midlands believe that hiring the right employees and having employees with the right skills are the most important factors when it comes to expanding a business.Read more >>
Employers in England are to receive a 10 per cent top up on their monthly levy contributions. The plans were announced in a budget report published by the Treasury.
The top-up will mean that for employers who pay a levy of £2,000, their levy pot will be £2,200. This will be available for them to spend on apprenticeship training through their digital account.Read more >>
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will be providing employment and training opportunities this week at a jobs fair. The event will be held during National Apprenticeship Week on Thursday 17th March at the Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd, Wales.
The council recently announced that £550,000 will be invested in its graduate and apprenticeship schemes to provide more employment opportunities for young people.Read more >>
Young people have misconceptions about apprenticeships as a result of not receiving proper information from schools and colleges, according to a survey by Prudential.
The survey of 16 to 18 year olds showed that many school leavers avoid apprenticeships because they see them as low-paid, low-skilled jobs, when in fact they are highly beneficial.Read more >>
Over 100 apprenticeships are to go online this week in Leicester as part of Apprenticeship Week. Apprenticeship Week starts today and will run until Friday 18th March.
In addition to apprenticeship vacancies being offered, young people in the area will also have the opportunity to attend drop-in sessions. The events, which are being organised by the Leicester Apprenticeship Hub, will also include access points for information.Read more >>
Amazon is to create new jobs by opening a fulfilment centre in North-West England. The centre, which is set to open later this year, will be located in Manchester and will create 1,000 jobs in the area over the next three years.
Amazon is planning to expand this year, creating 2,500 jobs across the UK. The online retailer’s new centre will join the company’s ten other fulfilment centres, which are located throughout the UK.Read more >>
The job market in the South West is thriving, with more employers looking to hire in the region than in other areas of the country, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
The study, which surveyed 2,100 employers in the UK, was compiled to find out whether employers are planning to recruit additional employees or reduce the size of their workforce in the first quarter of the year.Read more >>
A company based in Leighton Buzzard is to create 150 apprenticeships to help young people develop a wide range of skills. Property firm Connells Group will be creating the apprenticeships as part of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week, from 14th to 18th March.
The company first launched the Connells Group Apprenticeship Scheme in 2013 to provide young people aged 16 to 23 with the opportunity to develop the skills required to work in the residential property industry, such as business administration, HR, customer services and residential sales.Read more >>
Graduates with work experience bring more value to a company, according to research from the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR).
AGR’s first annual development report surveyed 191 companies and found that graduates who started out as interns stayed with a company for six months longer than those who did not.
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The number of job vacancies in the finance sector increased in January by 12 per cent more than in the same month last year, according to the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (Apsco).
Research showed that average salaries in banking jobs have increased by 4.9 per cent, whilst the average salary across all professional sectors in the UK increased by 4.2 per cent. Pay growth in the professional sector was found to be higher than the UK average recorded by the Office for National Statistics in the latter half of 2015.
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Workers of the age of 50 believe that companies are not helping them to put their skills and expertise into practice, according to an Ashridge survey.
The study, titled Don’t Put Baby (Boomers) in the Corner: Realising the Potential of the Over 50s at Work, found that a large number of respondents believe that their company is doing nothing to share skills and experience between different generations.Read more >>
UK employers are planning to recruit more permanent staff in the next three months, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).
The report found that over 80% of businesses are planning to hire more permanent staff between now and May, whilst 29% said that they have recruited more staff in the past year.Read more >>
According to new research, 79% of finance and accountancy professionals believe professional membership bodies support their career in accountancy.
The statistics come from respondents to a survey conducted by job site GAAPweb, of over 450 accountancy and finance professionals. They include members of ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, AAT, IFA and AIA, from Part-Qualified to Chief Financial Officer across a wide range of industries.Read more >>
Accountants should have more fun at work in order to improve their performance, according to research from BrightHR.
The company commissioned Robertson Cooper, a wellbeing specialist company, to carry out a survey to find out what types of activities in the workplace can help to boost productivity and reduce stress.Read more >>
Over 60 per cent of employers are now offering more flexible job roles in order to attract the best talent, according to research carried out by Totaljobs. Almost a quarter of the 4,000 British jobseekers and recruiters surveyed said that job flexibility is more important than salary and career opportunities.
Over 60 per cent of respondents said that the opportunity of working from home is crucial for job flexibility, whilst nearly half stated that job sharing offers more flexible working conditions.Read more >>
Digital literacy is a “key requisite” in the workplace, according to new research from YouGov. The survey, which was commissioned by Capgemini UK, showed that young people in the UK are lacking the knowledge and experience required to be digitally savvy in the workplace.
Over 1,000 employers were surveyed, with over 80% agreeing that digital literacy is needed in the workplace, and 18% stating that young employees, whilst digitally savvy, are lacking the necessary digital skills required for working in a business environment.Read more >>
The financial services sector is one of the best-paying sectors for junior marketing professionals, according to research from salary comparison website Emolument.
Research showed that junior marketing professionals working for banks and financial services companies earn an average salary of £37,000 with a £2,000 bonus.Read more >>
The accountancy sector is more resilient to recession than other employment sector in the UK, according to research from recruitment agency Randstad.
Research showed that the aggregate salary bill for the accountancy profession has increased more over the past 12 years than in other sectors, with a growth of 11.5 per cent, whilst the average wage bill for all professions in the private sector has dropped by 36.8 per cent.
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Volunteers in Somerset are helping to tackle unemployment in the area by forming hubs that enable people to learn the skills they need to get back into work. The hubs, which are held in Minehead, Watchet and Williton, will help to provide “longer-term solutions” for locals.
The hubs are particularly ideal for people out of work who do not have access to a computer or transport.Read more >>
Norwich has been voted the top city for work happiness, according to a survey by business psychology experts OPP. Ten cities were selected by UK workers for the poll, with Norwich being voted number one for its “strong local identity” and “strong sense of community."
Liverpool was voted second, with workers stating that it offers “friendly, collaborative, supportive people”, whilst Birmingham came in at number three for its “huge sense of optimism.”Read more >>
Employment has reached a record high in the UK, with over 30 million people in work, according to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Unemployment in the UK has dropped to 5.1%, the lowest since 2006, whilst long-term unemployment has fallen at a rate of 25%, the lowest in six years.Read more >>
According to recruiters, the bosses of a majority of British companies expect to hire more staff this year.
Executives in the finance, accounting and marketing sectors are particularly interested in expanding their workforces in the next 12 months due to sustained economic growth.Read more >>