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A passion for partnerships

Key to the success of our work is the many highly successful partnerships we have forged with councils, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), local businesses, schools, training providers and many other organisations that share our belief in the importance of high quality careers advice and training. We recognise that joining forces with others can have an extremely positive effect on improving people’s…

Read more | Mar 29, 2017

Customer Care: helping people to help themselves

‘You can lead a horse to water’ is a phrase often used when someone has offered advice which hasn’t been taken. But while some people might be unwilling to accept advice, for others, the barriers they face can affect their ability to act on it. Providing quality careers advice is as much about the adviser’s skills in identifying and addressing the listener’s barriers as it is about a knowledge of,…

Read more | Mar 20, 2017

The Apprenticeship Levy is coming; what it will mean for you and your business

Claire Penny at Futures Training explains the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, a key part of the government’s Apprenticeship Reforms, and what all employers need to know… Paying the levy becomes a legal requirement from 6th April for employers with a salary bill of over £3 million. However, employers with lower wage bills will still be able to purchase apprenticeship training. In fact, the…

Read more | Mar 07, 2017

Apprenticeships: what you need to know

Victoria Endersby at Futures Training, explains why an apprenticeship might be for you. Today’s choices In the recent film T2: Trainspotting, Begbie is surprised to learn that his son is doing a college course in Hotel Management, replying that there was nothing like that when he was young. Although he might be misinformed on this point, he’s correct in his assumption that there are now more options…

Read more | Mar 06, 2017

It’s all about the quality

As champions of quality careers advice and guidance we’re delighted to support National Careers and National Apprenticeship Week this year. This annual celebration helps shine the spotlight on a service that is increasingly being recognised as essential to the future success of our economy. It’s no coincidence that the Government Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships, Robert Halfon, has made…

Read more | Mar 03, 2017