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Are British FE students and apprentices losing out by not going abroad?

Tuesday, 14 August 2012
By: Uta

The UK has always been an attractive place for international students to live, work and study. But as a receiving nation, we rank just 25th in the world for sending UK students from the tertiary education sector to study abroad. The number of outgoing Erasmus students from the UK was under 12,000 in 2009/10. This is in stark comparison to 31,158 from Spain, 30,213 from France, and 28,854 from Germany.


Year-long apprenticeships: forcing out flexibility or locking in quality?

Monday, 23 July 2012
By: Anthea

When the Government announced the introduction of the minimum 12 month duration of an apprenticeship - what were your first thoughts? Did you welcome it with open arms as a necessary step towards improving apprenticeship quality? Or did you think about all the potential issues that may arise?


Why tomorrow’s HR professionals need a higher apprenticeship

Thursday, 19 July 2012
By: Tim

With so many functions of a modern HR professional being 'hands-on', it's only logical that an apprenticeship in HR management would be developed sooner rather than later.

While knowledge-only qualifications add great value to the industry, there's nothing quite like getting stuck in and learning on-the-job – but with the right guidance of course!


If everybody else speaks English, why do we need Europe?

Monday, 02 July 2012
By: Uta

The European Single Market is a significant element of UK trade and the recent economic crisis in Europe has heightened negative feelings towards Europe, and the UK's responsibilities towards the EU.

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The Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management launches at APM Annual Conference

Friday, 29 June 2012
By: Skills CFA

Our Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management, developed with the Association for Project Management (APM), was launched on Wednesday 27 June at APM’s annual conference.

The higher apprenticeship was unveiled after the Level 4 Diploma in Project Management, which underpins the higher apprenticeship, was accredited by Ofqual.