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Keep up-to-date with the latest L&D trends and research

From funding and training to advice and best practice, our Latest Trends Blog houses a whole host of information to support you with learning and development at your organisation. 

We’ll frequently be updating the articles, expert opinions, and facts and figures here, so do check in regularly to learn more and keep abreast of the latest news.

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We also offer renowned higher and degree apprenticeship packages to help improve your organisation’s productivity and performance, as well as a range of degrees, modules and short courses.

David Willett

David Willett presents the apprenticeships opportunity to HR professionals at the CIPD Annual Conference

The Open University's David Willett, Head of Propositions, and Sandy Fraser, Senior Lecturer, present 'Maximising apprenticeships for improved performance and results'.

13th February 2017
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Use apprenticeships to support your business objectives

It’s now widely accepted that organisations are under pressure to adapt within the context of rapid environmental change, which explains why the conversation has moved.

13th February 2017
People having a discussion

Transform your business with degree apprenticeships

The noise around degree apprenticeships has been steadily building over the past year or so and, unless you’ve managed to avoid the business media, you’ll have.

7th February 2017
People collaborating at a table

Why apprenticeships went degree-level

The UK is suffering from acute skills shortages in key areas, particularly in STEM subjects.

11th January 2017
Degree apprentices around a table

The changing face of apprenticeships: four reasons why they’re growing in popularity

Reasons why apprenticeships are growing in popularity in the UK.

9th December 2016
Examples of apprenticeship standards

What are apprenticeship standards?

Explanation and examples of the new apprenticeships standards - and how they will help businesses build a talent pipeline to fulfil skills needs.

2nd December 2016
Evan Davis

Apprentices and employers featured on BBC's The Bottom Line

Listen now or download for later: Evan Davis discusses the pros and cons of degree apprenticeships.

15th November 2016
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New funding details for the apprenticeship levy released

Summary of the 25 October 2016 Department for Education (DfE) update that clarified the policy for apprenticeship funding and the apprenticeship levy.

27th October 2016
Workers in an office

The true value of degree apprenticeships: for employees, employers and society

Can degree apprenticeships be considered as viable alternatives to traditional university study? Will they make a change to the UK skills landscape?

11th October 2016
Woman at a computer

How can we reverse the digital skills gap?

Can the Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship deliver the highly-sought-after technical skills that UK employers need?

29th September 2016

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