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Three Weeks Before The General Election, Just 19% of Small Business Owners Support A Hard Brexit

Three Weeks Before The General Election, Just 19% of Small Business Owners Support A Hard Brexit

Less than three weeks before the general election, just 19% of small business owners support a ‘hard Brexit’ – according to a report by Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The survey of over 800 managers has revealed that 43% believe access to the single market and free movement of people across the EU should remain once the UK officially leaves – something the current government has ruled out should they be re-elected. When asked for their top business wishes for the next government, securing trade deals with non-EU countries is a priority for 66% of enterprise owners as businesses begin to ‘think global’. Guaranteeing the rights of existing EU residents (58%), investing in capital infrastructure (53%), maintaining investment in the Apprenticeship Levy (30%) and promoting UK... »

You’re Hired: 96% of Businesses Report Apprentice Benefits

You’re Hired: 96% of Businesses Report Apprentice Benefits

96% of businesses say hiring an apprentice has brought at least one benefit to their business, according to research from the Department for Education (DfE). 202,000 new apprentices are expected to be taken on in the next 12 months, with current trainee-friendly businesses reporting a number of positive outcomes directly related to their fledgling worker. Apprenticeship Levy: What You Need to Know Over 75% of firms that employ novice workers report increased productivity thanks to product/service improvement, while more than 24,000 private enterprises say that hiring a beginner has actually helped them win business. National Apprentice Week runs from March 6-10 which helps raise awareness of the opportunities apprenticeships can offer school leavers, graduates and the unemployed. Mike Cher... »

Alex Epstein, Apprentice, in Email BCC “Blunder”

This morning Alex Epstein, star of Lord Sugar’s TV series The Apprentice, pulled an amazing stunt by emailing over 700 press contacts, offering his services. Unfortunately, instead of pressing the BCC (Blind Carbon Copy) button he chose CC (Carbon Copy) and, once he’d hit "send" revealed to all and sundry the extent to whom he was making the request. The incident came to prominence on twitter and his name is still a trending topic at the time of publication, after recipients responded (sometimes to all the other 700 respondents) or expressed their amusement on twitter. Amidst the general howls of derision at Alex Epstein’s seeming faux pas there is plenty of speculation surrounding the move by Epstein, a self-styled "Brand, Marketing and PR advisor to growi... »

Apprenticeships worth £1k each to construction firms

Apprenticeships worth £1k each to construction firms

Construction firms which take on apprentices who have been made redundant before they finished their training are eligible for grants of up to £1,000, following a £1 million funding boost from the National Apprenticeships Service (NAS). Employers in the construction industry can access the funding by using sector skills council ConstructionSkills’ Apprenticeship Matching Service (AMS), which matches apprentices that have been made redundant with firms in need of staff. “We have been talking to the Government in recent months about the need to support employers in our industry through this difficult time and the funding from the National Apprenticeship Service will do just that,” said ConstructionSkills apprenticeship programme manager, Nigel Donohue. “&p... »

Would your Business Benefit from an Apprentice?

Would your Business Benefit from an Apprentice?

Log onto Web TV to learn how to find the right candidate for your company Chat date: Monday 24th August 2009 Chat time: 14:30 – 14:45 Employers and businesses are being encouraged to take on apprentices to tap into the vast pool of teenage talent in the UK. This comes as 16 and 17 years old up and down the country get their GCSE exam results and take a first serious look at the world of work. The latest figures show there are almost a million 16-24 year old NEETS (‘not in education, employment or training’), an increase of 100,000 over the last year. With so many companies in England needing well qualified, experienced staff to help them run successfully, making use of this huge amount of talent could be the golden ticket to business success. News of Japan, France and Ger... »