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Wednesday, 17 April 2024
A recent report from CMI highlights a significant gap in management skills within the UK workforce falling behind other leading global economies The UK currently ranks sixth of the most developed countries according to the World Management Survey falling behind the US Japan Germany Sweden and Canada.
Wednesday, 20 March 2024
This week March 18th to 24th 2024 marks Neurodiversity Celebration Week But what exactly is neurodiversity and why is it celebrated.
Monday, 18 March 2024
Todays announcement by the PM at the Business Connect Conference in Warwickshire marks a significant step forward in the governments commitment to apprenticeships.
Wednesday, 13 March 2024
From April 2024 the National Minimum Wage Living Wage and Apprenticeship wage are changing.
Wednesday, 14 February 2024
Call us cheesy but it is Valentines Day So here are a dozen reasons we LOVE apprenticeships Theyre not just a career path theyre a chance to build a fulfilling future and heres why were still smitten.
Thursday, 23 November 2023
According to a study by LinkedIn three of the top five factors people consider when seeking a new job reflect their desire to stretch grow and develop new skills .
Wednesday, 23 November 2022
Find out more about the Governments upcoming changes being made to the National Living Wage in 2023.
Thursday, 17 November 2022
The Express Delivery Sortation Hub Operative Programme is perfect for those operating in the logistics industry It is all about getting the right goods to right place as quickly as possible to meet customer expectations.
Tuesday, 30 August 2022
Changes to the required yet controversial 20 off-the-job training are coming into effect.
Saturday, 20 August 2022
On the 20th August 2022 Intec reached Forty what a milestone As one of the UKs leading training providers Intec have helped to launch the career of thousands of individuals something the organisation is proud of.
Wednesday, 19 May 2021
Intecs Youth Academy supports young people in the Leicestershire area providing them with training and work experience as they enter the working world.
Friday, 15 January 2021
We are able to deliver all of our programmes remotely or in the apprentices place of work and offer rolling start dates and 247 training and assessment opportunities.
Thursday, 22 October 2020
The Kickstart scheme aims to support businesses by creating thousands of new roles where Learners will be provided with the opportunity to get qualified whilst organisations will pay no employer National Insurance or pension enrolment contributions for Kickstarts during the first 6 months of employment and access additional funding from the government to cover any potential costs .
Monday, 5 October 2020
Efficient processes form the backbone of any organisation Ensuring that they are continuously examined and perfected is key to remaining competitive Process Improvement Apprenticeships are for those who implement or lead these processes.
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Intecs Employment Services teams support individuals to deal with barriers to learning and employment and develop skills to enter and sustain employment longer term.
Tuesday, 25 August 2020
As a parent guardian or carer youll play a key role in guiding them as they take their next step Each year more young people are turning to Apprenticeships as an alternative career path to the traditional route of A-Levels or University An apprenticeship can boost a young persons career allowing them to develop important soft skills as they transition into the world of work whilst offering great financial benefits.
Friday, 14 August 2020
The interview stage is a vital part of achieving an Apprenticeship as it allows the interviewer to get a sense of how you would fit into their company.
Wednesday, 12 August 2020
The government have recently announced an initiative to incentivise Traineeships for employers For the first time organisations are able to access an 1000 government grant for every Trainee they take on up to a maximum of 10.
Monday, 10 August 2020
The Education Skills Funding Agency ESFA provide funding support for Apprenticeships where Apprentices are facing redundancy .
Tuesday, 28 July 2020
Remotely managing teams has put a lot of pressure on organisations across the country with many managers struggling to cope but were here to support you.
Tuesday, 14 July 2020
This 20 is a barrier to Apprenticeships that many employers say it is difficult to overcome However many potential learners could be performing task that already contribute to time spent off the job .
Wednesday, 8 July 2020
If you didnt tune into the announcement today from the government it spells good news businesses looking for support to develop their talent pipelines.
Friday, 5 June 2020
The apprenticeship provides senior LD HR Professionals the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised standard and progress their career The programme is perfect for HR professionals looking to diversify their skills and move into Learning and Development.
Thursday, 28 May 2020
The Education Skills Funding Agency ESFA are providing additional funding support for Apprenticeships where Apprentices are facing redundancy .
Tuesday, 12 May 2020
If youre approaching the end of your Apprenticeship Standard the idea of a remote assessment can be daunting especially if you dont know what to expect.
Monday, 11 May 2020
This year Learning at Work Week has been postponed until 5th-11th October due to the COVID-19 pandemic However theres no reason we cant celebrate achievements and promote all the amazing advantages of learning at work from home .
Wednesday, 22 April 2020
This year students are unable to sit exams as schools have been closed to help limit the spread of COVID-19 So how are grades being awarded this year.
Wednesday, 15 April 2020
The development on technology has allowed all people to access different forms of resources for a healthy mind - this comes in forms of websites apps and videos.
Tuesday, 14 April 2020
Staying positive during this difficult time can be tough One of our coping calendar recommendations is to start a new series Whilst you cant beat Tiger King for a more addictive watch here are a few of our favourite TED Talks to keep you upbeat.
Wednesday, 8 April 2020
All your questions on how Apprenticeships are effected by Furloughing answered.
Friday, 20 March 2020
For the time being we know that it is difficult to find where to start and for this reason we have a guide to help you keep happy whilst working from home and some tips for families.
Tuesday, 17 March 2020
As the world responds to COVID-19 we as an organisation are taking steps to ensure the integrity of our service and that we are doing everything possible to limit the effects of the virus whilst continuing to deliver high-quality training .
Friday, 14 February 2020
Call us cheesy but as its Valentines Day we thought rather than a dozen roses wed give you a dozen reasons why we LOVE Apprenticeships.
Wednesday, 5 June 2019
Between rent rises and the advent of online shopping and the want it now society there is increasing pressure for warehouses to speed up distribution The race to achieve the most efficient warehouse is on.
Thursday, 4 April 2019
Government contribution for non-levy paying organisations has been increased from 90 to 95 .
Tuesday, 5 February 2019
Thursday, 29 November 2018
In April 2017 the policy was introduced and since then there has been a lot of confusion about what the Levy actually is and how it will benefit their business Weve discovered that a number of organisations have yet to implement an Apprenticeship programme within their workforce .
Wednesday, 7 November 2018
If you havent considered Apprenticeships for your organisation heres our 7 quick-fire reasons why you should .
Tuesday, 6 November 2018
Poor Management is costing the UK economy an estimated 84 billion a year and the situation is only set to worsen as businesses are faced with shrinking talent pools and an ageing workforce looking to retire over the next few years questions are being asked as to whether younger workers have the skilled required to fill their shoes.
Monday, 5 November 2018
Ever rising business rates are putting increasing pressure on Scottish businesses to cut costs to remain competitive Recruitment costs in Scotland have sky rocketed in 2018 with businesses paying an additional 70m in recruitment fees and 87m for temporary staff Although it is hard to predict when people are going to leave how long it will take to find a replacement and how long that replacement will stay for there are steps organisations can take to recruit and retain staff that keep costs down.
Thursday, 25 October 2018
As a business we know the importance of training employees within an organisation but training the training department is vital Although there are many categories of training such as management training andor sales training employees with Learning and Development skills are a significant asset to any organisation.
Tuesday, 3 July 2018
What can SMEs expect from their 10 contribution to ApprenticeshipsAnne Milton Skills Minister surprised many at last weeks AELP conference by announcing that there would be no change to the contribution to Apprenticeships by non-levy paying employers Despite heavy campaigning by the AELP non-levy paying employers will still have to contribute 10 of the cost of the qualification.
Monday, 21 May 2018
In an attempt to stimulate growth in Apprenticeship starts the Education and Skills Funding Agency ESFA the government agency responsible for administering the Levy have introduced some flexibilities in the way funding can be used.
Monday, 21 May 2018
There are now over 500 new standards either approved for delivery or in developmentThere is a vast array of occupations covering a variety of industry sectors many of which are highly specialisedThese include Cyber Intrusion Analyst Dental Technician and Digital Marketer as well as the more conventional occupations of Retail Manager and Nurse.
Monday, 21 May 2018
A number of leading employers including several NHS Trusts Pret A Manger and Rentokil are being put off Apprenticeship programmes by the imposition of a mandatory requirement for Apprentices to spend 20 of their programme off the job This rule employers claim will limit their participation their engagement and their appetite to fully embrace Apprenticeships.
Thursday, 17 May 2018
It has been 1 year since the Apprenticeship reforms were introduced and in this Intec at work we address some of the key policy developments as the dust settles on the biggest industry shake up of the past 30 years We believe the majority of employers feel the reforms will have a positive impact on their business and this is what we know so far.
Monday, 5 February 2018
One negative experience can lead to a huge loss of potential custom We all know the impact a bad Trip Advisor review has when searching for our dream holiday and with so much choice why shouldnt we go elsewhere.
Friday, 2 February 2018
Dispelling the myth that Apprenticeships are just for young school leavers and inspiring your existing workforce to want to do an Apprenticeship can be difficult but the Levy provides you with the opportunity to map existing training across to an Apprenticeship or risk losing the investment altogether Read our 6 fail-safe tips to marketing Apprenticeships internally.
Tuesday, 5 December 2017
No two organisations are the same so your plan for your levy should be unique to you However weve put together a list of areas all organisations should consider investing their Levy .
Monday, 13 November 2017
The lack of clarity surrounding the Apprenticeship Levy has left many organisations in limbo either on the back foot trying to play catch up by putting panic provisions in place rather than ensuring best return on investment or as with many larger businesses those who are prepared but planning levy spends in such detail that come 24 months time therell be too much Levy.
Thursday, 24 November 2016
This summer we were thrilled to be involved with an event to launch two new management and leadership trailblazer apprenticeships held at the House of Commons.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015
A survey amongst employers has found that investing for the future and keeping ahead of the competition - rather than cost - is the main driver to taking on a digital marketing apprentice
Friday, 31 July 2015
In its commitment to create 3 million Apprenticeships by2020 the new Government will be enshrining the term Apprenticeship in law. TheUK’s Skills Minister, Nick Boles, will legally protect the term Apprenticeshipsthrough the Enterprise Bil...
Monday, 23 March 2015
Employers are one of the winners in the 2015 Budget. OnWednesday 18th, the Chancellor announced important changes toNational Insurance Contributions (NIC). From April 2015, businesses will nolonger have to pay NICs for employees under the ages o...
Monday, 9 March 2015
We are in search of the descendants of an Apprentice painter who worked at what is now our head office in 1900. The building was formally St Matthews School in Rugby, dating back to 1845. Whilst Renovations took place in 2008 a fragment of wood ...
Monday, 23 February 2015
It appears that the Governments new Skills Minister, Nick Boles, has been listening to the comments of employers, providers and possibly some MP’s, concerning Apprenticeship reforms.The proposed models for funding Apprenticeships, either p...
Friday, 5 December 2014
Employing Apprentices can bring many benefits to your business: • Fresh ideas and approaches • Loyalty and dedication as you build a workforce for the future • A culture of learning and development From April 2015 Apprentices unde...
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
A future Conservative government would use £1bn in welfare cuts to fund 3 million new Apprenticeships by 2020. Jobseekers aged 18-21 who fail to find a job or an Apprenticeship after six months will be forced to perform community work. In ...
Friday, 22 August 2014
Stay on in full time education or enter the world of work, these are the choices of thousands of young people who have had their GCSE results this week. If staying on at school/college or going to university is not for you, what else can you do?...
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
It’s the time of year when young people, leaving full time education, are making choices that will affect the rest of their lives. What do I do next? Continue in full time education or get a job? This decision used to be a lot easier than ...
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Apprenticeship programmes in England have become the most popular and successful vocational training initiatives in recent years. Over 800,000 people took an Apprenticeship programme in the last 12 months. To build on this success the Government...
Thursday, 8 May 2014
Scottish Apprenticeship weekThe 19th May marks the start of Scottish Apprenticeship Week for 2014 which is now in its fourth year. During the week there will be all sorts of events taking place throughout the country celebrating the success of A...
Thursday, 3 April 2014
Since the Government announced the need for the SFA funded Apprenticeship programmes to be fundamentally reformed there has been much debate amongst Apprenticeship providers throughout the sector. As Apprenticeship programmes have developed and ...
Monday, 10 March 2014
Intec got this years’ Apprenticeship week off to a flying start at a breakfast event at Old School Rugby on Monday 3rd March 2014. Guests from over 20 local companies attended the event to learn how Apprenticeships can help employers grow ...
Friday, 10 January 2014
The two biggest UK employer organisations agree that the UK economy is growing. The British Chambers of commerce (BCC) estimate that the UK Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has expanded by nearly 1.0% in the third quarter of 2013. The Confederation ...
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
A recent research report published by eskills UK, Intellect and bcs, the leading representative bodies of the UK’s technology industries, shows that growth in the information economy is well above the country’s average. The workforce...
Thursday, 24 October 2013
A well known Recruitment Service based in Aberdeen, is leading the way in staff training and development through the introduction of Modern Apprenticeships to their staff. McGregor Consultants have been established over 25 years, serving a custo...
Friday, 11 October 2013
Janet Hunter’s calm, confident and efficient manner is what you will experience when booking a round golf at the St Andrews Links Trust based at St Andrews. With more than 230,000 rounds of golf being played over Scotland’s finest go...
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
The majority of apprenticeships provide benefits to apprentices and business, according to recent Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) surveys. Eight out of ten (83%) apprentices said their apprenticeship improved their ability t...
Friday, 16 August 2013
Interesting article on research carried out by National Apprenticeship Service reveals the following :New data from research company ICM reveals that 54% of young people in England would choose to do an Apprenticeship if one were available....
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
Intec Business Colleges has been inspected by Ofsted, who are responsible for reporting on a provider’s performance, quality and standards. Intec, founded in 1982, is one of the UK’s leading work based training organisations deliveri...
Monday, 25 February 2013
The Institute of Chartered Accountants and Grant Thornton’s UK Business Confidence monitor for Quarter 1 of 2013 makes interesting reading. The report suggests that there is a rise in business confidence and that the UK economy should avoi...
Thursday, 7 February 2013
Employers who are encouraging and supporting their staff to undertake work related vocational qualifications are reaping the rewards. Recent research states that 86% or companies agree that having staff with vocational qualifications leads to be...
Thursday, 11 October 2012
New statistics published in October show a continued increase in the number of people taking up Apprenticeships. The provisional data shows that for the full 2011/12 academic year (August 2011 to July 2012) 502,500 people started an Apprenticesh...
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
As this year’s “A” level results dominate the media and young people experience excitement, satisfaction and disappointment, there are also hard choices to be made about going to university. Research from Oxford University sugg...
Friday, 27 July 2012
Staff at Intec Business Colleges Head Office, based in Rugby, Warwickshire were certainly getting into the spirit of the Olympics today with the arrival of an official Olympic Torch.Warwickshire Air Ambulance Trust kindly visited the centre toda...
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Intec Business Colleges are able to offer your business a Grant of £1,500.  The wage subsidy grant is available for employers to offer young people, aged 16-24 employment through the Apprenticeship programme.John Herman, Managing Dire...
Friday, 10 February 2012
Local MP Mark Pawsey has joined with representatives from Intec Business Colleges this week to visit local Apprenticeship employers H & K International on the Swift Valley Industrial Estate. During National Apprenticeship Week, Mark was keen...
Thursday, 9 February 2012
Mercedes-Benz Insurance provides branded insurance products to both passenger car and commercial vehicles customers and they have set up a training academy to support both new starters and experienced members of their teams to achieve their goal...
Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Yesterday saw the official launch of the fifth National Apprenticeship week. “Apprenticeships are at the centre of the government’s skills policy because we know that they work. Not only do they provide individuals with the skills th...
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Intec Business Colleges, a leading UK provider of work based training, is launching a new initiative to help tackle youth unemployment in Rugby. Intec, which is headquartered in Rugby Town Centre, is providing the opportunity to gain an IT quali...
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
The Rugby HR Forum, a new representative body established for the benefit of HR Business Partners and Personnel Directors/Managers in and around Rugby, held its inaugural meeting at the new Rugby Business Centre of Warwickshire College on Techno...
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
As youth unemployment figures are set to top 1million and reach historic record highs, one of the UK’s leading work based training organisations, Intec Business Colleges plc, is already at the forefront of placing young workers into appren...
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
The Skills Funding Agency, the Government Agency whose job it is to fund and regulate Adult Further Education and skills in England, has just published the Apprenticeship success rates for 2010-11. The average success rate for all providers thro...
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
The Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) has just published some research in its quarterly survey which suggest a sharp increase in employers looking to take on Apprentices. 37% of the employees surveyed are likely to recruit appr...
Monday, 27 June 2011
Intec Business Colleges has launched a new service today aimed at supporting employers in recruiting apprentices under the age of 25. In conjunction with the National Apprenticeship Service, Intec is able to provide employers with a comprehensiv...
Tuesday, 5 April 2011
Stena Line is one of the world’s largest ferry operators for freight, currently operating four routes between UK and Ireland, three between UK and Holland and several routes within Scandinavia. The Freight Sales and Marketing department in...
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Europa Worldwide Logistics is one of the largest privately owned Transport and Logistics companies in the United Kingdom, delivering cost-effective freight solutions since 1966 to over 100 countries worldwide. Europa employs over 400 people in t...
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
NHS Direct has recently joined forces with Intec Business Colleges to provide Health Advisors working from its Wakefield contact centre the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications and support the delivery of excellent customer s...
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
Barclaycard has been improving staff confidence and developing skills with a new programme of NVQs & Apprenticeships at their site in Northampton. The Direct Sales department for business customers, which includes both a sales support team a...
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust provides a wide range of healthcare services to the residents of Lincolnshire with more than 7,500 highly trained staff and volunteers. Intec Business Colleges has been working with the United Lincolns...
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
RAC is an instantly recognisable name in the world of motoring and has been at the forefront of developing motoring services since 1897. Today RAC boasts one of the world’s most advanced computer systems to deal with calls for roadside ass...
Friday, 3 December 2010
HEROtsc, one of the leading providers of outsourced call centre services and innovative business solutions in the UK, is giving staff at its Kilmarnock and Falkirk sites the opportunity to gain formal qualifications whilst at work. With support ...
Thursday, 2 December 2010
Retail Assist is a leading retail-only solutions and services company working with some of the top retailers on the high street including Jane Norman La Senza Karen Millen and Oasis to provide managed IT services and retail solutions .
Thursday, 2 December 2010
The Rugby Football League, who manage, develop and promote Rugby League providing excellent high quality services for the whole of the profession, has recently introduced a qualification route for their staff. The RFL is working alongside Intec ...
Thursday, 2 December 2010
Infoserve is one of the leading players in the UK online local search market and has pioneered the delivery of online marketing solutions for SMEs in the UK through an extensive portfolio of websites and a far-reaching Media Partner Network. The...
Monday, 11 October 2010
The Bishop of Coventry officially opened Intec Business Colleges Head Office in Rugby last week. The Old School in Pennington Court, which was a former infant school belonging to the Coventry diocese, is now home to one of the leading work based...
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS), a local authority Fire Service and part of Northamptonshire County Council, is now offering its support staff the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications in partnership with Intec...
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Housing regeneration and refurbishment specialist Lovell has joined forces with Intec Business Colleges plc to roll out NVQ training for its resident liaison team in the Midlands. The company’s resident liaison team plays a key role in the...
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Burnley Borough Council is working with Intec Business Colleges plc to deliver a programme of NVQ training for its Customers Service department. Staff working in this department assist customers on the telephone and face to face with a range of ...
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Pontin’s has been offering family holidays at their friendly resorts for over 60 years. A major employer in the North West region and a well established name in the UK, Pontin’s prides itself on delivering good customer service. A re...
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Currently celebrating its centenary, Girlguiding UK is the UK’s largest organisation for girls and young women, with over 500,000 members. Girlguiding UK’s Trading Services, a division of the charity, operates a state-of-the-art ware...
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
As part of the global Kärcher brand, Kärcher UK is the market leader in its sector. Kärcher manufactures and markets a vast range of products, from pressure washers and road sweepers to army field kitchens. Although Kärcher d...
Monday, 25 January 2010
It was after a successful trial at its Lancaster site that Sunlight decided to implement a national training programme with Intec. Sunlight is the UK’s market leader in textile rental and laundering services for industry, commerce and the ...
Saturday, 23 January 2010
Having been in business for 25 years, Westcoast understands the importance of employing and retaining the best staff. The company has always encouraged employees to develop within their roles and within Westcoast, but until recently had no forma...
Thursday, 21 January 2010
As a company specialising in communication and relationship building, it comes as no shock that staff development is very important to Dataforce. It is also no surprise that for a company promising companies individual and personalised communica...
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
rpmi currently looks after the pension interests of over 500,000 people in the UK and with such a large and diverse customer base, the company puts great emphasis on the value of good customer service. rpmi has an established training programme ...
Friday, 15 January 2010
The North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NEAS) covers a 3230 square mile area, from the Scottish to the North Yorkshire border and across to the Cumbrian border. In total NEAS serves a population of around 2.6 million from 64 locations, has n...
Thursday, 14 January 2010
Nisa-Today’s was set up more than thirty years ago with the aim of providing increased buying power for independent retailers. It is now the UK’s leading member-owned organisation, with a turnover in excess of £1.3 billion, pro...
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
The Children, Young People and Families Directorate is a public sector organisation within Warwickshire County Council, which supports the needs of young people and families across Warwickshire. The vision of the Directorate is that: ‘Ever...
Monday, 11 January 2010
Throughout its thirty-plus year history, Express Insurance has used its extensive experience and insurance knowledge to establish itself as one of the largest independent insurance intermediaries in the country. Staff at its Birmingham call cent...
Saturday, 9 January 2010
For staff working in the contact centre at Strathclyde Police’s Force Communications department, every day is different and potentially high pressure. They have responsibility for answering all emergency and non-emergency calls that come i...
Thursday, 7 January 2010
As the UK’s leading online accommodation site offering late availability deals, LateRooms knows how hard its staff work and how important it is to reward them with opportunities for development. With this in mind, LateRooms decided an NVQ ...
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
With hundreds of staff spread over five branches and a history to the name which goes back 30 years, Brownhills has plenty of experience in looking after its employees. However, as Europe’s biggest motorhome retailer and aftercare speciali...
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
The DSA is a national organisation delivering tests from over 400 driving test centres and 140 theory test centres. It has responsibility for setting standards and conducting theory and practical driving tests, with staff at its Nottingham offic...
Friday, 1 January 2010
Every year Cristal’s Humberside site produces 165 thousand tons of Titanium Dioxide, which is used as a whitening agent in everything from window fittings to food. The site, which was bought by Cristal two years ago, has been on the banks ...