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21/08/07
Employers urged to recognise the benefit of apprenticeships
As individuals across the country review their options in light of their exam results, the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) is urging employers to recognise the benefits apprenticeships can have on their businesses.

27/07/07
FE staff polled on key challenges for John Denham
Further education staff cite improvements to continuing professional development (CPD), better evaluation of learner success and the drive to self-regulation as their top priorities for the new secretary of state for innovation, universities and skills, John Denham, according to a new survey.

24/07/07
Automotive Skills joins forces with The Institute of the Motor Industry
Automotive Skills, the sector skills council for the retail motor industry, has joined forces with The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).

23/07/07
Deal aims to tackle skills gaps in healthcare sector
Skills for Health, the sector skills council for the public, private and voluntary healthcare sectors, has signed a new multi-million pound Joint Investment Framework involving Strategic Health Authorities and the Learning and Skills Council.

19/07/07
Government publishes new skills ambitions
The government has unveiled new plans designed to help over 4 million adults learn new skills and improve existing ones over the next three years.

18/07/07
Renault Trucks appoints RAC as new training partner
The RAC is to take over the administration of Renault Trucks' Advanced Apprenticeship Options programme, following a three-way pitch which included Renault Trucks' current training partner, Carter & Carter.

18/07/07
Students help with recruitment campaign
Students at a school in Richmond are the creative minds behind a new digital marketing drive, launched by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), to encourage graduates and professionals with IT expertise to become teachers.

10/07/07
Campaign aims to change attitudes to skills and learning
A new campaign - 'Our future. It's in our hands' - that urges employers and individuals to take control of their future by investing in skills, was launched yesterday by secretary of state for innovation, universities and skills, John Denham and the Learning and Skills Council chairman, Chris Banks.

10/07/07
Skills for Logistics' remit expands
Skills for Logistics, the Sector Skills Council for the freight logistics industries, has announced that the wholesale sector has been added to its remit, increasing the number of people included within the SSC's footprint to 1.66 million.

29/06/07
Food safety qualifications launched
The Royal Institute of Public Health is launching a new set of food safety qualifications aimed at the food retail, manufacturing and catering sectors.

07/06/07
LSC announces finalists for Apprenticeship Awards 2007
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has announced the finalists for this year's national Apprenticeship Awards.

31/05/07
City & Guilds launches barista qualification
City & Guilds has teamed up with the Beverage Services Association and Kenco to develop a Level 2 VRQ in Barista Skills.

30/05/07
GoSkills launches 2007 passenger transport awards
GoSkills, the sector skills council for passenger transport, is calling on sector employers to nominate staff for its 2007 awards.

24/05/07
New CIOB-CIH joint awarding body
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) have been working in partnership to establish a suite of qualifications for housing maintenance, repairs and development professionals.

22/05/07
Report says skills boost needed to drive UK productivity
A new report from the Sector Skills Development Agency suggests that UK productivity levels are falling behind Europe and the US and that this is caused to a large extent by the UK's relatively lower skills levels.

18/05/07
Improve to launch plans for new qualifications
Plans for 16 new vocational qualifications in food manufacturing will be unveiled to employers at an event in Leeds on 6 July 2007.

17/05/07
Young peoples' consultation on increasing the leaving age
Education secretary Alan Johnson has launched a young peoples' consultation on whether the education and training leaving age should be increased to 18.

16/05/07
Partnership provides food safety exam online
learndirect business has teamed up with the Royal Institute of Public Health (RIPH) to offer an RIPH Food Safety Exam online.

30/04/07
Macdonald Hotels launches hospitality education centre
Macdonald Hotels Ltd has opened a hospitality education and training centre at its Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort.

18/04/07
Record success rates in Further Education, says LSC
According to the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), success rates in the Further Education sector increased dramatically in 2005/06, beating a number of Government targets.

10/04/07
National Skills Academy for Construction launched
A new, site-based approach to construction training has continued with the launch of a new National Skills Academy for Construction site at Newall Green High School in Wythenshawe.

16/03/07
Royal Mail to deliver apprenticeships in Scotland
Royal Mail is set to deliver 30 apprenticeships in Scotland after receiving funding from Scottish Enterprise.

12/03/07
Lloyds TSB autolease supports IMI awards
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Learning and Skills Awards have gained the support of fleet management company Lloyds TSB autolease.

28/02/07
Taxi drivers sign up for BTEC qualification
Fifty Hackney & Private Hire Vehicle (PHV) drivers in Birmingham have signed up for a qualification being offered by South Birmingham College and Birmingham City Council in partnership with GoSkills, the sector skills council for Passenger Transport.

27/02/07
Business, education and skills leaders express support for 2011
Representatives from business, industry, education and skills are to attend a reception at 11 Downing Street today to celebrate the UK's success in winning the bid to host WorldSkills 2011.

23/02/07
It pays to be an apprentice, says DfES
Young people taking part in apprenticeships will enjoy significantly higher wages over their lifetime than they would have done without their training, according to a new study.

22/02/07
Roadside assistance accreditation launched
A new accreditation for roadside patrol technicians has been developed by the AA, Mondial UK and the RAC, in association with the Institute of the Motor Industry which governs the scheme.

19/02/07
Last call for Apprenticeship Awards 2007
The Learning and Skills Council is giving a final call to employers and apprentices to enter this year's national Apprenticeship Awards 2007. The deadline for entries is Friday 23rd February 2007.

16/02/07
Inchcape makes car donation to Uxbridge College
Automotive retail group Inchcape plc has donated a transporter full of cars to Uxbridge College Business School.

09/02/07
FSSC receives approval for Foundation Degree framework
A new Foundation Degree Framework for financial services, developed by the Financial Services Skills Council (FSSC) together with a range of employers, has been approved for use in England by Foundation Degree Forward (FDF).

30/01/07
Select Committee hears evidence on manufacturing skills
The government's Trade and Industry Select Committee inquiry into the future of UK manufacturing has been told that college and university courses must become more relevant to the needs of the work place.

29/01/07
Hemsley Fraser announces policy commitment to TAP
Learning provider Hemsley Fraser Group has announced a policy commitment to the TAP Learning System, the training skills certification programme administered by The Training Foundation.

24/01/07
Improve helps fund management training
Improve, the food and drink Sector Skills Council, is offering 625 places for women working in the food and drink industry to complete a level-three introductory certificate in management from the Chartered Management Institute.

24/01/07
New milestone for CompTIA Security+ Certification
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has announced that more than 30,000 IT professionals worldwide have attained its CompTIA Security+ certification.

09/01/07
CIPD launches new management certificate
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has launched a new certificate for managers.

20/12/06
GoSkills opts for SFEDI accreditation
GoSkills, the Sector Skills Council for passenger transport, has embarked on a programme that aims to see its team of business advisers qualified to the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI) business support standards and the new skills brokerage standards.

20/12/06
3,000 accredited to Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) standard
Ainsley McEwan, proprietor of McEwan's Garage in Derby, has become the 3,000th individual to achieve the Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) standard.

11/12/06
OU: Students need improved progression routes for skills agenda to be met
Students will need to see their routes through education and training made as effective as possible if work to improve UK skills levels is to be successful, according to The Open University.

08/12/06
City & Guilds and ILM comment on Leitch Review
City & Guilds and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) have welcomed the principles behind the Leitch Review into skills training and the emphasis placed on improving the UK's skills base.

07/12/06
CIPR qualifications get City & Guilds approval
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has announced a new partnership with vocational awarding body City & Guilds.

06/12/06
Lord Leitch publishes final report
Lord Leitch has published his final report, 'Prosperity for all in the Global Economy: World Class Skills', which examines the UK's long-term skills needs.

04/12/06
Employers urged to help design new diploma
Manufacturers are being urged to help boost the skills of their future employees by getting involved in the design of a new academic qualification for teenagers.

27/11/06
'The Knowledge' gains City & Guilds accreditation
Transport for London has announced that the testing system behind London's world-famous 'Knowledge of London' (the Knowledge) has received official accreditation by City & Guilds.

24/11/06
CompTIA expands options for A+ certification
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has expanded its CompTIA A+ certification offering by adding two new exams targeted at specific IT repair and support jobs.

21/11/06
OU launches new foundation degree in IT
The Open University has launched a new foundation degree - 'Computing and Its Practice' - aimed at advancing the skills of staff working in entry-level IT.

16/11/06
BCS launches touch typing qualification
The British Computer Society (BCS) has developed a new touch typing qualification called e-type.

14/11/06
Enterprise Week launch for GCSE/BTEC computer game
A new computer game has been launched that aims to help GCSE and BTEC Business Studies students enhance their enterprise skills.

09/11/06
Safe working qualification for young people launched
A new qualification has been previewed that aims to improve young people's understanding of safe working when taking part in work experience.

06/11/06
BCS to use e-skills Passport for ITQ candidates
The British Computer Society (BCS) and e-skills UK have announced a partnership agreement that will require all candidates registering for an ITQ in one of BCS’ centres to use an e-skills Passport to assess their existing skills.

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Research and reports

08/12/06
City & Guilds and ILM comment on Leitch Review
City & Guilds and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) have welcomed the principles behind the Leitch Review into skills training and the emphasis placed on improving the UK's skills base.

06/12/06
Lord Leitch publishes final report
Lord Leitch has published his final report, 'Prosperity for all in the Global Economy: World Class Skills', which examines the UK's long-term skills needs.

05/12/06
LSN publishes apprenticeship research
According to new research, people who complete an apprenticeship earn more money, stay longer with their employer and are more likely to rise to a management job than people who don't do an apprenticeship.

10/11/06
40,000 to start teacher training says TDA
According to new figures from the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), nearly 40,000 people are due to begin their initial teacher training this year.

23/10/06
Learning & Skills Council publishes progress report
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has launched a new progress report entitled 'Delivering Learning and Skills'.

19/10/06
LSC sets out funding priorities for learning and skills in England
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has revealed plans to invest £11.2 billion to help learners and employers in 2007-08.

30/08/05
ALI reports on vocational training in Australia
The Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI) has published a report on vocational and educational training in Australia.

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