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Derwent Training Association Announced as Apprentice Team of the Year Finalist

Apprentices from engineering training provider Derwent Training Association, have been named national finalists in the search for the apprentice team of the year.

After four months of hard work by over 650 apprentices from across 75 organisations from the country’s leading apprentice employers, training providers and colleges, the National Finalists of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge were announced at the House of Commons.

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Team UK Engineering Competitors Announced

28th April 2017

The nation’s elite young skilled women and men have been selected to go for gold against the rest of the World – in a litmus test for the future of our economy.

Successful and talented Team UK members have beaten off the challenge from thousands of fellow and former apprentices and students to represent the UK at the WorldSkills Finals in Abu Dhabi this October (14 - 19).

The two-year (or more) process has seen competitors win regional heats, a national final, European finals and last month jump the final hurdle reaching the most testing international standards at a team selection showdown.

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Quality Assured! Semta Apprenticeship Service is on the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP)

3rd April 2017

Semta Apprenticeship Service has been rewarded for its expertise and record of delivering high quality apprenticeships with a place on a new government register.

Only organisations on the recently published Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers will be able to deliver apprenticeship training for apprenticeships that start on 1st May 2017 or after. Around a quarter of applications for membership of the register were rejected by the government.

What does this mean?

Semta Apprenticeship Service’s acceptance on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers means we can deliver quality assured government funded apprenticeship training to employers who will be paying the apprenticeship levy. (Please note, we appear on the RoATP as Metskill Ltd, rather than Semta Apprenticeship Service our trading name).

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Apprenticeship Levy Funds Training for All Ages of Workforce for First Time

4th April 2017

Engineering and manufacturing companies of any size could fill skills gaps by using the government’s new apprenticeship levy, which comes into force on 6 April. For the first time, employees aged 24 and over will attract 90% funding for apprenticeship training, with no upper age limit and with eligibility for graduates.

“Employers have struggled to train in the last few years and this new funding could help upskill our workforces and compete with Europe in terms of productivity,” says Ann Watson, chief executive of Semta (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance). “Funded apprenticeships are now available for every age group in the workforce. Employers don’t have to recruit to get the skills they need, they can upskill existing employees. This is a tremendous opportunity for both employers and employees.”

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Engineering Employers Urge Apprenticeship Body to Retain Qualifications

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23rd April 2017

As the Department for Education (DfE) is poised to transfer responsibility for apprenticeships to the new Institute for Apprenticeships on 6 April, engineering employers are urging the body to keep recognised qualifications a core feature of apprenticeship standards.

Ann Watson, chief executive of Semta, says: “The government’s original apprenticeship standard insisted only on one end test and no requirement for the apprenticeship to achieve a recognised qualification. Engineering employers have argued and won the case for our industry to have continuous assessment and qualifications in our apprenticeships. We must not lose this recognition as responsibility transfers.”

To support the employers’ case, Semta commissioned research into international best practice by Professor Lorna Unwin of UCL Institute of Education. This showed that countries with leading apprenticeships – including Germany, Denmark, Switzerland and the Netherlands – all have continual assessment and lead to qualifications.

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Best of British Engineering at the Semta Skills Awards 2017

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9th March 2017

Talented engineer Philippa Dressler-Pearson put the disappointment of redundancy behind her to find a new employer, excel in her role and be named Best of British Engineering at the prestigious Semta Skills Awards last night (Wednesday March 8th) – and in doing so proved the power of qualifications.

The 23 year old from Worcestershire beat off strong competition to win the overall award having earlier been named the UK’s Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by MBDA UK Ltd, at the Semta Skills Awards 2017 gala dinner in London’s Hilton Hotel on Park Lane hosted by BBC presenter Alexander Armstrong.

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Dame Judith Hackitt Appointed Chair of Semta Group

8th March 2017

Engineer and Industry Leader To Head Employer Led Skills Champions

Dame-Judith-HackittDame Judith Hackitt (pictured centre) has been appointed as Chair of the Semta Group, it has been announced.

She will take up her role from 1st April 2017 replacing Allan Cook CBE who stands down after seven years at the end of March.

A chemical engineer by profession and Fellow of the Royal Academy for Engineering, Dame Judith was formerly Chair of the Health and Safety Executive. She became a Dame in the New Year Honours in 2016 and was appointed Chair of manufacturing body EEF in April of the same year, a role she will continue alongside her Semta duties.

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Report Heads Off Skills Crisis

8th February 2017

Women To Play Key Role in Engineering Future

A new report launched today sets out the path to overcoming the sector’s looming skills crisis by encouraging more women to start their career in engineering.

The Engineering Skills for the Future report, from not-for-profit employer-led skills experts Semta, shows that female engineers are more attracted to an ‘interesting career’ than to the salary they will receive.

The report also shows that female engineers are more likely than their male colleagues to encourage people to enter the sector because it offers the prospect of interesting work – and are less likely to focus on career prospects and the potential to earn while learning through an apprenticeship or sponsored degree.

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Sellafield Advanced Apprentice Wins National Apprenticeship Award

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Adam Sharp, from Cockermouth, was named the Advanced Apprentice of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards at an exclusive ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House on Friday.

Adam, aged 22, a Mechanical Design Apprentice with Sellafield Ltd, fought off competition from hundreds of other apprentices around England to be awarded the top prize. Adam completed his ECITB advanced level apprenticeship in Design and Draughting at Sellafield Ltd in Cumbria, in August 2016.

The Awards, now in their thirteenth year, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in two areas: businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.

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Apprentices - Make Your Voices Heard

17th January 2017

Industry Apprentice Council (IAC) launches survey to gather views of young people on apprenticeships

IAC-2016-picHundreds of apprentices are being encouraged to let their voices be heard in the corridors of power to help improve the image and perception of technical and vocational education and lead the calls for better careers advice in schools.

The IAC has today launched its fourth annual survey to gather the views of young people in apprenticeships across the UK.

The results of the survey – which is open until 30th April 2017 - will be presented in the Spring to the relevant ministers, MPs, stakeholders and policymakers to shape the advice, training and careers for those in future years to come.

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