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Apprentices must be heard

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Survey seeks views of young people doing apprenticeships

Apprentices are being urged to make their views known to ensure they and future generations receive the advice, training and career they deserve.

The Industry Apprentice Council (IAC) – which has been the leading voice for apprentices since 2013 – is launching its third annual survey, designed to provide a picture of the apprentice community's views on the key issues affecting vocational pathways.

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Autumn Statement & Comprehensive Spending Review

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Semta has welcomed the clarity on the apprenticeship levy given in the Government's Autumn Statement and Comprehensive Spending Review.

The not-for-profit employer-led skills organisation which represents 146,000 employers in the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering sector, said it was vital all sides now work together to make sure implementation of the levy is fair, workable and affordable.

Ann Watson chief executive of Semta said "We now know the apprenticeship levy is 0.5% - the first rate suggested by Professor Lady Alison Wolf in her report on vocational education. We will be consulting with the employers we represent and support them in every way we can ahead of its implementation in 2017.

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Bethany’s a high flier

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Naval engineer Bethany Bryant has served on the seas all over the world in her fledging career but faced one of her most daunting assignments so far on dry land.

Bethany from Carno, Powys, was the only female engineer who made it to the Aeronautical national skills finals in Birmingham and, as well as competing against engineers from around the country and other services, she had to do it in front of thousands of spectators.

The 23-year-old was competing in the Aeronautical Engineering: Avionics category – one of 11 competitions managed by industry skills expert Semta at The Skills Show held in Birmingham's NEC and picked up a bronze medal.

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Britain’s best engineers turn effort in to gold

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'Midas' medal winners point to bright future

Britain's best young engineering talent struck Gold at the nations biggest skills fiesta – The Skills Show in Birmingham.

Many will now continue their intensive training and represent their nation at the WorldSkills Finals to be held in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

More than 130 young people took part in the WorldSkills UK engineering competitions run by employer-led Semta at the Skills Show in Birmingham's NEC which attracted more than 100,000 visitors.

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Minister says future for apprenticeships will become clear

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The future for apprenticeships will be revealed in the Government's spending review next week – answering calls from employers represented by Semta to clarify plans sooner rather than later.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid said things would become clear during Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn spending review next Wednesday as he officially opened the Skills Show at Birmingham's NEC yesterday saying the Government was determined to not only hit its 3 million target for apprenticeships but to ensure the quality was improved.

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Inspiring the next generation

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The Golden class of 2015 were on hand to inspire competitors taking part in the Skills Show hoping to follow in their footsteps and represent Team UK on the world stage.

Medal winners from the WorldSkills International competition in Brazil presented to youngsters taking part in competitions ahead of The Skills Show which opened today (Thursday November 19) where those who impress could be in line for squad selection for the next WorldSkills finals due to be held in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

No fewer than 10 out of 12 of Semta's engineering team won medals in Sao Paulo, the nation's best-ever haul. Among them was Andrew Beel, 21 of Glasgow to add to gold success and Best of Nation at Euroskills in 2014.

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British business ‘in the dark’ on apprentice future

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Skills boss calls for clarity

British businesses – and a generation of young people – are on tenterhooks about the future of apprenticeships.

Ann Watson, CEO of Semta, the not for profit employer-led organisation, tasked with skilling engineering and advanced manufacturing – has called for clarity regarding impending plans.

Semta, which represents almost 146,000 companies large and small, has been advising industry to help mould policy to the benefit of British business.

Speaking at the launch of The Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham –where 140 apprentices will compete in the national finals of the WorldSkills UK engineering competitions, she revealed that most companies are clueless as to what is in store.

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British engineers – ‘Be loud and proud’

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Semta Chief issues challenge for change

British Engineers must start shouting loud and proud about their achievements, if they are to optimise opportunities – says the woman tasked with skilling the sector.

Ann Watson, CEO of Semta, the not-for-profit employer-led organisation 'engineering skills for the future' believes that the engineering community is guilty of 'hiding lights under bushels'.

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Minister hails work of Semta


"Wonderful Organisation" pledges skills effort

Skills Minister, Nick Boles MP, has paid tribute to Semta – the not-for-profit, employer-led organisation tasked with skilling engineering and Advanced Manufacturing.

Speaking at the 'Skills Breakfast' at The Conservative Party Conference in Manchester – he told the audience of employers and educators, that skilling Britain by creating three million apprenticeships remained at the top of the Government's agenda.

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Wanted: Britain’s best engineers

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Nominations open for Semta Skills Awards 2016

The search is on to find the best in British engineering and advanced manufacturing, with a new venue, new host and new category for Semta's industry-leading awards - highlighting the champions of one of the UK's most important economic sectors.

Nominations open today (September 1) and close on November 30 for the eight categories including the new Technician of the Year award thanks to sponsors EngTechNow who are supporting the awards alongside fellow newcomers GetMyFirstJob and returning sponsors Atkins, Rolls-Royce, Marshall, BAE Systems, Siemens and Jaguar Land Rover.

The winners of the Semta Skills Awards 2016 will be revealed at a gala awards dinner in London's Park Lane Hilton Hotel on February 10 hosted by BBC journalist, presenter and engineering advocate, Steph McGovern.

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