Apprenticeships

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International Women in Engineering Day 2022: My Career in Engineering

On International Women in Engineering Day, Rocio Roldan Aguayo, CEng MIChemE and Veolia Process Engineer, discusses her route into the profession with FM Magazine. Why/what made you choose a career in engineering? At high school, I was good at STEM subjects and so it made sense to study a related degree. When thinking about what…

Perspectives

Tackling Skills Shortages with Alternative Entry into Construction

Emma Dickson, Technical Director at Arcadis and industry co-chair of the Scottish Construction Leadership Forum’s Skills and Workforce sub group, presents the case for non-apprenticeship based training routes into the construction industry. Employers in the construction industry in Scotland hardly need to be reminded of the skills shortages which are hampering the industry as it…

News

Sodexo Reaction to UK Spring Budget Statement and Provision for Apprenticeships

Sean Haley, Chair of Sodexo UK & Ireland, responds to the UK spring budget statement and the development of apprenticeship standards. At Sodexo we are so pleased that the Chancellor took time in what was a critical and highly-anticipated spring statement to talk about apprenticeships and the apprenticeship levy. The themes he picked up on…

News

Compass Partners with Decorated Scottish Chef

Compass is partnering with Scotland’s only two Michelin-starred Chef, Stephen McLaughlin as he becomes Culinary Ambassador for Compass Scotland. This arrangement will see McLaughlin, head chef of the acclaimed Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, contributing as a consultant for Compass Scotland. He will play a central role in the esteemed Compass Scotland apprenticeship and training programme and…

News

Homeless Charity Unveils Modular Home Development

Centrepoint, one of the UK’s largest charities dedicated to combating youth homelessness, has released images of a new, 33-modular-home development for young people in Peckham, South London.  Reuben House is part of the charity’s Independent Living Programme, which seeks to provide 300 young people a home and entry-level or apprenticeship roles that lead to full time…

News

Kier Recruitment Drive to Fill Over 1,200 Vacancies

Kier has launched a recruitment drive with over 1,200 jobs available across the Group. As one of the UK’s leading construction and infrastructure providers, the jobs will support new schools, hospitals, roads and rail projects in communities right across the UK. The recruitment drive will also help Kier to achieve its ambitions to bring a…

News

British Cleaning Council Consultation on Sector-wide Apprenticeship Levy Scheme

The British Cleaning Council (BCC) is urging employers, training operatives and providers and assessment organisations operating in the cleaning and hygiene sector to have their say on proposals for an Apprenticeship Levy accredited industry-wide training programme and apprenticeship. Consultation on proposals for the Cleaning Hygiene Operative apprenticeship opens today, Wednesday 26 January, and runs to…

News

Preparing Prisoners for the World of Work

Metal recycler EMR has invested £40,000 in a new workshop facility at HMP Forest Bank to enable inmates to gain key skills and employment opportunities as they prepare for their release. Offering an introduction to the recycling industry within the Sodexo operated prison, offenders have the opportunity to join a unique team removing tyres from…

News

Why Collaboration is Key to Solving the UK’s Technical Skills Gap

ABM UK managing director, John McPherson, explains how collaboration can plug a widely reported technical skills gap in the UK. The events of the past 18 months have changed many things, but one which remains is the acute skills gap which the facilities management industry faces. There is no denying that the sector’s technical workforce…

News

Helping Reskill the Low Paid in London

17.11.2021, 11:24 Helping Reskill the Low Paid in London ABM has pledged £192,000 of unspent Apprenticeship Levy funding as part of a new initiative with the London Progression Collaboration (LPC) to support small and medium sized businesses and social enterprises with low paid workers.   LPC, an innovative project that supports Londoners with starting high…

Blog

Saving Christmas with Interims

With rising ecommerce volumes combining with a driver shortage to create the perfect storm in the UK, Leigh Anderson, managing director at Bis Henderson Recruitment, explains how interim managers can provide the skills needed to save Christmas. At almost every point in every supply chain, companies are facing unprecedented levels of change and uncertainty. Challenges…

Events

Celebrating Hospitality Apprenticeship Week 2021

18.10.2021, 15:09 Celebrating Hospitality Apprenticeship Week 2021 With Hospitality Apprenticeship Week underway in the United Kingdom, Jonathan Foot, Head of Apprenticeships and Early Careers at Compass Group UK&I, explains why apprenticeships are relevant to people of all ages. At Compass Group UK and Ireland, we fully support any initiative which shines a light on our…

News

Mitie Welcomes Technical Apprentices

28.09.2021, 13:21 Mitie Welcomes Technical Apprentices Mitie has surpassed a target of recruiting 50 new technical apprentices in 2021 with the addition of a new intake of 41 apprentices to its Technical Services Apprenticeship Programme. The programme is offered by Mitie’s Technical Services Academy which offers development opportunities, including formal training and mentorship, to help colleagues…

News

Taking Culinary Apprenticeships Forward with Marcus Wareing

26.08.2021, 08:56 Taking Culinary Apprenticeships Forward with Marcus Wareing Compass Group has launched a new apprenticeship programme in collaboration with Michelin-starred celebrity chef Marcus Wareing and hospitality training provider, HIT Training. ‘Forward with Marcus Wareing’ is an enhanced programme that complements the UK Level 4 Senior Culinary Chef and Level 5 Operations Departmental Manager apprenticeship…

News

Hospitality Employer of the Year

The Trafford College Group has named Compass Group UK and Ireland ‘Hospitality Employer of the Year’ at its annual Apprenticeship of the Year Awards. The award recognises the foodservice giant’s commitment to training and development during a two-year collaboration with the Manchester based Further Education provider. Lola Docherty, Apprentice Business Development Manager – Hospitality, Hair and Beauty at…

News

UK Levy Transfer Scheme Underutilised

11.02.2021, 13:20 UK Levy Transfer Scheme Underutilised A recent virtual roundtable attended by several leading organisations concluded the United Kingdom’s hospitality sector should be making better use of the levy transfer scheme for unused apprenticeship to tackle pending post-Covid-19 skills shortages. During the discussion which was organised by Umbrella Training to mark National Apprenticeship Week,…

Blog

Hiring the Smile, Training the Skill

09.02.2021, 08:59 Hiring the Smile, Training the Skill Jonathan Foot, Head of Apprenticeships & Early Careers at Compass Group UK & Ireland, considers some of the benefits of apprenticeships during National Apprenticeship Week. This week we are celebrating National Apprenticeship Week across England and Wales. At Compass Group UK & Ireland we have a passion…

News

Veolia Increases UK Apprenticeships

08.02.2021, 11:31 Veolia Increases UK Apprenticeships Veolia is reporting a 115 per cent rise in intakes to its apprenticeships programme since 2017 as National Apprenticeship Week gets underway in the United Kingdom.   In 2020, Veolia UK & Ireland which employs 340 apprentices across its organisation, welcomed 154 new starters, and retained 99 per cent of…

Events

Driving Workplace Inclusivity

INvolve, the global network and consultancy championing diversity and inclusion in business, has named Jonathan Foot, Compass Group Head of Apprenticeships and managing director Robin Mills in its annual lists. The lists celebrate individuals across the globe who are driving change for inclusion in the workplace and beyond. It includes business leaders and allies who…

News

Two Worthy Champions

Compass Group UK and Ireland’s annual Compass Chef of the Year competition last week celebrated the depth of talent across the foodservice and facility services group. Despite operating a COVID safe format the competition remained as fierce as ever and the quality of food outstanding. Peter German from Restaurant Associates walked away as the 2020…

News

Showing Empathy Towards Care Leavers

28.10.2020, 14:53 Showing Empathy Towards Care Leavers UK businesses need to demonstrate greater empathy for care leavers according to a communication from government-funded initiative, the Care Leaver Covenant, during National Care Leavers’ Week which ends on 1st November. The Care Leaver Covenant, which is funded by the Department for Education and delivered by social value…

News

LEEA Appointed As Apprenticeship End Point Assessor

09.10.2020, 16:30 LEEA Appointed As Apprenticeship End Point Assessor The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association has been appointed as an End Point Assessor (EPA) Organisation for the UK’s new Level 3 standard Lifting Equipment Technician’ apprenticeship programme. Apprentices are assessed at the end of an apprenticeship in an End Point Assessment (EPA), which is essentially a…

News

Celebrating Healthcare Heroes and BAME Apprentices

28.07.2020, 13:07 Celebrating Healthcare Heroes and BAME Apprentices Compass Group UK & Ireland has recognised the dedication of several staff deployed within the NHS, and the achievement of BAME apprentices who have recently been nominated for an award. Compass employees who have been singled out for mention contributed significantly to supporting the efforts of the…

News

Celebrating Apprenticeships

20.02.2020, 12:26 Celebrating Apprenticeships Ian Williams joined thousands of other businesses across the UK to mark National Apprenticeship Week 2020 by holding its fourth Qualification Celebration Lunch (QCL). During the formal presentation ceremony in Bristol, apprentices, trainees and staff achievers came together with representatives from across the organisation to receive individual awards, hear presentations from…

News

Encouraging Apprenticeships

07.02.2020, 15:13 Encouraging Apprenticeships Compass Group has teamed up with Highbury College, Portsmouth to re-launch its Junior Chef Academy, an after-school course for aspiring chefs aged 14 to 16 years. Utilising the talents of some of its most experienced chefs, the foodservice and facilities management services provider has introduced sessions with Women in Food Ambassador…

News

CITB Apprentice of the Year 2019

14.11.2019, 16:04 CITB Apprentice of the Year 2019 Ian Williams’ apprentice Zoe Evans has won awards in three categories at this year’s Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Apprenticeship Awards. The 21-year old painter and decorator beat off the competition to win awards in the Regional Apprentice of the Year Wales West, Apprentice of the Year…

Events

Launch of ‘Hospitality Superheroes’ Mentoring Programme

07.08.2019, 12:06 Launch of ‘Hospitality Superheroes’ Mentoring Programme With Hospitality Apprenticeship Week underway in the United Kingdom, Umbrella Training has introduced the ‘Hospitality Superheroes’ mentoring programme to inspire and support apprentices in the sector. The programme is being supported by fifteen high-profile people from the hospitality industry who will mentor Umbrella Apprentices working in restaurants,…

News

Celebrating Emerging Talent

03.04.2019, 02:08 Celebrating Emerging Talent UK planned and responsive maintenance company Ian Williams’ annual Qualification Celebration Lunch for apprentices, trainees and staff achievers was held at Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium.   The event marks the company’s commitment to delivering services in-house, as well as the achievement’s of The Ian Williams Academy’s apprenticeship programme – which delivered…

Events

Supporting the Unemployed

20.03.2019, 14:31 Supporting the Unemployed Compass Group has partnered with industry charity Springboard, One Housing Group and Your Story to host a UKHospitality and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) event to provide support for unemployed people in London. The event in support of the DWP’s Hospitality Works 2019 campaign launched earlier this year under…

News

Purple Umbrella Award for Ritz Apprentice

11.03.2019, 16:20 Purple Umbrella Award for Ritz Apprentice Holly Langan, an apprentice with The Ritz London, has been presented with a ‘Purple Umbrella’ award by Brian Turner CBE and Adele Oxberry, managing director of Umbrella Training, at a high-profile ceremony in London.   Langan who is a member of the 5-star hotel’s hospitality team, was…

News

Squaring Apprenticeships with Skills Shortages

04.03.2019, 17:32 Squaring Apprenticeships with Skills Shortages ABM UK HR Director, Chris Townsend, says apprenticeships are an obvious solution to widely reported skills shortages reported in the facilities management industry.   In the facilities management industry, the UK is suffering from a general skills shortage. Young people are typically not considering this industry as a…

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