Apprenticeships

News

Apprentice of the Year

A trainee solicitor who demonstrated drive and determination pursuing a career in the law has been named Apprentice of the Year at the regional 2022 in-Cumbria Business Awards in Carlisle, northern England. Holly was the first apprentice solicitor in Cumbria and is currently five years into a six-year apprenticeship with Cartmell Shepherd, which operates across…

News

FIS and Worshipful Company of Plaisterers 2022 Training Award Winners

FIS and The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers have announced the winners of their annual Training Awards at a gala lunch which was held at Plaisterers’ Hall in the City of London. The Awards are a collaboration between FIS and The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers to recognise outstanding apprentices, students, individuals and organisations who have made…

Germany

Star Apprentice to Represent UK at WorldSkills Plumbing Finals in Germany

Connor Cruden, who in 2020 completed his four-year plumbing apprenticeship having come top in 2019 at the SkillPLUMB UK finals to find the country’s most accomplished apprentice plumber, is now preparing to take on the world’s elite at the WorldSkills Plumbing finals due to be held in the Black Forest town of Lahr, Germany, between…

News

Lord Mayor of the City of London to Present Training Awards

Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) and the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers have announced the 694th Lord Mayor of the City of London, Nicholas Lyons, will attend a presentation event for their annual training awards on 22nd November. The presence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London continue a tradition established by previous holders…

Foodservice & Catering

Championing Apprenticeships

As the UK marks Hospitality Apprenticeships Week, Jonathan Foot, Compass Group’s Head of Apprenticeships and Early Careers, discusses the company’s Junior Chef Academy and other initiative it is engaging with to attract talent into the catering and hospitality sector. Hospitality Apprenticeships Week is upon us and it’s the perfect chance to shout about the fantastic…

Education

ABM Expands Junior Engineering Engagement Programme

ABM UK has opened its doors to a fifth cohort of participants on its Junior Engineering Engagement Programme (J.E.E.P.), and added another school to its roster.  The 2022 programme kicked off at Bobby Moore Academy in London with the immersive course then touring schools in Bradford, Manchester and London between September and December. While previous years have focused primarily on the engineering side of…

FM

Wates FM Launches Apprenticeship Programme at Twycross Zoo

UK facilities management provider Wates FM is investing in the future workforce with a year-long apprenticeship programme at its flagship residency contract at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire. The apprenticeship programme will see local 17-year-old Abi complete a Level 2 NVQ in facilities management, working full time on site with Wates FM while undertaking online study…

Education

First-of-its-Kind Heat Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship

Pinnacle Group subsidiary Pinnacle Power is claiming a UK first following the development of a new Heat Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship programme. The new 36-month apprenticeship aims to support the UK’s journey to net zero, building on the sustainable energy expertise that Pinnacle provides its private and public sector commercial and residential property clients. Initial approval…

Foodservice & Catering

Compass Apprentice Chef of the Year Dinner

Compass Group UK & Ireland hosted 60 people at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at its annual Apprentice Chef of the Year dinner on 5th July. The event was catered for by Compass apprentices, with the menu being created and the brigade led by Lorcán Leavy, Apprentice Commis Chef for Restaurant Associates – Compass’ Apprentice Chef of…

Engineering

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…

construction industry

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…

Construction

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…

Cleaning

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…

Engineering

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…

Engineering

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…

Foodservice & Catering

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…

Education

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…

Environment

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…

Environment

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…

Environment

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…

Belgium

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…

Education

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…

Appointments

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…

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