Total People launch new Macclesfield training centre

Total People were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Macclesfield Cllr Alift Harewood-Jones and the Mayor’s Consort Peter Jones to launch the opening of its new training centre in Macclesfield on 8th November 2016.

Apprenticeships must not be seen as the ‘poor relative’ to degrees

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After the dust of results day has settled, apprenticeships are in the spotlight once again. The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants has stressed the importance of having multiple routes into careers, which with the forthcoming introduction of the Apprenticeships Levy, has made apprenticeships even more important.

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants commissioned a poll of 16-18 year olds to find out what young people really think of apprenticeships. In many respects, the findings showed that apprenticeship routes are still seen as the ‘poor relative’ when compared with going to university. Furthermore, the poll found one-third of those polled, have had no careers advice on apprenticeship pathways.  Another key misunderstanding highlighted by the ACCA found that students believed that apprenticeships can narrow career options too much. While apprenticeships do provide much needed industry experience, they also develop soft skills such as customer service, which can be transferred into many professions.

For this image to change there needs to be a culture shift in the way apprenticeships are viewed by schools, parents and pupils/students and this must start with careers advice that is open to discuss the opportunities that apprenticeships can potentially offer.

What a difference a year makes for Accounts Apprentice, Brittany

brittany-webThis time last year, Brittany Hamer was like thousands of other 16-year-olds having just collected her GCSE results. Despite all of her friends and peers moving onto college and enjoying the long summer holidays, Brittany knew she didn’t want to follow the crowd.

Results Days over…. What’s next?

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Aged 16 to 18 and thinking what’s next? We look forward to seeing you at our one of our results day drop in sessions on the 25th and 26th of August at one of our local centres. Our training advisors will be on hand to offer you free career advice.

All our current vacancies can be found here 

Our locations…

 10 Newcastle Street, ST6 3QF,
Burton Enterprise Centre, DE142NB,
5 Upper Northgate Street, CH1 4EE,
Burford House, CW1 2DJ,
Metro House, SK11 6QG
Group House, CW10 9LZ,
11 Upper Dicconson Street, WN1 2AD,
Unit F, Halesfield, 14, TF7 4QR
The Boultings, WA2 7TT,
Castle Court, CW7 3BS,
Market Drayton Youth Centre, TF9 3AD,
Market Drayton
Masonic Hall, M33 7EE
Suite 5, Second Floor, WA7 2HF,

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19+ Advanced Learner Loans

24+ Advanced Learner loans have been available since 2013 for any learner over the age of 24, wishing to study a qualification at level 3 or 4.

From August 2016, this all changes!

From the academic year 2016/17, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills are expanding Advanced Learner Loans to include those aged 19 – 23 years old and those studying at level 5 and level 6.


Apprenticeship Summer Roadshow – Coming To A Town Near You!

This summer Total People will be on tour! With a new wave of school/college leavers looking for their next step, our staff will be out and about across the region promoting our post 16 options to the apprentices of the future.

Our locations…

Saturday 30th July
9am – 5pm
Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
Saturday 6th August
9am – 5pm
Market Place
Saturday 13th August
9am – 5pm
Telford Shopping Centre
Saturday 20th August
9am – 5pm
Outside Town Hall
Saturday 27th August
9am – 5pm
Market Square
Saturday 3rd September
9am – 5pm
Market Square

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New Survey Highlights Misunderstandings Of Apprenticeships

A new study by YouGov for employment group Reed in Partnership and the English qualifications body NCFE, has highlighted misunderstandings on perceptions of apprenticeships.

Apprentice Javed’s Mark Making Song Inspires Nursery Children

A childcare practitioner from Greater Manchester is making a big impression on the lives of the small children he cares for after he wrote a song for them about mark making.

22-year-old Javed Haris from Urmston is currently an apprentice at The Village Nursery in Trafford. Passionate about music, he wanted to create something meaningful and fun to engage the children and decided to use his musical talents to write and compose the song.

Apprenticeships and skills now fall under Department for Education

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The recent cabinet reshuffle has led to some new changes for Apprenticeships. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has been split up and the Government’s skills and apprenticeship policy will now fall under the Department for Education (DfE).

10 Reasons You Should Be Doing Work Experience

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Here at Total People we believe that experience can’t be overstated and is vital for young people when they are looking to make the transition from education into the real world. But if you still need some convincing, here’s 10 reasons why we think all young people should go on work experience:

Ofsted Survey For Parents & Carers

Ofsted ask for views every year to help them build up a picture of how well the provider meets learners’ needs and how well it supports them to progress.

Ofsted Inspectors will look at all the information parents and carers give them about the provider and use it during their next inspection.

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The Apprenticeship Levy Is Coming, Are You Ready?

In the 2015 Autumn Budget, the Chancellor announced the introduction of a new levy on all large UK employers to fund Apprenticeships. The levy underpins the Government’s Apprenticeship reform programme and its commitment to achieving 3 million Apprenticeship starts by 2020 – a 35% increase in the Apprenticeships delivered in the last Parliament. The levy is intended to provide the funding and incentives to help deliver this commitment.

The levy will support all post-16 Apprenticeships in England. It will provide funding that each employer can use to meet their individual needs. The funding will be directly controlled by employers via the digital Apprenticeships voucher, and firms that are committed to training will be able to get back more than they put in.

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