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2008-08-21 18:00:00

AFTER weeks of waiting, teenagers in the North East were finally learning their GCSE results today. But if all the extra study and hard work has paid off and your results are better than you expected, what next? And if you've been disappointed by your results, how can you turn it around? Connexions manager Gavin Bradshaw said: "No-one should panic no matter what the situation or how stressful it seems at the time. There's a solution for every young person." Whatever your results,...

2008-08-17 18:00:42

After 26 years of record increases in A-level passes, I believe Government ministers realise at last that the game is nearly up. Schools Secretary Ed Balls has referred to the "sterile debate" on endlessly improving A-levels, but I think even he knows that this annual farce cannot continue indefinitely. Anyone with an ounce of sense can see that making sure students get through the exam is geared to packing as many as possible into universities, irrespective of whether they have the...

2008-08-01 15:00:45

By Brooke Nelson, Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah Aug. 1--OGDEN -- His last final at Weber State was Wednesday, but Nick Jenkins has been waiting to finish this degree for years. The new associate of applied science degree offered by WSU is available for the first time this summer. "It means a lot to me," Jenkins said. "I worked pretty hard for it." Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College has been working since 2005 to secure an associate degree for its students, but was continually...

2008-07-31 18:00:00

By Iain Laing CALLS have been made to help small businesses meet Government plans in five years' time to offer every school leaver who wants one an apprenticeship. The North East Chamber of Commerce has backed the Government's push to improve the skills of future employees and said the move to enroll more than half a million youngsters on apprenticeships was a bold initiative that would ultimately help firms tackle skills shortages. But it is concerned that without the right support...

2008-07-25 00:00:39

By Byline M anufacturing companies in the South West are in danger of going to the wall because they cannot recruit suitable employees from a potential workforce being sent out into the world of work by schools and colleges without the range of basic skills they need. As another academic year draws to an end, the Engineering Employers' Federation says a radical overhaul is needed of schools and colleges approach to basic skills if they are to provide the employees with the skills that...

2008-07-24 03:00:52

By Jane M. Von Bergen, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 24--When the program was announced in 2006, it seemed like a perfect solution: Unions, which were short on minority members, would cooperate with the Philadelphia School District to recruit 450 public school graduates into union apprentice programs and then put them to work on $1.7 billion worth of school-construction projects. But, in written testimony presented yesterday to the Mayor's Advisory Commission on Construction Industry...

2008-07-21 18:00:00

By ALAN JONES SCHOOL-LEAVERS and other young people will have the right to an apprenticeship under measures outlined by the Government. All suitably qualified youngsters will be entitled to an apprenticeship place from 2013 so that within the next decade one in five youngsters will start an apprenticeship, ministers announced. Under a draft Apprenticeships Bill, apprenticeships will be established as a mainstream learning option alongside higher education. The bill included...

2008-07-11 18:00:30

By Tim Moynihan An entrepreneur yesterday added his voice to that of Lord Jones of Birmingham in calling for children not to be held back by a "cotton wool culture" which discourages innovation and measured risk- taking. That came as firms were today urged to increase apprenticeships they offer - despite new research showing the number had doubled over the past decade. Simon Woodroffe, founder of YO! and a judge on the BBC programme Dragons' Den, yesterday said: "Successful...

2008-07-07 15:00:37

By Richard Metcalf Journal Staff Writer Travis Arnall had tried community college and jobs like framing new houses, remodeling old ones and working a phone at call centers when, at age 30, he signed up for a five-year apprenticeship to become a plumber. "That's when I made my career choice," he said. "I would say out of the jobs I held prior to this, I wasn't making bad money -- at least for this state -- but I never felt I had a career that I could retire from." Arnall, who is...

2008-07-03 00:00:22

City College Plymouth is holding an open day to show off apprenticeships ranging from plumbing to floristry on Saturday. Young people aged 16 to 25 can change their lives and carve out a career with the help of the college's Work Based Learning Department. From boat building and business administration to plastering, plumbing, hairdressing and floristry, the college offers a range of apprenticeships right up to university degree level. Staff at the open day, in the Learning Warehouse,...


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