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QA Apprenticeships launches podcast series to help young people achieve future-proof careers

QA Apprenticeships has launched a career podcast series helping young people just starting out in the world of work to “future-proof” their job prospects. The FutureProof Careers podcast assesses today’s job market, raises important career questions and helps young people set themselves up now for future career success.

Pupils from deprived backgrounds are just as likely to join an #Apprenticeship as their less deprived peers

The Social Mobility Impact of #Apprenticeships There is little doubt that the Apprenticeship sector has been through a turbulent period. Many of us leading Apprenticeship businesses have been left managing challenges on all sides.

Putting the tech into technical education to reach three million apprenticeships

With the Conservatives using their recent election manifesto to reaffirm their pledge to create three million more apprenticeships for young people by 2020, the role of the education sector in helping to bridge the skills gap remains a talking point.

Ben Sweetman: Challenges for expanding higher and degree apprenticeship and the impact of the Apprenticeship Levy

QA is a specialist, we work in technology, digital business, that’s been our heritage for 25 years, and we started diversifying into apprenticeships and higher education about 10 years ago. We’ve now got 5,500 apprentices on the programme and the interesting thing about that, and I think this is driven by the sector we serve, is about 1500 of those are on Level 4 programmes, so higher apprenticeships and now about 400 of those are degree apprenticeships.

QA WELCOMES ‘GOOD’ OFSTED RATING FOR APPRENTICESHIP PROVISION

Report recognises the digital skills provider’s “state-of-the-art” facilities, “significant technical knowledge and experience” and “ambitous curriculum”

UK parents start to back apprenticeships

#Get2020Vision - New research from QA for #NationalApprenticeshipWeek shows parents are changing their perceptions, becoming strong advocates for #apprenticeships New research published today (3 Feb) from QA, the UK’s leading tech skills and talent organisation, has shown opinions are changing, with young people across the country more encouraged by their parents than ever to consider apprenticeships as an option for further education.  At the same time, businesses value the apprenticeship route for attracting a more diverse and technically skilled workforce.

QA opens Europe’s largest corporate tech training campus in London

A multi £million training campus for the world’s top #tech hub As seen at last week’s World Economic Forum, reskilling, upskilling and redeployment is becoming critical for businesses and governments to ensure their workforce can cope with the change in certain jobs driven by AI and creation of others.

More than 50% of young women would consider a career in #STEM but over 75% are put off by gender barriers

QA and @Stemettes launch a series of free STEM Certification Academies to debunk myths and equip young women with the skills and certifications needed for a career in the Tech sector QA, one of the UK’s leading digital education and skills providers, has revealed that 53% of young women are keen to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), but that over three quarters, 78%, are put off by gender barriers.   Nearly half of women aged 16-20, 44%, feel that an insufficient number of female role models or mentors is a barrier to a STEM career, 37% of women feel that they would not have the same opportunities as a male colleague, and nearly a third, 29%, do not feel confident enough in a male dominated environment. The research, commissioned by QA, amongst 500 women aged 16-24 in the UK, also reveals that many are put off a career in STEM, as one third, 33%, believe it is too boring, 29% don’t understand what STEM careers are available and 16% felt that a STEM career is more suitable to men.This research shows that more work needs to be done to showcase the opportunities and the value of a career in STEM, break down gender barriers and debunk outdated myths. To address the challenge, QA has joined forces with Stemettes, a social enterprise which encourages girls aged 5-25 to pursue a STEM career. As part of the first ‘Stemettes Certification Academy’, QA will offer free facilities, technology skills training and certifications to 10 young women (aged 16-20), all from a diverse set of backgrounds, but aspiring to pursue a STEM career. This initial pilot programme will take place at QA’s flagship training centre in St Katherine’s Dock, starting on 23rdOctober 2019.   Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, CEO & Co-founder, Stemettes, said:

Former Conduent executive, Srikanth Iyengar joins QA senior leadership team to drive future growth and expansion

QA ANNOUNCES NEW ADDITION TO SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM QA, one of the UK’s leading digital education and skills providers, today announced the appointment of Srikanth Iyengar to its Executive Committee reporting into CEO Paul Geddes. Iyengar will start in the role from 1st November 2019 and will work with Geddes to shape QA’s growth and expansion plans – with full backing and investment from QA’s owners CVC Capital Partners.

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