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Here you can read useful posts about training and development. We also hope that you find our coverage of apprenticeship training comprehensive and useful.
Over the weeks and months we try and answer some of the burning questions relating to Learning Technology, Digital Apprenticeships as well as e-Learning.

World Mental Health Day 2020

Friday 9th October 2020
Yahia Rezgui

Free Mental Health Support for Apprentices Coping with anxiety, worry and stress during the COVID-19 crisis is an issue that affects many of us. Concerns about finances and looking after family or friends while learning how to work in a new way during the Covid-19 pandemic may be increasing stress levels, and it is understandable many people are finding it hard to cope at times. But there is free support available! The Access to Work Mental Health Support Service is a service funded by the Department for Work and Pensions. It provides advice, information, support and tools to help support staff with mental health conditions. What support is available? Here at Oxford Applied Training we support our apprentices though the the Access to Work…

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Too busy to take advantage of Apprenticeship Training?

Friday 28th August 2020
Yahia Rezgui

You may very well be missing an opportunity! The role of Training and Apprenticeships in the Covid-19 economic recovery Here at Oxford Applied Training we believe that Apprenticeships and training will play a vital part in the post pandemic economic recovery. Significant government investment of over £2.5 billion in Apprenticeship funding, new levy matchmaking services plus the July announcement of Apprenticeship hire bonuses of up to £2000 make this a better time than ever to find out how Apprenticeships can help your organisation recover from the Covid-19 crisis and become more resilient. Apprenticeships are one of the most cost-effective training options, giving your organisation the flexibility to train and up skill your existing staff or add capacity as the economy begins to recover. Covid-19 has…

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Not going to Uni?

Friday 14th August 2020
Thomas Mesfin

We have a new interim marking system being implemented to determine A-Level and GCSE results for this year. Results will be based on teachers' predictions and statistical modelling. This has caused some controversy and will have a lasting impact on young people's study choices. Ofqual figures show 39.1% of 700,000 teacher assessments were lowered by at least one grade. The inverse shows, A-level entries awarded A or A* increased to an all-time high in England, Wales and Northern Ireland with 27.9% securing the top grades this year. Preliminary studies have also shown that the largest difference between students' final grades and those predicted by teachers were for pupils from the lowest socioeconomic backgrounds. Whilst the educational institutions are busy handling the appeals…

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Life after Covid19 - The future is digital

Monday 3rd August 2020
Yahia Rezgui

"There's no doubt digital apprenticeships supported by Microsoft work. They offer sustainable, well rewarded careers in an industry that is crying out for talent." At Microsoft, we shifted from know-it-all to learn-it-all culture. We need to be on a permanent journey of learning, understanding, listening. That's exactly what apprenticeships are about" Hugh Milward, Director of Corporate, External and Legal Affairs at Microsoft UK IT apprenticeships-the ace up your sleeve While nobody can predict what the future holds, it is undisputed that the current Covid-19 crisis accelerated an already existing trend in all sectors of the economy: The transition to digital. This trend means it is now more important than ever for organisations to have teams with relevant data and digital skills. Upskilling employees in…

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Extra incentives for businesses to hire apprentices

Wednesday 15th July 2020
Yahia Rezgui

The government will introduce a new payment of £2,000 to employers in England for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25, and a £1,500 payment for each new apprentice they hire aged 25 and over, from 1st August 2020 to 31st January 2021. These payments will be in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the government already provides for new 16-18 year old apprentices, and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan. The ESFA has set some guidelines regarding this:The apprentices must not have been employed by the employer within the six months prior to the apprenticeship start dateThere is no limit on the number of incentive paymentsThe payment will be made directly to employers in two…

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Unlocking the Lockdown

Monday 6th July 2020
Yahia Rezgui

As lockdown continues to ease and we start our road to recovery, it is important to recognise the impact of the pandemic both positive and negative. During the pandemic we witnessed a huge change in the way in which organisations operate and as the economy begins to recover it's important that we continue to adopt and adapt new ways of working. Apprenticeships and Training Following recent Government updates there has been a keen focus on up-skilling and development especially within apprenticeships which have been described as key to restarting the economy and shaping your business for the future! Managing your current resources to help improve your business output by utilising training and development will reshape your structure and give your workforce the tools…

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How to avoid the hidden costs of a Learning Management System (LMS)

Thursday 23rd April 2020
Yahia Rezgui

Thinking about buying or replacing an LMS? You are not alone. According to research by the Brandon Hall Group, 44% of organisations are not satisfied with their existing LMS and 48% are investigating different or new learning technology systems. The research also found that the cost of an LMS makes up 38% of the average learning technology budget. Considering that this is a large budget chunk, it is critical to have full visibility of not just the up front and "hard costs" but the often hidden, cumulative costs of many systems before making a decision. In addition to the up-front monetary cost of different systems, there are many other cost factors, often not immediately obvious. To illustrate, take as an example a 500 employee company…

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Using an LMS to house association content and courses

Sunday 29th March 2020
Francis Greenwood

Members often go to associations for knowledge and insight into their industry, how an association is able to present this information with a Learning Management System (LMS) can often provide more benefits than traditional methods. An LMS can be used as a hub to store training documents. This can be more effective than housing information on a website because it provides a ready-made layout for document storage and a way for anyone at the association to quickly upload PDF, PowerPoint, Word, Video, and Audio files, which is easily accessible to members. This content can also be made into interactive short courses. These can be anything from converted PowerPoint slides, right the way through to interactive videos with assessments and certificates…

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6 Benefits of an LMS for Education

Sunday 26th January 2020
Yahia Rezgui

Improving classroom and learning experiences is one of the top priorities for anyone running or managing an educational organisation. You might be using the same training methods that have worked for years, but achieving consistent results across all levels of your organisation can be difficult. You might have introduced more high-tech teaching and training solutions, but found that they require extensive and ongoing IT support and knowledge, which might not always be available or affordable. However, things have moved on and a well-designed Learning Management System like Trove could be transformative for your school or college! Technological developments, the increased use of digital materials in the classroom and changing needs and requirements of learners mean that the traditional teacher/classroom approach is becoming less and…

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How can organisations save on their training budget by implementing an LMS

Thursday 2nd January 2020
Yahia Rezgui

A Learning Management System, or LMS, can completely change and drastically improve the way your business works. You can find out more about what an LMS is and its fundamental advantages in my blog below, but this post will outline how using an LMS can specifically help you and your company to save time and money, and increase your efficiency. CUTTING COSTS An LMS will cut your company's costs in a number of different ways: 1. There is no need for your workforce to travel in order to receive off-premise training with an LMS there are no travel or accommodation expenses. Hotels and transport are no longer necessary with this innovative software. 2. There is also no need to pay for training materials and trainers.…

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