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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.

Stress Awareness Month

Thursday 15th April 2021
Adam Simcox

This April is Stress Awareness Month and in light of the current climate it is vital that we learn how to manage our stress levels in all aspects of our lives. Stress is a natural reaction to most everyday experiences. When your body releases stress hormones, the same hormones that triggers your 'fight or flight' response, your breathing speeds up, your heart rate and temperature rise and your muscles tense. Though this process is intended to protect us, if this reaction occurs at multiple points in the day, it could be very damaging for your health. A high overload of stress can cause headaches, muscle aches, depression, insomnia, fertility problems and high blood sugar and pressure which can lead to an…

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National Day of Reflection 2021

Tuesday 23rd March 2021
Sienna Sandhu

Reflection is defined as serious and careful thought, the act of looking back at your past actions and evaluating their consequences and the impact they had. The Act of reflection can also be embedded into teaching to create more effective learning for both teachers and students and is quickly becoming one of the most common teaching styles used today. Reflective teaching is a process whereby teachers reflect on their teaching practices in order to examine the overall effectiveness of their instructive approaches (Dana Di Pardo Léon-Henri 2021). Reflective teaching has proven to be wildly beneficial for teachers in numerous ways the most crucial is professional growth. When having a reflective thought process whilst teaching you can effectively analyse not…

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World Sleep Day - 19 March 2021

Friday 19th March 2021
Sienna Sandhu

This year's world sleep day falls as the world of work slowly turns back to normality, but how important is sleep to a productive day of work. Did you know we spend around a third of our lives sleeping? Sleep is one of the most crucial factors of one's overall health. A good night's sleep allows your mind and body to repair and adequately prepares you for the next day and without it, the brain cannot function properly. However, how can a good night's sleep enable you to get the best out of you working day? Improved Memory For something to become a memory, three functions must occur, including:Acquisition -- learning or experiencing something newConsolidation -- the memory becomes stable in the brainRecall…

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Last call to claim your incentive payment for hiring new apprentices!

Wednesday 3rd March 2021
Yahia Rezgui

The chancellor announced on 3 March that the bonuses offered to employers who recruit an apprentice, set to end this month, will be extended for a further six months to September. And any employers who hire a new apprentice between 1 April 2021 and 30 September 2021 will receive £3,000 per new hire, regardless of the apprentice's age. This is on top of the £1,000 payment already provided for new apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan, meaning that some employers could receive £4,000 in total. It is part of the governments' "plan for jobs" (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/a-plan-for-jobs-documents/a-plan-for-jobs-2020) in response to the economic repercussions of Covid-19, a clear statement of intent that skills, apprenticeships and work…

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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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