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Three Reasons the Beast from the East is Good for Your Business

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 1, 2018 2:16:24 PM / by Chris Ash posted in Leadership & Management

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Whilst the media continues to cover the current snow storms hitting the UK and, rightly, highlight the plight of many in the face of travel chaos, school closures and business challenges we at Ascento like to look at the positive side of things. So how is The Beast from the East good for your business?

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Michelle Obama - top tips for leadership

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 27, 2017 7:40:00 PM / by Chris Ash posted in Leadership & Management

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Having spent the last few days at the Inbound 2017 conference in Boston MA, I was fortunate this morning to attend a keynote interview with the former First Lady, Michelle Obama.  A truly inspirational lady, who talked about her experiences during President Obama’s two spells in Office as well as what she has been involved in both during and since. 

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Why is investing in learning and development good for business?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 21, 2017 9:55:55 AM / by Chris Ash posted in Apprenticeship Levy, Leadership & Management

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May 1st 2017 brings great new opportunities for employers looking to invest in their workforce.  I was recently asked to talk on a local radio station in the Sheffield Region to talk about the benefits of learning & development and apprenticeships to employers.  The questions and responses are below...

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It's a rollercoaster ride in apprenticeship 'levy' land

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 6, 2017 1:00:00 PM / by Chris Ash posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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Having been to various events and held many meetings over the last few weeks it's time to share some of the frightening comments and positive experiences I've had around the apprenticeship levy from both training providers and employers. Hopefully this helps inform some of your thinking and planning now we're in apprenticeship levy land.

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Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 13, 2017 10:56:23 PM / by Chris Ash posted in Apprenticeship Levy, Leadership & Management

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RESULTS ANNOUNCED

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How to use the Apprenticeship Service

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 3, 2017 4:12:50 PM / by Chris Ash posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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Top tips for creating more time to lead.

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 23, 2017 10:20:44 PM / by Chris Ash posted in Leadership & Management

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For many managers one of the greatest challenges is being able to balance the needs of the organisation, with the needs of their role and the people within their teams. Successful leaders have learnt the art of becoming personally effective therefore providing more time to focus on what is truly important in order to drive success.

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Top tips for approaching the apprenticeship levy

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 14, 2017 10:27:29 AM / by Chris Ash posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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Registration is now open for the apprenticeship service

 The much-awaited digital apprenticeship service is now open for registration. If you are a large employer with a wage bill of over £3 million a year you should register now.

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New funding rules for apprenticeships announced.

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 19, 2016 7:12:00 PM / by Chris Ash

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Finally, the long awaited apprenticeship consultation has been evaluated and the Government has published its rules around the apprenticeship levy and apprenticeships in general post April 2017.  This post is a must read if you are either a large employer who will pay the levy or a smaller employer considering or currently investing in apprenticeships.

 

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How much will the apprenticeship levy cost?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 24, 2016 6:44:00 PM / by Chris Ash posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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Last time we talked about the digital apprenticeship service and how you need to start planning now. If you have not already used the free planning tool provided by BIS then I strongly recommend that you do so in conjunction with this post. If you need help with this please feel free to let me know once you’ve finished reading.

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