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Can the Apprenticeship Levy be used for existing staff?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 15, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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This is the second article in our 18 part series on the Apprenticeship Levy. In our first post we talked about the levy in general, how it is calculated and what it means for employers. In this article, we’ll be paying particular attention to employers who aren’t quite ready to hire new staff and want to learn whether or not they can use levy funds to train their existing employees.

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What is the Apprenticeship Levy?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 8, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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This is the first article in an 18 part series on the Apprenticeship Levy. In this series we’ll be exploring what the Apprenticeship Levy means for employers, looking at everything from how the levy is calculated and who has to pay it, to what it can be spent on and how it can be used strategically. However, we’re going to begin the series by asking the most basic of questions to set the scene - what is the Apprenticeship Levy and where did it come from?

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Why it’s important to not get too comfortable in your career

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 26, 2018 2:24:16 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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This is the final post in our twenty-part series on how to accelerate your career in your twenties and this time we’re talking about complacency. Complacency sets in when we allow ourselves to get too comfortable at work and it can sometimes happen without us even realising. In this series of articles we’ve talked about risk-taking, ambition, proactive learning and leadership - all of which boil down to this idea of not letting ourselves get too comfortable.

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How constant learning can help your career

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 20, 2018 12:09:20 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Accelerating your career

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This is the nineteenth piece in our twenty-part series on how to accelerate your career in your twenties and this time we’re talking about learning. All the people you look up to in your professional life are likely to have one thing in common - they never stop learning. Just like life itself, your career is a journey. You should always strive to develop your knowledge and acquire new skills, and your twenties are an absolutely perfect time to develop this habit.

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How ambition can help drive your career

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 16, 2018 1:15:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Accelerating your career

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This is the eighteenth piece in our twenty-part series on how to accelerate your career in your twenties and this time we’re talking about ambition. Picturing where you’d like to see yourself a decade down the line can be a real motivator, particularly during those stressful periods when your workload is high. We all have things that we strive for, and it’s a good idea to start laying the groundwork for those goals early in your career. In fact, laying that groundwork can even help with your day-to-day performance at work.

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How finding the right balance can help your career

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 14, 2018 5:00:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Accelerating your career

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How getting a mentor can help your career

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 7, 2018 4:13:18 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Accelerating your career

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This is the sixteenth piece in our twenty-part series on how to accelerate your career in your twenties and this time we’re talking about mentoring. Some roles will automatically assign a mentor figure - someone you can speak to about your concerns at work in order to be more effective in your role. While this is increasingly common in larger organisations, it’s not always a given. Even if you have been ‘assigned’ a mentor, there’s no harm in taking advice from other sources as and when you need it.

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How mastering productivity can make a difference

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Accelerating your career

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How knowing your weaknesses can help move your career forward

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Accelerating your career

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This is the fourteenth piece in our twenty-part series on how to accelerate your career in your twenties and this time we’re talking about weaknesses. We all have them. Most of us are happy to talk about our strengths, but weaknesses are something that most of us would rather forget. The thing is, that can actually be counterproductive when it comes to getting on in your career. Knowing your strengths is important, but it could be argued that knowing your limitations and weaknesses is even more vital. Here’s why…

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How being reliable can advance your career

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 16, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Accelerating your career

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This is the thirteenth post in our twenty-part series on how to accelerate your career in your twenties, and this time we’re focusing on reliability. We touched on some elements of this in our article on commitment, but the importance of demonstrating reliability cannot be overstated. You want to be a rock for your colleagues - being so will earn you a great deal of kudos and respect. However, you should also respect your own shortcomings and say in advance when you might be about to let someone down.

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