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MY FIRST WEEK AND FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF ASCENTO

By Adrian Davison on Apr 22, 2021 3:02:00 PM

New Job During a Pandemic

Moving job in normal times can feel pretty stressful and let’s face it, during a pandemic it is a different matter entirely. Initially, I certainly had apprehensions about any move during the pandemic, and I was moving from a company that was great with its employees and I needed to be sure I was going to a similar like-minded company with passion, integrity and quality at its heart.

After initially speaking to Chris the MD at Ascento Learning and Development, I felt inspired by his vision around apprenticeships and how they can enable businesses to elevate their staff like never before seen in the UK. Also, I was impressed by their willingness to change and grow to give their customers the best service in the market.

This is shown in our recent Ofsted visitation results where our leaders were recognised for strengthening their processes by recruiting highly experienced and well-informed experts and I was so proud that the report graded Ascento with “significant progress” acknowledging our leaders and those responsible for governance ensure that staff teach a curriculum to meet learners’ needs whilst incorporating the provision for remote and online learning.

Also, interestingly, the culture is changing too, as of 17th May 2021 we’re moving to an Employee Owned Company model and everyone is excited by the culture of “positively changing lives” that embodies the highest quality methodologies, continuous improvement and high calibre people for us and the way we work with our clients.

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NEW APPRENTICESHIP AND GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR EMPLOYERS

By Oliver Simpson on Apr 9, 2021 4:04:10 PM

'A Plan for Jobs’ Extended

Following on from the recent Government Budget 2021, it was announced that extra money was available for the apprentice cohort from April 2021 onwards on top of the total package of support amounting to £30 billion made last year. As part of the economic response to coronavirus, the government launched ‘A Plan for Jobs’ and subsequently, this has been extended out with further incentives for employers also.

As we have seen in our working lives, the pandemic has accelerated the switch to Digital by 4-6 years as noted by the European Investment Fund (EIF) and remote working “Zoom like” meetings are now the new-norm.

With Digital and Management skill gaps being discussed in many media forums, now is the time to take a look at apprenticeships that are vocationally aligned with industry and their employees, to positively impact job roles and workplaces in the UK.

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Ofsted REPORT Praises Ascento

By Katie Downing-Howitt on Apr 1, 2021 2:28:53 PM

The hard work of leaders, tutors and staff at Ascento Learning and Development has been recognised within a recent report following on from our recent progress monitoring visit from Ofsted.

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Why now is the right time to train and develop your staff

By Oliver Simpson on Nov 18, 2020 12:00:00 PM

As we find ourselves in the middle of the second national lockdown in 8 months and with countless industries and whole sectors being on the brink of collapse, the subject of training and developing staff is understandably not at the top of anybody’s to do list at this juncture.

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Top 10 Tips for Working From Home

By Oliver Simpson on Nov 16, 2020 5:15:00 PM

1. Have a dedicated workspace

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The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant & How to Claim It...

By Oliver Simpson on Oct 8, 2020 12:33:55 PM

As part of the economic response to coronavirus, the government has launched ‘A Plan for Jobs 2020’ with a total package of support amounting to £30 billion being made available. Part of this support package was the announcement that the government were “going to pay employers to create new apprenticeships”.

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Top Tips For Business Survival & Growth In A Time Of Crisis

By Chris Ash on Apr 22, 2020 9:30:00 AM

 

Last week I explored the first set of strategies to positively impact your business during a time of crisis. As the COVID-19 crisis moves on, you should hopefully now have a toolkit designed for short-term survival.

In this blog we will move onto exploring the offensive strategies designed to help your business survive and ultimately grow.

An offensive approach – is about planning for longer term survival and essentially adopts a promotion-based approach, with positive moves that aim to provide upside benefits.

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A brief summary of the Apprenticeship Levy

By Oliver Simpson on Oct 4, 2019 1:00:00 PM


Welcome to the final post in our 18 part series on the Apprenticeship Levy. Since its launch over two years ago in April 2017, the Levy has had a profound impact on individuals and businesses up and down the country.

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How to implement an apprenticeship training programme throughout the workforce

By Oliver Simpson on Sep 20, 2019 1:00:00 PM


Welcome to the penultimate article in our 18 part series on the Apprenticeship Levy. Over the course of this series we’ve put the Apprenticeship Levy under the spotlight and uncovered everything there is to know about it, from who needs to contribute to who’s eligible to use it - and everything in between. Now it’s time to take a brief look at how best to put those funds into action. You’ve looked into the Apprenticeship Levy, read our series on it and you’re all clued up. You know what funds you have access to, you’ve opened an online account and you’re ready to go… what next?

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Can you choose who you spend the Apprenticeship Levy on?

By Oliver Simpson on Sep 13, 2019 1:00:00 PM

 


This is the 16th article in our 18 part series on the Apprenticeship Levy. In our previous piece, we talked about which providers you were able to spend the levy with and whether or not there were any limitations. In this piece, we’re looking at who you can spend the levy on. Are there any limitations to who you can enrol as an apprentice? Is there a greater incentive to choose one individual over another? Let’s review...

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