IFS says student debt rising beyond £50,000

Students in England are going to graduate with average debts of £50,800, after interest rates are raised on student loans to 6.1%, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.   Those from the poorest backgrounds, with more loans available to support them, will graduate with debts of over £57,000 says …

Undergraduate Sponsorship Scheme

Press release (download HERE)   Manufacturing is an important part of the North Devon economy, and local businesses are struggling to recruit candidates for roles requiring higher level technical skills. National shortages in technical skills compound this problem for businesses in North Devon & Torridge, who see young talent leaving …

Manufacturing Barometer Survey Q4 2016-17 RESULTS

Special Focus: Maximising your workforce efficiency to support Productivity and Growth  SWMAS, would like to thank those that took part in the latest Manufacturing Barometer Survey Q4 2016-17. Your input has allowed us to identify the confidence, trends and opinions from within the manufacturing industry and enable us to lobby local and …

It’s National Apprenticeship Week

The 10th National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2017) will bring together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade and will seek to encourage even more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career. National Apprenticeship Service The National Apprenticeship …

The Global Recruiter: Unproductive Structure [article]

ILM research says companies are holding back own staff. Research from ILM, the leading specialist provider of leadership qualifications in the UK suggests that more than half of UK workers feel that both the structure and culture of their workplaces are holding them back from doing their job more effectively …

APSCo hints at Brexit ‘uncertainty’ impact

Data from APSCo has shown professional recruitment firms reporting that vacancy numbers flatlined in September. The number of permanent vacancies remained unchanged year-on-year. This is in line with the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which reported in October that the overall employment rate stabilised at 74.5 …

STEM Insight Programme – Teacher Work Placements

The STEM Insight programme offers staff in schools and colleges a unique chance to experience STEM-related work in industrial or university settings. More information regarding the scheme is here https://www.stem.org.uk/stem-insight, which also includes a map which shows there are no placement opportunities at all in our region, apart from Exeter and Plymouth …

National Minimum Wage / National Living Wage

The latest round of changes to the National Minimum at Wage Merging changes came into effect from 1st October 2016. The following table provides you with details of the wholesale NBA jerseys minimum wage rates that all of your workers are entitled dla to. National Minimum Wage Type of Payment …

Upcoming training events for businesses at North Devon Plus

North Devon + are running a range of training sessions over the autumn on topics that are hot topics that seem to be of ongoing interest for businesses. Upcoming Training nhl Workshops: 25/10/16 – Simple Cash Flow Forecasts (Start-Ups) 02/11/16 – cheap jerseys Financial Forecasting (Advanced) 08/11/16 – Creating Great …