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Our latest ETS Newsletter is here!

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All our learners qualify for a NUS Extra discount card. You can choose from a 1 year card for just £12, a 2 year card for £22 or a 3 year card for only £32. Many discounts are online only so you cannot get them without your NUS extra card which then entitles you to a range of discounts from a variety of outlets which include eating out, travel, health and fitness, cinema and supermarkets. To find out more go to https://cards.nusextra.co.uk/  

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The Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) are from today (13 February 2017) encouraging large employers to sign up and register for the apprenticeship service, in readiness for the launch of the apprenticeship levy on 6 April 2017.

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Are you ready for the Apprenticeship Levy? We can help you! Contact our Team via email help@etsgroup.co.uk or call 01392 445444 #UseItOrLoseIt

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Since the government commissioned review, called  the Richard Review, in 2012, the government have  been keen to put employers in the driving seat when it comes to the development of apprenticeship standards and the control of funding that supports apprenticeships. As a result a new funding system will come into...
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National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates are increasing from April 2017. The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on your age and whether you are an apprentice. You must be at least school leaving age to receive the National Minimum Wage, and aged 25 to get the National...
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Our latest ETS Winter Newsletter is here! It contains all the latest news and information from Education + Training Skills, including details about Apprentice and Employer of the Year Awards nominations, news about National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates, very important information about the Latest updates on Apprenticeships, a brief on our latest...
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National minimum wage increases

National minimum wage rate for apprentices and under 25s increased.

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ETS Cornwall staff took part in a wet and colourful 5K Rainbow Run for Children’s Hospice SW on Sunday 26 June 2016 in Newquay. The Team which consisted of Carol Toms, Kate Willey, Bryony Gilbert, Katie Retallick and Martin Ault raised a fantastic amount for the charity - £535.00 including...
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The Department for Work and Pensions has collaborated with BIS, the SFA and Remploy to trial a scheme tailoring Access-to-Work support for apprentices who have been identified as having mental health issues.   Remploy has been delivering the Mental Health Support Service (MHSS) successfully since 2011, helping 91% of our clients remain in...
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April 2016 saw a ‘zero rate’ introduced for relevant apprentices on weekly earnings up to the upper secondary threshold (UST) which is set at £827 for 2016/17.  This effectively means that employers are no longer required to pay Class 1 secondary (employer) National Insurance Contributions on earnings paid to qualifying...
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This article is designed to give a quick overview of Apprenticeship reforms currently taking place in England. It is written to help learners and businesses understand the higher level Government led thought processes and their proposed changes that they envisage will be introduced throughout 2016, 2017 and beyond. Changes to the information contained below are happening at Government level on a daily basis. What ETS advocate is that employers and learners do not panic….  We are and will continue to react positively to any changes to help our customers have the best apprenticeship experience now and in the future.

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Our Spring newsletter contains all the latest news and information from Education + Training Skills, including our successful Apprentice and Employer of the Year Awards, great news for our apprentices about amazing discounts with NUS Extra Card, important information about National Insurance Contribution changes and The National Living Wage, delivery of...
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The government's grant for employers employing an apprentice age 16 to 24 has been extended until August 2017 where apprentices are working towards an approved apprenticeship framework. The AGE grant of £1,500 is available for employers who: would not recruit an apprentice without the support of the grant have less than...
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Education + Training Skills makes the most of a golden year of achievement ETS has been awarded the Investors in People Gold award for going above and beyond in the way they develop, support and motivate their team. Roz May, Regional Manager at ETS which has 32 full time and consultant staff said ‘this has been a golden year for ETS what with obtaining...
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ETS was inspected by Ofsted during the week of 25 to 29 June 2012. The team of eight inspectors looked at all areas of our provision and judged the 'Overall Effectiveness of Provision' to be 'Outstanding’. The report states Education and Training Skills is an outstanding provider. Learners achieve excellently and...
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ETS maintains Customer Service Excellence Award A review of ETS’s Customer Service Excellence Award took place on Tuesday 10 July 2012. During the assessment no partial compliances with the standard were found. ETS was awarded three additional compliance plus areas, giving the organisation an unprecedented seven compliance plus areas. Compliance plus is awarded where behaviours or practices...
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ETS wins Skills for Health Apprenticeship Provider of the Year Award ETS was nominated for the Skills for Health, NHS, S W Apprenticeship Provider of the Year Award by both NHS Devon and Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust, by Simon Mills and Vera Byfield respectively, for the specialist provision that we offer in Business and Administration, Customer Service, ITQ and Management...
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Celebrating Success – Winner’s All ETS held their annual Apprentice and Employer of the Year Awards Evening at St Olaves Hotel, Exeter on Tuesday 7 February. The Awards were presented by Mark Howard, National Apprenticeship Service, Head of Employer Accounts for the South West, who praised ETS for their outstanding success rates. Apprentice of the Year...
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