TJ Newsflash: 23 December

This is TJ’s final posting of 2022 and we return on 9 January. Our thanks go to all those contributors, bloggers and interview candidates who have supplied great resources to our growing community and 2023 is going to be another great year as L&D leaders and teams continue to support leaders, organisations and people to flourish.  

BAE Systems continues its commitment to apprenticeships 

BAE Systems is set to hire more than 2,600 new apprentices and graduates in 2023 – a 43% increase on this year’s intake. The announcement reinforces the company’s commitment to invest in the next generation, equipping young people across the UK with the skills they need to succeed in the workplace. Robert Halfon, Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education, said: “Apprenticeships are the catalyst to boosting the economy, building a skills nation and extending the ladder of opportunity to all.”

Find out more about BAE Systems apprentices here.

Consultation launched on qualifications and apprenticeships

Consultation has started on plans to improve how qualifications tie-in with apprenticeships with the aim that mandatory qualifications work well with all apprenticeships. The reason for the review is to ensure that apprentices have the qualifications they require to take up a job, or progress in the role once the apprenticeship is completed. Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) want to ensure that qualifications align with apprenticeship training and end point assessments (EPAs).

What do different generations value at work?

Recent research from Moneypenny looked at UK employees over the age of 18 to find out what they value most in an employer and how many are having their expectations met. They also determined which factors are the most important to different generations. Respondents were asked what style of work they favoured and hybrid working topped the poll; discounts on supermarkets, leisure facilities and the like was the most popular free benefit an employer could offer, whilst the most popular on-site facilities were free parking and subsidised restaurants.

The face of Forbes

Analysis of 10 years’ worth of Forbes covers by New Street Consulting Group sees shifting attitudes in how entrepreneurs are represented in high-profile business publications. The findings show that the ‘face of Forbes’ is becoming younger, with cover entrepreneurs having an average age of 41 years old in 2022 – an almost 20-year age gap compared to 2013. The industry representation was led by tech (13%), fintech (8%), social media (8%) and entertainment (8%). Over 30 different nationalities were showcased in the last decade alone. One disappointing result was that only 17% of covers included women, averaging less than three issues a year.

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