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27 Aug 2015

Apprenticeship levy: how realistic is the promise of three million more apprentices by 2020?

The plan for the levy, outlined by David Cameron on August 21st, is expected to be instated in April, 2017 and has drawn a mixed reception from manufacturers. The levy will attempt to reverse the structural decline of apprentices in work investing in training and apprenticeships specifically, on a long-term, sustainable footing. EEF, the manufacturer’s organisation, support the initiative but believe the announcement elicited few answers and raised more questions for...

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26 Aug 2015

'Factory fortnight': Does the summer shutdown benefit production lines in manufacturing today?

The annual ‘factory fortnight’ heralds back to Europe’s golden age of manufacturing in the fifties and sixties, as an enforced shutdown where workers would be required to halt production for two weeks every year. This industry tradition continues but with businesses seeking to compete with international rivals, how necessary is it in today’s assembly line? Often at the start of July or August, factory fortnight is similar to any other short-term shutdown...

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