Apprenticeships and Internships

Articles, advice and analysis on UK small business apprenticeships and internships.


CMI calls for greater diversity and gender parity in apprenticeships

Employers are being encouraged to start offering degree-level apprenticeships to improve gender diversity.


ILM calls for employers to capitalise on next-generation apprenticeships

ILM reveals that half of the UK’s HR professionals are unaware of the new apprenticeships standards which will enable businesses to address the critical skills gap.

Employing & managing staff

Why apprenticeships benefit SMEs

Here, Angela Middleton, founder and CEO of MiddletonMurray, highlights the benefits that apprenticeships can bring to your business.


New funding for apprenticeships as UK lags on youth employment

Government funding in apprenticeships could alleviate the pressure on businesses and the economy, a new study finds.

Employing & managing staff

The benefits of employing apprentices for small companies

At the start of National Apprenticeship Week, Peter Done looks at the practicalities of taking on an individual.


Apprenticeships report leads to new government initiatives

The government is set to ramp up its support for small businesses which take on apprentices following a report from entrepreneur Jason Holt.


Internships ‘ripping off young people’

A campaign calling for the fair treatment of interns has been launched following concerns that interns are being exploited through unpaid work.


Government introduces apprenticeship fund

A £25 million government fund will support up to 10,000 Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships.


FSB: Don’t axe graduate scheme

The Federation of Small Businesses is urging the government to extend its graduate internship scheme, due to come to an end in March 2011.


Gates beats Cowell as top boss for apprentices

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the top fantasy boss for UK apprentices, a survey finds.

Employing & managing staff

Taking on an apprentice

During National Apprenticeship Week, SmallBusiness.co.uk provides some tips on making the internship work.


The real apprentices

Boris Johnson’s pledge to create 20,000 apprentice positions this academic year sounds nice, but could turn out to be an underwhelming start to Cameron’s ‘relentless push for economic growth’.

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Funding options for the water supply, sewerage and waste management sector

The guys over at Funding Options explain what finance is available to firms in the water supply, sewerage and waste management sector

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Can businesses save money on CBILS repayment costs by refinancing for a RLS loan?

Your business could save money on CBILS repayments by refinancing for an RLS loan – Funding Options tells us how

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What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers

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What is public liability insurance, and does it cover Covid-19 claims?

Public liability insurance can cover your small business if a third party has an accident or injury. But does public liability insurance cover claims made against your business arising from Covid-19?