Removal of the ’16-hour rule’ for Traineeship Participants Information

Removal of the ’16-hour rule’ for Traineeship Participants Information

 Founder of Apprenticeships Life

From Monday, 3 March the Department for Work and Pensions is removing the ’16-hour 
rule’ for training that has applied to Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants participating 
in Traineeships in England. 

It means JSA claimants aged 19+ will be able to participate in a Traineeship 
programme for up to 30 hours a week without affecting their JSA entitlement. The 
removal of the ’16-hour rule’ applies only to the Traineeship programme and includes all 
new and existing participants. 
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Update – Issue 196

Issue 196 of Update, the Agency’s weekly round-up of business-critical information and news for the further education sector.


Martin Malinovski

Martin Malinovski

A friend, colleague and excellent tutor, teacher is looking for a new challenge.
Composer of chamber music; philologist; linguist; scholar; researcher; published writer / academic editor.
I have developed a pretty sound understanding of learners and their requirements. Having worked in a variety of teaching and target-driven environments, I am accustomed to relationship management and working effectively with colleagues and clients at every level. I strive to give service quickly, efficiently and with the highest quality. Married to Language, I have been pursuing a perfervid entanglement with Music since my earliest memories. These days I attempt to motivate my learners to find sustainable employment. I like my work. I love my colleagues.
Case Manager
Ixion Holdings
August 2011 – April 2013 (1 year 9 months)
Managing a large caseload of customers
Working to given targets
Providing employability training
Offering IAG and signposting as appropriate
Working with customers to sustain employment
Promoting the Single Work Programme
Working in dialogue with partner agencies
Making business development calls
Responsible for delivery of customer inductions
Senior Tutor
Ixion Holdings
December 2007 – August 2011 (3 years 9 months)
Delivering a variety of employability training
Developing a range of training materials and session plans
Participating in client case conferences
Involvement with staff training and development
Marketing the company’s services to employers
Liaising with Customer Advisors at Job Centre Plus
Drafting reports
Dealing with correspondence and complaints
First Aider at Head Office
Immigration and Nationality Directorate
January 2000 – January 2003 (3 years 1 month)
Handling classified / sensitive information
Processing travel documents and passports
Interpreting at asylum interviews
For more information about Martin please e-mail me direct on

Search rail jobs & apply to railway vacancies – Great rail industry career opportunities now

When I was an underground driver in 1995, we were on 24-28,000, which was very well paid in them days (during the war…) today, get to be a driver and you can have 45-46000 per year, with holidays, enhancements. You can’t become a driver overnight, and there’s no quick route, you have to be at the top of your class to get this opportunity, but we all have to start somewhere, so why not set yourself off on the route to driver, work hard, don’t be late, don’t be sick unless you’re really really ill, keep your nose clean and it can be a job for life. I wish I could get back on the railways, even today.

Check this site out and bookmark it etc.



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Something different for my Monday post, as the storms start to calm down a bit. ’16 Things Every Woman’s Significant Other Should Know’ With thanks to @rehaninamkhan@rehaninamkhan

Something different for my Monday post, as the storms start to calm down a bit. ’16 Things Every Woman’s Significant Other Should Know’ With thanks to @rehaninamkhan

 Founder of Apprenticeships Life Top Contributor

After 10 years of Happy marriage, I’m proud to say that Alison and I are still in as much love as we were when we first met on Waterloo station, the Shell Bridge, when Alison first stopped to buy a ‘Big Issue’ from me in 2003, 
Sales of the issue were slow as the winter set in, my regulars were the only ones stopping, and whilst I was still able to make the commuters smile, I wasn’t doing so well. so I changed my sales pitch, around a bit. I went and got myself a few bricks from a skip, put them down by the side of me and began using this strap line; 
‘Free, with this week’s big issue, Part 1 of Building your own home ‘Bricks’ many people stopped came back, smiled, laughed and sales went up. During this Alison passed, and as she went past, she giggled and smiled at me. 
The following week I got a window frame from the same skip (I asked permission to take it and once I’d finished, Week 3, I took it back) 
My strapline, Free, with this weeks ‘Big Issue’ Part 2 of Building your own home ‘a window’, and again sales rose, but more importantly Alison actually stopped and our fairy tale romance began. 
11 years on, we own our own home, we have a beautiful daughter, and some amazing family pets, we’ve argued 3 times in this time, all my fault, honestly. (Read more on my Blog coming soon) 
I think these 16 tips are the secret to a successful relationship, there are a lot more, but for a start these are need to know facts, 

16 Things Every Woman’s Significant Other Should Know 
‘@apprentice_life’ Guys, This is very important +True ALL GUYS?GALS MUST READ!!!! 
16 Things Every Woman’s Significant Other Should Know 
While February is the month of love, filled with Hallmark cards and chocolate, I wanted to understand the true foundations of a relationship and the things that really make love last. Recent research has shown that the happiest relationships involve little to no texting, a lot of sex and a good amount of sleep — among other things. 
But when we put science aside, what are the every day things that make women happy in their relationships? Here are 16 things every woman’s significant other should know: 

1. Know how to make her laugh — and also understand when it’s not the time for laughter. 
2. Understand that sex is important to her and it should come with “a little enticement and a lot of respect.” 
3. No matter what, hugging always helps. 
4. Realize when it’s time to talk and when it’s time to listen. 
5. Know how she takes her coffee. 
6. Vulnerability is a good thing, and without it relationships can’t grow. 
7. Support and encourage her dreams and she will love you even more. As our Facebook follower Britney Keough wrote: “Every woman needs a significant other who’s her rock, and who can lift her up when she’s feeling discouraged.” 
8. Respect her as an equal who can take on the world alone, but instead chooses to do so with you. 
9. Never dismiss her feelings even if you don’t fully understand or agree with them. 
10. Know when it’s her birthday — and don’t forget it. 
11. “Selfless acts are what make a relationship last,” our Facebook follower Kelsey Lauren Dobson told us. 
12. “I’m fine” doesn’t always mean she’s OK and, many times, means the opposite. 
13. Kindness is not weakness, but rather a strength. 
14. Respect and encourage her career aspirations and personal ambitions. 
15. Recognize that every woman is different. What was important to an ex does not always remain true for a current significant other. 
And the classic… 
16. Understand how the female body works and — most importantly — where her clitoris is. 
What’s one thing every woman’s significant other should know? “Like” us on Facebook, tweet at us @rehaninamkhan

Introducing a provider for cleaning, waste management and housing sectors Peter Stone AIEP Founder of Apprenticeships Life (Top Contributor)

My Grandad used to say ‘Where there’s muck there’s Brass’ and I can say through experience it’s true, there IS cash where there’s muck, I worked for Veolia in Tonbridge just before I got diagnosed and I met some absolutely fantastic people, some of whom even after i’d Left, still pop round, see how I am etc. Believe this or not, Working at the Violia Depot in tonbridge is one of the best jobs I’ve ever had, working with some amazing characters and the general public in all weathers,
There are many apprenticeships available in waste management, however some opportunities have only a few entrances into this sector. Introducing Nordic Pioneer Ltd an award-winning training company specialising in providing apprenticeships and training within the cleaning, waste management and housing sectors. We are also highly experienced in the field of graffiti removal and prevention, visit for more information.
Kind regards

From the guys and gals at Career realism

From the guys and gals at Career realism
Is there one thing you can say in a cover letter that will guarantee it accomplishes its purpose? Absolutely!

Related: Does Your Cover Letter Make These 5 Critical Mistakes?

A cover letter serves as an introduction to your CV—and to yourself as a candidate for employment. It’s the place to show your interest in the position, and make a personal connection between who you are and why you’re a great fit for the opportunity. Showing your interest is important within the cover letter… However, saying this ONE thing is almost an ultimate guarantee you’ll get the interview.


You know that old saying, ‘Ask and you shall receive’? It’s true. It may sound like such common sense and obvious advice, but how many times have you sent a cover letter with your resume and not asked for the interview? It’s easy to do!

In the closing paragraph of your cover letter, all you need to do is ask the employer for the interview. I’ve read statistics that have indicated job seekers who ASK for the interview in their cover letters are twice as likely to GET the interview. Below, I’ll give you several examples that you can modify and use in your own cover letter.

Ending #1

I’m excited about the Director of Sales position with XYZ Widgets and would love the opportunity to meet in person to further discuss my experience and the value I can offer you as your next Director of Sales. Please call me at 555.555.5555 to schedule an interview at your earliest convenience.
Ending #2

I would love a personal interview at your earliest convenience to further discuss my credentials with you. I can be reached at 555.555.5555 and will follow up as well to make sure you’ve received my information.
Ending #3

Thank you for your time reviewing my resume. I welcome the opportunity to discuss in a personal interview my qualifications and fit for the position. Feel free to reach me at 555.555.5555 at your earliest convenience.
Ending #4

Thank you for your time and consideration. I will follow up in one week to schedule a day and time we can meet to further discuss the position and my experience. You may also reach me at 555.555.5555 to schedule an interview.
(Please note: Ending #4 is a more direct approach.)

You can ask for the interview with any wording you’re comfortable with. The key thing to remember is to close your cover letter by asking for the interview.