Can training make your business better?

Sharpening the Saw – why improving your staff benefits your business in lots of ways. Years ago I attended a training session where I was told a story about 'sharpening the saw'. In summary, the story was centred around a woodsman who is sawing away at a tree with a...

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We are Hiring: Recruitment & Apprenticeship Coordinator  

Recruitment & Apprenticeship Coordinator Job Description Creative Alliance are a small but growing team who believe passionately in making a difference to the lives of talented young people across the Midlands. The primary purpose of the company is to enable talented young people to get into learning, training and working...

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festival of Social Enterprise CITYDRIVE! logo

Each year gets bigger and better…It’s Birmingham’s very own festival of Social Enterprise CITYDRIVE!

Birmingham’s very own festival of Social Enterprise CITYDRIVE! Social enterprise development organisation ISE dreamt up CITYDRIVE five years ago. As a result, they showcase company's that do business for good in the City. Therefore, they aim to inspire citizens to start up, buy from, invest in, work for or volunteer with social businesses. [caption id="attachment_6842" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Creative Alliance attending the social enterprise event at the Council buildings in the centre...

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Alterations to employer apprenticeship contributions and other changes this April

Take advantage of the lower employer contributions In May 2017 there were significant policy changes regarding how apprenticeships were funded. Firstly, there was the apprenticeship levy. The apprenticeship levy is a tax on large corporations. Anyone with a payroll bill of over £3,000,000 had to put a small percentage of...

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Education and skills in the Creative Industry: Our MD speaks to Westminster.

Creative Alliance Managing Director, Noel Dunne, recently spoke about the challenges around apprenticeship policy at a Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar: Education, Skills and the UK Creative Industries Workforce - next steps for policy, partnerships and securing the talent pipeline. His 5 minute presentation can be found here. [slideshare id=139399625&doc=noelpres-190403112842]

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Apprentice Ambassador’s Launch Night

Get a chance to speak to apprentices and about your apprenticeship. On November 2018 we set up an apprentice ambassador scheme. The idea of this scheme was to get apprentices both “graduated” and current to assist, support and develop the apprenticeship programme. Since that date they have met regularly and...

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Safeguarding & Prevent Newsletter-First Edition

Creative Alliance would like to introduce you to the first edition of our ‘Safeguarding & Prevent’ Newsletter. As an Apprenticeship provider, we take our safeguarding and prevent responsibilities seriously and want to ensure that all learners experience a safe, positive learning environment. The Newsletter will provide information, advice, and guidance...

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Birmingham Publicity Association lunch

With it now being February, Christmas seems such a long time ago. But we did want to write a little bit about an event we attended (and sponsored) in the festive period. Last year the Birmingham Publicity Association had their annual Christmas lunch. Where the great and good in the...

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“What I wish I and my employer had known before my apprenticeship….”

We asked our apprenticeship ambassadors to write an a few words on the following question. What they wish they had known before their apprenticeship started? And what they wished employers had known? Late in 2018 we started an apprentice ambassador programme to give our learners a voice for the future...

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Creative, Digital & Marketing Talent Development: What Do You Think Is Important?

We are going to speak to the people that can really make changes in the Creative, Digital and Marketing sector and we NEED to know your opinions Our director Noel Dunne is speaking with key policy makers about education, skills and the next steps for policy, partnerships and the talent...

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