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Apprenticeship starts were down a massive 40 per cent in February on the same period in 2017, the latest provisional government statistics have revealed.

There were 21,800 starts reported for the month, compared with February 2017’s provisional total of 36,400, according to the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s monthly apprenticeship statistics update, published last week.

This represents this biggest year-on-year percentage drop since last August.

Derbyshire County Council has launched its’ Action Grants scheme aimed at local groups, clubs, charities and other non-profit organisations working in communities across the county.

Council leader, Councillor Barry Lewis, said:

“Over the next two years there will be 2,000 grants of up to £500 on offer to help groups fund projects and events which will benefit their local communities.

“Whether it is to organise a village fete, pay for a youth club activity or to help promote exercise and sport, we’re inviting people who are active in their community to apply.

This course counts towards your CPD record and is aimed at Designated Safeguarding Leads, Managers and Tutors looking to update or refresh their Safeguarding knowledge.

The course will run from 10:00am until 3:00pm, includes lunch and will cover the following areas:

As we’re sure you are all aware, we are only a couple of weeks away from GDPR coming in to effect and we've had a number of enquiries from members around the new rules. If you're still unsure whether you are taking the right steps, the ico website is a great place to visit for advice and guidance. In fact, there is an easy to follow questionnaire and 8 step plan for you to follow.

Out of all the advice given out so far, one of the most important lines I’ve found so far is highlighted in yellow below:

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Are you ready for a new challenge? Do you have the experience, skills and enthusiasm to make a real difference for apprentices and other learners in Derby City Council and across the city?

Derby City Council has an exciting opportunity for an experienced apprenticeship manager to join their senior leadership team to continue to grow the already successful apprenticeship programme.