As an awarding organisation, TQUK is keenly aware of the benefits that education and training can have on people. Both are the gateway to someone’s potential, the best and most valuable investment they can make.

This is not only true for individuals. It is also true for companies as well.

By investing in education and training, organisations increase the skills of their employees, allowing them to achieve their potential, be more productive and increase their wellbeing. The opportunity to continually improve also creates a more fulfilling life and career where individuals can multiply their abilities and expand their horizons.

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There’s an old saying: Gorgeous hair is the best revenge.

Hair holds a special place in our culture – how we style it can make a huge statement about who we are. A good hairdo can send your confidence soaring, and a bad one can make you touchy and self-conscious. Who knew those thousands of strands on our head could contain so much power?

Never have hairdressing and barbering been more in demand. Cultural shifts towards personal glamour and celebrity through social media have ramped up demand for sleek outer images. No matter what role you occupy (whether a social media influencer or high-level politician), what you do with your hair can broadcast a lot to the world. (Simply look at the amount of attention paid to Donald Trump’s hair for proof of this.)

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Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona!

Or, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s time to bust out the green clothes and food colouring and enjoy a cheeky green pint at your local.

St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in the British Isles for hundreds of years in cities across Ireland and the UK. On the 17th of March, wherever you go, you’ll see parades and public events and pubs packed full to bursting. It’s a great time to let down your hair and let off some steam with friends and family.

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It’s one thing to know your stuff. It’s quite another to manage people doing said stuff.

Some people who have years of experience in a particular area assume that experience makes them suited for a management role. This is not necessarily the case.

While experience in a particular area is, of course, valuable, management is all about knowing people: what they want, how to motivate them and creating the conditions where they can be the best they can be. And that, as Liam Neeson would say, requires a very particular set of skills.

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Apprenticeships work. It’s a fact. It’s been proven again and again over the years by the bright and inspiring individuals learning their craft who go on to grow the country’s economy and make their workplaces more efficient and productive.

March 5-9 2018 is National Apprenticeship Week, where we celebrate and promote the role of apprenticeships in education and work. Above all, we want to get the word out about how important apprenticeships are to the modern economy and how people of all ages  can take on a vocational career.

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