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On this Stationery Awareness Week, TQUK is planning on settling our teacups bit more lightly on the table, bowing our heads away from our spreadsheets and taking a moment to remember...

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2017 is shaping up to be another interesting year. Theresa May, on 18 April, has called for a general election to take place on 8 June, 2017.

After a general election in 2015, and then the referendum of 2016, the British political landscape is about to be shaken up yet again, and this can mean big consequences for the education sector. 2016 and 2017 were landmark years, with massive changes to the funding and assessment of apprenticeships, the potential introduction of grammar schools and more. The further education industry has been forced to adapt to these proposed changes, and with the possibility of a shuffled or new government on the horizon, another cloud of uncertainty has descended.

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April 7th is World Health Day, and Training Qualifications UK is joining the World Health Organization (WHO) this year in trying to raise awareness for depression and other mental illnesses.

In the West and around the world, life expectancy has been slowly climbing, year on year, for the last several decades. Infectious diseases have been stamped out. Advances in science and medicine occur every day, and these advances save thousands of lives every year. Generally, human beings are healthier, less susceptible to disease, have better access to healthcare and are living longer. Recently, CNN reported that in 2015, the global average life expectancy was 71.4 years, and is expected to rise to 85 years among women in many countries, with South Korea leading the way with a projected staggering 90.8 years.

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April’s a spring month: the time when the ground thaws and the air sweetens with the full perfume of blooming flowers. Long-hidden skin is uncovered and exposed to the elements. It’s the time of unfettering, unfurling and release.

If only we could enjoy it. By all measures, the UK is stressed out of its mind.

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welding_welder.jpg_1356678171.jpgNational Apprenticeship Week 2017

Did you know that during a recent survey, 75% of employers reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service? If it wasn’t time before to recognise apprenticeship programmes as a direct competitor to a university education – it definitely is now.

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