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NOTE: DUE TO THE NATURE OF THIS SUBJECT, FACTS ON THE GROUND MIGHT HAVE CHANGED BY THE TIME YOU FINISH THIS ARTICLE.

Let's take a hypothetical situation. You like chocolate. I'm a chocolate-maker. You've been telling me for years how much you love chocolate, and how you want me to make more. Then one day, I tell you I'm going to give you 3 million bars of chocolate. You're happy. But the day I'm supposed to start giving you the chocolate, I give you a half-eaten bar of Cadbury's and tell you that I'll get back to you in a few months.

You'd be a bit mad.

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Exciting news! TQUK has been approved by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) as an apprentice assessment organization!  You can find us registered here, on the government’s official Register of apprentice assessment organisations (RoAAO).

Now that TQUK is able to provide apprenticeship end-point assessment in various disciplines, we thought it would be helpful to take a look at some of the government’s new apprenticeship reforms, their pros and cons and how they are affecting the industry and businesses like ours, for those in the know and for the newbies out there.

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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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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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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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