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April 22, 2018, marks the 48th instalment of Earth Day, the international day to demonstrate support for environmental protection in all its forms, from conservation to pollution, climate change to wildlife protection. The day is celebrated in 193 countries around the world, bringing people of all backgrounds and cultures together to recognise the importance of the integrity and health of the planet we live on.

This year, Earth Day 2018 aims to address plastic pollution. The presence of plastics on our wildlife preserves, shores and in our oceans has long been an area of concern, but research in recent years has drawn attention to the scale of a problem many did not know of. The Earth Day campaign includes initiatives to mitigate the proliferation of plastics in the environment, provide education about how to reduce plastics consumption and eliminate the single-use plastics.

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Unconventional, I think is the best way I would describe my path crossing with TQUK.

As is the case for a few people at the company, my job application process wasn't anything like as formal as I was used to. And when you think about it, those are always the best instances aren't they?

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If you would like to #StayTQUK, please submit your email address here and Stay with us. Looking for further clarification on GDPR? We have put together a GDPR blog below which may help to answer some of those all important questions.

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From the 25th of May, TQUK will be adopting several measures to ensure compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force. We’re sure many of our centres will have questions regarding GDPR, so we wanted to provide an overview to help you get started and understand what this new regulation involves. While we’re more than happy to offer advice, as I’m sure you understand, every situation is different, and so we would certainly recommend seeking additional advice from other relevant organisations.

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The recent apprenticeship numbers could be better for the government.

On March 29, the government reported a further drop in the number of apprenticeship starts. 194,100 apprenticeship starts were reported in 2017/18. This is a significant drop compared to the same time 2016/17, when there were 258,800 apprenticeship starts. This drop is also not a one-off anomaly. The last year has seen consistent quarter on quarter drops, the most dramatic of which being the stunning 61% drop in starts reported in October of 2017, when they dropped to 43,000 from 113,000.

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April 7th is World Health Day, an initiative by the World Health Organisation to promote health in all its aspects and promote individual areas of health concern. This year, World Health Day addresses Universal Health Coverage around the world.

Universal Health Coverage (UHC)is about ensuring all people can get high quality health services, no matter their economic status, where they live or where they come from, their race, class, gender or identity. While it does not mean anyone should be able to have access to any medical procedure at any time, it does mean that people should not have to choose between the cost of healthcare and paying for education, food or housing.

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