Education the key this Black History Month
Echo News | 4th October 2018
The event is supported by The World of Braiding and Extensions, and The Terrence Higgins Trust, a charity that campaigns on and provides services relating to HIV and sexual health. Hildah Mulenga, founder of Mumba Children’s Project said: “This event will hopefully encourage some much needed conversation around sexual health and HIV within the black African community. “We’re thrilled to be able to use this opportunity to raise awareness of the Terrence Higgins Trust’s sexual health services. “Terrence Higgins Trust continues to do amazing work promoting good sexual health, and we’re really pleased to help in any way we can.” An exhibition will also be held at the function rooms throughout the day which will help raise funds for the project’s safe-sex awareness and education projects for young black adults. Laura Horne, a health promotion specialist for Southend, said: “We do believe that it’s important for us as a charity to be visible at community events such as this. “We will be offering free rapid HIV tests and sexual health advice to all those who attend. “This Black History Month we want to focus on how we can help end HIV stigma within the black African community, and we believe our presence at events like this is a step in the right direction.”
OfS: Lack of diversity among degree apprentices
Tes | 4th October 2018
New Office for Students research shows a low number of female and BAME learners taking degree apprenticeships. Universities and employers need to do more to ensure that degree apprenticeship opportunities reach a more diverse mix of learners. The Office for Students (OfS), the new HE regulator, looked at the profile of 1,750 students starting degree apprenticeships in the 2016-17 academic year, the second cohort of degree apprentices after the scheme was introduced in 2015. The figures show that more men take up degree apprenticeships than women and there are lower proportions from minority ethnic groups, compared with entrants on similar HE courses. However, the data also shows that a third of degree apprenticeship students come from disadvantaged neighbourhoods, which is slightly higher than the proportion entering similar full-time higher education courses.
Metro Bank launches apprenticeships for senior bankers
London loves business | 3rd October 2018
Metro Bank, the revolution in British banking, has partnered with leading business school, Cranfield School of Management, to launch an MSc in Retail and Digital Banking, which also provides the Chartered Banker Diploma on completion. Delivered initially to the bank’s colleagues, the university will offer the degree as part of its wider educational portfolio from next year. Launching this month, over 30 colleagues from across the bank, including the Digital, Products and Finance teams, will become the first cohort to undertake the two-year part-time degree. Covering retail and digital banking, product management, financial markets and industry disruption, the course will provide students with training in concepts and theories, as well as their in-business application. The degree is the bank’s second bespoke programme and the first master’s-level apprenticeship funded from the Apprenticeship Levy. As a certified employer provider, Metro Bank can deliver its own accredited apprenticeship training, and this year has already recruited around 70 entry-level apprentices onto its Cashier programme.