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Simon Jordan's Blog - March 2016

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Simon Jordan's Blog - March 2016
Running a marathon with a chimp on my back I’m taking part in a little-known charity road race later this spring. You might not have heard of it – it’s fairly low-key as far as sports events go. Aside from closing down the centre of the UK capital for an entire day and welcoming 38,000 plus runners this year, it’s not really noticeable. I’m of course talking about the London Marathon (or the Virgin Money London Marathon if you want to give it it’s full titl...
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Simon Jordan's Blog - February 2016

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Automation tech for a lazier more productive tomorrow The world of wearables and automated technology is an incredible, endless resource of creativity and great ideas. From the ingenious to the completely ridiculous, if there’s something you want to track, complete, be reminded of or enhance, there’s almost definitely something you can wear that’ll help make your goals easier to achieve. I’ve started marathon training with a vengeance, and my current progress is being ...
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Simon Jordan’s Blog – January 2016

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Congratulations to WEC Group I want to start off with some fantastic news. Darwen-based welding and fabrication business and long-time Themis Apprenticeship employers WEC Group recently held their Apprenticeship of the Year Awards and some of the achievements noted were really encouraging for 2016. Kris Mercer, WEC’s Training and Development Manager said: "The Apprentice of the Year Awards is a tribute to the amount of effort and commitment our Apprentices put into their work. ...
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Simon Jordan's Blog - December 2015

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5 managerial tips Star Wars taught us This month it’s the big one. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released in cinemas in the UK and my son Harry and I (and sometimes I think it’s more me than him who’s the most excited) are really looking forward to it. The complex plots and characters got me thinking as I ploughed through the prequels and sequels in the lead-up to the new film’s release. A lot of Star Wars’ themes and morals are based on real philosophy. Take ...
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Simon Jordan’s Blog – November 2015

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Thinking like a business at the AoC Conference This month my attention has turned to how Further Education organisation have planned for survival, particularly those which offer Apprenticeship and training provision. Perhaps it’s not practical (or necessary) to pack tins of food and sleeping bags into the under-stairs cupboard in case of emergencies, but in the education and training sector, the changing ways in which funding is awarded and training is provided can ultimately seem like ...
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Simon Jordan's Blog – October 2015

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Praise for the Hot 100 On September 24th I was pleased to welcome a lot of familiar faces to Themis HQ on Princess Way as we joined Lancashire Business View for a very special Hot 100 event. It was great to get everybody in one room to discuss hot topics like job creation and growth within all of Lancashire’s top industry sector. We also celebrated a lot of well-deserved successes and shared thoughts on recently released figures that showed the Lancashire economy growing in all key meas...
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Simon Jordan's Blog - September 2015

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The future’s written Coding has become so important that children are being taught computer languages, Boolean logic and how to create simple programmes  as compulsory skills in Secondary Schools and the BBC have launched “Make It Digital” to encourage the take-up of computer programming in young people. The initiative, alongside similar projects from companies and organisations large and small, from Barclay’s to the Raspberry Pi Foundation and online resources l...
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Simon Jordan's Blog - August 2015

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Powering Up for the Northern Powerhouse Almost twelve months ago, George Osborne declared the need for a focus on the “Northern Powerhouse”, fittingly, at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry. This would be an attempt to harness the force of the North's 15 million person population and use that collective of skill and knowledge to better rival London and the South East. It was said at the time: "The Northern Powerhouse will be a collection of northern cities sufficiently close to each...
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Simon Jordan's Blog - July 2015

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Leading in times of change The past quarter has been a time of change for Apprenticeships, with the election bringing new goals to work towards and skills gaps opening up in sectors where once there were none. Always looking to enhance our customers’ experiences, Themis has also gone through some positive changes. New offices within the Princess Way campus have helped staff from all departments to work together more effectively, improving processes and driving us forward. Change can be difficu...
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Simon Jordan's blog - June 2015

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Bank Notes Between 19 May and 19 July 2015, the public has been given the opportunity to nominate who they would like to appear on the next £20 note. The only stipulation is that the person being nominated must celebrate Britain’s achievements in the visual arts. Some of the nominations have been surprising and some, inspired. From classic masters of the arts such as Charles Rennie MacIntosh and J.M.W Turner to the illustrators who brought childhood stories to life like Beatrix Potter and Edwar...
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Simon Jordan's Blog - May 2015

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It has been an interesting and eventful month already and it’s only really just begun. The General Election has been a great focus for many employers and now the wait is finally over we can discuss how to move forward. So, here’s what we know so far about Apprenticeships and our new Government.   Time will tell how plans will move forward in the coming months, but it’s an exciting time for employers and Apprentices and there is plenty to look forward to. Growth in Construction sector mean...
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Simon Jordan's Blog - April 2015

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2015 seems so positive on this side of Easter. I hope over the Bank Holiday Easter break you found plenty of time to enjoy some down-time and have returned to the grindstone ready to get back to it. I certainly enjoyed spending the long weekend with my family and now feel like I’m ready for anything this financial year has to throw at us! My son Jude - "If this traffic doesn't start moving I'm going to be late for my first appointment." We have some fantastic reasons to be positive about Appr...
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