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Why is Apprenticeship uptake dropping?

Categories // Marketing and Communication

The government has recently announced figures for the number of Apprenticeships starts. Between August 2017 – January 2018 there has been a 24% decrease in starts over the same point the previous year.


This has coincided with the introduction of the Apprenticeship levy, but is this the reason?


The levy was brought in to improve the countries skills by increasing the number of apprenticeships to 3 million by 2020.


Lots of Changes


Along with the levy there has also been other changes to Apprenticeships, these include the new apprenticeships standards,  the launch of the Institute of Apprenticeships and digital accounts to pay for apprenticeships.



91% increase in ransomeware attempts

Categories // Digital Technology Centre, Business Operations, Marketing and Communication

Surveys are showing that more and more Criminals are launching even more online attacks on businesses than ever before!

Among the surveys cited was one by Corero Network Security, which recorded a 91% increase in ransom attempts between the first and third quarters of last year.


Cybercrime on the increase

Categories // Business Operations

The increase in cybercrime has been in the news a lot this week. Whether it is from organised crime or sovereign states, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned of increasing attacks on both organisations and individuals.




Categories // Business Development, HR and Training, Marketing and Communication

How can social media help your business?

Social media is an amazing tool for expanding your business! You can use social media to widen your audience and market. It is about building and creating interactive relationships with customers.



Categories // Business Development

Improving I.T. user productivity in the work place can really help SMEs to boost their business growth and improve employee motivation and morale, enabling them to compete successfully in their sector.

With huge technological advancements changing the way we all do things in the business world; the government are currently investing a lot of energy and resources into helping companies improve their I.T. skills.


What’s the apprenticeship levy all about then?

I think its time to find out....

I’ve heard the apprenticeship levy mentioned a lot since I started working for TCHC. There is a lot of information out there and it can be confusing so, I thought I would write a blog post to get to the bottom of it and answer a few questions…



Categories // Business Development

Most businesses now use and rely on the cloud because of its convenience, reliability, cost savings and scalability.

If you are unsure of what the cloud is then it’s really very simple. The cloud is a collection of services, hardware or software apps that run over the existing infrastructure of the internet or our internal company networks.
A cloud service run over the internet is often referred to as a public cloud, while one run over your internal company network is sometimes called a private cloud.


Find out how to Successfully grow and promote your business using social media

Categories // Business Development

When using social media to promote your business it’s extremely important you do it right or it could end up being a total waste of time and resources.

By following these simple rules, you should be able to grow and promote your business successfully!


Businesses should embrace change not run from it...

Categories // Business Development

Many businesses fear change when they really shouldnt

Many businesses fear change and are quite set in their ways when it comes to running their companies, the ‘if it’s not broke don’t fix it’ attitude. After all, if your business is going well and has been for years, then it’s hard to sometimes see the need for embracing change and it becomes easier to ignore new possible developments.


6 steps to help you defend against the latest phishing tactics.

Categories // Digital Technology Centre

With cyber thieves getting smarter and more familiar with security systems, it is becoming increasingly more important to train staff to be aware of the pitfalls. Always keep an eye out for suspicious activity as Phishing alone costs large businesses on average £2.8 million per year. Here are 6 simple steps to stop you falling for scams.

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