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What you can gain from being an intern


Being an intern can sound like a thankless task – doing the hard work for little or no pay. But there’s plenty you can learn from your stint on the bottom rung of the career ladder.

Interns can get a hard time of it – little to no pay, often looked down upon by the office, and made to do the jobs no one else wants. But for some industries, an internship can be a vital step in progressing your career.
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The Apprentice: Negotiation and shopping

Men's team

Spoiler alert!

Week 3, with two down and sixteen to go the third episode saw hopefuls meet in the tunnels beneath Dover Castle. They congregated in a small hall facing Karren Brady and Claude Littner with Lord Sugar nowhere to be seen. The lights dimmed and as if from one of the candidate’s nightmares a projection of The Lord himself loomed on a huge screen before them.

The teams stayed the same for this challenge where the aim was to buy all the items on a shopping list at the best price. Half of each team would be sent to France and the other half would be staying in Dover the teams had to decide who to send where and which items from the list each half of the team would be shopping for.

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Apprenticeship numbers hit record high


The number of people taking part in apprenticeships is at an all-time high.

According to the latest figures released by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), 860,000 individuals started one in 2012-13, with over 1.5 million taking place since 2010.

BIS says that the gold standard of apprenticeships – which covers higher and advanced levels – has attracted a record number of participants.

Skills minister Matthew Hancock said: “There are now more options than ever before, with a focus on the quality and rigour that people and employers want from apprenticeships.”

He added that it was “good news” for the economy, while also highlighting that it is quickly becoming “the new norm” to either start work-based training or go to university.

All programmes now last at least one year and involve on-the-job tuition.

Have you felt the benefit of taking on an apprentice? What difference do you think they can make to small to medium-sized enterprises?

Posted by the Secret Businessman