Starbucks has pledged to double the number of apprentices it takes on in the UK by 2020. Starbucks, the US coffee chain that first launched its apprenticeship scheme in 2012, intends to skill up a further 1,000 UK recruits over the next four years bringing the total number to more than 2,000.Partner Remit Training, which delivers the apprenticeship programme on behalf of Starbucks, said 80% of young people starting a Starbucks apprenticeship complete their training and remain within the business.The East-Midlands based training provider said one in five learners achieved a promotion at work with 20% of Level 2 Baristas climbing to supervisory roles and 23% of Level 3 Management apprentices rising to store managers.It will now deliver the next phase of apprenticeships providing Level 4 and 5 qualifications.“We’re incredibly proud of the scheme we’re running alongside Starbucks,” Sue Pittock, chief executive of Remit Group, said: “Not only have we taken on such a large amount of apprentices over the past four years, but our teams have helped train and develop those young people, advancing not just their skills and qualifications but also their confidence and career prospects. We look forward to supporting Starbucks to achieve their 2020 target and watching the careers of our apprentices build.”Lisa Robbins, director of partner resources at Starbucks, added: “We are continually looking at ways in which they [employees and partners] can grow and progress within our business.”
For many CIO’s – moving to a credit union managed services provider (MSP) for their critical technology infrastructure has become THE “go to” strategy for managing their increasingly complex infrastructures, regulations and threats. There is no question that when it comes to efficiency and administrative overhead, a good MSP relationship can save your credit union BIG! But because of the innate nature of a service provider/credit union relationship, much of the work may not be as transparent as what your credit (or NCUA!) would like. So the question becomes: How do I know that I am getting what I paid for? Here are a few things we think you should consider when answering this question…Do you know where your MSP’s responsibility stops and where yours begins? This is extremely important when it comes to analyzing different providers. Make sure you have a very clear understanding of what your organizations role will be once the managed service is implemented. You need a clear understanding of what exactly the MSP is going to handle, where the handoff to your staff exists, and how the two will work together to provide the synergy necessary to running a smooth operation. You wouldn’t want to get caught in a situation after the fact where your expectations are not met because you didn’t have all the facts prior to choosing the right vendor for your needs. As important as it is to know what to expect from your vendor, it is also key to know what your vendor is going to expect from you. In most cases, this will become a partnership between your organization and your MSP, so make sure you are both well informed before you join forces. continue reading » 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Defender Cole, who won 107 caps for England, will not be short of suitors, despite being in the final years of his career. Since his move across London from Arsenal in 2006, he has won one league title, four FA Cups, the Europa League and, most memorably, the Champions League with the Blues. Cole, whose contract expires on June 30, has removed “Chelsea and England left-back” from his Twitter biography. The 33-year-old is out of contract this summer following eight years at Stamford Bridge. The left-back, who retired from international football after being left out of England’s World Cup squad, said on Twitter: “I am weighing up my options for playing next season with my agent and sadly it does not look like chelsea will be one of them. Press Association Ashley Cole has announced he is set to leave Chelsea. “Thank u Chelsea FC for making my 8 years there a pleasure to work all the staff and players, we’ve been through a lot, good and bad. “And of course the fans, how do I start, I can only say thank u for giving the boys confidence to win some amazing trophies, and once again. “And this tweet is to the FANS that have stood (sic) buy me through thick and thin, I will always have u in my hearts, #cfcfans. “And now I’ll be looking for another journey in my life hope it can be like my others full of fun and of course WIN something.” Cole was kept out of the side by Cesar Azpilicueta for much of last season, making just 17 Barclays Premier League appearances, his lowest total in a single campaign for the club. He was in tears after the final home game of the season, which now looks certain to have been his Stamford Bridge farewell. The former Arsenal man was one of a trio of experienced players whose deals were up in the summer, along with Frank Lampard and John Terry, but captain Terry has since signed a one-year extension. The future of Lampard, who will be 36 next month, is still undecided, with the midfielder’s immediate focus on England and the World Cup.