Research conducted by Lord Adonis suggests that Nissan apprenticeships have become more competitive than a place at Oxford University.The report, “More and Better Jobs: North-East International” revealed that with 1,000 applications for 20 places, the candidate’s chance of success is just 2%.By contrast, Oxford receives on average 17,200 applications for 3,200 places, giving an approximately 18% chance of a place. In fact, in recent years, Oxford has seen a slight decline in applications – down 5% from 2010 to 2011.However, as well as highlighting the quality of the apprenticeship programme offered by Nissan, these statistics also draw attention to a lack of opportunities in the vocational sector. Adonis commented that “Nissan’s apprenticeship programme is regarded as one of the best in the country so you would expect to see it oversubscribed, but it is scandalous that so few apprenticeship places are available at companies across this region.”He hopes to create 13,000 apprenticeships in the North-East every year in order to “get young people on the road to a job, not the road to the dole.” His research focused specifically on the North-East: he is keen to see a higher proportion of the population going on the higher education as well as vocational work.Claiming that these internships are harder than Oxford University could be a controversial statement. However, on closer inspection, it seems that they were a provocative statement rather than a genuine comparison between the two institutions. His allegation that “The competition for places is unbelievably fierce, more even than for Oxford University’ is more to do with numbers than application process.Quality and quantity are not necessarily synonymous, as confirmed by Adam Tyndell, Lord Adonis’s Assistant who alleged that “Andrew was referring to the number of applicants per place, only.”Jonathon Metzer, Co-Chair of Oxford University Labour Club, was supportive of Adonis’ research. “Lord Adonis is absolutely right to highlight the need to expand apprenticeships so that there are clear pathways to success for less academically-inclined people and I strongly hope that his ideas will gather cross-party support.”Metzer also confirmed that Adonis will be speaking at the OULC on Monday of 3rd Week.
Loretta Pauline Goodall, age 84 of Batesville, Indiana passed away on Friday, August 23, 2019. The daughter of Finley and Eva (nee: Bolton) Jones was born on September 6, 1934 in Whitley County,Kentucky.Loretta was a member of the Steele’s Chapel Christian Church in Corbin, Kentucky. She worked for US Shoe in Osgood for many years before retiring.Loretta always put out a vegetable garden when she was able, but her flowers were her true passion. Whether it was cut, planted or potted flowers as long as they were live she enjoyed them. Birds were another interest of hers along with fairies, butterflies and angels. Many times she could be found going to a garage sale or flea market, most likely hunting for something special to decorate her home with. Loretta, of course, was the family cook, always preparing delicious favorites for her family. Everyone looked forward to her tasty “Christmas Roll” presents and she loved making them each year. Most of all she was a devoted mother, grandma and Grammie who loved spending time with her family, especially when it was time to entertain and spoil the great-grandchildren.She will be dearly missed by her daughters, Bobbie Poynter, Ella Meyer (Bill) and Eva Byard (Jeff); 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; along with her siblings, Joyce Justice, Margaret Ballinger, Carmel Cameron Roberts, John Jones, Bill Jones, Eugene Jones, Junior Jones and David Jones.In addition to her parents, was preceded in death by her two children, Carol Isaacs and Gilbert Goodall Jr. and two sisters Alice Grove and Myrtle Bradner.Friends and family calling will be Wednesday, August 28, 2019 from 4-6pm with Memorial Services following at 6:00pm all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville, IN. Pastor Sandy Gruell officiating. Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.