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DfE to use multiple channels in campaign to convince SMEs to take on apprentices

DfE to use multiple channels in campaign to convince SMEs to take on apprentices

The Department for Education is to launch a major new strand of its apprenticeships campaign, using multiple channels to convince smaller businesses to take on young people.

'Explain it to a 10-year-old' - how to communicate complex changes in healthcare

'Explain it to a 10-year-old' - how to communicate complex changes in healthcare

NHS comms chiefs have praised a pioneering approach to communicating complex messages, with a 10-year-old girl chosen to grill health bosses about Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs).

Courts service will use comms to uphold principles of open justice, says MoJ

Courts service will use comms to uphold principles of open justice, says MoJ

Comms is playing a central role in making Britain's court system more transparent and upholding the principle of justice being seen to be done, according to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

Local authority comms chiefs face 'huge challenge' over council tax rises

Local authority comms chiefs face 'huge challenge' over council tax rises

Beleaguered local government comms teams are facing the unenviable task of persuading people to pay more for council tax and receiving fewer services in return, amid concern over major shortfalls in council budgets.

IPCC takes on council PR chief who resigned after documentary embarrassment

IPCC takes on council PR chief who resigned after documentary embarrassment

The former head of PR for Wigan Council, who resigned after the council was involved in ITV documentary Don't Blame the Council, has taken on a new role at the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Milton Keynes: It's not all concrete cows and roundabouts, says PR team in 50th anniversary push

Milton Keynes: It's not all concrete cows and roundabouts, says PR team in 50th anniversary push

Personal stories from Milton Keynes residents provide an alternative narrative to stereotypes such as concrete cows and roundabouts, according to the head of the PR agency charged with promoting the town's 50th anniversary.

Cautious welcome for proposed law to give media greater access to council records

Cautious welcome for proposed law to give media greater access to council records

A private members bill that could give journalists the power to trawl councils' financial records is an administrative burden but the correct reputational move, local authority comms experts have told PRWeek.

£1.3m PR push to put English lamb and beef on the menu in Europe

£1.3m PR push to put English lamb and beef on the menu in Europe

A major public relations programme by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is due to launch in April in a bid to boost exports of English beef and lamb to Europe.

Government comms pros warned on purdah during run-up to assembly elections

Government comms pros warned on purdah during run-up to assembly elections

Government comms teams are to refrain from doing anything that could lead to them being accused of interfering with the democratic process in the weeks leading up to the Northern Ireland Assembly elections next month.

Law firms 'over-egging' their claims to offer public affairs, lobbying registrar says

Law firms 'over-egging' their claims to offer public affairs, lobbying registrar says

Law firms are often "over-egging the pudding" with claims of providing public affairs and lobbying services - meaning they often do not need to submit to the statutory lobbying register, according to the head of the regulator.

Questions asked in Parliament following PRWeek's Ormiston revelations

Questions asked in Parliament following PRWeek's Ormiston revelations

A Labour MP questioned School's Minister Nick Gibb in Parliament on Monday, following PRWeek's reporting of an academy's tender for comms support last week.

Official figures reveal size of MoD's comms army

Official figures reveal size of MoD's comms army

The Ministry of Defence has enough comms people on staff to fill an entire infantry battalion, according to a PRWeek analysis of recently released data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

NICE turns to Snapchat to connect with young people

NICE turns to Snapchat to connect with young people

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has become the first major public health body to adopt Snapchat, in a bid to connect with young people.

Local government 'caught between devil and deep blue sea' over new housing strategy

Local government 'caught between devil and deep blue sea' over new housing strategy

Local government comms chiefs say they will be 'desperately dodging flak from all sides' as Sajid Javid unveiled controversial plans to address England's housing shortage, including building on Green Belt land.

Opinion and features

So, you want my job? Comms manager, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

So, you want my job? Comms manager, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Sarah Robert's role as comms manager at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service?

Air safety relies on collaborative comms

Air safety relies on collaborative comms

There are few industries more competitive than aviation. Years of seismic change and liberalisation has facilitated widespread positive impact on competition and innovation.

Brexit Diaries - Week 7: A big warning for big brands

Brexit Diaries - Week 7: A big warning for big brands

PRWeek has partnered with insight and strategy consultancy BritainThinks in a unique project to take the temperature of both leave and remain voters in the run-up to triggering Article 50.

Do you send unsolicited emails to journalists? You could have a big problem

Do you send unsolicited emails to journalists? You could have a big problem

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is not a subject that will get hearts racing, but the PR industry had better take notice.

Isis hack on NHS shows the risk of cyber attack is omnipresent

Isis hack on NHS shows the risk of cyber attack is omnipresent

Last week, it was reported that Isis-inspired hackers carried out an attack on six NHS websites and posted brutal images of violence from the war in Syria.

Brexit Diaries - Week 6: What would a good deal look like and what are the chances of one?

Brexit Diaries - Week 6: What would a good deal look like and what are the chances of one?

PRWeek has partnered with insight and strategy consultancy BritainThinks in a unique project to take the temperature of both leave and remain voters in the run-up to triggering Article 50.

So, you want my job? Director of comms, the University of Cambridge

So, you want my job? Director of comms, the University of Cambridge

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Paul Mylrea's role as director of comms at the University of Cambridge?

Can businesses adapt their comms to the rise of nationalism?

Can businesses adapt their comms to the rise of nationalism?

As some of the world's superpowers take a more nationalistic approach and their societies become more divided, global businesses are facing entirely new comms challenges.

So, you want my job? Director of comms, NHS Providers

So, you want my job? Director of comms, NHS Providers

In a new interview series, PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. This week's spotlight shines on Daniel Reynolds, director of comms at NHS Providers.

Three ways to improve local public sector communications

Three ways to improve local public sector communications

LGA director of comms David Holdstock looks at Sustainable Transformation Plans (STPs) and suggests three ways in which they could revolutionise public sector comms.

The Brexit Diaries - Week 5: Trump divides diarists but views converge on Brexit process

The Brexit Diaries - Week 5: Trump divides diarists but views converge on Brexit process

PRWeek has partnered with insight and strategy consultancy BritainThinks in a unique project to take the temperature of both leave and remain voters in the run-up to triggering Article 50.

Recent public sector people moves

Prime Minister's spokeswoman and deputy spokesman both leaving Number 10

Prime Minister's spokeswoman and deputy spokesman both leaving Number 10

Both Helen Bower and Greg Swift, respectively the spokesperson and deputy spokesperson to the Prime Minister, are leaving their roles, PRWeek understands.

U.S. COO Nicole Cornish exits Burson-Marsteller

U.S. COO Nicole Cornish exits Burson-Marsteller

She joined the firm in 2002, then rose through the ranks at Burson and grassroots agency Direct Impact.

Toby Orr to leave Portland for comms director role at Department for International Trade

Toby Orr to leave Portland for comms director role at Department for International Trade

Portland senior partner Toby Orr is to leave the agency to become director of communications at the Government's Department for International Trade.

Brunswick takes on Cameron aide and peer to advise on recruitment

Brunswick takes on Cameron aide and peer to advise on recruitment

Baroness Fall, a member of the House of Lords and for six years a senior aide to former PM David Cameron, has joined the UK's second-largest PR firm in a role focused on recruitment.

Newgate Communications takes Bell Pottinger veteran David Telling for senior role

Newgate Communications takes Bell Pottinger veteran David Telling for senior role

David Telling, formerly a partner at Bell Pottinger, has been appointed by Newgate Communications to expand its geopolitical and corporate client portfolio.

M&C Saatchi picks new comms director for UK Government counter extremism brief

M&C Saatchi picks new comms director for UK Government counter extremism brief

The creative agency M&C Saatchi has recruited Ros Trinick, currently of public affairs agency PLMR, to lead comms work for its major Home Office counter extremism brief.

Madano hires ex-John Prescott private secretary Chris Parr as director

Madano hires ex-John Prescott private secretary Chris Parr as director

Madano has appointed Chris Parr, John Prescott's former private secretary and Bell Pottinger veteran, as director of its built environment and professional services business.