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Britain’s economy is growing faster than expected, new figures have revealed, a sign that a feared double-dip recession will be averted.

Official data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows the economy grew by 0.8 per cent during the third quarter of 2010, double analysts’ expectations of 0.4 per cent.

The news comes on top of 1.2 per cent growth between April and June, and  Chancellor George Osborne said it reflected people and companies’ confidence in the new government’s economic policies.

“The ONS believe that the underlying growth in the third quarter was ‘broadly similar’ to the strong second quarter,” he said.

“This gives me confidence that although global economic conditions remain choppy, a steady recovery is underway.”

Weakening retail sales and house price data were expected to weigh on growth. But it was boosted by a 4 per cent increase in construction activity during the period. 

“This is the second major GDP growth surprise in a row and suggests that the UK economy is more resilient than many had feared,” said James Knightley, an economist at ING.

“The government will no doubt take this as a sign that the private sector can fill the gap created by public sector cuts, but with consumer confidence, hiring intentions surveys and housing activity data all softening we remain cautious.” Source: Pro Channel.

The number of people starting apprenticeships in England this year has risen by more than 50% on last year, official figures show.

There were 442,700 apprenticeship starts in the academic year 2010-11 compared with 279,000 the previous year.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said he was pleased that sectors like construction, manufacturing and engineering were continuing to back apprenticeships despite tough economic times.

He added: “The government will continue to improve and strengthen the apprenticeships programme to drive up standards, cut bureaucracy for smaller firms and deliver more advanced level a high tech training.”

Funded health and social care apprenticeships in the London M25 area are available through Majestic College, which has extensive links with care sector employers. 

The UK continues to be a magnet for migrant workers and international students, especially from former eastern bloc EU countries, such as Poland, Latvia, Slovakia and more recently Bulgaria and Romania. But not all EU migrants have the same rights. Although Bulgarian and Romanian citizens do not enjoy full free movement rights to work in the UK they can obtain Yellow Card permits to work full time as part of a vocational study programme such as NVQ or QCF courses in Health and Social Care. The care industry is desperately short of qualified care workers, and with government curbs on Tier 2 working visas and Tier 4 student visas managers are increasing turning to EU migrants, especially from bright new EU member workers from Bulgaria and Romania. There are hundreds of jobs available in the UK especially in the care industry. One employer, who owns a chain of over 60 care homes and sheltered housing units for people with learning disabilities, said that he would ‘like to employ more Romanians and Bulgarians if he can find those with Yellow Cards (as students) who don’t mind working outside of London’.See also:

UK Apprenticeship training schemes take off

UK University applications drop 9% as higher fees and student visa crackdown takes effect

Health care workers needed in UK now

Immigration Rules for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals

If you need any immigration advice or help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email: or visit

Majestic College offer special packages and free advice for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.

For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 or email

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