News High-street retail guru Mary Portas

An underwear factory championed by Mary Portas, the retail guru and government advisor, has gone bust – in a blow to her attempts to revive UK manufacturing.

Video: Melody fired from the Apprentice

After the sales task went disastrously wrong, project manager Melody is the latest to be fired by Lord Sugar on The Apprentice.

Apprenticeships are a great way to make sure that you're hired

Students over the age of 16 who choose an apprenticeship are in good company, irrespective of the goings-on in Lord Sugar's boardroom. Notable apprentices throughout history have included Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin and even Elvis, who was an apprentice electrician before putting on those blue suede shoes.

Teachers to be trained on the job

Teachers will be trained on the job in the classroom under a radical shake-up of training to be announced by the Government.

DVD: Get Low (PG)

Aaron Schneider's Get Low is a low-key gem featuring suitably low-key performances from Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek.

Rich reward on Guineas day for O'Brien dynasty

Apprentice son of Ballydoyle maestro judges pace perfectly on Roderic O'Connor

University entry system attacked

David Willetts today hit out at the university entry system for awarding points to "pony care" and music courses, but not to apprenticeships.

The Sketch: A modern 'crapopolis' is the chosen setting for reaffirming vows

What was she doing with the apprentices – the nice-looking young blonde with the day-glo safety waistcoat and blue plastic bags over her work boots? The real apprentices were (rather touchingly) wearing suits and ties. She looked like a middle-class intern on a gap year. And her disguise was undermined by her manicure. Lovely pale pink nails. Buffed, probably. "She's there to give the impression there are more women involved in construction than there really are," one of the industry men said.

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The real junior apprentices: Pupils are encouraged to run their own businesses at Lincoln Castle Academy

But will cuts spell the end of schemes like this?

Hello, partner: Sugar ups ante in 'Apprentice'

It's time to stop moaning about the banks and start your own business, Lord Sugar has declared, after launching a new series of The Apprentice in which he will set up a new joint venture with the winner.

Trainee pilots ordered home after protests in London

Seven trainee pilots from Bahrain have been suspended from a British flying school after protesting in London against their government's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.

Murphy keeps an ace up his sleeve on Poker

Jockey plays a waiting game on enigmatic chaser and comes from last to first to take final big prize at end of jump season

Man accidentally shot girl, then killed himself

A teenage girl was shot dead in a remote cottage by her boyfriend accidentally before he ran outside and killed himself, it emerged yesterday.

Lykke Li, New Trinity Centre, Bristol

The dry ice, ominous synth and reverberating bass that is the prelude to Lykke Li’s stage entrance suggests that she has been taking notes from fellow Swede Fever Ray on ‘How to Spook An Audience’. However, she stops short of the stuffed bear's head approach of her contemporary and instead opts for a less disturbing and more flattering black kimono that gives the impression of Lykke Li as a trainee ninja.

Public school cook cleared of poisoning soup

A kitchen porter at a £27,000-a-year public school was acquitted yesterday of trying to poison pupils by lacing their soup with cleaning fluid.

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