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Som it up autumn winter 2013

  1. 1. Som-it-upfrom Issue 5 - Autumn / Winter 2012/13 GROW SOMERSET TALENT, WATCH YOUR BUSINESS GROW Campaign number three is alive and kicking! Get involved, give us a call today… You may be thinking, what’s all the fuss about! It’s because 100 day campaigns are proving highly successful in Somerset,Morland Hall celebrates as employers, apprentices, trainingthe Diamond Jubilee in style providers, partners and the media look to promote Apprenticeships.with Somerset Skills &Learning Mosaics Course! The concept is simple - to generate Apprenticeship vacancies inA special Diamond Jubilee mosaic course was organised by Somerset Skills & Learning working in partnership with businesses within the local area within 100 days. The aim is for the public sector and private business leaders, training providers, the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and the local newspaper and/or radio station to work in partnership to deliver a sustainedMorland Hall in Highbridge. This is one of arange of new first steps art courses that provided campaign to influence the business community to drive once again theopportunity for local residents to participate in number of Apprenticeship opportunities.taster sessions in art based activities. The campaigns benefit the business community, adults and young people;The idea for the course came from local providing positive messages to the entire community and will benefit theresidents and people attending the Morland Hall economy.Community Centre, which is located in a Previous campaigns have focused on all employers or new businesses fordisadvantaged ward in Highbridge. Participants Apprenticeship pledges. These have been highly successful campaignson the course had the opportunity to learn how and surpassed set plan and create a mosaic design and learntskills such as how to safely cut glass and The focal market this time is 16 to 24 year olds.grouting techniques.All the mosaics were inspired by the Diamond For example: 16 to 24 year olds starting a new job/apprenticeship with anJubilee celebrations and the finished pieces will employer. (Please note this criteria is campaignhave pride of place in the public waiting area at led only, Apprenticeships are available to all ageHighbridge Medical Centre. groups, all enquiries welcome).Richard Mathews from the Sedgemoor The target audience will align with the currentCommunity Partnership said “We wanted to find Employer Apprenticeship Grant (AGE) of £1500some way of creating a piece of art work to currently available to employers who employ acelebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I can’t 16 to 24 year old (subject to eligibility).think of a better way of celebrating than Please call 01278 426828 or emailencouraging people to have fun, try out new for more informationactivities together and learn something new.” or to apply.The course was organised by the Somerset Skills Somerset Skills & Learning request your help to make this one of the best& Learning Widening Participation Team who campaigns ever!work with voluntary and community groups anddisadvantaged individuals. If you would like to Don’t forget - The 100 Day Apprenticeship Challenge has become one of theorganise a course for your community group or most successful campaigns, not just in Somerset but all over the your local area please call Jenny Perks on07920 211172 or email You really don’t want to miss out!
  2. 2. STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD NEWS from the Hospitality Team The hospitality and catering team would be interested in meeting people who are genuinely interested in a career in hospitality or who may have just started out in the industry. For these people a new qualification is now on offer: Level 1 - Y ou may have started noticing some new features in your local shops over the Introduction to The Hospitality Industry summer. Somerset Skills & Learning (SS&L) have produced display stands to help distribute brochures to more people. The display stands hold copies of the This qualification is suitable for employed brochure, plus specific course information for local courses. or unemployed individuals with little or no “Often our learners say that SS&L needs to promote itself more as they can’t believe experience in the hospitality industry. how great our courses are, and these stands are a way of improving our high street The programme duration is approximately presence” said Ade Bowen, Marketing Manager at SS&L, “Putting them together can 16 weeks and to achieve this be a bit of a jigsaw.” Ade joked. He has had to create a step by step guide to build qualification, individuals must have a them. “The stands arrive flat packed like something from IKEA. I was lucky as I had work placement for a minimum of 16 a completed one to work from, but I have broken it down to individual steps so weeks; this can be paid or unpaid. everyone stands a chance.” Individuals must have the ability to With courses ranging from helping to gain employment, achieve a qualification, get fit complete short assignments and or start a new hobby, readers could really benefit from joining. If you ask nicely, Ade homework, willing and able to carry out a might even run a short course on building flat pack items as he is now a professional! variety of practical tasks that are required for the qualification. If your business would like a stand to help your staff and customers discover the great range of courses available from Somerset Skills & Learning, please call Ade on For more information please contact 01278 783057. 01278 426828.The PenroseThreeThree SS&L Teaching Assistantsfrom Penrose School, Bridgwater,have received certificates for Sarah Keirle said, “It Marc Rayner was also Dy Trickey was also was a brilliant course. positive about the looking to the future,achieving a Unit in Supporting It makes you course, “It’s been “It seemed like a goodDisabled Children and Young understand the pupil great – a nice step taster course to test mePeople and for Specific requirements and forward. My next step out for future courses andRequirements of the Level 3 entitlements.” is the Introduction to study. Since completingDiploma for the Children and Counselling Course in it, I have started a degreeYoung People’s Workforce. January.” in Integrated Children’s Services.” For more information visit
  3. 3. Somerset Skills & Learning working in partnership withChannel Training to deliver - Activity Leadership Apprenticeships T his September Channel Sam and Sarah are placed at Training has started six Woodlands and Kilvrough Manor “I love being outdoors new Apprenticeships in Outdoor Education Centres in and I’m also looking Activity Leadership. South Wales whilst Billy and forward to getting some These exciting posts provide the Harry have positions at very best introduction to working Yenworthy Lodge Outdoor real qualifications too” in sport, leisure and the Education Centre on Exmoor. outdoors. The Apprenticeship The three centres are owned programmes combine on the job and run by Oxfordshire County training in some of the industry’s Council and provide inspiring top sport and outdoor centres outdoor learning in beautiful with flexible, personalised residential settings. The new learning and support. apprentices are incredibly excited to be starting their Apprentices, Emily and Jack careers with such a well- have begun their Apprenticeship respected employer. at Ashmoor Sports Centre in “I love being outdoors and I’m Devon, having finished GCSEs at also looking forward to getting South Dartmoor Community some real qualifications too,” College. The Centre Manager, said Harry. Chris Daniel, said “We are delighted to have Emily and Head of Centre at Yenworthy Jack on board at what is a very Lodge, Steve Cox said “The exciting time in our history. Apprenticeship route is the best Already they are proving way we’ve found to provide the themselves to be valuable right training for our young additions to the workforce, and instructors. They get real have begun earning extra activity leadership experience qualifications already.” The every working day, get paid a Ashmoor Sports Centre in wage and gain the qualifications Ashburton boasts both indoor they need.” and outdoor sporting facilities and is home to a number of the If you’re interested in working in region’s leading clubs, as well as sport, leisure or the outdoors, in offering a comprehensive the first instance call 01278 personal fitness and recreation 426828 to help you in the right service. direction.C H A L L E N G E YA R L I N G T O N aty Haines works as a corporate were aiming to achieve. Katy collectedK apprentice at Yarlington Housing Group (YHG). For one week, every year Yarlington go out into the community to unwanted items outside of people’s houses that had been left for collection, and selected quality items for people to take home, for thosework on projects. They selected four projects unable to take items to the skips Katy knockedto work with, which were:- on doors to help and collect.• Create a sensory garden at Fairmead School, Yeovil “I absolutely loved my time during Challenge• Put in dug outs at Chard Football Club Yarlington,” said Katy, “as it was not only• Re-decorate a local coffee shop in Chard fantastic to be out of the office talking to• To give the communities a chance to get members of the community, but you see what rid of unwanted items by providing skips a difference it makes to people’s lives. WeKaty helped on the skip it days. There were received so many thank you’s.”skips in different locations over five days. Katy felt that “Challenge Yarlington” was very rewarding, she had the opportunity to meetKaty’s involvement was to talk to residents and residents who she would normally only talk toother members of the community about the over the phone and it’s always good putting a “Challenge Yarlingtonproject, why they were there and what they face to a name! was very rewarding”
  4. 4. Business - 2 - Business ZoneEMPLOYERS - GOT AVACANCY? THINKAPPRENTICESHIP! We can help you Develop your business recruit the right Training your current staff is the best way of ensuring your organisation remains competitive. A well trained workforce is: people – all year • efficient and effective • customer focused round • confident and motivated For your organisation, this means:I f you need to recruit staff, Somerset Skills & Learning (SS&L) • reduced staff turnover can help. Our access to learners across Somerset, who have • greater productivity completed full time education or a range of pre-employment • increased customer satisfactionprogrammes and are now seeking an Apprenticeshipprogramme, means SS&L is able to identify potential We have an excellent track record in delivering training toemployees to help fill your vacancies, at no cost to your businesses and other organisations across the private, publicbusiness. and voluntary sectors. Our experienced team will analyse your company’s requirements to create a training package, whichThe route to a successful Apprenticeship directly meets your business needs. We offer nationally recognised qualifications as well as tailored• We will work with you to identify your organisation’s needs solutions that can be delivered in your workplace.• We will liaise with you throughout to identify the apprenticeship role and create a job description In addition to supporting your business with training, we can• We will advertise your vacancy on the Apprenticeship identify potential sources of funding that may support you, Vacancy System such as Government, sector or local grants.• We will interview and shortlist potential candidates on We are always happy to discuss your needs. your behalf. You can be involved at this stage if you wish• We will conduct initial assessments on your behalf to assess literacy and numeracy skills of the candidates• You undertake the interviews with short listed candidates. Are you ready for the SS&L can be involved at this stage if required• You provide us with feedback from the interviews which Hinkley impact? we will pass on to the candidates The Somerset Supply Chain for Hinkley Point C will ensure that• Once a candidate has been offered the role, we will as many Somerset firms as possible get a slice of the £10 support the completion of the start documentation for billion investment - the most significant for a generation, the apprentice whether through direct supply to Hinkley or opportunities arising• The apprentice will start the role with you and their from the inward bound business coming into Somerset. training will commence How will you rise to the challenge? Does your workforce have• We will continuously support both you and the apprentice, all the skills that will be required to enable you to win and fulfil dealing with any potential issues as they arise contracts? Will your existing team be able to cope with• Your apprentice can progress onto further training such as, additional orders or demands for services - not just now or next an Advanced Apprenticeship or Professional Development year - but in 10 years time? Grow Somerset Talent, Grow Your qualifications with you Business. What are you waiting for? Please call us on 01278 426828 or email Contact us now on 01278 426828 to find out how we can grow your or email business. Visit To request this document in an alternative format contact marketing on 01935 410 555