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Skills for Growth during 2011 Welcome to the first edition of S4G. This monthly newsletter will keep you updated with what is happening at Skills for Growth and how you can get involved with any upcoming activities. Please browse through the articles and if you have any comments or questions please contact the team learnerservices@skillsforgrowth.org.uk Skills for Growth has celebrated another successful year helping to train young people towards their first step on the career ladder. This year we have supported another 300 people through their Apprenticeship and Foundations programme. We were proud to celebrate some of this success at the Graduation Ceremony on the 13th July 2011. We will be holding another Graduation Ceremony in November so if you have recently completed your Apprenticeship framework please watch this space for further information.

Group photo of all the Graduates at the Graduation Ceremony

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Meet the Team: Sabina Agyei Many of you will know Sabina as the Senior Recruitment Officer for Skills for Growth, you may not know however that Sabina has been through the Apprenticeship programme herself. She has studied both her level 2 Apprenticeship and level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Business Administration with Skills for Growth. S4G met up with Sabina to discuss her journey and why she chose to do an Apprenticeship. Sabina is bright and bubbly, her energy and enthusiasm is infectious but she has overcome many difficulties to get where she is today. After becoming disenchanted with the formal education route Sabina was unsure of where her life was going, she suffered many personal problems including a family breakdown and financial difficulties. Sabina eventually moved into Hostel accommodation. A chance meeting with a Connexions advisor led her to Skills for Growth and the Apprenticeship programme. Through the support and encouragement of the staff and tutors at Skills for Growth, Sabina was able to turn her life around and was the first in her group to complete her Apprenticeship. “From tutoring Sabina it was clear to see that she was a motivated and dynamic young lady with further potential to develop beyond the apprenticeship scheme. She is a testament to the programme.” Liz Hudson, Skills for Growth tutor. Sabina is excited about the future and wants to continue to learn new skills and progress. “I love working with young people and helping them overcome similar challenges I faced” Sabina hopes to continue to work with young people in a mentoring role and one day plans to go to University.

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New In-Touch Recruitment Programme Skills for Growth has recently introduced a new recruitment process for all new people joining our programmes. This is a 3 day recruitment event where you will meet the team and thoroughly discuss your options. You will learn correct CV writing and interview techniques and also get the opportunity to try the different vocational areas Skills for Growth offers. This will ensure that you are prepared to begin your Apprenticeship adventure and also that you are on the programme that is best for you. Have you recently been through the In-Touch programme? Please get in touch and let us know what you thought? Email us at learnerservices@skillsforgrowth.org.uk

Fact Box Did you know that in Skills for Growth 27 years, approximately 8,000 people have received training and support to help them in their career.

Refer a Friend to Skills for Growth and earn £50 Want to earn some extra cash? Do you enjoy the Apprenticeship programme and think that some or all your friends should be taking part? This could be for you! Skills for Growth is introducing a “Recommend a Friend” package. For every friend that you refer to us we will give you £50 once that person has completed their 6 week probation period. Contact the Learner Services Team for more information. Telephone: 020 8317 0165 Email: learnerservices@skillsforgrowth.org.uk

Talk to ED If you need help, are being discriminated against or just need someone to talk to about problems at work or with your course then ED is here for you. Email ED on ed@skillsforgrowth.org.uk for a confidential advisory service. FREE YOUR VOICE


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