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Contents Barnsley College

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Barnsley Academy

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Barnsley Motor Skills

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John Laing

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Barnsley College (ERU)

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H.E.P.P.

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University of Huddersfield

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White Rose School

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Civica

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Leslie Frances

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BFC Community Sports and Ed Trust

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Greenacre School

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Northern College

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BCB/Moorlands College

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Dearne Valley College

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Dimensions Training Solutions

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Barnsley College 24+ Loans

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Penistone Grammar ALC

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Coun Tim Cheetham

What raising the participation age means ver the next couple of years the Government is increasing the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training or get a job with training such as an apprenticeship. Most 16 and 17-year-olds already choose to carry on their education past Year 11 because they can see the many benefits of doing so. There is increasing evidence that when young people carry on their education and training after school, it gives them the best chance to get the skills and knowledge that universities and employers are looking for. It also means that they earn more and are more secure during their careers. This has meant a big change to how we’ve delivered and expanded education and skills services over the last few years. The statutory changes will mean that all young people currently in Year 11 or below will be affected.

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‘There is increasing evidence that when young people carry on their education and training after school, it gives them the best chance to get the skills and knowledge that universities and employers are looking for.’ Legally they will now be required to continue until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17 from 2013 and until their 18th birthday from 2015. Raising the participation age however does not mean young people must stay in school; they will be able to choose from an ever increasing range of options post-16. Of course many will continue to choose full-time education, such as school, sixth-form or other colleges. In Barnsley we have some of the best providers in the country and the locality continues to offer a huge range of options to an outstanding level. For many young people this will only be a stepping stone to higher education, including our own

local campus. This is a route we hope will be taken by an increasing number of Barnsley students. On the job training is a very attractive option to many teenagers and therefore an apprenticeship or similar will be the path they choose. A great deal of work has been done to increase the number of opportunities and variety available in this area. The offer is expanding rapidly; there are currently around 500 16 to 18-year-olds undertaking apprenticeships in Barnsley and funding has been secured to expand the number of places to around 750. But options are not limited to education or training. A combination of the two is often the right choice

for young people. And if they want to go straight into employment, or as an increasing number of our young entrepreneurs are, self-employment, they can. The option of part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering full-time (which is defined as 20 hours or more a week) is available to them. It is increasingly important then, for young people in schools to get good quality careers advice and guidance and have all these choices and options open to them. Since September 2012, schools have been required to secure independent, impartial careers guidance for their pupils in Years 9 to 11. This should include information about the full range of post-16 options, including apprenticeships. This is something we should all support because this advice will be important in guiding young people to make the right decision about how they want to participate and what their future direction will be.

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“I have really enjoyed learning the trade from scratch and I am hoping to do an Apprenticeship in future.” Alex Warden, Level 1 Plastering. Former Holgate School pupil.

The Old Mill Lane campus

“My tutors at College always look after my best interests. My course is challenging yet fulfilling and really enjoyable.” Jamie Clarke, Level 2 Athlete Development. Former Foulstone School pupil.

An outstanding place to study Deciding what you want to do after you leave school can be a daunting prospect but with an outstanding college on your doorstep it could be easier than you think. Barnsley College offers more than 300 courses including vocational, A Levels, Part-time and Apprenticeships providing students with a huge range of study options taught by expert tutors in excellent facilities. Our students are welcomed into a friendly and supportive learning environment with all the social and leisure opportunities needed to ensure their time here is rewarding and fulfilling. The Old Mill Lane campus on Church Street houses an array of fully-equipped classrooms, workshops, IT and learning resources. Many of the facilities, such as the kitchens used by Catering students and the TV, radio and recording studios are industry standard, giving learners a real taste of what it’s like to work in these fields. The College, rated outstanding by Ofsted, also boasts a working farm, dedicated Sixth Form College, Sports Academy, theatre and Construction and Engineering Centre. As well as Further Education, the College also offers Higher Education courses, providing an opportunity to achieve qualifications up to degree level without having to move away to university, ideal for people worried about finance, or those with family commitments. Courses available include Higher National Certificates and Diplomas in Business, Construction, Health and Sport; Level 4 Apprenticeships in Accountancy, Business, Engineering and Marketing; and degrees in Art, Construction, Education, Film Studies, and Music at University Campus Barnsley through the College’s partnership with the University of Huddersfield. The best part is it’s not too late to apply for any of our Further or Higher Education courses. Give our friendly Information Team a call on 01226 216 123, email info@barnsley.ac.uk or go to www.barnsley.ac.uk to find out how we can help you on the path to your dream career.

Inside Old Mill Lane

“My Apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to progress both in study and in work and I love the mix of both.” Amy Jones, Level 4 Business Administration Apprentice. Former Kirk Balk pupil.

“I enjoy spending time with my friends at the same time as learning. It’s good to be in education and we get a lot of support.” Kurtis Johnson, Positive Moves. Former Darton College pupil.

“I like being able to manage my own time and workload and I’ve made lots of new friends.” Abbie Turner, A Levels. Former Ecclesfield School pupil.

“I receive excellent support from my tutors so my visual impairment never holds me back.” Sean Ralphs, Level 3 Childcare and Education. Former Willowgarth School pupil.

Students in the Big Ideas parade at the Old Mill Lane Grand Opening event.

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Many exciting opportunities for young people at 16 n a bid to give every young person the best chance to achieve and succeed in the future the Government has raised the participation age in education and training. Previously year 11 students could leave school at the age of 16, if they so wished, but from this summer all young people are required to participate in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17. From summer 2015 the participation age will raise once again to an individual's 18th birthday.

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To ensure young people make the right decisions about their further education/training options, individuals are actively encouraged to research all the opportunities available them. Raising the participation age is often mistakenly referred to as ‘staying on at school’, and while this can be an option, there are many more attractive options available to young people post-16. These are:  Apprenticeships  Full-time courses at colleges, sixth forms or other learning providers  A job, self employment or volunteering for more than 20 hours a week that requires the young person to participate in part-time accredited learning alongside it Young people who are not yet ready to embark on one of the above opportunities may qualify for a full time Foundation Learning Programme, meaning there is an option available to suit all. See Pages 14 and 15 to read examples of young people in Barnsley who have chosen to take different routes post 16 and discover what careers they hope their

pathways will lead to in the future. Sharon Pickering, strategy and service manager 14-19 at Barnsley Council, said: “Barnsley and surrounding districts offer an excellent range of post 16 provision through their schools, colleges, training providers and employers. “Some people may have a negative outlook about employment opportunities, education and training at present, but there are actually many exciting opportunities for young people, especially at 16. It's up to the individual, supported by their school/training provider and parent/career, to explore these options to find a pathway that's right for them.” Most young people – 97 per cent at 16 and 87 per cent at 17 – already choose to stay on in education or training. It is hoped that raising the participation age will give all young people the best chance to achieve and succeed in the future, as research reveals:  continuing in learning for longer brings benefits for individuals, the economy and society  young people without qualifications are going to find it increasingly difficult to find and retain employment in the future  qualifications achieved through continued education/training can lead to better jobs and greater earnings  raising the participation age will prevent the most disadvantaged, disaffected and vulnerable young people missing out, as happened in the past, when participation post-16 was voluntary.

‘To ensure young people make the right decisions about their further education/training options, individuals are actively encouraged to research all the opportunities available them. Raising the participation age is often mistakenly referred to as ‘staying on at school’, and while this can be an option, there are many more attractive options available to young people post-16.’ 6 | Learning is Changing


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MOTORMOUTH The Barnsley Motor Skills Project

A safe environment for young people to explore their interest in motor vehicles

Motormouth is a community based project working with young people in and around the Barnsley borough. Working closely with local schools and other agencies we offer practical training and instruction in the repair and maintenance of cars, motorbikes and go-karts. Motormouth provides an understanding of basic motor vehicle skills through a wide range of courses tailored to meet the needs of students. We aim to make every session safe, interesting and productive.

Vocational training for young people and adults

Courses range from 6-10 week in house taster sessions to accredited qualifications. These include service and maintenance checks, welding processes and introduction to vehicle use. All courses are run by our experienced, qualified tutors. Motormouth complies with all equal opportunities and disability legislation and operates a non discriminative service which caters for all levels and needs We can provide additional support with key skills, numeracy, literacy or ICT as part of the motor vehicle programme. The courses duration can be modified to suit your particular requirements.

26, Laxton Road, Athersley, Barnsley S71 3DH email: lorraineheaden@hotmail.com For more information, contact Lorraine Headen on Barnsley 01226 770444 or 07984 400778 Learning is Changing | 7


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For over 160 years John Laing has shaped public sector services and assets, working with local communities to achieve real transformation.

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Barnsley’s schools’ have undergone a major transformation in recent years. Rethinking how education and learning is delivered in Barnsley has seen the development of some fantastic new facilities in the borough. John Laing Integrated Services has supported education across the borough for the past four years as part of the Building Schools for the Future Programme. We provide a broad range of facilities, management and support services to all eleven of the new Advanced Learning Centres and it is our role to ensure that these state of the art facilities serve the community for years to come. As a local employer our approach is to work in partnership with local providers to support the aims of Barnsley Council’s education agenda whilst contributing significantly to the local economy in Barnsley. We believe that our staff are our most important assets and we ensure they have access to a wide range of training opportunities. We work closely with Barnsley College, who deliver training to our staff as well as support our established apprenticeship programme, assisting our apprentices to raise their skill levels and attain qualifications. Our work on the Barnsley BSF programme has also meant we have built up excellent relations with a wide range of local businesses and suppliers. John Laing Integrated Services believe in buying locally as this has the potential to stimulate the local economy by supporting small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) and can foster job opportunities. The creation of new opportunities for employment and work experience is a key driver for us. We believe, over the long term, that our approach to staff development, local employment and local procurement will contribute towards the revitalisation of the Barnsley economy.

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Further study now – then what next? The decision to go into further education may be driven by career aspirations, your interest in a subject or simply wanting to do further study in something you are good at. Either way, very soon after starting a course the question of higher education comes up. And when it does, often people ask “Can I afford it?” The message from the Higher Education Progression Partnership (HEPP) is Yes you can.

Why Higher Education? Jackie Powell set up the Higher Education Progression Partnership to share this message, and explains “There are lots of benefits of going on to higher education – from the opportunities it opens up, the confidence and independence gained and of course the earning potential. We want everyone to realise that if they want to, they can go into higher education – either in college or at a university.”

What about the cost? The main recent change in student finance is that now there are higher tuition fees to be paid – but student loans are available to pay these.

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The main points to remember are that L students don’t pay anything up front L graduates only pay back when they are earning L repayments are very gradual Recent graduate Lisa Stanley who grew up in Penistone and returned after going to university explains “Students and parents alike are always surprised to hear that they only start paying back their student loan when they earn more than £21,000 and even then it’s only on the additional earnings. So on a salary of £22,000, the repayment would be just £7.50 a month – less than a visit to the cinema!”

Free money And there are also some grants available which don’t have to be paid back – free money! Many people are eligible for grants – they are not restricted to a small minority. The most common, the maintenance grant, is available for households with an income of up to £42,611.

To find out more

Lisa Stanley gives advice to potential students.

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For more free, impartial information about student finance, visit www.yesyoucango.org or email hepp@shu.ac.uk


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White Rose School of Health and Beauty The White Rose School of Health and Beauty has a mission statement of

LEARNING FOR DISTINCTION and delivers the highest standards of training in a relaxed and professional setting.

The White Rose School of Health and Beauty is established as a 'Centre of Excellence' and provides professional qualifications with all leading examination boards, including the International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC), Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) and City & Guilds (C&G). Courses are open to all ages and abilities, from school leavers just starting their careers to more mature students wanting a change of direction. The school also offers a number of short courses and workshops for post graduates wanting to add new skills to their portfolios. Located in Queens Court Business Centre on Regent Street, Barnsley, the school boasts two therapy rooms, two theory rooms and a stunning commercial salon, where students are given the opportunity to put what they have learnt into practise and gain confidence before entering the industry. 16+ Opportunities - Apprenticeships and college based training is available for school leavers who want to embark on an exciting career in health and beauty. White Rose has both full time and part-time training available in all areas of beauty therapy, with individual learning plans enabling students to progress at their own pace. Adult Learners - Whether you are looking for a new career path or simply wanting to build on your existing qualifications, White Rose has a course to suit your requirements. The school offers an extensive range of programmes in beauty, massage and sports therapy as well as complementary therapies, and nail services, all of which are available on a full time, part-time, daytime, evening and weekend basis to allow for maximum flexibility. With only ten learners in a group you will be given the maximum care and support to enable you to achieve your professional goals.

White Rose Health and Beauty Training Programmes: ITEC Nail Technology - manicure, pedicure, nail art, gel nails, acrylic, fibreglass and silk systems ITEC Level 2 Beauty Therapy - manicure, pedicure, facial therapy, eye treatments, waxing, make up ITEC Level 2 Complementary Therapy - Swedish massage, basic aromatherapy, basic reflexology, nutrition and diet ITEC Level 3 Complementary Therapy - Advanced massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, anatomy, physiology and pathology ITEC Level 3 Massage - anatomy and physiology, full body massage, consultation skills, business studies Brand New Hairdressing Academy - Recently, White Rose have opened a brand new hairdressing academy within the prestigious Russell Eaton salon on Shambles Street, Barnsley. In addition to theory elements in the classroom, apprentices will gain essential practical experience and creative skills from talented stylists within a professional salon setting. Contact the school for training programme details.

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The White Rose School of Health and Beauty encourages all its students to strive not just for a pass but to be 'world class'. Training under the White Rose banner opens up doorways to exciting employment opportunities both at home and abroad. All the school's students have been successful in finding employment upon qualifying with many travelling overseas to work in top spa hotels and on board luxurious cruise ships. So if you're passionate, serious and committed to a career in hair, health or beauty come to the White Rose School for first class training. Due to its high quality of training, The White Rose School of Health and Beauty has extensive government funding available and therefore most courses will be free of charge. Those interested should contact the school for more information. To maintain the highest standards of training all tuition is in small study groups with expert tutors and therefore places on all courses are limited.

Queen’s Court Business Centre, Regent Street, Barnsley S70 2EG Telephone: 01226 786763 Web: www.whiterosebeautycolleges.co.uk 12 | Learning is Changing

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Above: Paul Harrison, careers advisor at Horizon Community College, chats to Y11 pupil Danny Round. And, right, head girl Roseanne Hurst looking a college prospectuses with Sally Small, careers and information, advice and guidance leader at Shafton ALC.

Taking control of your future ... oung people in Barnsley are being encouraged to take control of their own futures by exploring the many opportunities available to them at post 16. Changes to the participation age mean that from this summer all 16year-olds are required to stay on in some form of formal education or training until the academic year in which they turn 17. By 2015 this will increase to their 18th birthday.

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Remaining in education or training doesn’t mean teenagers are restricted to staying on in school, there are many other options including a vast range of vocational courses at colleges as well as a very wide range of apprenticeships which give young people the opportunity to learn a trade hands-on whilst gaining further qualifications. There is also the option of going into full-time employment or volunteering but it must offer young people the opportunity to learn and acquire further qualifications along the way. In order to make the right decision for their future in the first instance, Debra Norton, strategy manager for careers, education, information, advice and guidance at Barnsley Council, says support and research are key. “There is a responsibility on every school to support young people in making decisions for their future and that includes giving them access to independent and impartial careers advice and guidance,” said Debra. “Those who aren't getting this support need to ask for it. A recent

‘There is a responsibility on every school to support young people in making decisions for their future and that includes giving them access to independent and impartial careers advice and guidance. Those who aren't getting this support need to ask for it. A recent Government report suggested all young people, from Year 8 to Year 13, should be entitled to a minimum of one careers interview with an external, impartial advisor – not a teacher – whilst at school or college.’ Government report suggested all young people, from Year 8 to Year 13, should be entitled to a minimum of one careers interview with an external, impartial advisor – not a teacher – whilst at school or college. “Meanwhile 17-year-olds whose training or education has come to an end need to go back to their education/training provider to access support and see what their options are going forwards. “In addition, I would also encourage young people to do as much research as possible themselves in order to discover all the opportunities open to them. “We've got a fantastic range of post 16 provision in Barnsley but teenagers need to look at which will be the best pathway for them to take to achieve their future goals.” As a starting point Debra suggests teenagers visit the ‘I Know I Can’ website where they can access UCAS Progress to search local courses and apply online. The site also offers Kudos and Careerscape interactive tools which allow individuals to analyse their skills and sift out courses and jobs that will suit them best. There are also links to other

helpful sites such as the National Apprenticeship website. The National Careers Service offers young people independent and impartial careers advice online or through a telephone conversion with a qualified advisor while hands-on activities and resources to help prepare young people for higher education/training can be accessed via Network Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG). The network sees Barnsley Council join forces with colleges, schools and other training providers to offer a range of helpful sessions throughout the borough such as careers fairs, college visits and university experience days. Students wanting to access such resources must do so via their school. Said Debra: “By doing their own research and going to the right people for advice young people are better informed to make the right decision and access their preferred choice of education/training. “It’s not about taking the obvious route but the one that's right for them as an individual – so although they might have gained five A* to C grades at GCSE, including maths and English, that doesn't mean A-Levels

are necessarily the best route. Some students may prefer to do a vocational course at college which can still lead them onto university, it might take a little longer but could be the better route for the individual. Similarly those opting for apprenticeships may have an employer that will send them on to higher education at a later stage.” Those teenagers that don't have a place secured in education or training come the summer will receive a 'September Guarantee' offering them a suitable place on a local course. Debra points out it’s much better for young people to secure their own places to ensure they're engaged in something of interest, but believes the guarantee can still provide a pathway to a bright future. Added Debra: “In 2012 98.4 per cent of 16 and 17-year-olds in Barnsley received an offer of some description which reflects the high level of post 16 provision within the borough. “It’s never too early or too late for young people to explore career options in order to find an option that is right for them.”

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CASE STUDY ONE: Dan Field, 17, from Silkstone Common, is studying A-Levels at Penistone Grammar School

CASE STUDY THREE: Charlotte Langley, 18, from Oxspring is studying Level 2 Vehicle Maintenance at Barnsley College

‘These past two years at the post 16 centre have been the most enjoyable and memorable of my life’  What attracted you to your chosen post 16 route and how did you find out about it? The post 16 centre within the brand new state-of-the-art Penistone Advanced Learning Centre, offers students a modern approach to learning with a wealth of facilities. This enticed me to the centre along with the vast options of A-Level courses available, all respectable and well regarded, especially to employers and universities. As one of the original Penistone Grammar School students throughout key stage four and five I was introduced to the centre. Other students, originally from other schools in the area, based their decisions on its reputation and rounded Ofsted reports.  Which A-level subjects did you choose? How long will they take to complete? I decided to opt for science based subjects including chemistry, physics, biology and geography. General studies is also offered to allow students to increase their

points score for university and future employees. Each course takes two years to complete however one course can be dropped after just one year, achieving an ‘AS’ qualification.  What do you enjoy about your Alevels? They provide a new challenge and perspective on the course selected, concepts are more detailed as well as being more relevant to everyday situations. They prompt deeper understanding and lateral thinking which is vital for future endeavours. Teachers make lessons exciting yet provide the knowledge necessary to pass exams. Science especially focuses on practical skills which broaden understanding, often with a bang. At the end of the day ALevels are chosen by you as an individual and at Penistone every option is taught in a simple, interesting and fascinating way. All the content I've been taught has inspired me increasingly to pursue the pathways I want to follow in life.

 Would you recommend your chosen route to others and if so why? I would undoubtedly recommend Penistone post 16 centre for a variety of reasons. Mainly for its friendly atmosphere in both students’ and teachers’ attitudes. Emphasis is on our happiness and success in life. Teachers are approachable and have the students’ best interests at heart every time; the post 16 centre can easily be considered a second family. Clubs, societies and extra curricular activities are promoted (such as positions of head boy/girl and senior prefects) that maximise our chances to accomplish what we desire. Without a doubt these past two years at the post 16 centre have been the most enjoyable and memorable of my life and friendships have been created that will last for many years to come.  What do you intend your next step to be after completing your Alevels? I shall be taking a gap year to

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‘I knew a more practical style of learning suited me better’ Dan Field further fuel my medical work experience and voluntary work with hopes to go to university to study medicine at either Cambridge, Durham or Sheffield.  What is your overall career goal/dream profession? The ultimate goal eventually is to follow a dream as a paediatric surgeon.

‘I have the best of both worlds’

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 How long is the course and what does it involve? The course that I'm studying is a Diploma in Business and Administration Level 3. The course is work based learning, meaning that the learning and study is in the workplace, I'm employed full time and work

 How long is the course and what does it involve?

The course I’m studying is a year long and it covers lots of different areas including how to recognise and fix problems with headlights, gear boxes, clutches, breaks and exhausts. We look at the theory behind vehicle maintenance and repair before taking it into the workshop where we get the chance to work on cars for a full day every week.  What do you enjoy about the course? I love how well everyone gets on with one another on the course. We are in classes together a lot so I think it’s really important. The tutors are

brilliant too, the detail they can go into about something like a headlight is unbelievable. I think that keeps everyone interested and we all know when it’s time to listen and do our work.  Would you recommend your chosen route to others and if so why? I would definitely recommend the vocational route if you are practical and hands-on and if you don’t mind getting a bit dirty every now and then.  What do you intend your next step to be after the course? I would like to progress onto the Level

3 course here at Barnsley College and continue to build my confidence in the subject.  What is your overall career goal/dream profession? I would love to one day have my own garage but I know I have a lot to do in terms of gaining experience and increasing my confidence before then. I would like the opportunity to progress within a business and work my up to managing a garage but I would definitely like to do something related to my course. It would be great to use the skills I have learnt during my time at college.

CASE STUDY FOUR: Ashleigh Porter-Exley, 18, from Wath, was the 2012 winner of the BBC Young Apprentice. She has just completed an NVQ Level 3 in Business and Administration and is currently studying an accountancy course while splitting her time between four jobs

CASE STUDY TWO: Emily Senior, 19, from Rotherham, is a Business and Administration Apprentice at Dearne Valley College

 What attracted you to your chosen post 16 route and how did you find out about it? When I was at school I knew that I didn’t want to continue my studies full time, I had always enjoyed practical subjects and I knew that I wanted to do something practical but also gain qualifications as well. I found out about apprenticeships through career sessions at my comprehensive school. I created a CV with the help of a careers advisor and was introduced to the National Apprenticeship Service website where I could search for vacancies for all different apprenticeships nationally. I also went to apprenticeship open evenings at local colleges to see what was on offer and meet potential employers.

 What attracted you to your chosen post 16 route and how did you find out about it? I'm definitely more of a hands-on learner. The GCSEs I did well in were ones like art and cooking so I knew that a more practical style of learning suited me better. My Dad has always worked with cars as a hobby so from a young age I got involved and helped him whenever I had the chance. I really enjoyed it so when it came to picking a course I was comfortable in an engineering environment.

four days a week and attend college for one day. I'm treated the same as any other employee at work and have an assessor who sets me tasks and comes out to observe me at work where they then assess my competence in the work place.  What do you enjoy about the course? I enjoy that I have gained excellent work experience in the business administration sector which is the area that I want to progress my career in. I feel that by being an apprentice I have gained new skills and developed myself personally and professionally.  Would you recommend your chosen route to others and if so why? I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship as I feel that I have the best of both worlds. I have two years of work experience along with work based learning qualifications which will make my applications for jobs in the future more competitive compared to others my age who may have one or the other.

 What do you intend your next step to be after the course? My ‘next step’ was to acquire a full-time position in business administration either at my current place of employment at Dearne Valley College (my preferred choice), or at another company. I recently applied for a position of attendance officer at Dearne Valley College and was successful. I will start this job while completing my Level 3 apprenticeship. On top of this, I would also love to carry out extra study to expand my knowledge of business administration and customer services further.  What is your overall career goal/dream profession? I have found through completing my business administration apprenticeship that there are many different career paths that I can now take. I have already taken the next step of progressing into a full time job, however I would like to climb the career ladder and eventually become a manager, possibly in the customer services sector.

‘I was attracted to the apprenticeship route because I liked the idea of two birds, one stone ...’  What attracted you to your chosen post 16 route and how did you find out about it? I was attracted to the apprenticeship route because I liked the idea of two birds, one stone; being able to earn money and gain work experience which is just as important as gaining qualifications. I found The Source Academy in Sheffield which offered the course then found myself work placements to run alongside the course, one with an accountancy firm and the other with Martin & Co, a letting firm based in Rotherham.  How long is the course and what does it involve? I have just completed my NVQ Level 3 in Business and Administration and I've just started a new job as a sales executive at Rotherham based steel firm, C Roberts. I'm also currently studying an accountancy course at home and I have several other jobs including a designer and sales role at Thread Mill, a bridal fabric shop in

Swinton, and I'm involved with ‘Pitch For It’, which is like an online Dragon's Den. I'm also particularly enjoying travelling around as a motivational speaker in schools and colleges.  What did you enjoy about the course? Earning money whilst studying was great as it meant I could be self sufficient and buy my own things. I also really enjoy the office environment/lifestyle, it means you have to grow up a lot, especially when you have more than one job.  Would you recommend your chosen route to others and if so why? I would definitely recommend the apprenticeship route to others as it gives you that all important work experience which is essential to get a job. With uni fees going up people should look at other paths to get where they want. By the time my friends who are doing A-Levels and going to university are looking for jobs I will have five or six years work

Ashleigh Porter-Exley experience under my belt and will have been earning during that time. Apprenticeships are also a good route for people who aren't sure exactly what they want to do next. Even if you change your mind at a later date and don't choose to stay in that specific area, you will still have gained a qualification and hands on work experience.  What do you intend to be your next step? I'm not too sure at the moment as I'm still studying my accountancy course –

it's a case of natural progression. I'm really enjoying my current job in sales and I'm also really enjoying doing the motivational speaking, telling students about my experience and encouraging them to achieve their goals. It's not a case of where we come from or how we speak but where we are going and what we will achieve.  What is your overall career goal/dream profession? I'm still deciding but I would like my own business in property management.

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CASE STUDY ONE: Dan Field, 17, from Silkstone Common, is studying A-Levels at Penistone Grammar School

CASE STUDY THREE: Charlotte Langley, 18, from Oxspring is studying Level 2 Vehicle Maintenance at Barnsley College

‘These past two years at the post 16 centre have been the most enjoyable and memorable of my life’  What attracted you to your chosen post 16 route and how did you find out about it? The post 16 centre within the brand new state-of-the-art Penistone Advanced Learning Centre, offers students a modern approach to learning with a wealth of facilities. This enticed me to the centre along with the vast options of A-Level courses available, all respectable and well regarded, especially to employers and universities. As one of the original Penistone Grammar School students throughout key stage four and five I was introduced to the centre. Other students, originally from other schools in the area, based their decisions on its reputation and rounded Ofsted reports.  Which A-level subjects did you choose? How long will they take to complete? I decided to opt for science based subjects including chemistry, physics, biology and geography. General studies is also offered to allow students to increase their

points score for university and future employees. Each course takes two years to complete however one course can be dropped after just one year, achieving an ‘AS’ qualification.  What do you enjoy about your Alevels? They provide a new challenge and perspective on the course selected, concepts are more detailed as well as being more relevant to everyday situations. They prompt deeper understanding and lateral thinking which is vital for future endeavours. Teachers make lessons exciting yet provide the knowledge necessary to pass exams. Science especially focuses on practical skills which broaden understanding, often with a bang. At the end of the day ALevels are chosen by you as an individual and at Penistone every option is taught in a simple, interesting and fascinating way. All the content I've been taught has inspired me increasingly to pursue the pathways I want to follow in life.

 Would you recommend your chosen route to others and if so why? I would undoubtedly recommend Penistone post 16 centre for a variety of reasons. Mainly for its friendly atmosphere in both students’ and teachers’ attitudes. Emphasis is on our happiness and success in life. Teachers are approachable and have the students’ best interests at heart every time; the post 16 centre can easily be considered a second family. Clubs, societies and extra curricular activities are promoted (such as positions of head boy/girl and senior prefects) that maximise our chances to accomplish what we desire. Without a doubt these past two years at the post 16 centre have been the most enjoyable and memorable of my life and friendships have been created that will last for many years to come.  What do you intend your next step to be after completing your Alevels? I shall be taking a gap year to

Charlotte Langley

‘I knew a more practical style of learning suited me better’ Dan Field further fuel my medical work experience and voluntary work with hopes to go to university to study medicine at either Cambridge, Durham or Sheffield.  What is your overall career goal/dream profession? The ultimate goal eventually is to follow a dream as a paediatric surgeon.

‘I have the best of both worlds’

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 How long is the course and what does it involve? The course that I'm studying is a Diploma in Business and Administration Level 3. The course is work based learning, meaning that the learning and study is in the workplace, I'm employed full time and work

 How long is the course and what does it involve?

The course I’m studying is a year long and it covers lots of different areas including how to recognise and fix problems with headlights, gear boxes, clutches, breaks and exhausts. We look at the theory behind vehicle maintenance and repair before taking it into the workshop where we get the chance to work on cars for a full day every week.  What do you enjoy about the course? I love how well everyone gets on with one another on the course. We are in classes together a lot so I think it’s really important. The tutors are

brilliant too, the detail they can go into about something like a headlight is unbelievable. I think that keeps everyone interested and we all know when it’s time to listen and do our work.  Would you recommend your chosen route to others and if so why? I would definitely recommend the vocational route if you are practical and hands-on and if you don’t mind getting a bit dirty every now and then.  What do you intend your next step to be after the course? I would like to progress onto the Level

3 course here at Barnsley College and continue to build my confidence in the subject.  What is your overall career goal/dream profession? I would love to one day have my own garage but I know I have a lot to do in terms of gaining experience and increasing my confidence before then. I would like the opportunity to progress within a business and work my up to managing a garage but I would definitely like to do something related to my course. It would be great to use the skills I have learnt during my time at college.

CASE STUDY FOUR: Ashleigh Porter-Exley, 18, from Wath, was the 2012 winner of the BBC Young Apprentice. She has just completed an NVQ Level 3 in Business and Administration and is currently studying an accountancy course while splitting her time between four jobs

CASE STUDY TWO: Emily Senior, 19, from Rotherham, is a Business and Administration Apprentice at Dearne Valley College

 What attracted you to your chosen post 16 route and how did you find out about it? When I was at school I knew that I didn’t want to continue my studies full time, I had always enjoyed practical subjects and I knew that I wanted to do something practical but also gain qualifications as well. I found out about apprenticeships through career sessions at my comprehensive school. I created a CV with the help of a careers advisor and was introduced to the National Apprenticeship Service website where I could search for vacancies for all different apprenticeships nationally. I also went to apprenticeship open evenings at local colleges to see what was on offer and meet potential employers.

 What attracted you to your chosen post 16 route and how did you find out about it? I'm definitely more of a hands-on learner. The GCSEs I did well in were ones like art and cooking so I knew that a more practical style of learning suited me better. My Dad has always worked with cars as a hobby so from a young age I got involved and helped him whenever I had the chance. I really enjoyed it so when it came to picking a course I was comfortable in an engineering environment.

four days a week and attend college for one day. I'm treated the same as any other employee at work and have an assessor who sets me tasks and comes out to observe me at work where they then assess my competence in the work place.  What do you enjoy about the course? I enjoy that I have gained excellent work experience in the business administration sector which is the area that I want to progress my career in. I feel that by being an apprentice I have gained new skills and developed myself personally and professionally.  Would you recommend your chosen route to others and if so why? I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship as I feel that I have the best of both worlds. I have two years of work experience along with work based learning qualifications which will make my applications for jobs in the future more competitive compared to others my age who may have one or the other.

 What do you intend your next step to be after the course? My ‘next step’ was to acquire a full-time position in business administration either at my current place of employment at Dearne Valley College (my preferred choice), or at another company. I recently applied for a position of attendance officer at Dearne Valley College and was successful. I will start this job while completing my Level 3 apprenticeship. On top of this, I would also love to carry out extra study to expand my knowledge of business administration and customer services further.  What is your overall career goal/dream profession? I have found through completing my business administration apprenticeship that there are many different career paths that I can now take. I have already taken the next step of progressing into a full time job, however I would like to climb the career ladder and eventually become a manager, possibly in the customer services sector.

‘I was attracted to the apprenticeship route because I liked the idea of two birds, one stone ...’  What attracted you to your chosen post 16 route and how did you find out about it? I was attracted to the apprenticeship route because I liked the idea of two birds, one stone; being able to earn money and gain work experience which is just as important as gaining qualifications. I found The Source Academy in Sheffield which offered the course then found myself work placements to run alongside the course, one with an accountancy firm and the other with Martin & Co, a letting firm based in Rotherham.  How long is the course and what does it involve? I have just completed my NVQ Level 3 in Business and Administration and I've just started a new job as a sales executive at Rotherham based steel firm, C Roberts. I'm also currently studying an accountancy course at home and I have several other jobs including a designer and sales role at Thread Mill, a bridal fabric shop in

Swinton, and I'm involved with ‘Pitch For It’, which is like an online Dragon's Den. I'm also particularly enjoying travelling around as a motivational speaker in schools and colleges.  What did you enjoy about the course? Earning money whilst studying was great as it meant I could be self sufficient and buy my own things. I also really enjoy the office environment/lifestyle, it means you have to grow up a lot, especially when you have more than one job.  Would you recommend your chosen route to others and if so why? I would definitely recommend the apprenticeship route to others as it gives you that all important work experience which is essential to get a job. With uni fees going up people should look at other paths to get where they want. By the time my friends who are doing A-Levels and going to university are looking for jobs I will have five or six years work

Ashleigh Porter-Exley experience under my belt and will have been earning during that time. Apprenticeships are also a good route for people who aren't sure exactly what they want to do next. Even if you change your mind at a later date and don't choose to stay in that specific area, you will still have gained a qualification and hands on work experience.  What do you intend to be your next step? I'm not too sure at the moment as I'm still studying my accountancy course –

it's a case of natural progression. I'm really enjoying my current job in sales and I'm also really enjoying doing the motivational speaking, telling students about my experience and encouraging them to achieve their goals. It's not a case of where we come from or how we speak but where we are going and what we will achieve.  What is your overall career goal/dream profession? I'm still deciding but I would like my own business in property management.

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Civica is committed to supporting Barnsley Schools with work experience and work placements for students. As the chosen ICT partner for the Barnsley Local Education Partnership, Civica is working with the council and schools to support an ambitious vision for Barnsley, helping to develop teaching and learning and to maximise the impact of technology in the class-

room. Civica delivered the ICT foundation for the creation of the Advanced Learning Centres, which offer extended opening hours and state-of-the-art facilities – allowing students, teachers, families and the community to collaborate and improve learning.

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Celebrating 30 years of Hairdressing Training in South and West Yorkshire Hairdressing Training Centres at: 58 Eldon Street Barnsley 01226 243204 54-56 Fargate Sheffield 0114 273 8661

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Apply now on our website – Fill in the online application form For recruitment Barnsley contact Eleanore or Lisa for Sheffield contact Kay An Apprenticeship in Hairdressing? An apprenticeship is the best way to gain the skills required to become a successful stylist. Leslie Frances offers an individual learning plan enabling you to progress at your own speed. Our friendly team of hair care experts will guide you to achieve valuable NVQ’s ( National Vocational Qualifications), which will give you a sound basis to develop your career in hairdressing. Our hairdressing training programmes combine hands on practical experience on live models in a real salon

environment with theory sessions incorporating the relevant functional skills modules. We encourage online knowledge and assessment through the well known City & Guilds awarding board.

What’s in it for me? Apprenticeships allow you to learn while you earn. You will receive a training wage of a minimum of £2.65 per hour for 30-40 hours per week. Once you qualify, you could go on to endless career opportunities from working as a top stylist at your local salon to working on a cruise ship, TV & film work, photographic & fashion or teaching and management.

New for 2013 – Hairdressing Level 2 and Level 3 includes Men’s Haircutting and Styling ...With the demand in the hairdressing industry for men’s hair cutting we are incorporating men’s commercial cutting and men’s styling techniques within all our training programmes.

New Courses 2013… Year 10 & 11 Hair Club Free Hairdressing Courses for current Year 11 students (leaving school 2013).If you are thinking about a career in hairdressing this short course will give you the chance to experience creative hairdressing skills, with styling techniques, curling and long hair up styles. This course could also lead to an apprenticeship programme. You will receive a Leslie Frances Award at the end of the course to recognise your achievement. The dates for the 4 day are 4th & 5th April and 30th & 31st May 2013. If you are interested in enrolling for this course then please email lftraining@hotmail.com

Year 10 – Summer Holiday Hair Club Leslie Frances Training are offering a 5 week course in August 2013.The cost of each day of training is £5. Holiday Hair Club is available every Thursday & Friday throughout August. Don’t worry if you cannot make all of them. We are holding an enrolment evening Thursday 18th July 2013 from 5pm.

Please email lftraining@hotmail.com to register your interest.

Japanese exchange One of our students had an amazing time in Japan with her Tutor. They both took part in the Hair Show at the Ritz Hotel in Osaka, Japan where they showcased European Hair to the Japanese audience. The exchange programme is an additional opportunity we are planning to add into the Hairdressing Apprenticeship Programme.

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Study with the Reds Act now and secure your place for September The Team All teaching staff are qualified to degree level and hold Postgraduate Certificates in Education with solid experience of working in FE Colleges.

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Post 16 Education Barnsley FC’s community Sports & Education Trust are pleased to announce their offer of post 16 education for September 2013. Established in 2009, the Education Centre provides excellent levels of high quality teaching and training within the sports, fitness and coaching sector. Offering a range of sports related qualifications from level 1 through to level 3 and Apprenticeships. All programmes are delivered on-site at Oakwell by a team of highly qualified tutors and coaches in a unique environment which inspires and promotes the success of young people. Currently working in partnership with local providers, Colleges and industry professionals, our courses have been developed with an emphasis on employability and will develop the academic and vocational skills needed to progress into the workplace.

Facilities There are 5 classrooms used at Oakwell which all have access to the internet and are fully equipped with laptops and tablets as learning devices. SMART Boards are used within 2 classrooms and additional laptops available for students to use for independent study. Practical sessions take place in the Academy Indoor Centre and on the outdoor astro-turf which is in the process of being converted in to a state of the art 4G surface ready for September 2013.

“The educational courses available here at Oakwell are providing young people with a fantastic opportunity to study in an alternative environment. The Education Centre is thriving and the students are working hard to reach their full potential” David Flitcroft – Barnsley FC Manager

“Loughborough College are delighted to be working in partnership with Barnsley FC to deliver a range of BTEC programmes. The club offers some excellent community and education programmes and we are excited to become a part of these schemes.” Rachel Hardcastle – Team Leader for Sport, Loughborough College

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Courses  Level 1 Foundation Learning – Intro to Coaching  Level 2 BTEC Diploma – Sport  Level 2 Apprenticeships – Activity Leadership  Level 3 Extended Diploma – Sports Development, Coaching & Fitness  Level 3 Futsal Extended Diploma – Sports Development, Coaching & Fitness Barnsley FC’s Community Sports & Education Trust (Trust) is a registered charity (charity no: 1118735). The Trust is totally financially self-sustainable and delivers activities within the four themes; Education, Sports Participation, Health and Social Inclusion. The Trusts mission is the following: ‘Using the vehicle of sport, physical activity, education and the brand of Barnsley Football Club, the Trust is committed to provide high quality, accessible participation and development opportunities that positively change lives and bring enjoyment to our communities.’

Student Case Study Stefan came to the Foundation Learning programme at Barnsley FC’s Community Sport & Education Trust in September 2010 after a relatively negative experience at school and low self- esteem. Whilst on the course Stefan flourished; his confidence growing greatly with the assistance of his tutor and being placed in a number of unfamiliar situations. This helped Stefan to realise his potential as a coach as well as developing his study and interpersonal skills. Such was Stefan’s success on the Foundation Learning course he was offered an Apprenticeship in Activity Leadership on the Player Development programme at the Trust. This combined Stefan’s footballing ability, the huge progress made in studying on the Foundation Learning course and his desire and confidence to coach. Stefan was involved in a number of activities whilst on the Apprenticeship from delivering sports days and activity sessions to local primary schools to dressing up as Toby Tyke for children’s parties! Upon completion of the Intermediate Apprenticeship Stefan’s natural progression was to secure a place on the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sports Development. He was successful in his application and scored highly in the interview process forming part of small cohort of senior Apprentices. Stef is a well-respected role model amongst Apprentices and learners alike at the Trust, leading on a variety of projects which are delivered out in the community and on-site at the football club. On his success at the Community Trust Stefan said; “I’ve really enjoyed my time at the football club and it’s been a great vehicle for my success. When I first joined as a Foundation Learner I had hardly any qualifications from school and didn’t really see myself going anywhere. Not only have I gained lots of qualifications but I’ve got a great experience of coaching and sports development. I’m now confident to lead any session and get involved in most activities at the Trust. Barnsley FC’s Community Sport and Education Trust has really improved my confidence and developed my personality giving me a career pathway along the way”.

Opportunity to represent Barnsley FC in the English College Football Association League!

Telephone 01226 280792 for more info, or visit www.ucasprogress.com and follow the simple steps.

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Greenacre College: Opening Doors Students from Darton College and Carlton Community College are taking part in a Land Based Learning course at Greenacre following the raising of the participation age in education and training. The students are working towards National Open College Network (NOCN) certificates in employability and caring for small animals. The nine-week course has had many positive outcomes for the students involved so far. As well as achieving a qualification, the students have increased their confidence and social skills by learning to work together and support each other as part of a team. One student has also been supported to overcome his fear of dogs by taking care of ‘Fred’ a black Labrador who came to visit. The course has been so successful that Carlton Community College has requested similar additional projects for its students. This is one of the first steps in developing extended provision based at Greenacre, which other schools can buy into for their students. As part of the extended provision Greenacre students will also be opening a shop during the summer term to support the development of retail skills and qualifications as well as experiencing a ‘real life’ business venture. The shop name was suggested by Greenacre students ‘Let’s Go Potty’ and will sell gifts and cards as well as having a craft area where individuals and groups can decorate a pot or a cup. Places at the shop, which is situated

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in Barnsley’s Arcade, will be available for schools to purchase to enable their students to work in a retail environment. In addition there will be an option for schools to hire space in the shop from which they will be able to sell their own merchandise. Greenacre also has a house on Victoria Road in Barnsley where students spend time during the school day developing life skills. The downstairs of the house has recently been refurbished and plans are underway to have the upstairs converted to ensure it is accessible to all students. Once the upstairs conversion has been completed families will be able to stay in the house to experience the different adapted facilities that are available before having their own houses converted. Packages are available for students to access Victoria Road during weekends and school holidays. If you are interested in any of the above opportunities please contact Sarah McDonald at Greenacre on 287165.

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‘I Know I Can’ achieve my business dream udding entrepreneurs in Barnsley are being encouraged to adopt an ‘I Know I Can’ attitude to achieve their business dreams. The I Know I Can (IKIC) programme, developed by Barnsley Council in conjunction with the local business community, aims to raise the aspirations of young people in Barnsley by helping them acquire the confidence and skills needed to accomplish their career goals. The overriding objective of IKIC is to create an enterprising mindset among young people through a variety of activities, events and competitions, which inspire them to take ownership of their lives and futures. Sharon Pickering, service and strategy manager 14-19 (24 LLDD) at Barnsley Council, says a core element of IKIC is about engaging local employers with young people to help them become enterprising and entrepreneurial. Said Sharon: “We have made a commitment to the young people of Barnsley to provide them with opportunities in enterprise and employment throughout their education to develop an ‘I Know I Can’ attitude to their futures. “We want to ensure that young people develop the skills they need to succeed and the ability to achieve their aspirations, turning dreams into reality. Through the IKIC programme young people can now benefit from a range of activities, events and opportunities in enterprise and employment. “We already realise the tremendous impact such opportunities can have on individuals through the success of the IKIC Barnsley Big Challenge, a business creation competition open to any young person aged between 11 and 19 living in Barnsley. You can find out more about the 2012 winner Jade Bryan of ‘Jade's Heavenly Buns’ left.. “We now would like to build on this fantastic project by broadening the work

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Jade Bryan was the overall winner of the IKIC Barnsley Big Challenge 2012 for her successful cupcake business ‘Jade’s Heavenly Buns’

Jade enjoys sweet taste of success verall winner of the IKIC Barnsley Big Challenge 2012 was Jade Bryan of ‘Jade’s Heavenly Buns’ for her highly profitable business making and selling delicious cupcakes. Jade, from Hoyland, had baked cupcakes as a hobby before but with the help and support of her business mentor Gaynor Carr, she developed a business which generated over £4,000 turnover in just a few months. The teenager sold her buns once a week at school and through local fish and chip and butcher’s shops, as well as at local fayres. One of the ways Jade impressed the judges in her final pitch was her investment strategy for her

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profits. Rather than take the money out of the business, she explained that she wanted to invest in an industrial mixer to make even more cupcakes. The judges commended Jade for her outstanding achievement, her enthusiasm and her excellent presentation skills. Commenting on her success Jade said: “I never expected to win. I thought the pitch would be really hard and I was nervous, but it really helped to build my confidence and skills. “I have learned so much from the project. I didn’t really have any business skills before but now I know about taking responsibility for many different tasks and also about handling money.”

Young people taking part in the IKIC Barnsley Big Challenge.

of the IKIC programme to include employability skills. We will aim throughout 2013 to strengthen links between schools and businesses in Barnsley to develop sustainable and meaningful partnerships between educators and employers that will develop the essential skills our young people need to succeed in the workplace. “We are committed, along with our partners in business, to invest in our young people and provide them with the opportunities they deserve to excel in an ever increasingly competitive market. I would like to thank all the businesses who share their time, resources, expertise and enthusiasm to work with young people, without the support of the Barnsley business community this programme would not be possible."

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Said Andrew: “Through the IKIC Barnsley Big Challenge, we want to develop a pool of enterprising young people and next generation entrepreneurs in Barnsley by inspiring them to

“We’re also keen to stir up a sense of excitement and a willingness amongst existing local entrepreneurs and business people to inspire, support and encourage young people to set up their own businesses and make money.

ndrew Chesterton, managing director of Barnsley-based Praxsoft Ltd, Work and Skills Board member and IKIC Big Challenge champion, is encouraging local students and businesses to get involved with the programme.

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“Together we can grow a spirit amongst our local wealth creators of ‘been there, done that, now we want to share it’ and ultimately develop a network of like-minded entrepreneurs who want to support the growth of entrepreneurial spirit in Barnsley. “We are looking for local businesses and entrepreneurs willing to share their experiences and invest in the next generation of Richard Bransons, Mary Portas and Peter Jones.”


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The Employability Challenge ollowing the success of the Barnsley Big Challenge, IKIC has launched a new challenge for 2013. The IKIC Employability Challenge aims to develop a range of activities working with schools and businesses to enhance the development of employability skills in young people. In conjunction with the Barnsley Big Challenge this will give every student in Barnsley access to opportunities in employment and enterprise. The Employability Challenge will encompass a broad range of activities designed to help young people understand the world of work, including an internship programme which will be launched later this year. IKIC successfully piloted the internship programme, sponsored by John Laing in 2012, with 20 students from Darton College, who gave up two weeks of their summer holidays to develop their employability skills. The students undertook a full week of activities including industry visits, psychometric profiling, enterprise challenges and health and safety qualifications as well as specialised work experience placements. Commenting on the programme, Sharon Rossides, executive principal at Darton College, said: “Our young people aspire to be the best they can be and welcome opportunities to show their skills and abilities in real life settings. “Last year the students from Darton College who took part in the internship were inspired by the opportunity to learn from business as well as school how to be truly successful.

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Aiming high: At the end of the internship programme participating Darton College students were presented with certificates from Dan Jarvis MP to celebrate their achievements. “Those who took part feel excited about their future and now know how to make it happen. It is important that opportunities like this are given to as many of the students in our schools as possible.” Stuart Locking, contract manager at John Laing Integrated Services, added: “I Know I Can will help create a pool of enterprising young talent in

Barnsley ready to enter into the world of work. “If we invest in the skills of our young people today we will shape the workforce of tomorrow creating confident, motivated and skilled employees. As a local employer and an investor in secondary education in the borough we believe investing and nurturing local talent is key to the success of our organisation.”

Challenge gains support AS news of the IKIC Employability Challenge spreads, more schools and businesses throughout the borough are keen to get involved ... “It is becoming more and more important that we prepare our young people in schools for a very different working landscape. Young people need to be given opportunities to be more enterprising and entrepreneurial if they are to survive and be successful in the modern workplace. As schools, we need to work very closely with a range of businesses and organisations to ensure that young people develop real employability skills, with real experiences, with real employers.”

Nick Bowen, principal at Horizon Community College “The future success of business in the UK is directly related to the skills and abilities of the available workforce. We welcome the opportunity to play a part in the developing a useful understanding of work and careers among students. By working with our schools and colleges we hope that this insight will help students with their studies, aspirations and decisions relating to continuing education and the world of work.”

John Lenihan, director of corporate affairs at Koyo Bearings

How can businesses and schools get involved?

Inspiring young people: Apprentices working at Koyo Bearings, supporters of the IKIC Employability Challenge.

There are already a number of local businesses who are committed to supporting the IKIC Employability Challenge and IKIC Big Barnsley Challenge and schools who are benefiting from creating strong links with employers. We would now like to offer all businesses in Barnsley who are interested in supporting young people either through enterprise or employment the opportunity to get involved. Business and Education South Yorkshire have been appointed to help facilitate partnerships between employers and schools with a view to developing sustainable partnerships for IKIC beyond 2013. If you are a business and would like to sponsor an event, provide an activity or simply find out more about how you can get involved, or you are a school or college and want to benefit from the new IKIC Employability Challenge, contact Anna Sheard at Business and Education South Yorkshire on 01709 336700 or email anna.sheard@be-sy.co.uk. To find out more about how you can get involved in the IKIC Big Enterprise Challenge, contact Liz Yoxall at Business and Education South Yorkshire on 01709 336700 or email Liz.Yoxall@besy.co.uk

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A constructive career alternative Moorlands College is part of BCB Trading Ltd and is a private training provider based within the Barnsley Borough which offers training in construction related trades. Over the years we have been operating we have delivered training to students aged 14 -16 at all Barnsley’s Secondary schools, run the E2e programme and recently the Foundation Learning Programme to students aged 16 -18 and have developed the General Construction Operatives Apprenticeship Programme.

Foundation Learning Training  We offer training in a selection of construction related trades which are developed to meet the needs of the individual  Courses can be started at anytime throughout the year and delivery is over 15 hours per week  All courses are run through nationally accredited awarding bodies and range from Entry 2 through to Level 1  Progression from foundation learning training can be onto further education/training or a modern apprenticeship  Over the last 3 years, Moorland College has averaged; 85% achievement of qualification 85% progression onto further training, employment or apprenticeship

Apprenticeship Programme (General Construction Operations) Moorlands College can offer apprenticeship opportunities in General Construction Operations Level 2. The programme is a mixture of college/classroom work and practical work on a working construction site. The programme consists of the following elements; Level 2 Diploma in General Construction Operations NVQ Level 2 in General Construction Operations Functional Skills Maths and English Level 1 Employee Rights and Responsibilities Personal Learning and Thinking Skills The programme is for 1 year and payment will be the national apprenticeship rate. Progression opportunities from this programme.

For more information, or to book an appointment, please call 01226 785494

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There’s no better place to be than Dearne Valley College! Are you looking to take your first steps on the career ladder? There’s no better place to be than Dearne Valley College! We aim to deliver further education in line with our core values of placing the learner at the centre of all we do, being passionate about high quality and providing learners with a respectful and supportive environment. Nestled in the heart of South Yorkshire, Dearne Valley College’s two sites can be found in Wath-Upon-Dearne and Manvers, and is accessible from Barnsley, Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster. We implement a 3-point plan which addresses every aspect of a learner’s journey; from enquiry, to their studies and right through to their career search. We employ specially trained admissions staff who provide the backbone for our Information, advice and guidance campaign, from enquiry to entry. They will help you to discover the right course, at the right level and support you throughout the application process, to the day you embark on your DVC journey. Our Career Coach tool assists you early on with career choices, placing you on the right path from the very start. We offer a variety of exciting and industry-led courses delivered by passionate, qualified teaching staff. Be it a full-time vocational course to deliver the practical skills and the underpinning knowledge, or an Apprenticeship which allows you to earn while you learn; there’s an option for every student. On top of this, we offer industry-spec equipment and materials, within topnotch teaching spaces which will ensure that your learning is completely relevant to the modern job market. These include a fully-functioning teaching salon and an industry-standard Motorsports workshop. Our range of on-campus facilities allow you a few home comforts, ensuring that your DVC experience is as enjoyable as it is valuable. Our brand new hair and beauty salon, ‘Aspirations’ not only functions as an excellent teaching salon, but offers it’s luxurious services to the public, staff and students alike. Our recently refurbished fitness suite ‘Fitness63’ lies at the DVC Sports centre, with a wealth of memberships, fitness classes and personalised services available. We aim to support our students financially also, with our DVC Training Allowance available for all 16 to 18 year old full-time students and Apprentices, to support their financial needs such as travel and supplies The third point in our plan is to fully support and guide our students throughout their career search. Our dedicated, on-site Job Zone service hosts a range of workshops and tutorials regarding job applications and CV-writing, and advises on issues such as interviews and using online career services. Ultimately, we aim to guide you into a career completely suited to you and your skills. Our direct links to industry means that we can offer you the best opportunities to get your foot in the door within your chosen sector, and embark on a path to success.

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So much to be proud of in schools across the borough ...

Could your school be the pride of Barnsley? HE Chronicle’s Proud of Barnsley awards give every school across the borough the chance to shout about their achievements.

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There is much more to winning this prestigious award than just achieving good exam grades – it’s all about honouring the schools that are trying their hardest to inspire pupils to the best they can be. Chronicle editor Andrew Harrod explained: “Everyone agrees that good exam grades are vitally important for young people but schools these days offer so much more than simply a place for pupils to study.

these new schools to really establish themselves at the heart of the communities they serve, thanks to the fantastic additional facilities they have such as theatres and fitness suites that rival anything for miles around.”

“I have visited several of the new ‘super schools’ that have opened in Barnsley and I have been very impressed by everything I have seen.

The Proud of Barnsley judges want to hear about all the good work that is being done in our schools: last year’s winner earned special praise for the way it welcomed new pupils, helping them settle in as quickly as possible.

“These new schools are a far cry from the tired old buildings and drafty classrooms of years gone by and it is easy to see why young people moving up to secondary school can be so inspired by their new surroundings. “There is genuine potential for

has a friendly, welcoming environment that really helps bring out the best in pupils, then you need to nominate them for a Proud of Barnsley award. Visit www.barnsleychronicle.co.uk/proudofbarnsley for more details.

So now it’s over to you. If you think your school goes the extra mile; has done some fundraising for the community; is really good at something – or just

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Connexions supports a programme for young people who are NEET on Wednesdays at Athersley Cares Motor Project: Athersley Motormouth student Jake Lyons is pictured repairing a car.

Helping young people make the right decisions ... eaving school can be a daunting thought particularly for those who don't know what their next step should be, but help is at hand. The Connexions service was once associated with giving teenagers general careers advice but today the organisation is part of Barnsley Council Targeted Youth Support Service and offers so much more. Recent Government legislation means that Connexions is now targeted to support young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). It’s the task of the Barnsley Connexions team to ensure all 16 to 19-year-olds throughout the borough are engaged in education, training or employment in order to pave a successful career path for their future. Connexions does provide support for some school pupils but this is now targeted, and includes those who have a statement of educational need, young people in care and a small number who have additional support needs. Any young person, who is at school or college, or with a training provider, should look to getting their careers education and advice from their learning provider first. Connexions personal advisors and team leaders offer independent advice and guidance to young people whilst making them aware of the many career opportunities available to them both locally and nationally. Nick Whittingham, team leader at Barnsley Connexions, says some young people simply need pointing in the right direction.

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“Most teenagers leave school knowing what they want to achieve and therefore have decided on their next step whether that be to go on to further education, training or employment,” said Nick. “Some however may be unsure of what to do next, or they might have missed out on a place somewhere so it’s a case of us looking at their academic abilities and talking to them about what they would like to do and their interests, then finding something suitable. “We are required to provide every 16-year-old school leaver who is not engaged in some sort of post 16 provision with a ‘September Guarantee’, offering them a place in further education, training or employment with recognised training. In order to offer them something that appeals we work closely with the schools and local training/education providers. It’s about offering them a real opportunity to make a future for themselves rather than falling into the NEET category when they leave school.” The Connexions service is accessible to 16 to 19-year-olds via its Barnsley centre on Pitt Street. Here friendly advisors are on hand to help teenagers seeking education, training or employment whether that be by helping them write a CV, apply for a job, giving them advice on attending a job interview or offering them use of the computers for job searches. “Teenagers might hear a lot about there being no jobs at the moment but we make them realise all the opportunities that are available to

The Connexions team working with young people: advisor Joan Mackenzie speaking to 20-year-old Ellena Kendrick about vacancies. them, which can be quite surprising,” said Angela Lomax, team leader at Barnsley Connexions. “Each week we circulate a whiteboard of jobs/training available to 16 to 19-year-olds both locally and nationally. This can range from foundation courses in vocational areas such as horse care, child care, construction skills and health and beauty to apprenticeships in business administration, accountancy, engineering, graphic design, hairdressing, plumbing, sales and teaching. There are also personal development opportunities for those not yet ready for training in a vocational area. “By spending time with the teenagers that come to see us we know what they are looking for so when the whiteboard is released each week we can match individuals to to relevant jobs/training." “Once successfully engaged we continue to review and monitor them. If they drop off a course or become unemployed before their 19th birthday we will pick them up again and try to re-engage them.” For some teenagers however, more intensive support is required from their personal advisors in order to help them build confidence and overcome barriers. “It’s not always a case of helping a teenager to make a career choice, sometimes they have other barriers that need addressing first," said Joan Mackenzie, personal advisor at Barnsley Connexions. “They might have issues at home, drug or alcohol related problems or finance worries. In these cases we

work closely with the family or carer as well as other organisations and agencies such as social services and health professionals. “Once the barriers have been addressed we can then try to engage them in education or employment. Such teenagers can often have very low self confidence so require more one-to-one support.” The Connexions team believe its holistic approach to engage teenagers in post 16 provision is key to its success in significantly reducing the number of 16 to 19-year-old NEETs in Barnsley. “Five years ago around ten per cent of 16 to 19-year-olds in Barnsley fell into the NEET category but today just five per cent are NEETS,” said Chris Sorby, team leader at Barnsley Connexions. “We expect to see this figure further reduce as the participation age for further education/training raises from 16 to 18 by 2015. “We have targets to reach and pull together with other organisations such as the local authority, schools, colleges, training providers and local employers to make sure we achieve them. “Connexions has moved away from simple careers advice. Today we look at the person as an individual and as a whole, and take a much more holistic approach by working with others to get it right. “It’s our responsibility to raise the aspirations of young people and help them make the right decisions to follow a path that will lead to the best future for them.”


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Penistone Grammar ALC

Advertiser’s Announcement

Inspired to ‘never stop flying’ The motto of Penistone Grammar ALC – ‘Never Stop Flying’ – epitomises the inspirational values of the school. Students atPenistone Grammar ALC benefitfrom a modern learning environment with state-of-the-art classrooms and first class facilities. These include excellent sporting amenities with fantastic extended services to the community including access to a fully equipped fitness suite and floodlit Astroturf pitches. The school provides a wide range of opportunities for students aged 11 to 19 through its varied courses. A combination of fantastic facilities and high quality teaching ensures students receive an excellent education in a supportive environment. Penistone Grammar ALC has a long established and very successful Post 16 Centre which was recently praised by OFSTED and highlighted as a strength of the school. With more than 30 A-Level courses available, the dedicated centre has all the facilities to create an environment where young people can flourish and develop their talents.

Students celebrating their recent results.

PENISTONE GRAMMAR SCHOOL ALC

POST 16 OPEN EVENING £35 Million state of the art new school opened Easter 2011. Continuing trend of high performance at both GCSE and A-level above national standards. OFSTED says: “Students develop very good enterprise skills which contribute to them being well prepared for the world of work.” “Good care and support helping students to develop well personally.”

Check our website for dates and times when Year 11 students and their parents are invited to experience our amazing facilities and discuss courses in more detail with subject staff and the Post-16 team.

• Welcome talks by the Principal, Jo Higgins • Meet our staff, students and governors • Guided tours by students

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