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Make things happen with an Apprenticeship ISSUE 01 APRIL 2009




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Leaving School this summer?

School’s out

Work based learning is in! Now is the time to check out the wide range of programmes on offer at Palmersville Training! Whether your future lies in Hospitality and Catering; Warehousing and Retail; Painting and Decorating; Horticulture; Business Administration; Information Technology; Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy, we have an E2E or Apprenticeship programme to suit you! In Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy we can also offer you the exciting new Diploma qualification. If you are unsure what you want to do you could join our Citizenship programme.



Steven Sinclair (Warehousing

“I left school after my GCSEs. My plan was to find a job but I didn’t have a lot of luck. That changed when I found out about Palmersville Training and joined the Apprenticeship programme in Warehousing. I’ve never looked back! The staff are all really helpful and treat you as an adult. I have a work placement at Asda; it’s a really good working environment and I’ve made loads of new friends!”

Anthoney Storey (Painting and Decorating) “I couldn’t wait to leave school and start work but I was unemployed for a year. It was really hard to find a job without any qualifications so I joined the citizenship programme at Palmersville Training where I had the opportunity to try out different vocational areas. I soon decided that I wanted to train as a Painter and Decorator. I’m following an Apprenticeship programme and I have a work placement with a local painting and decorating company. I feel really positive about the future! Coming to Palmersville Training has really motivated me to work hard and get on in life.“

“When I started working towards m y NVQ I didn’t feel confident but now I feel I’m doing really well. Palmersville Training has a restaurant in the centre where I can do all my training; the staff have done so much to help me and I get on really well with the other learners. We work together as a team! When I complete my NVQ level one, I want to go on to level two and eventually my ambition is to have a career in cake decorating.”

Bobbie Johnston (Beauty Therapy) “I’ve always wanted to be a Beauty Therapist and I’m learning so much from the NVQ programme. I have been well supported from the start and any help I need, I have been given by my Training Supervisors. I have learnt lots of new skills in beauty. Having a salon in the training centre means I can do treatments on clients under the supervision of my tutor.”

Arran Armstrong (Hospitality) will give you information on the wide range of vocational training areas which are available or to arrange an informal chat / visit call Michael Kirkwood on 0191 270 1133




This is an exciting time for Apprenticeships! Never before have there been so many different types of Apprenticeships available across such a large number of industries, meaning that young people have a real choice about how they continue to learn and improve their skills. Apprenticeships are for people who want to make things happen. An Apprenticeship enables you to learn skills in a work environment – and also earn whilst you do so. From August 2009, apprentices will be paid a minimum of £95 per week. From April this year, for the first time there is an organisation specifically responsible for Apprenticeships called the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS). The NAS is dedicated to increasing the range and choice of Apprenticeships available for learners and employers. The NAS works both with people who want to be apprentices and employers who want to find apprentices to work in their businesses. To make this process easier there is now an online vacancy matching system in place that matches employers with would-be apprentices. All you have to do is register via the website and you can search for an Apprenticeship in your area. If you would like further information about Apprenticeships then please visit the website – – and see how you could make things happen! Simon Waugh Chief Executive National Apprenticeship Service

“From August 2009, apprentices will be paid a minimum of £95 per week” Front cover image: Sir Alan Sugar, The Apprentice (Wednesday 9pm BBC1) courtesy of BBC/Talkback Thames



WELCOME TO ISSUE 01: Warm welcome to everyone – as Way2Go publishes its first nationally distributed magazine.


Some of you may be familiar with our publication, although now in a new and hopefully improved format, we are still true to our pledges - Live/Learn/Aspire/Achieve. W2G hopes to provide guidance and information along with a fair amount of entertainment. You will soon be making important decisions that will possibly shape your future – if that is into either further education or the world of employment, take a look inside. Features to look out for are Gap Year Travel, Fashion, reviews on the latest music, DVDs and films and The Year that was 1990!

We are also looking for contributions from you. If journalism could be the career path you choose, and you would like to see your work in print we would like you to compile a feature about your school or college. Word count should roughly be 500 words per page, with a main headline and any images you would like to include.



Alternatively if graphic design is your choice, your brief is – Way2Go - Live, Learn, Aspire and Achieve. The successful design chosen by our Creative Director will form the basis of our next campaign promoting W2G (see page 72). The email address of the production manager to send your entries to can be found below. Hope you enjoy the read – If you like the magazine, please drop us a line, and if you think we have missed anything - definitely let us know, it would be good to hear from you soon!et us


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Monsters vs. Aliens If you are going to see this movie, watch it in 3D. It really enhances the movie experience. There were some funny parts, but overall the movie is good not great. The story is typical and predictable, and as far as being funny, it only managed to be passable, nothing like Kung Fu Panda. One thing the movie did right is casting Seth Rogen to be the voice of B.O.B.. Every time B.O.B. speaks or even just laughs, you are guaranteed to laugh. It is a shame that all the other characters just fade into the background, even the supposed main character Susan. To conclude this review, watch this movie in theater only if there is nothing else you want to see, otherwise just wait until its DVD release, and save your money.


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IF YOU LIKED THIS I RECOMMEND YOU SEE: n Toy Story 1 & 2 n Monsters Inc. n Shrek


“Every time B.O.B. speaks or even just laughs, you are guaranteed to laugh�


“As a whole, this animated feature seems inspired by other cartoons (including Lion King) but has so many funny moments”...

Madagascar 2 : Escape 2 Africa


After the stupendous success of Madagascar (2005), DreamWorks has decided to come out with its sequel which is strictly for children. This time around, best friends Alex the lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo are all ready to return to New York after their adventures in Madagascar but their rickety plane crashes, as expected, in an African game reserve and the four friends get separated as they join their own kind. Alex is united with his longlost parents. The movie also touches on Melman’s unspoken love for Gloria and the strained friendship between Alex and Marty. As a whole, this animated feature seems inspired by other cartoons (including Lion King) but has so many funny moments you can easily forgive the makers.


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IF YOU LIKED THIS I RECOMMEND YOU SEE: n Madagascar n Ice Age n Antz



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the Saturdays Chasing Lights

Chasing Lights is the debut album by pop girl group The Saturdays who are gaining a reputation for infectious pop music driven by catchy melodies and a great sense of togetherness. Working with the likes of Quiz and Larossi (Shayne Ward, Rihanna) and Jewels and Stone (Dannii Minogue, Sophie Ellis-Bextor), the girls take on everything from feisty finger clickin’ electronica on “Keep Her” and “Set Me Off” to gentle acoustic numbers like “Issues” and even post-Ibiza chillout on “Why Me, Why Now”. In short, the girls have succeeded by being themselves whilst making the sound of girl groups for the future. “Chasing Lights” offers simple but by all means delightful pop numbers with a slight feel of R&B that touch base on all genres whilst still remaining very user friendly. I think you will find it hard not to like this!!


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IF YOU LIKED THIS I RECOMMEND LISTEN TOO: n Girls Aloud - Out of Control n Spice Girls - Greatest Hits n Sugababes - Catfights and Spotlights


“the girls have succeeded by being themselves whilst making the sound of girl groups for the future”



LEGENDS OF WRESTLEMANIA WWE Legends of WrestleMania embraces the leading sports entertainment organization’s rich history to relive, rewrite or recreate the definitive elements of WWE from the Eighties and Nineties. Players relive the entertaining lives of more than 40 larger-than-life Legends and have control over Legendary Managers. The game’s new grapple-based fighting system captures the high-energy action and drama seen in vintage WWE matches, while a historically accurate representation of past WWE telecasts sets the stage, including signature ring entrances, renowned commentators and notable venues. WWE Legends of WrestleMania also includes a WrestleMania Tour Mode that allows players to participate in key matches from multiple WrestleMania events, a Create-A-Legend system to develop the Legends of tomorrow, as well as online functionality for players to compete on the biggest stages in WWE history. Not quite worthy of the legendary status but it is a trip down memory lane (or if your too young to remember some of the characters…ask your Dad!!) and a whole lot of fun along the way.


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IF YOU LIKED THIS I RECOMMEND YOU TRY: n SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 n UFC 2009 Undisputed n Wrestle Kingdom 2

“Not quite worthy of the legendary status but it is a trip down memory lane”


Ever thought about a career in the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industry? Careers within the industry are highly motivating, always interesting and above all enjoyable.

The Northwest region has a multitude of great places to visit. It has lively towns and cities, an exciting cultural life, tons of history, stunning countryside, coastlines and areas of natural beauty. All of which provide a great variety of activities for all types of visitors, which in turn creates an excellent range of exciting career opportunities.

With jobs ranging from event and hotel managers to chefs, the range of career options will really surprise you!


So if a job within this vibrant industry could be for you, you will need help choosing what career path to take once you leave school. This is where can help. It is a free online career resource that focuses on jobs, training and the best qualifications to develop your career within the dynamic hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industry. UKSP is a website to help you research and plan your career options and has been designed to help you achieve your ambitions and provide you with the information that you need to take control of your career. You’ll find loads of really useful information on the website – it identifies the skills and qualifications needed to help you get ahead, and highlights the routes you can choose to get you to where you want to be. There’s also a ‘Career Map’ that illustrates the wide range of career opportunities within the industry, ranging from travel reps to hotel managers through to chefs and tourism managers.

What’s more, by signing up to UKSP you can get lots of discounts on everything from CDs to theme park tickets and much more. You could be part of one of the most exciting industries in the UK - let’s make sure you have the right skills and qualifications that count. UKSP is your FREE guide to success in hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism – don’t miss out! Discover your exciting and rewarding new career at UKSP today. UKSP is not all that’s new in this industry. There are many qualifications up to degree level you can work towards and information on the new Diplomas and Apprenticeships to get you started on your career and some examples of student achievements in the region follow.

The website also includes a ‘Good Provider Guide’ which has information on leading hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism courses that you could apply for at colleges and universities across the country to provide you with the best qualifications to help find a job in the industry. There’s also a ‘Good Employer Guide’ which highlights the employers within the sector who are committed to the training and development of their staff.

The Northwest Development Agency works to develop the tourism industry in the region and the skills of young people by working with key partners such as People 1st and through the 5 Tourist Boards of England’s Northwest.


Qualifications (Diplomas & Apprenticeships) Young people have the pick of the bunch when it comes to careers in this industry, Alongside the more traditional leisure and tourism areas are a wide range of new activities such as cultural tourism, adventure tourism, sports and leisure activities and eco-tourism. All of which provide opportunities for interesting and rewarding careers. This is why many young people are looking for suitable courses to help them get ahead on their chosen career path. But which qualifications will really get you ahead in the Northwest’s tourism and leisure industries? There are two new qualifications for 14-19 yearolds called the Diploma in hospitality (available from this September), and the Diploma in travel and tourism (available in September 2010). Taking a Diploma in Year 10 could be the first step towards a future career within the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism Industry or it could be your route to college or university. It gives you the opportunity to learn both in and out of the classroom and take on exciting and challenging projects which you’d normally not be given the chance to do. It’s taken alongside your GCSEs and at each level you can develop your own interests further – so you could learn about marketing a hospitality business, event management and advanced cookery – or you could choose to do a GCSE or A-level in maths or economics which would help you to get a place at university. You only have to be 14 to start the Foundation or Higher Diplomas. The Foundation Diploma is equivalent to 5 GCSEs (grades D-G) and the Higher Diploma 7 GCSEs (grade A*- C). There is even an advanced Diploma for those aged 16 and over which is equivalent to 3.5 A-levels. As part of the Diploma in hospitality you’ll get a taste of the huge range of careers open to you within the industry and you’ll learn about: n n n n

The hospitality industry and its impact on the UK economy. People within the industry and developing your interpersonal skills. Hospitality operations, including food safety, principles of healthy eating and practical cooking skills. Business and finance in hospitality.

Once you’ve completed your Diploma there’s loads of opportunities open to you. You could continue on to a higher diploma in the same or different subject, sit A-levels, start an


“When I was a young footballer, I was desperate to be full-time. But my father insisted I did my Apprenticeship” Apprenticeship programme or sign up for a college course. There is also a diverse range of degrees to go onto. The Northwest has a number of places where you can train for this exciting industry – Bury College offers a range of Diplomas and NVQs, together with vocational BTECs, with Trafford College, the Manchester College

and Wigan & Leigh College all offering similar qualifications. For more information on diplomas go to and Alternatively, if you’d prefer to learn on the job have you thought about doing an Apprenticeship programme when you reach 16? There are two main levels of Apprenticeship for those aged 16 or over; Apprenticeships (equivalent to 5 good GCSE passes) and Advanced Apprenticeships (equivalent to two A-level passes). Every year over 20,000 students embark on an Apprenticeship programme within hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism. That’s how celebrities such as Jamie Oliver, Sir Alex Ferguson and Stella McCartney all began their careers so it’s a great way to kick start yours. What’s more, an Apprenticeship allows you to earn while you learn! You can expect a salary of at least the minimum Apprenticeship earnings. This is £80 per week (rising to £95 per week in August 2009), with average apprentices earning £170 per week. For more information on Apprenticeships within the industry check out or

Sir Alex Ferguson, Manager of Manchester United “When I was a young footballer, I was desperate to be full-time. But my father insisted I did my Apprenticeship. Apprenticeships were a comprehensive education which taught young people how to be part of a workforce. They instilled the values of excellence and quality in the workplace and served British industry well throughout the years. I’m very encouraged to see the current revival and to see Apprenticeships take their rightful place as a valid education and career choice that can lead to better things.”

tudies S e s a C s) From Junior Chef to Industry

Professional – How Trafford College helped two students reach the top When former Trafford College students, now restaurateurs Tim Wood and Paul Taylor decided to turn their passions for cooking into a career, they knew the perfect recipe for success would be to practice their skills at a college. The pair started their prestigious careers at Trafford College, which has state of the art facilities and excellent employer links. Fast forward a few years, add a string of winning competition entries, prestigious positions within Marco Pierre White’s elite team and a culinary scholarship sponsored by Gordon Ramsay, the business partners are defying the credit crunch by celebrating the opening of their third eatery within five years. The chefs’ business has flourished since opening their first restaurant in 2004, the second in 2007 and the third this year. They attribute their success to the experiences they gained from their time at college, quoting the ‘support they received from lecturers’ as their most valuable resource. Paul comments: “Without the support, help and guidance of my tutors, I wouldn’t have known how to best achieve my potential and apply it within industry. It’s a huge industry out there. Fine dining does not even amount to 5% of the hospitality industry and it’s with the help and support of people who are experienced in areas of expertise that you can realise where your skills could be best utilised. Not everybody wishes to become a top chef in a five star restaurant.” Students such as Tim and Paul are just two examples of the high calibre young chefs making their mark in an industry which increasingly demands world class service. Understanding the need to nurture these levels of talent at an early age, Trafford College has recently announced the launch of a brand new Junior Chefs’ Academy, aimed at young aspiring chefs who wish to follow in the footsteps of so many of the college’s successful students. The Junior Chefs’ Academy course is a nationally recognised programme sponsored by Compass Catering and Russum Uniforms. It is

also supported by City and Guilds, Springboard, the Hospitality Association and the Craft Guild of Chefs. The Northwest Development Agency is funding the development of the JCA programme in the region to increase the numbers of young chefs in the region as a priority. For more information on courses available to you at college and the Northwest’s Universities go to:

Malmaison’s Young Star Chef Cooks Up a Storm Talented young chef Damon Stokes is the Chef de Partie at Malmaison where he has been working for 2 years after studying for NVQ Levels 1, 2 and 3 at Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies. He recently had the opportunity to take over the kitchen at Malmaison, Manchester for the night as part of Visit Manchester’s Young Star Chef Intiative. The initiative recognises Manchester’s emerging chef talent by providing a showcasing opportunity to celebrate their achievements. 20 year old Damon rose to the challenge

of creating his own signature menu of corn fed duck rillette with red onion marmalade, herb crusted Cumbrian lamb rack with provencale veg followed by apple tart tatin with cinnamon ice cream. General Manager Graham Bradford presented Damon with a set of chef knives and Head Chef Kevin Whiteford was also on hand to celebrate his success. Kevin describes Damon as a hard working, passionate, driven and determined individual.

Catherine Melling is miles ahead... “I completed A-levels at St John Rigby College in Wigan, in Sociology, Media Studies and English Language. When choosing a degree to study at university I decided against following through one of my A-Level subjects and instead decided to pick a subject I had always been interested in which was tourism. The degree I gained was a BA Hons in International Tourism Management at UCLAN in Preston and the degree covered all aspects of how to be a manager within tourism, looking at the hospitality side such as hotels and conferencing, events, destination management, tour operations, strategic airline operations, marketing, visitor attraction management and so forth.

I was not sure what field I wanted to work in after my degree but after undertaking a years placement at Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board working in business development and marketing a sub region, I decided I would like to work within the public sector. I applied for the job within the Tourism team at the NWDA in April 2008 just as my course was coming to an end and started in May 2008.”

Remember, UKSP is the place to find a career, learn about courses, qualifications and the best places to study and find funding for the skills and qualifications you need to further your career!


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north east tra When I left school in 2005, I thought college was the only choice for me, then after 2 years of college work I decided I wanted to learn a more ‘hands on’ trade. I always had a desire to go into engineering so I enquired about an apprenticeship. After some research on the apprenticeship program I applied to Rolls-Royce North East Training Centre. I had to attend for an aptitude test in their centre. This was a bit worrying at first but once I had completed it, it seemed like a walk in the park. After the test, I received a letter asking me to attend for an interview. This was my first ever interview so my nerves were jangling, however, once I it started, I realized there was nothing to worry about and the interview was just a chat to find out what I was like and before I knew it I had been offered a position and was ready to start in the September.

Matthew Lund, Apprentice Service Engineer

September came and I was eager to start on my new challenge. The first few days of having to get out of bed and into Newcastle for a 7:30 am start were a challenge but the friends you make often travelled the same way I did, so after a few days, the early morning journey became much more enjoyable. At the training centre I covered a range of practical training modules varying from using lathes to computer aided drawing. This was useful as it helped me understand the different types of engineering and it gave me an opportunity to decide which route I would go down. The opportunities soon became clear and I was sent for lots of interviews with some big companies. Then around the December time, I was sent for an interview with Rolls-Royce Michell Bearings. The training and knowledge I had received from all the instructors in the training centre helped me pass my interview and I was offered the job as an apprentice Rolls-Royce service engineer.

Mathew Lund:

This is a great job, and one I could not have achieved without the training centre. Now I am in an excellent position where I get to travel all over the U.K as well as opportunities to travel abroad.

“This is a great job, and one I could not have achieved without the training centre”

Looking back, I see that my future was unclear but now I have a definite path to follow which could not have been achieved without the useful skills I have learned. The 9 months spent in the training centre were the best of my life. I now have qualifications and have formed valuable friendships with other apprentices. All of this was down to Rolls-Royce NETC and I would recommend anyone who has the desire to become an engineering apprentice to follow in my footsteps.

Alan Moorhead and Philip Huddlestone, apprentice engineers with RAS / FAS


Alan and Philip..


“They both followed a maintenance type training route which involved learning skills in fitting, machining and electrical disciplines.”

...started on their apprenticeship at Rolls-Royce NETC in September 2006. They both followed a maintenance type training route which involved learning skills in fitting, machining and electrical disciplines. During their time at the training centre they both managed to secure a position with Rolls-Royce RAS/FAS which stands for Replenishment At Sea and reFueling At Sea. Alan and Philip have received additional training throughout their apprenticeship and both agree that they are now in a great position with a forward thinking company.

raining centre After leaving school, a career in engineering was what I aspired to gain, through applying to a number of training Providers, including Rolls-Royce NETC. After the completion of an application form, followed by aptitude tests and an interview, I was delighted to have gained a place on the program.

Kelly Lowe, Apprentice with WellStream

When I joined the training centre, the wide diversity and opportunities which were available to me gave me the chance to study different aspects of engineering and further progress my education, skills and confidence for when I go to my company. As a result of being at Rolls-Royce, I now have a fantastic work opportunity with a great company, WellStream,and I’m looking forward to the future. I love the work I do and feel that this was the opportunity for me. The training centre offers much and gives the opportunity to all of its apprentices to learn and build upon their skills.

“As a result of being at Rolls-Royce, I now have a fantastic work opportunity with a great company, WellStream,and I’m looking forward to the future.”

Kelly Lowe:

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We would like to invite applications to join our Apprenticeship programme, starting in September 2009.

Key Skills up to Level 2 Excellent employment opportunities within the Engineering sector NVQ Level 3 in your specialised field Fully certified apprenticeship

This is an exciting opportunity for the Engineers of tomorrow and is ideally suited to school leaver’s who have achieved or expect to achieve GCSE Grades of ‘C’ or higher in Mathematics, Science and English and who are less than 19 years of age on 1st September 2009.

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Rolls Royce North East Training Centre is a major force in engineering training, achieving the highest National Vocational and Academic standards

Rolls Royce North East Training Centre Michell Bearings Scotswood Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE 15 6BLL

What you get n First year training in our own centre to NVQ Level 2 n Further Educational qualifications

Apply to:

Contact Marian Morgan Telephone 0191 2565386 Fax 0191 2565376 Email

We are an Equal Opportunities Company, strongly committed to its promotion.


Apprenticeships Aimhigher Lancashire

Whether you are looking for a job that enables you to carry on learning, or are already in employment and want to gain further qualifications, an Apprenticeship could be the option for you. Apprecticeships allow you to start work and earn a decent wage, while learning new skills that will lead to nationally recognised qualifications. There may be different entry requirements for Apprenticeships depending on the occupational sector. You just need to be living in England and not taking part in full-time education. Apprenticeships are open to all age groups (above 16yrs) whether you are just leaving school, have been working for years or are seeking to start a new career. Competition for places with employers can be fierce, so you will need to show that you are committed, and aware of your responsibilities to both yourself and the company who would employ you. You also need to be happy to work as both part of a team and individually, and be able to use your own initiative. There are lots of benefits to doing an Apprenticeship. Doing an Apprenticeship means you can earn while you learn and learn in a way that is best suited to you – learning through hands on experience on the job.


Research shows that apprentices earn, on average, over £100,000 more throughout their lifetime than other employees. Your career doesn’t have to stop at the Advanced Apprenticeship, if you want to go on to University you will find many institutes of Higher Education value your skills and knowledge and will happily offer you a place on a Foundation Degree or other higher level qualifications.

Support during training

Your employer or training provider will make sure you have a mentor. Their job is to ensure that your training fits your personal requirements, offers the skills needed for the job and satisfies national standards. They will also be there to help you through any difficult times.


Apprenticeships can be demanding but they are very rewarding. Because Apprenticeships train you in the skills employers want, they give you choices in your career. When you’ve finished you can carry on working, maybe get promoted or go on to higher education in a college or university.


\A choice of industries and employers

Apprenticeships have been developed by a wide range of industry sectors and are available with different types of employers from large national companies such as British Gas, BMW and Orange to smaller local companies. There are now over 180 career choices in 80 different industry sectors. The right one for you will depend on your interests, your experience and the opportunities in your area. However, all Apprenticeships include the following elements: n An appropriate work-based qualification such as a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) at either Level 2 or Level 3; n Key Skills qualifications, e.g. working in teams, problem-solving, communication and using new technology; n A technical qualification such as a BTEC or City & Guilds (relevant to the specific Apprenticeship); n Other qualifications or requirements as specified by the particular occupation.


You’ll get a package of qualifications when you finish your Apprenticeship which will be recognised by any employer, anywhere in the country. That means you can change jobs and take your skills and qualifications with you. Your performance and knowledge are assessed on the job as you reach different levels. These assessments count towards your final qualification.



Level 1

5 GCSE grades D-G

Level 2

5 GCSE Grades A-C

Level 3

2 A levels/1 Vocational A level

Level 4/5

HND/HNC/Degree Level

Depending on the Apprenticeship you choose, you may also study for a Technical Certificate which will give you further knowledge and understanding of your job. This might be a BTEC National Diploma or a City & Guilds Progression Award. You’ll also learn about communications and application of numbers. These important transferable skills will help you in any job and make you more employable whatever career you choose to follow.

Where to get further information in Lancashire? The Lancashire Work Based Learning Executive Forum can put you in touch with a training provider in your area. Alternatively speak to your careers advisor in school who will be able to give you further information.

|CASE STUDY... Carla Ainsworth runs her own Nail & Beauty business in Accrington. When she left school she began an apprenticeship in Beauty then progressed to an advanced apprenticeship where she achieved a level 3 NVQ qualification. Whilst working she continued to study part-time in higher education and gained a Certificate of Education (Cert Ed). Although it was very hard work for 2 years Carla was extremely pleased that she persevered and on completion of the HE course she began teaching Beauty courses, part-time, at Blackpool & the Fylde College; at the same time establishing her own business. Now Carla employs her own apprentice, Emily, who is undertaking a qualification in Nail Services. Leaving school at 16 or 18 does not have to mean going straight out to work and stopping studying – you can start earning money at work whilst taking further and higher qualifications at the same time.

“The Certificate in Education I achieved helped me gain the confidence to open my own business.”

Carla said, “The CertEd I achieved helped me gain the confidence to open my own business. I will be encouraging Emily to continue her studies in the future and maybe progress to HE herself; it’s a great way learn!”


Engineer Your Future TRAVEL the world, meet interesting people, enjoy exotic holidays or have the freedom to splash out on the things you want...

...joining the oil and gas industry could be your passport to making these fantastic opportunities a reality. Each year up to 100 lucky trainees are awarded a place on the popular Modern Apprenticeship Technician Training scheme run by OPITO – The Oil & Gas Academy. The first two years see students study full time to learn the skills they need to get a job as either a process operations technician or a maintenance technician in either the electrical, instrumentation or mechanical areas. This is followed by two years work experience with an oil and gas company during which time they get to build up their practical skills whilst earning a salary. The apprenticeship scheme is open to anyone aged over 16 with applications for the programme opening in February 2009. To find out more visit



WHEN teenager Paul Breen joined his classmates at Aberdeen College in September he was the third generation of his family to work in the oil and gas industry. The 17-year-old, from Kirkintilloch near Glasgow, is following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather who have both enjoyed long careers working on and offshore. “They told me a lot of stories about working in the industry when I was growing up. When I heard about the MA scheme it seemed like a really good opportunity,” said Paul, who is studying to become an electrical instruments technician. “My dad showed me a video of what living offshore is like, travelling by helicopter and how people spend their free time. I wasn’t expecting there to be TV’s in the rooms or computer access so it was actually more comfortable than I would have expected working in the middle of the sea to be.

Paul Breen with his proud grandfather (left) and dad

“I really love to travel and a career in the industry could take me around the world. I can’t wait to really get started and I’m going to make sure I’m open to any experiences that present themselves.”

Paul’s father, Chris, 42, said: “I’m very proud of Paul for choosing this industry. It has given me a lot of opportunities over the years and perhaps hearing me talk about my experiences in places like Azerbaijan, Russia and Algeria has rubbed off on him,” he said.

Lianne Harcus from Orkney is one of a growing number of girls taking up engineering careers in oil and gas.

AS A 16-YEAR-OLD school leaver, Paul Mallinson had no idea what the future might hold for him.

A trainee electrical technician, the 19-year-old is entering her second year at college where she is learning everything from the maintenance of motors and the installation of basic electrical circuits to how to make electrical machines such as transformers, generators and motors.

Little did he know that less than 10 years later, he would own his own home, drive a nice car and have the time and money to indulge in exotic holidays in far-flung destinations.

Her interest was sparked after learning engineering with the Territorial Army. “I found it really difficult to be accepted into some industries even with my experience,” said Lianne. “However, oil and gas is much more accepting of female engineers and provides much better opportunities. “A big myth is that people think you have to have a lot of experience to do this type of course. Obviously, it is an advantage but it was amazing to see how many people on the course had never changed a light bulb, or wired a plug before. During training, they start right from the basics, so you don’t need to worry about previous experience.” Lianne is looking forward to completing her training and getting her first full-time job.

Technician Lianne can’t wait to start the practical part of her Modern Apprenticeship

“The possibilities are endless! I can work onshore or offshore, from an office, work abroad, go up through management or go on extra training courses. It’s a fantastic career path.”

Paul was one of the first ever young people to embark on the MA scheme. He studied for an HNC in Instrumentation and Control and completed his apprenticeship with Marathon Oil on the Brae Bravo platform, about 150 miles off the coast of Aberdeen. Now 24, Paul is delighted his career is heading in the right direction. “The course provided me with an entry to the industry and gave me the core skills and underpinning knowledge to give me the confidence to progress and be successful in my chosen career,” he said. “It also led to a good job offshore once I had finished my apprenticeship.” “I would say to anyone considering oil and gas as a career that if you think you can live with the time spent away from home and the traveling then I would definitely urge them to do it. “There seems to be more and more work appearing abroad. With all these opportunities opening up across the industry, why would anyone not want to consider oil and gas as a career?”

All kitted out and ready for action, Paul enjoys another day at work

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OUTSTANDING times ahead at English Martyrs Sixth Form College Hartlepool

A recent OFSTED inspection carried out in March 2009 rated the college as OUSTANDING in every aspect. Times are changing at English Martyrs Sixth Form College in Hartlepool. Some years ago the college would mainly be made up of students from the Hartlepool area, most of who were from the English Martyrs School. However, a brand new £2.6 million purpose built Sixth Form block is attracting students from all across the Tees Valley area. There are currently students from eleven different secondary schools from across Teesside and Durham who have chosen to study at English Martyrs. Music teaching is also enhanced by countless Aside from our academic prowess we are There are many reasons for this. Primarily, opportunities to perform as we have our own also attracting a record number of external English Martyrs Sixth Form has a proven track school orchestra, band and choirs. The overall students who opt to join the college because of record for delivering academic success. The quality of the curriculum at English Martyrs, in our specialisms in the areas of Art and Music. 2008 pass rate at A level was 55% A-B grades, which there are over 40 courses offered, was Regarding Art, we are one of only a small 79% A-C, and 99.3% overall. This record rated by OFTSED as ‘OUTSTANDING’. Building number of colleges locally who offer the full A-B pass rate ranks the college number 1 on this success we have added a range of new range of arts based A level subjects including in Hartlepool. Also the average points score courses to our curriculum for 2009 including Fine Art, History of Art, Art Textiles, Ceramics achieved at the college is 820, this not only Science in Society, English Language and the and Photography. Our specialist art facilities ranks the college number 1 in Hartlepool, but Extended Project Qualification. include its own art gallery for students to exhibit also places us among the top 5% of colleges their work alongside professional artists. In 2009 in the whole country by this measure. Most of The College has various sports teams including we will be also adding BTEC Graphic Design to our students who wish to do so, go on to study Football and Rugby as well as its own college our list of arts based courses. at University, gaining places at some of the gymnasium, swimming pool, tennis courts and most prestigious institutions in the country. This full size astro-turf football pitch. Regarding Music, we offer both AS and A2 level level of academic success was commented on Music courses as well as Music Technology. recently by OFTSED inspectors, who, in March English Martyrs is a relatively small college The college benefits from our own purpose built 2009, rated the learner’s achievement and catering for up to 400 students who study a recording studio opened by a former student standards in their work at English Martyrs as wide range of subjects. We feel this allows us Janik Gers of the rock band ‘Iron Maiden’. ‘OUTSTANDING’. to provide an extensive amount of pastoral care and ensure our students achieve their full potential. This enables us to provide a level of guidance and support for our learners which OFSTED deems to be OUTSTANDING. We are anticipating record numbers in 2009 and we encourage all year 11 students who may be interested to apply, if you haven’t already done so. For further information please contact us by e-mail, telephone or by letter and we will organise a visit for you. See our advert for details or why not come along to our Information Conference on Monday 22 June to find out for your selves.

For further information please contact us by e-mail, telephone or by letter and we will organise a visit for you. See our advert (Left) for details or why not come along to our Information Conference on Monday 22 June to find out for your selves.


How do Apprenticeships work? As employees, apprentices work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off-the-job, usually on a day release basis, apprentices receive training with a local training provider such as a college.


Am I eligible for an Apprenticeship? There are no set entry requirements for Apprenticeships. You just need to be living in England and not taking part in full-time education

Do I have to pay anything to become an Apprentice?

No The Learning and Skills Council covers the cost of training

How many Apprenticeships are available?

There are more than 180 career choices available in approximately 80 sectors of industry and commerce, ranging from accountancy to football, engineering to veterinary nursing, business administration to construction. They generally fall into one of two categories: ‘Apprenticeships’, equivalent to GCSE level or ‘Advanced Apprenticeships’, equivalent to A-levels.

How long do Apprenticeships last?

Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships last as long as it takes to achieve competence in the job for which you are training. This varies by sector but, in general, Apprenticeships last between one and three years.

What’s involved in the selection process?

Getting an Apprenticeship is like getting a job. You will be interviewed and even asked to take tests to see if you’re the right person. So you need to be prepared to sell yourself and convince others that an Apprenticeship is right for you.

Do apprentices get paid?

All employed apprentices must receive a wage of no less than £80 per week and this will rise to £95 from August 2009. However, recent research found that apprentices earn an average of £170 net pay per week. The highest paying sector is Electro-technical at £210 per week.

What’s the role of local training providers?

A training provider is usually a local college or specialist training organisation responsible for your off-the-job training. At the start, they will appoint a mentor who will work with your employer to make sure that the training is well planned. Once you’ve begun your Apprenticeship, your mentor will follow your progress and deal with any issues that may arise.

What’s the role of the employer?

The employer is the most important part of an Apprenticeship. They give you an induction into

the company and your role. They also provide on-the-job training and pay your wages. You will have a manager at work who will be responsible for helping you throughout your training.

Do I get to choose where to work?

Yes. It’s up to you to choose an employer but training providers can help you decide.

I’ve already got a job – can I still do an Apprenticeship? Yes. If your employer agrees, you can become an apprentice where you work now.

What time of year can I start?

You can apply at any time of year. When you begin the work-based training depends upon the availability of a position at an employer.

Do I get holidays?

Like most other employees, you will be given at least 20 days’ paid holiday per year as well as bank holidays.

What are ‘Modern Apprenticeships’/ How are Apprenticeships different to Modern Apprenticeships? They are one and the same thing - Modern Apprenticeships were re-branded in 2004 to ‘Apprenticeships’

Will there be a job interview?

The selection process is just like any other job application process and individuals are put through a series of interviews, and in some cases, tests, to establish if they are the right fit for the role.

Which Apprenticeships are most in demand?

Some of the most popular Apprenticeships at present are Engineering, Business Administration, Construction and Hospitality. How many individuals are on Apprenticeships? More than 110,000 apprentices completed their programme last year (2007), and more than 130,000 businesses offer Apprenticeships

Is there a big demand for Apprenticeships?

This varies depending on the company and sector. For example, N G Bailey (engineering company) receives on average 4,000 applications for the 80 to 100 apprentice places it offers each year. BT Openreach recently had 6,000 people apply for the 600 Apprenticeship roles it had on offer. Progression is very good as well; the company has more than 500 former apprentices among its staff, many in management and senior level positions.

Is being an apprentice anything like the TV programme?

The TV programme helped raise awareness of Apprenticeships, but in reality they are very different. Like the programme, places for some Apprenticeships are hugely over-subscribed. However, unlike the programme, there are clear differences between the experiences of Sir Alan’s apprentices, and the hard working men and women who are ‘real-life’ apprentices in this country. The ‘dog eat dog’ world of The Apprentice is a ratings winner but in reality, Apprenticeships encourage people to learn new skills in an environment of stability and encouragement rather than driving business results through intense competition.

Can an Apprenticeship lead to University?

Absolutely. Some Apprenticeships already attract UCAS points and we are working with UCAS to extend this system and ensure that the qualifications gained during an Apprenticeship count towards an individual’s university application. Higher Apprenticeship programmes are available in the IT, engineering, purchasing and supply sectors, enabling apprentices to study for a Foundation Degree, learn valuable new skills and earn a living at the same time.

Are you trying to discourage people from going to University?

Not at all. However, University is not necessarily the right option for all school leavers and work-based or vocational learning needs to be seen as a viable alternative to purely academic learning. Many people find they are better suited to work based learning such as Apprenticeships, which enable individuals to gain qualifications whilst earning a wage. Many successful business leaders took the vocational learning route, such as John Cauldwell (founder of Phones 4U); Laurence Graff (Graff Diamonds); Mike Turner of BAE Systems, as well as other high-profile personalities at the top of their professions such as Jamie Oliver, John Frieda and Alan Titchmarsh.

What are the advantages of doing an Apprenticeship? Apprentices will earn while they learn and will gain practical and transferable skills whilst keeping their options open. Career progression for apprentices is excellent and over the course of their career they can earn on average £100,000 more than those who don’t do an Apprenticeship.


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POINT OF VIEW Captain David Duffy has sailed with Maersk since April 1999. Captain Duffy recently returned to sea after a 12 month period in the Newcastle office looking after the Marine HR side oF the UK Fleet.




What vessel are you currently working on? Type and class?

Presently sailing on the Maersk Arun and A-Class container vessel. Capacity of 1092 TEU.


At the moment the Maersk Arun is running between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean calling of the ports of Gioia Tauro, Heraklion, Constanta, Varna, Ilyichevsk and back to Constanta

How long have you been on it?

Joined on the 6th Feb after a journey of 5 days to join due to being snow bound in Newcastle and London in early Feb. I have returned to sea after a period of 14 months in the office where I had the positions of Training superintendent and the Assistant GM Manning in the new Global crewing set up.


Where have you been on her? Any particular fond memories?

At the moment the Maersk Arun is running between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean calling of the ports of Gioia Tauro, Heraklion, Constanta, Varna, Ilyichevsk and back to Constanta As this is my first trip on this run I am still getting use to the nature of the run and the port officials!!! Approaching the Dardanelle transit at night can be impressive as all you can see ahead are the coast lights, if you hadn’t passed the area before or hadn’t seen the chart you would be wondering where the ship is heading for as you cannot see the approach lights due to all the bright lights ashore. I am still waiting for my first daylight transit, which should also be impressive.


What routes is she taking at the moment?

How would you describe working on her? Is she a good vessel to skipper?

On board the Arun life is we busy with all the paperwork required for the port calls and when you include the fire drills, training etc to be carried out on board we are always kept busy. The Maersk Arun is a lot different from the vessels I had been on before heading ashore. She is good to handle in most conditions.


What are the biggest challenges to your job?

The biggest challenge at present is getting back into the life at sea. Since I have been ashore a lot of changes have taken place within the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group. Although I was involved in most of the HR & personnel operational changes there has been legislative changes that I also have to catch up on, it is amazing how much is changing and how fast things are happening.

learned ashore and incorporate some the practices on board. I was given the opportunity under the MAESTRO programme to come ashore in a managerial role. Due to changes with the programme and for personal reasons I decided to return to sea. I learned a lot during my 14 months and got to know a lot more about the group than I would on board the ship and also made a lot of new friends in Newcastle and overseas. But for now I will stay at sea and keep looking for the green flash at sunset!

This vessel, as with the Maersk Avon, are now owned by Maersk Shipping Hong Kong Ltd, manned by COC-E (APMS), and has Mainland Chinese crew and Officers which can also be a challenge when communicating with them, of course we need to remember that English is not their first language, so I might have to get the Chinese phrase book out it I am to return to the Arun!


Where are you originally from?

Originally from Cork, Ireland since joining Maersk I have become a bit of a nomad. I have resided in the south of Spain for about 4 years before returning to Cork in 2006. Then after gaining a place on the MAESTRO programme in 2007 I moved to Newcastle to work in the Maersk Marine Services office. The question is where next?


How long have you worked for Maersk and on the seas in general?

I will be working for Maersk for 10 years in April and have been at sea since 1993. I have always worked on container vessels with both Maersk and my previous company.


What does the future have in store for you at Maersk?

After just returning to sea I am looking forward to gaining a few more years experience as Master. My time ashore was a worthwhile experience as I now understand both sides of the coin. Hopefully I will take on board what I have

“I will be working for Maersk for 10 years in April and have been at sea since 1993”...



A SELL-OUT on its last visit to the Theatre Royal in 2007, the globally renowned hip hop dance theatre event, Breakin’ Convention, returns to Theatre Royal Newcastle for a two day festival on Wednesday 27 & Thursday 28 May. Hosted by Jonzi D, the headlining acts include; Ken Swift and his crew, VII Gems Rock Dance Division. Performing for the first time in the UK, Kenny ‘Ken Swift’ Gabbert is considered the epitome of a B Boy. A driving force in Hip Hop dance for 30 years, amongst his many credits he’s appeared in classic films Style Wars, Beat Street and Flash Dance. Also appearing is French entertainer, Salah. Affectionately known as the ‘Charlie Chaplin of Hip Hop’, Salah is one of the best known hip hop dance performers of this generation and has won numerous major dance contests worldwide as a master of popping, locking and breaking and freestyle. His recent victory on French TV Show Incroyable Talent has now made him a household name in Europe. Topping the bill is the award-winning and much lauded troupe of B Boys from Seoul, Korea - MyoSung. This electrifying group of talented B Boys perform The Revolution will not be Institutionalised, a piece of dance with a powerful political message told with humour and sensitivity. Always a key part in the Breakin’ Convention festival is performances from local hip hop acts. This year will see local hip hop crews E-Yeah, Urban Kaos, Fort Fresh Crew and the award-winning Bad Taste Cru who blew the audience away at the 2007 Breakin’ Convention event. In addition to the main event itself, the Theatre Royal foyers will be transformed into areas where ticket holders can participate in freestyle sessions, graffiti art, seminars, listen to DJs, live music and showcase their hip hop skills. The two day festival also offers a series of professional workshops with the main acts. All workshops will be held at Dance City. (Please see below for details). Breakin’ Convention appears at the Theatre Royal on Wednesday 27 & Thursday 28 May. Tickets are priced at £8 - £17 (under 16s, £11) and can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 or online at

Workshops can also be booked at the Theatre Royal Box Office, 08448 11 2121.


Routes into Languages A In a bid to help you through this year’s exam stress and make it all a bit more bearable we’ve been asking current university language students for their revision tips.

Catherine Taylor MA translation student

n For French listening practice in bite size chunks use to watch short news articles. This way you can listen to some French every day without being overwhelmed. n For learning verbs nothing is more useful than a piece of A4 paper folded into three columns for the present, imperfect and past participle. Use the folds to conceal and then reveal verbs as you test yourself.

Marlene Koslowsky studying Chinese n Write out vocab over and over again. Then try and write out a couple of sentences using the new vocab.

Emma Bradley MA translation stu


Stick notes up to places you use a lot like the fridge or chocolate cupboard!

n Take regular 10 or 20 minute breaks to help concentration. I’d do something to take my mind off revision like listening to music (and dancing around to it!) n Write useful sentences on flash cards and have them around your room. Get your family to test you on any vocab after just repeating it to yourself over and over again!

Matthew Campbell studying German n After making revision notes and learning the major points, talk through it with a classmate - you’ll both give each other points you’ve forgotten and it helps to remember. n Stick notes up to places you use a lot like the fridge or chocolate cupboard!


s A Level Revision Guide Natalie Hoskin studying Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies n Watch one of your favourite films, but put the subtitles on in your foreign language. Not only is this fun, but it helps you see how language is used by real people. Even better, watch a foreign language film! n Start thinking in your foreign language. If you have a friend or relative who speaks the language too, practise with them. My friend and I developed our own “Spanglish” before our A-levels, which was excellent practice.

Jack Walker 2nd year Modern Languages stu


n Writing out vocab I need to know on the computer and then randomising it works really well. It makes sure I know the words that come up n Search real-world examples (e.g. newspapers) for grammar points so you know more than just theory

Emma Davies MA translation student n Watching the bulletins on www. helps when revising for oral exams, as well as for listening practice. n When preparing the A-Level presentation, I wrote the presentation out several times and eventually just wrote the first letter of each word. This helped me memorise what I had to say.

Don’t forget, these are only a few suggestions. You should try and do whatever works for you. Check out our games review in the previous issue for even more ideas. Good Luck!


SAIL INTO A SUCCESSFUL CAREER WITH PD Have you ever considered a career in the ports and logistics industry?

A group photo of our apprentices at Teesport with managers and their tradesman mentors

Have you ever considered a career in the ports and logistics industry? Exciting opportunities to be trained as an engineer, an electrician or crane driver through one of our award winning apprenticeship schemes. Or could you see yourself handling the finance on multi-million pound projects, even driving forward the company’s marketing and public relations strategy with journalists based all over the world? Whatever career path you are thinking about, PD Ports could help you sail into a successful future. PD Ports is an award winning ports and logistics business based in North East England. Although many will not even know what happens at a port, countless products that pass through the Port’s gates will be used throughout your daily life. Everything from DVD’s to clothes, mobile phones, mp3 players, cars, make-up, plasma TV’s and game consoles all arrive on ships and are then transported to retailers on the high street. In 2008, PD Ports was officially named as the region’s large employer of the year by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC North East), after winning the CoLAS award for its investment in people. The award was won by the port operator for the continued investment in the training and skills development of its employees at Teesport. This investment has included a range of training and development activities including health and safety, operational skills, apprentice training and management development. PD Ports’ enthusiasm and commitment

to the ongoing development of its people has extended out to the local community. Following collaborations with Gillbrook College, South Bank, Middlesbrough, nine of its Year 10 students were given the opportunity to complete a week of work experience at Teesport in Middlesbrough. Throughout the week the students took on various job roles, which included hydrographic surveying, river conservancy, IT and port maintenance. They also undertook head office based roles including looking into the legal and insurance side of the business and human resources. In support of this community activity and in demonstration of its dedication to the ongoing development of its employees, PD Ports is also a signed up member of the ‘Skills Plegde’. This pledge was set up last year to get businesses onboard to boost the skills of the region’s workforce. PD Ports is a strong believer in this and in fact, being prepared to invest in people is on the Port’s core company values.


PD Ports’ award winning apprenticeship scheme is a perfect example of investing in the future of people. The Port has recently celebrated the success of its apprenticeship programme at Teesport, which has been running since 2001. The Port’s scheme is operated in partnership with Teesside based training provider, NETA Training Group. The four year scheme comprises of one year acquiring basic core engineering skills and theory skills with NETA Training Group, followed by three years working alongside a tradesman mentor. The apprentice’s mentor is vital in the sharing of knowledge and handover of expertise, crucial to the skills development of the apprentice. At the end of the four year programme, each apprentice is qualified to HNC (High National Certificate) level. Three of the apprentices who have successfully completed the programme will shortly be starting Company sponsored degree courses with local universities. Since the tailored training programme began some seven years ago, PD Ports has successfully led 22 young people through their apprenticeships. Russ McCallion, PD Ports’ group HR director, said: “We are delighted to see the success of our training of young people coming to fruition. It is crucial as our more senior tradesmen retire, that we have competent young apprentices eager to learn a trade at the Port and take the reins. Increasingly, employers are seeking skilled technician staff with a trade and good educational achievements, rather than simply a traditional degree, and for PD Ports the answer is through tailored apprenticeships. We are especially pleased with our continuing and highly successful collaboration with NETA Training Group, both in apprentice training and in a range of other training activities.” You too may find an exciting career with PD Ports if you are interested in what we have to offer, drop us a line on 01642 877200 or send an email to Kirsten Potter, PR and Communications Manager at You can also read more about the Port and what we do by logging on to our web site at Celebrating Success: left, Kirsten Potter, PR and Communications Manager, David Wilson,centre, Senior HR Officer, right, Training Officer, Dave Douglas


Clare with the famous “Agony� artwork, her best-seller even before its appearance on Come Dine With ME.

Entrepreneur, Clare Arnold, shares expertise with Young Apprentice Art and Design students from North Tyneside


Running over two days, 20 YA Art and Design students took part in an enterprise workshop at the Boutique in Black Friars Square. The students were put to work exploring their own ideas and learning how to design, plan and make specialised cards and jewellery. “The students not only had a wonderfully useful crafts day but gained , more importantly, a great insight into the business side of it learning ‘once you’ve made it, how do you sell it?’ “ Larry Gent, North Tyneside EBP.

So Clare, tell me about your business It’s really diverse, I design bags, jewellery, artwork, furniture refurbishment as well as delivering workshops for students across the region.

How would you say that you were enterprising? Always looking for opportunities, to stay ahead of competition, once I have an idea I act on it.

Great and what advice would you give to young people who would like to become more enterprising? I always tell my students to explore their ideas, there’s no right or wrong in creativity.

What can you offer in terms of workshops for students? Design and make your own bag, jewellery, artwork, furniture. Process, materials and production.

Would you ever consider going on Dragon’s Den or any other reality show? Yes, why not. Nothing to lose. My best selling picture was featured on Come Dine With Me recently – I’d like to do that show!

In what way were you encouraged at school/ college to develop your enterprising skills or to think about setting up your own business? I wasn’t. If I had been, I would have set up in business sooner.

What was the biggest challenge you had to face when setting up business on your own? Because I started out small at craft fairs, the challenge was taking shop premises and rapid expansion further down the country.

To find out more about Jellybeads visit or email Clare on


Make things happen wit What do you want to be? I bet you get asked that all the time. Have you thought about it? If you’re the kind of person who wants to make a good start in your career and earn money at the same time, an Apprenticeship might be right for you. Apprentices aged 16 and over work for an employer and study towards qualifications such as an NVQ Level 2, Key Skills or a BTEC. These provide the skills you need for your chosen career but they can also act as a stepping stone to University or higher education. From August 2009 apprentices will be paid at least £95 per week but the average is much more, about £170 per week. There are over 180 types of Apprenticeships available in more than 80 sectors from engineering to boat building, veterinary nursing to accountancy. Some really successful people started their careers with an Apprenticeship, such as Jamie Oliver, Sir Alex Ferguson and Stella McCartney. Employers are fans of Apprenticeships too. Business leader Sir Alan Sugar said “apprentices are real doers, making things happen and helping businesses grow and thrive.” In a recent survey, 82% of employers agreed that they relied on their Apprenticeship programme to give them the skilled workers they needed for the future. There are also Young Apprenticeships available in some sectors for people aged 15. One young person who has really made things happen is Josh Pickering from Dorset, now 16. In 2007 Josh studied for a Young Apprenticeship in Retail at his local college, Paragon Skills, including a work placement at fashion retailer John Anthony Ltd. At the end of the course he secured a weekend job at the store, making him very clear about the value of his Young Apprenticeship. “Before I started I had a narrow outlook on what fashion was and what trends were. Now, I have a job which has broadened my approach to, and outlook of, fashion clothing. I feel I have matured, gained confidence, become selfmotivated and improved my social skills.” And Josh isn’t the only one. Over 110,000 people completed Apprenticeships last year and a whopping 89% would recommend an Apprenticeship to other people like them. It was right for Josh. Is it right for you?

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with an Apprenticeship “I feel I have matured, gained confidence, become selfmotivated and improved my social skills.� Josh Pickering from Dorset


Open University scheme pupils stand out from Dozens of pupils across Scotland have started their university education before they have even left school, thanks to a unique scheme offered by The Open University. Following a successful pilot in Highland schools in the last academic year, the OU’s Young Applicants in Schools Scheme (YASS) is being rolled out across Scotland, allowing S6 pupils to take university courses alongside their school studies. YASS is designed as a bridge between school and university, giving pupils the opportunity to study at university level, encouraging their independent learning skills and building their confidence. It also has the added bonus of differentiating them from other students when it comes to applying to traditional universities. Stacy Anderson studied the OU’s science module Molecules, medicine and drugs to build on her interest in chemistry and biology while she was in S6 at Dornoch Academy. She is now studying pharmacy at Strathclyde University and believes the OU course helped her choose a future career path. “Doing the Open Uni course, learning about different drugs, has really made me want to go into that area of work. It’s definitely been useful, and it was good to get used to working by yourself, because you don’t really get any practice of that at school. I think the OU course is going to help me a lot and I am quite glad I did it instead of Advanced Highers. Already there have been drugs mentioned which I learnt about from the OU, such as thalidomide.” For schools, the scheme will help extend the range and breadth of the final year curriculum, allowing them to offer courses in areas like geology, astronomy, biochemistry, engineering and law. Ritchie Cunningham is Rector at Inverness High School where three S6 pupils took part in a pilot scheme in 2007/08.

“I think the OU course is going to help me a lot and I am quite glad I did it instead of Advanced Higher”


heme helps Scottish rom the crowd “It’s more about individual learning. I found it was quite good practice because you’re not always going to have teachers with you when you’re at uni.” Leigh Munro

“I really enjoyed all my scienc e classes, especially chemistry last year and then doing biology this year. Doing the Open Uni cou rse as well, learning about differ ent drugs, has really made me wa nt to go into that area of work. It’s definitely been useful, and it was good to get used to working by yourself, because you don’t really get any practice of that at school.” Stacy Anderson

“I wanted to do something different, because there wasn’t really anything else in school that I wanted to do. The OU course and the materials were really good.” Lynsey Hewitson

“Studying with the OU is of benefit in a variety of ways for pupils,” he says. “It’s getting them to work in a different way, and to be more responsible for their own learning. It’s also enabling them to tackle a piece of work that crosses boundaries. That’s something they will come up against later on.” YASS is now being offered to schools across the whole of Scotland and builds on a highly successful programme offered by The Open University in England and Wales where the OU is already in partnership with around 400 state and independent schools. Early indications are that school students who have studied with The Open University are more likely to succeed at university studies. Lucy Macleod, Depute Director at the Open University in Scotland, who has developed the Scottish scheme says: “The feedback from pupils, schools and local authorities throughout our pilot in the Highlands has been extremely positive. The ability to use the scheme to extend the range of subjects that schools are able to offer is clearly a real bonus for schools in Scotland’s remote and rural communities. However, it is equally beneficial to urban schools. YASS provides opportunities for students with particular ambitions or whose gifts and talents lie outside the normal range of the school curriculum. “The programme is an integral part of The Open University in Scotland’s commitment to offering the opportunity to study at higher education level to the widest possible range of people and to helping them develop independent and lifelong learning skills that give them the best chance of success in their future studies.”


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of immense personal achievement, but also an amazing sense of group togetherness.’ The Outward Bound Trust is a charity whose aim it is to help young people realise their potential through discovery and adventure in the wild. The Trust can help you fundraise and provide financial support towards the cost of your course.



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The first McDonald’s in Moscow, Russia opens.

Feb 11

Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison, near Cape Town, South Africa, after 27 years behind bars.


Mar 28

U.S. President George H. W. Bush posthumously awards Jesse Owens the Congressional Gold Medal.

Apr 20

STS-31: The Hubble Space Telescope is launched aboard Space Shuttle Discovery.

May 22

Microsoft releases Windows 3.0.

Jun 25

The first television program in HDTV airs.

Jul 8

West Germany defeats Argentina 1-0 to win the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

Aug 2

Gulf War: Iraq invades Kuwait, eventually leading to the the first Gulf War.

Sep 12

The two German states and the Four Powers sign the Treaty on the Final Settlement With Respect to Germany in Moscow, paving the way for German reunification.

Oct 3 Nov 28 Dec 1

East Germany and West Germany reunify into a single Germany Margaret Thatcher resigns as Prime Minister of the UK; John Major succeeds her as Party Leader and is appointed Prime Minister by Queen Elizabeth II. Establishing the first ground connection between the United Kingdom and the mainland of Europe since the last Ice Age, Channel Tunnel workers from the United Kingdom and France meet 40 metres beneath the English Channel seabed.


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IST L SHOPPING E TH ON S E GO E NC E SCI Shoppers at Gateshead’s MetroCentre enjoyed a science lesson with their day out as part of Science and Engineering Week.

Over 17 different organisations and 230 primary and secondary schoolchildren took part in the science in the malls day which was arranged by The Thomas Hepburn Community School to encourage more people to become interested in science. Various schools put on scientific displays and experiments to showcase their own projects including models of the planets and solar systems and a chance to look at a live sea creatures and the consistency of frozen daffodils. Ian Tempest, deputy head, The Thomas Hepburn Community School, said: “This was the fifth year we have organised a science day in the MetroCentre and this year was bigger than ever. We hold the event to raise the profile of science in the community in an interesting and interactive way and showcase interesting scientific experiments.” Peter Arnold, chief executive, Newcastle Science City who visited the science day said: “The children and teachers really brought science to life at the MetroCentre and were so enthusiastic about it. Everyone involved with the day had obviously put a great deal of effort into their own displays and hands-on activities. There is no doubt, people visiting the displays would be inspired to find out more about science.” Among the experiments were a challenge to make foam sculptures and build a tower 30 cm high without it collapsing which taught people about surface tension and the way detergent changes liquid. There was also a display where students had investigated sportswear that could be suitable for the Olympic 2012 team and what materials absorbed water, the texture for sportswear and a fabrics stretchability.


Peter Arnold joins pupils, clockwise, front left, Chantelle Anderson, Rebecca Mason, Sammie Roddam, Science Facilitator, Charlotte Cruddas, Bethany Sanderson, Adam Hoskinson


TV SCIENTIST LAUNCHES REGIONAL FILM COMPETITION Television scientist Steve Mould launched a regional search for young science film-makers. The physicist, as seen on Blue Peter, visited Newcastle’s Sacred Heart High School and Darlington’s Hummersknott School to provide some top movie-making tips for youngsters preparing to enter the SciCast North East competition. He did show-stopping experiments at the schools, to demonstrate the kind of subjects youngsters can feature in entries to the film competition organised by Newcastle Science City.


Young people across the North East are being encouraged to pick up their cameras and get involved in the competition to make a short two and a half minute film about anything to do with science. The best entries will go forward to represent the North East at the National Planet SciCast Film Awards and the winning team will have a VIP red-carpet Oscars-style reception at the Tyneside Cinema.

Brandling Primary School pupils Chloe Graham, front, Courtney Bolam and Chloe Walwork, back, experimenting at the Metrocentre

Newcastle Science City also supported a science lesson in this unusual venue as part of the NewcastleGateshead ScienceFest when Newcastle University’s Chemistry School also took to the malls of the MetroCentre.

Steve Mould, science presenter as seen on Blue Peter, experimenting at Hummersknott Schoo l with students, from left, Samuel Kirkham, Jospeh Green, and Kieran Lobb

They encouraged shoppers to crush freeze-dried daffodils, hold expanding balloons filled with dry ice and explained how fluorescent chemicals work to promote science learning amongst the general public.


Rising to the

Like most my friends I wasn’t too sure of what I wanted to do after school... ...but had a vague idea I would go in to nursing. Realising that I couldn’t do this until I was 18 I was encouraged by my parents and teachers to use the time by continuing to study. I chose to do Biology, Chemistry and Geography at A-Level to see what it was like and was surprised by how much I got into Chemistry; it was challenging but I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. I started to put more effort in as I enjoyed it and some of the others started talking about going to university so I looked in to that too. I didn’t want to be far from home and found a course at Liverpool University that appealed to me – it was Chemistry with a year in industry. I had no idea what Industrial Chemistry involved but ended up working for Pentagon Fine Chemicals in Halebank, a few miles from where I grew up. Although the site had always been there no-one in the community really knew what went on inside. The easiest way to describe what the company does is that it makes chemicals that go in to a number of products including pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals, so our work contributes to improving health and food supplies. The year in industry was a daunting experience but the benefits outweighed the doubts. It was a great experience and I worked with a nice bunch of Chemists who all helped me progress my practical knowledge. I developed a broad range of skills and really improved my confidence in my own ability. For anyone interested in a career in the chemical industry I cannot emphasise how important it is for your development to get out there and get some work experience- be bold! I am sure that without my year in industry I wouldn’t be where I am today.


Once I had finished my year at Pentagon I kept in touch with my colleagues and a job came up for a ‘Graduate Chemist’ as I completed my degree. I was successful in my application and have now worked here for 4 years and am still learning a lot and still enjoy the challenges that the job brings. No two days are ever the same. I spend about 60% of my time doing experiments in the labs and the rest is spent with other people in the company planning how we can scale-up the processes I have designed in the lab so that we can manufacture the products that a client requires on a large scale. I also have to present to the clients on the progress of the work I am undertaking and this has been a good learning experience too. At Pentagon Safety is our number one priority. I have the responsibility of being the lab’s safety representative which adds another dimension to my work and keeps me in touch with the safety representatives from other parts of the site. I do think that people get blinded by the apparent opportunities of working for a big global firm but honestly, working for Pentagon, a small independent company has not limited my personal development. I have been able to get involved in a number of different areas and develop broader experiences. I think the best advice I could give at this stage is to keep an open mind. There are loads of opportunities for those who study sciences and I don’t think people should be scared because the subject seems difficult. Most of it is working through problems and finding new ways to do things which makes it both an interesting and a rewarding job to do.

he challenge “There are loads of opportunities for those who study sciences and I don’t think people should be scared because the subject seems difficult”


Inspiration Imagin The work of Scotland’s brightest young artists was showcased at a series of exhibitions held at major venues across the country over the past six months. The Scottish Parliament hosted the first exhibition in early Autumn and the second was at The People’s Palace in Glasgow and finally the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh. Organised by the SQA, in partnership with the National Gallery of Scotland, and sponsored by the Scottish Government, the Educational Institute of Scotland, Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, Leckie & Leckie and Sterling Furniture, the exhibition showcased spectacular and inspirational works of art created by students studying Standard Grade to Advanced Higher. The vast majority of artists featured range from 17-18 years of age. As well as paintings, the exhibits also included sculpture, design, ceramics, fashion and jewellery. To view more work visit


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Finding studying for GCSEs a grind? Let GCSEPod take the strain - whilst you’re on the bus, in the bath, under the duvet… GSCEPod represents a revolution in the way students can learn and revise for their GCSEs. This brand new product offers bitesize learning and revision Topics and Titles, which can be downloaded from the Internet to either your computer, iPod, or mobile phone, enabling education anywhere. With over 100 titles to download, covering subjects such as English, Religious Studies, History and Geography, working for those all important GCSE exams has never been easier. We’re also covering English Literature (due April 2009), Science (due March 2009), Maths (due April 2009) and French (due September 2009). Each title contains on average 30 minutes of audio for a specific area of the curriculum. Currently there is in excess of 50 hours of GCSE learning and revision audio available for download. Written by teachers and narrated by professional voice over artists, GCSEPod topics and titles are assured for accuracy, validity and cross exam board relevance of the subjects covered. Additionally, all audio content is supported by music, icon art, conveying information about ‘Key Phrases’ ‘Characters’ ‘People’ ‘Quotes’ ‘Key words’ ‘Facts’ ‘Case studies’ and ‘Web links’ to support the audio, detailed images and pictures are shown in many titles. The idea behind GCSEPod is to create as tangible and accessible a learning experience as is possible, all on a portable device, easily downloaded to your PC and synchronised with your iPod. All titles show a short video of how the content will look when played on your iPod, so you can see what you are going to get before you press the ‘BUY’ button. This brand new concept of structured educational podcasts or audio books from GCSEPod extends beyond the offerings of any

other currently available GCSE learning and revision content, with up to 100 times more audio content for any of the subjects GCSEPod offers. Priced from as little as £1.95 per title, with discounts for complete topics purchased, each module also comes with teacher recommended web links for further study. As an example, our topic on ‘Mice and Men’, by John Steinbeck, is one of our top sellers and costs only £10.95. For this price the student gets 5 titles, made up of 24 five minute chapters with a total playing time of 120 minutes. It is also important to note that GCSEPod topics and titles can be enjoyed by high-flying individuals as much as by students, with content to challenge all levels of aptitude. Anthony Coxon, Director, Soundbitelearning UK Ltd, says, “GCSEPod aims to provide students with an easy, straightforward and entertaining alternative to wading through endless revision and school books, exam topics and revision guides. What’s more, it’s also a great excuse for students to put an iPod on their birthday wish list!”

GCSE POD FEEDBACK!... Why wasn’t there something like this 2 years ago! This site will be a great help for students doing there GCSE’s. You can be really specific and download certain Topics from each subject that you are revising this is really simple and once you have them on your computer you simply upload them onto your iPod. What makes GCSEpod good is that you can revise anytime and anywhere, on the bus going to and from school, in the car or just chilling out in your bedroom. I think that once that GCSEpod can offer all of the curriculum subjects it will become the must have in revision aids. GCSEpod is a great addition to the revision schedule. Combining this idea with your normal revision books and programs will really help you in getting those A*’s Keisha Miller Aged 18

For students to have the ability to hold revision on their ipod is a brilliant idea, and GCSEpod is an excellent product. Personally I have found that while travelling on long journeys I have the double benefit of being able to revise on the move and relieve the boredom factor. Together with the specific topics I am studying this is exactly what I need and in some cases, goes further than expected, which will hopefully give me an advantage. I find it an easy application to have on my iPod, and the ability to use it at any time and in any location is a bonus when revision is a priority on the run up to exam time. Jordan Miller Aged 15 I am currently studying for my GCSE exams, GCSE pod is very useful as it covers all the topics that I am studying. I use my ipod all of the time and find it very useful that I can also use it to study for my exams. Because it is so easy to use I can download the parts that I need and listen to them when I want, even on the bus to school! I will definitely be telling my friends about GCSE pod. Laura Banks Aged 15 My daughter is currently working towards her G.C.S.E exams, she found out about G.C.S.E. pod which is a great way of revising on the go or at home. As she is glued to her ipod it is a fantastic way to help her revise in small but consistent sessions. The site is user friendly giving concise information in a way which means that she can study the topics as they are covered at school. Julia Banks Parent

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SCORE YOURSELF A DREAM CAREER As a teenage footballer at a Premiership club you’d be forgiven for thinking that the world’s at your feet. But not everybody goes on to football fame, which is why one North West club has stepped in to help. Southport Football Club has teamed up with the Learning and Skills council to launch its Football Scholarship Scheme. The scheme, which is open to school leavers who have played for a Premiership or Football League club at any time between the age of 10 and 16, gives young players a second shot at stardom. Participants play in the Conference Youth League, while also working towards a BTEC Sports Diploma and NVQs. So if it turns out that their future doesn’t lie in football, they’ll have the skills and qualifications to help them move on to a different career. The club is looking for players to join them for pre-season training in July. If you have the necessary football experience and would like to be considered send your football CV to Secretary Ken Hilton, Southport Football Club, Haig Avenue, Southport PR8 6JZ or email:   Of course becoming a professional footballer isn’t for everyone, which is why there are plenty of other options available. And if, like the Southport footballers, you want to combine training for a nationally-recognised qualification with hands-on experience in your chosen field an Apprenticeship may be for you. Apprenticeships are big news right now, thanks to the Sir Alan Sugar-fronted TV ad. And at the beginning of April, the new National Apprenticeship Service took over full responsibility for Apprenticeships, including the online Vacancy Matching Service. The Government is also right behind Apprenticeships, pledging to boost Apprenticeships over the next two years. So if you like the idea of earning while you learn this is a great time to get involved. To find out more about Apprenticeships and what opportunities are available near you visit:



North West Apprentice Conference

On 27 February over 100 people came together for the North West Apprentice Conference organised between North West Employers and regional leaders’ forum 4NW.

Beverly Hughes, North West Minister, said “ I am extremely pleased at the level of interest shown in apprenticeships by local authorities... they are the key to the vision of improving the skills of the people who live and work in the North West.” Local councils in Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside offer apprenticeships in roles from accounting and IT to health and social care and are looking to expand this further. Knowsley Council found employment for 100 local young people in less than 100 days, and Lancashire County Council created 200 local apprenticeships. Knowsley Council offer: n 3 year employment contract with training n A wage of £4.77 an hour n Personal mentor n Opportunity to secure a permanent job

My mam and gran are really made up. And to show my little brother the rewards that working hard can bring, I took him along to collect my first pay packet”.

“I am extremelly pleased at the level of interest shown in apprenticeships by local authorities” Lancashire County Council offer: n A two year placement n NVQ up to level 3 n Employed status with a salary of £11,961 n Part-time work – teaching assistant apprentices work part-time, term time

Government targets Apprenticeships wll play a central role in the Government’s plans for growing skills in the economy. The government has set a target for 250,000 starts and 190,000 successful completions in England by 2020, with more than one in every five young people in the North West undertaking an apprenticeship in the next decade.

In areas such as: n Trainee manager n Chef n Mechanical engineer n Football coach n Business administrator n Leisure assistant

James Murray, Apprentice Chef, Suites Hotel “I couldn’t get work experience as no-one would give me a job. Now I’m in a busy hotel


kitchen learning gourmet cooking and my chef trusts me with responsibilities.

North West Employers is working closely with the National Apprentice Service (NAS) and from April 2009 the NAS will have ultimate accountability for the national delivery of targets and the promotion of apprenticeships.

??? Quiz... What age can an individual start an apprenticeship? a 16 b 25 c 55 d All of the above

What number of job roles are apprenticeships available in? a 30 b 50 c 100 d 180 How many apprentices have been taken on by NW local authorities in the last year? a 50 b 300 c 500 d 700 e 800+

How many young people started an apprenticeship in England last year? a 50,000 b 75,000 c 120,000 d 200,000 e 225,000

How many companies offer apprenticeships? a 50,000 b 80,000 c 100,000 d 130,000

Answers: 1d;2d;3e;4e;5d


The aim of the conference was to raise awareness and commitment so that the number of apprentices in the North West would be increased. The following are examples from the Apprenticeship vacancies section of the website. Here you will be able to search, view and then apply for Apprenticeship opportunities that you are interested in. ADVERT Apprentice Hairdresser with Mosaic Hair Design








Duties include, meeting & greeting clients, shampooing and conditioning hair, reception duties, keeping the salon clean and tidy, making refreshments, shadowing the stylists and progressing onto blow drying, colouring and all other aspects of the Hair NVQ Apprentice Hairdresser with Divine Hair & Beauty





Duties include, meeting and greeting clients, shampooing and conditioning hair, reception duties, keeping the salon clean and tidy, making refreshments, shadowing the stylists and progressing onto blow drying, colouring and all other aspects of Hair NVQ Kitchen Manufacturing Assistant with Distinctive Kitchens & Bedrooms



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LIFE OF... Kim


“The RAF has presented me with an opportunity to develop myself educationally, mentally and physically. The emphasis is placed on being part of a team whilst fulfilling a career that will ultimately take you to all areas of the world” My Role ‘My trade is Information Communication Technology (ICT). We are the specialists who provide, manage and maintain the RAF’s wide ranging ICT and electronics equipment. I am currently based at RAF Kirton in Lindsey in North Lincolnshire, working on a deployable command and control radar. I work in Number 1 Air Control Centre, (1ACC) which employs 182 personnel from various trades within the RAF. 1ACC has a long range radar which monitors the skies and feeds the picture of the air space into a Tactical Air Control Centre (TACC). The TACC contains some specialist equipment that allows the radar picture to be analysed. My primary responsibilities are the maintenance and deployment of the TACC. Also, being in the RAF and especially when we deploy to a theatre of operations, we have to maintain a high standard of military skills, weapons handling, first aid, etc. My particular job also requires me to be trained in fibre optics as well as driving a variety of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs)’.

involve ensuring that all consumables used by Section personnel are replenished prior to any deployment and I also closely monitor corrosion control of the equipment shelters that we use. I’ve had the opportunity to complete many civilian-recognised courses and a Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering. All of these qualifications further my ability to work, both in Civvy Street and in the RAF’.

My Experiences ‘1ACC is currently deployed to Afghanistan and I was part of the initial team that deployed the equipment there in October 2006. Recently, we have also deployed the TACC to Portreath in Cornwall and South Wales for training exercises. I regularly take the opportunity to participate in adventurous training and most recently I have been skiing, diving and sailing. I also play football and go rock-climbing with friends from my Unit. I enjoy boxing and have recently qualified as an Official for the Amateur Boxing Association. Most of this is funded by the RAF’.

One Day in My Life

My Life

‘I prepare the Section’s equipment so that the operations staff can carry out their own specific roles: operational; exercising or training. I carry out fault diagnosis and maintain the high equipment standards associated with the Unit’s high tech equipment. Other duties

‘The RAF has given me access to many great life changing experiences. I plan to continue furthering my education, whilst pursuing my interests in boxing and adventurous training. My aspiration is to become a commissioned officer in the RAF’.


IICYC Programme The award winning ‘If I Can...You Can’ ‘(‘IICYC’) programmes from Equality North East aim to raise aspirations, challenge stereotypes and introduce pupils to the world of work. Over 100,000 pupils have benefited from ‘IICYC’ - which has the proven power of changing opinion. Delivered by trained and motivated facilitators the programmes are tailored to suit the requirements and needs of the specific audience. They have also been adapted for delivery to young mums, the long term unemployed, disaffected youth, ex-offenders, NEET groups and Post-16 college students and are intended to build confidence and encourage all participants to be positive about themselves.

Programme aims throughout are: n n n n n n

To introduce pupils to equality and diversity. To build confidence and aspirations by highlighting pupils’ existing skills and qualities. To promote generic employability skills. To providing the opportunity for employers of today to influence, inspire and motivate employees of the future. To raise self-esteem, empowering students to think ‘outside the box’ and consider non- stereotypical career paths. To make a positive statement about employment.

Pupils and ENE Facilitator participate in the ‘IICYC’ programme.


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Our earliest ‘IICYC’ programme - first delivered in 1997 - focused on one group only - Year 8. It became evident that the important aims previously described needed to be visited at a younger age and in more depth for older students to embed a significant shift in attitude and behaviour.

Pupils and teacher participate in the ‘IICYC’ programme.

Specific modules for Year 6 and Year 10 have been developed and established and are available to schools and colleges throughout the region. ‘IICYC’ continues to evolve in line with the changing needs that are determined through qualitative analysis and evaluation.

Common to all of the programmes is the involvement of volunteer role models from the world of work. The volunteers share their life and work experiences with the students to help achieve the programmes’ aims of inspiring and motivating.

To find out more about the content, delivery and pricing of the ‘IICYC’ programmes please contact Christine Shanks on 0191 495 6268 or email


The World In M Suddenly College is nearly over! Are you now supposed to know what you want to do next? For many people the thought of finally finishing college is both a liberating and scary prospect. Suddenly a whole new world is opening up and perhaps for the first time you can really make decisions about what you are going to do.


More and more people are choosing to take a Gap Year, a break sandwiched between the normal school to university progression. A gap year can be a space in which to experience new opportunities however it can also be a great opportunity to examine the choices facing you regarding your future: Are the choices you have already made with regard to careers or continued study the right ones? Have you so far been unable to decide what would be the best thing to do next? Gap years can take many forms, and if you are thinking of taking one it is important that you consider both your motivations behind taking a gap year and consider what type of gap year will be right for you. So why do you want to take a gap year? A break from studying? This is a valid reason for wanting to take a gap year. May people find themselves exhausted by the continual study? A year out can be an ideal way of recharging mental batteries. However careful consideration needs to be

taken with regard to the course you are going on study. Many courses will benefit from the additional non-academic knowledge that may be gained on a year out, whilst others will benefit from continuity of study. Don’t be afraid to ask the opinion of teachers, lecturers and other students. However taking a break from study is however is not a sufficient reason in it’s self to ensure a successful and rewarding gap year. You will need other aspirations as well. What might they be?

Travel You want to have some fun and see the world! Nothing wrong with that! Travelling can fulfil many desires… a need for independence, a desire to experience new things and a hunger for adventure! Before you rush straight into travelling however you need to plan. Work out your finances. Where would you like to go? What do you want to do? How long? Are you going alone, with friends or would you like to be in a situation where you are put with other people? There are many different ways to ‘see the world’ during a gap year. Some people choose

n Motion to purely travel, others may mange to combine it with one of the other opportunities listed below.

Experience A Gap Year can be the perfect opportunity to build on your skills. It may be that you just want to gain some general work skills to put on your CV, alternatively you may be looking to improve in a specific area e.g. a language or gain experience in particular field e.g. community work, teaching, construction.

Earning Money More people are finding taking a gap year as a necessary part of building up funds prior to starting university. This is valid reason for needing to take a break however try to combine your ability to earn with the acquisition of new and useful skills. It may also be realistic for you to combine a gap year spent working with a low up front cost working holiday abroad during the summer at the end of your gap year. BUNAC’s Summer Camp USA programme is an ideal option. Many people have specific aims form a gap year but there are also some more common

benefits that can be gained from many different types of gap year: The opportunity to gain independence, broaden your horizons and increase you confidence in new situation The chance to meet new people A properly planned gap year can be one of the most rewarding, challenging and exciting periods in your life. Whether that reward comes from working gaining skills in a local company, back packing round New Zealand or working on an environmental project in Costa Rica is up to you! There is no right or wrong gap year, what is important is that you have examined yours reasons for taking this time and set yourself goals. So what’s stopping you? Get on the net and start researching - the best year of your life can start here!


Young Filmmakers Celebrate at Teesside University Two young filmmakers from County Durham were invited to attend an event at Teesside University on 4th March. Kyle Phillips and Gary Hammett as the filmmaking team ‘Radio Duo’ sent a copy of the documentary film ‘Hands On’ they made about the Connexions County Durham Creative Pathways Project that they were the Royal Television Society. Young Filmmakers from across the region were able to view excerpts from their films and be presented with certificates. The young people received advice and support from a panel of media professionals. The panel commented that ‘Hands On’ showed that “a radio career was more than possible” and that “the engagement of the youngsters shone through… and the piece was informative, with a clear structure”. They felt that it would be “good to see this team building on what’s been started”. Kyle (pictured) was able to attend the event and receive his certificate from the Royal Television Society. Gary was unable to attend in person, but his certificate was sent to him.

ICT Programs to support Information Advice and Guidance for County Durham Learners Young People from across county Durham can look for opportunities for their future in an online Area Wide Prospectus. Schools, colleges and work based learning providers can put details of their courses and training opportunities onto the prospectus which can be viewed by all young people. The prospectus can be accessed through the Connexions County Durham website at and contains information on options available at Key Stage 4 and post 16, including details of the new Diplomas. Searches can be refined by age, keyword, location or subject. There is also a link from the prospectus for young people who are interested in an apprenticeship to the Apprenticeship Vacancy Matching Service. This online service aims to match employers with suitable apprentices. A pilot project has been running from January –March with nearly 700 young people currently in year 10 and 16 learning providers, to trial an electronic application process. Know as the Common Application Process or CAP this will eventually be the way that all young people make application for further education or training. Evaluation of the pilot is currently taking place and the CAP will be launched in September 2009 for those leaving school in 2010.

Partnership throws its weight behind SUMO … There`s a great new way for young people in the Deerness Valley to access support and training to improve their job prospects. SUMO, Stepping UP, Moving On is a 16 week programme of activities providing one to one support into work. Based at Durham Community Business College (DCBC) those taking part can benefit from vocational training in construction, hair and beauty, and IT at the College`s brand new facilities. There`s also sport on offer at the Bobby Robson Centre and agricultural or horticultural activities at DCBC`s partner site, Fyndoune Community College. Support doesn`t stop there though. There`s also opportunities to visit local factories and small employers, work taster sessions, help in securing work placements and advice and guidance on the application process. The SUMO programme is being delivered by a partnership between Connexions, DCBC, Include, New College Durham and the Learning and Skills Council. Chris Peverall, Delivery Manager for Connexions, Durham & Chester-le-Street is positive that the new scheme will have


great benefits for the local community. “We are fortunate that we have fantastic facilities available in Deerness Valley. The Partnership has been able to identify some of those young people who would benefit most from this initiative, and find out from them what they feel are barriers to employment and progression. It is a great example of partnership working that will help towards improving prospects for all young people in the area”. For more information contact Chris Peverall at the Durham Connexions Centre The first SUMO programme is now half way through and five of those originally identified to take part have received work placements. If you`d like to take part, or want more information on SUMO, contact Chris Peverall on 0191 3849766, or chris.

Developing CEIAG Skills and Knowledge in the Children and Young People’s Workforce

Celebrating the Success of our Workforce Connexions work with young people with a wide range of Information, Advice and Guidance needs including: careers, learning opportunities, training, employment, personal development and issues that may affect their progression. Our Personal Advisers come from a wide range of backgrounds but with a common commitment to working to support young people. The Careers Education and Guidance (CEG) Programme was developed to provide these members of staff who were qualified to Level 4 in guidance, but without a specific qualification related to careers education.

Standing: Jennie Lawson (ONN North East Region) Joy Barass, Mark Boyd, Janice Scott, Kim Painter, Paul Hewitson, Jan Smith (Course author and developer) Seated: Karen Hudson, Michelle Bland, Sue Graham, Janice Bray (Executive Director Connexions County Durham).

Connexions County Durham is committed to developing its own workforce through training and staff development. An event held at Ramside Hall in March was a chance to celebrate the achievements of a group of 12 staff in their professional development as Personal Advisers. The event was attended by the staff, their guests , managers and members of the Service Improvement Team. The keynote speeches came from Janice Bray, (Executive Director) of Connexions County Durham Jennie Lawson (Quality Accreditation Manager from OCN North East Region) and Jan Smith who developed the course and materials.

In October 2007 Connexions County Durham began delivering a new OCN accredited course: ‘Developing Information, Advice and Guidance Skills and Knowledge’. The course, (accredited at Level 3) aims to enable practitioners working with young people to develop the skills and knowledge to provide high quality and impartial Information Advice and Guidance. Stephen Rutter was one of the first learners to undertake the course. He was employed at the time as an ‘Attendance Tracking Mentor’ at East Durham College. This role involved contacting young people who were absent from college and supporting their return. This job involved some information and advice to help students deal with any difficulties and point them in the right direction. Stephen undertook the course sponsored by the

The course was developed by the Service Improvement Team at Connexions County Durham and delivered with the support of partners from the wider children’s workforce. It was accredited by the Open College Network and included: n n n n n

Careers Education and Guidance Professional and Personal Development Using Information resources in the guidance process Understanding the Local Labour Market Theory and Practice of Careers Guidance

The course was delivered over 18 months via a series of formal training days, followed by the application of the learning in the workplace with regular reviews and observations of Professional Practice. The learners have now taken on a wider role as Personal Advisers using their CEG skills and knowledge. Following the success of the course a second course will start in summer of 2009.

college and feels it really built his confidence, he said “I do believe the course has helped me, it made me realise how much I did know that I wasn’t really using”. After completing the course Stephen applied for a position as a Personal Tutor with the College and was appointed. In his new role he teaches students on the tutorial programme which covers subjects such as bullying, substance misuse employability and wider key skills. He has used IAG skills to engage with the students on their level and find out what they want or need to prepare them for the outside world. Stephen has recently secured the offer of a job from a City Academy in Sunderland. The job

required a level 3 qualification for which he was able to use the OCN Level 3 Developing IAG skills and Knowledge qualification. He was also able to draw on some of the themes from the course such as: networking with partner agencies and supporting clients in his interview. This job is a significant opportunity involving management and development of policy around attendance. Since Stephen undertook the course East Durham College decided to put a number of their tutors and support staff through the qualification and from July to October 2008 Connexions County Durham ran a bespoke course for the college involving 12 staff. All the learners from the first 3 cohorts have been invited to attend a celebration event at East Durham College in May. Stephen has a long term ambition is to become an education welfare officer and sees the move into a secondary school as a positive step towards this.


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What if I’m over 16? Have a look at It’s aimed at 16-18 year old students and includes timetable information for buses, scholars services and Metro, as well as news items about public transport that are relevant to you. You can sign up to be sent an email if there are delays on Metro, or renew your Teen Travelticket or 16-18 Metro Student Card online. And if you need to get somewhere you’ve not been before, use the online Journey Planner to help you get there. will also help you find the Metro station closest to your school or college – and the timetable for that station. Most students travel on normal buses. But around 80 schools are served by special Scholars Services, paid for by Nexus to fill in gaps in the bus network. To find out which buses serve your school, use the journey planner on Your school/college should also have information about the buses that you could use. There are a wide range of tickets which can be used on Metro, Shields Ferry, bus and local rail services or on a combination of them all. The tickets section of how2get2. will help you work out which is the best one for you to buy, depending on which type of transport you’re using and how often you’re travelling. There are special season tickets if you just use one type of transport (eg the 16 -18 Metro Student Card if you just use Metro) or the Teen Travelticket if you use more than one type/all types of public transport. All the information and links you’ll need will be on

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Method... the mince, onion and the carrots in frying pan for around 10 1. brown minutes, Stir the mince constantly until i is cooked of any excess fat, stir in the flour, tomato ketchup and brown 2. Drain sauce. the stock cube in 150ml of water until it completely dissolves, 3. Put once it has done, add it to the pan. the pan and simmer for around 20 minutes. Add more water to 4. Cover the pan if it looks like it is getting a bit dry. this is cooking, cut the potatoes into even pieces and boil them 5. While for around 15 mins, or until you can easily push a knife through them. the potatoes with butter and Creme Fraiche. Season with salt 6. Mash and pepper. 7. Heat up the oven to 190�C, 375�F or Gas 5. 8. Season the mince put into an oven-proof dish. the mince with the mash potato, and bake for 20 - 25 minutes. 9. Top Serve as soon as it is out of the oven.



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Routes into Languages Routes into Languages‌ What’s it all about? Can you speak another language, at home or at school, or are you learning one? Have you ever met anyone from another country and culture, and used another language to communicate? Ever made a video in another language? Our project takes place all over England and there are loads of university students helping out. Find out more here or on our website Key Lead institution Partner institution

Routes into Languages has been set up to help young people from 14 to 19 learn languages at schools and colleges in England. Routes can cover different languages and there are fun events (festivals, football, taster courses) for young people to try. Usually, events are held at a university with lots of students for young people to meet.

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North East Want to know how sticky memo notes or watching your favourite DVD can help you revise for your A-Level exams then turn to page 30 where university students discuss their top tips for A-Level revision

The East Routes into Languages East have been offering a series of Saturday GCSE revision classes to young people in the East of England to help boost their language ability in Spanish, French and German. The revision classes are wholly pupil led meaning they revise just the areas they feel least confident about. Sarah Schechter, project manager for Routes East, says ‘these classes can really make a difference and help our young people to focus on their language skills. These are young people with an attraction to languages and with enough selfmotivation to attend these weekend classes, their place often organised by their parents or even their school. Our fun and funky University Student Ambassadors are a mixture of native and fluent speakers and are on hand to help the teachers and tutors running the classes. We especially look forward to the final Saturday where the young people involved and their families are invited for lunch and a tour of the University’.

Exam revision

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Upload recordings to your Ipod or MP3 players to practice for the speaking exam Visit your exam board’s website for past papers Know the exam requirements for each paper Watch the news in French/German/Spanish etc on the internet Read 5 words out loud to yourself before going to sleep and read them again when you wake up in the morning Label household objects/pictures Use sticky memo notes with key verb formations etc and place them where you will regularly see them e.g bedroom mirror, the loo... on the fridge door... Read the language aloud- talk to each other in the language Try the GCSE Booster packs, they have a section on doing better in French/German and these could form the basis of language related tips (rather than general revision tips). Go to: http://nationalstrategies.standards.   Try also the BBC GCSE French/Spanish/ German Bitesize pages.  The Exam Skills section gives tips on preparing for each of t he separate papers.  Go to: Above all, keep positive, tell yourself you can succeed. Believe that you can too!

And finally……GOOD LUCK




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Young people having their Stockton Borough Council (SBC) is aiming to engage with users of parks and green spaces to gain ideas and opinions in relation to how money should be spent on a programme of activities and equipment over the next few years. existing facilities for young people and were given a specific budget to come up with a 3-dimesional model to depict their regeneration ideas for a park or green space. The teams then pitched their ideas to a group of Business Ambassadors from local industry.

Tees Valley Education Business Partnership – TVEBP (A4e) has been supporting this process by helping SBC undertake research with children and young people between the ages of 5 and 18 years. The EBP have engaged over 1000 young people through a series of enterprise workshops. Amanda Olvanhill – TVEBP Manager explains, “We wanted to engage the young people in a slightly more innovative way, and the enterprise workshops allowed them to come up with creative ideas that they could bounce off each other.” Older young people worked in small groups of 6 and undertook roles as a group of developers, running an outdoor play/ activity company. They were asked to review

Younger children were introduced to ‘Dotty’, a young girl that had recently moved to their area. The children were asked to draw Dotty a picture of where she could go outdoors to play. This had to be a place the children liked to go with their friends/family. They then had to build Dotty a new and exciting place to play. Early findings include: n Use of parks – young people seem to know where they are and what facilities are on offer but in some cases are reluctant to use them due to the other groups that are present; n A lot of young people use the green spaces for sports and would like to see more improved equipment for traditional sports such as football, basketball and tennis. n Some young people expressed an interest in climbing and informal ‘sports’ such as the popular free-running and street dance; n Many groups working on their ideal areas

“We wanted to engage the young people in a slightly more innovative way...”


talked about facilities for ‘hanging around’ such as benches and shelters, with some looking for more formal facilities such as cafes and shops; n In terms of landscaping there have been suggestions around water features and ponds and decked areas. Young people – somewhat encouragingly – have also brought up environmental concerns with specific requests for more bins! Business Ambassadors and Teachers have been really enthusiastic about the activity Amanda said we have had lots of positive feedback, “Young people have been able to have their say about how they want their parks and green spaces developed, whilst using enterprise skills such as team work, effective communication, creative thinking, problem solving and influencing others.”

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