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Summer 2016

Inside this issue

Rembrandt exhibition Learners from t2 academy visit to the Bristol Museum

Celebrating Celebrating success at t2 success at t2 Find out more inside

Call the Academy to secure your place today on 01179 304 987


Welcome to our latest edition of the Academy newsletter, jam packed with information and our latest outcomes t2 Apprenticeship Academy helps young people aged 16-24 who want to secure the very best apprenticeship’s and career opportunities, and who are seeking to further develop their skills, confidence and experience. The academy also helps employers to find great new employees, one of which could be you! Formed in 1996, t2 group has grown to become one of the largest Apprenticeship training organisations in the UK, employing over 400 staff and working with around 10,000 learners each year, we put your personal development and success at the heart of everything we do. Through a range of short courses, valuable work experience placements and recruitment services t2 Apprenticeship Academy can help you uncover your perfect career path and maximise your chances of finding an Apprenticeship and career opportunities with local and national employers. As with staying in the 6th form or going to college you can join us at t2, as your next step. The difference is, we are helping you to start an Apprenticeship or career as soon as possible, all of our help and support will be designed so you succeed in starting your working career!

Outstanding Academy programmes Our Academy pre-apprenticeship and traineeship programmes have been graded as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted (the government education and training inspectorate), and here are some of their findings: • A very high proportion of learners make exceptional progress in the development of personal, social and employability skills, their progression into work, apprenticeships or further education is outstanding. • The matching of learners individual aspirations to relevant and constructive work experience is outstanding; staff have developed positive and well established partnerships with a wide range of employers; they use these to create excellent work placement opportunities for learners, frequently resulting in full time work or apprenticeships for the learners on completion. • Study programmes are outstanding; skilfully-managed activities are carefully designed to meet individual needs very well; learners enjoy their learning and attendance and punctuality are good. • Initial advice and guidance for learners is outstanding; parents, carers, schools and agencies working with young people value the extended guidance given by staff supporting and encouraging young people to re-engage with learning.

We tailor our programmes to suit most young people and we offer 3 types of opportunity • Apprenticeships • Traineeships • Pre-Apprenticeship /study programme (includes work experience) The t2 Apprenticeship Academy is based in central Bristol near The Galleries Shopping Centre t2 Apprenticeship Academy 3rd Floor Tower House Fairfax Street Bristol BS1 3BN

All about our Academy • A really positive environment to help you begin a career! • Three modern classrooms with IT suites and laptop’s. • City Centre location, where expenses for travel to the Academy and all placements are reimbursed, with bursaries and free school meals available to all eligible young people. • Young people join us from all backgrounds and abilities from entry 2 to 2 A’ Levels. • Enrolment is throughout the year on a monthly basis. • Programmes require your initial attendance at t2 Academy prior to work placements starting with our supportive employers. • Programmes can last for up to 6 months, but many students secure career opportunities quicker than this. • Qualifications in Employability, English, Maths and ICT. • Initial attendance is Monday – Thursday 9am – 4pm. • Tailored and personalised programmes, lots of 1to 1 help and guidance, employer talks and visits, mock interviews, CV writing and more.


Sectors and Employers that we work with We are led by you in your search for a new career and will tailor our advice and support around what you would really love to do! We have helped young people secure placements and progression opportunities in just some the following sectors: Business, Childcare, Health and Social Care, Hospitality and Catering, Engineering, IT, Marketing, Joinery, Customer Service, Electrical, Fitness, Mechanics, Recruitment, Housekeeping, Decorating, Warehousing, Photography, Media, Radio, Sales, Youth Work, and more…

Some of our Employers

Work Experience

MOD, Care UK, Bristol City Council, Alun

All of our programmes are designed around a framework of work experience that helps young people like you to:

Griffiths, Teleperformance, Earth Champions, Open Connections, The Wire Radio, Bristol Green Capital 2015, Blue Arrow, Reynolds Colcutt, Clifton Tots, Hillside Day Nursery, Stepping Stones, Watermore Primary School, Christchurch School, Costa, Wag Tails, Halls Electrical, Apex Cylinders, Space Engineering, Circadian Trust, Sunnymead Nursing Home, Katherine House, Ocean Estate Agents, Recruitment Partnership, Bristol Royal Marriott, Premier Inn, All Audi, The Ox, Boots, Co Op foods, Halfords, Jack FM, Next, New Look, Mike Cees Opticians, Pets at Home, Cabot Circus, The Range, Gist world, Bristol Evening Post and many many more……….

• Break the circle that many young people find themselves in, where you can’t get a job because of a lack of experience and can’t get experience because you can’t find a job. • Gain an understanding of the structure and reality of working life, which is crucial if you are to secure and sustain employment. • Get feedback and coaching to enable you to develop skills, including those required in specific jobs and sectors. • Make informed choices about your future and allow you to learn more about specific industries, organisational cultures and job roles. • Gain experience of working with people, enhancing your social and communication skills, and awareness of how to present yourself and behave in a work context. • Provide opportunities to learn about recruitment processes (such as how to tackle job interviews and how to apply for a job). • Provide a positive experience of the world of work that builds your confidence and motivation. • Build your CV (for instance by providing some formal training) and support you in the development of networks. • Create employment and Apprenticeship opportunities for your, where they don’t currently exist, a positive work experience placement often turns into an Apprenticeship.


MME RA G O PR UR YO LD O YR 8 -1 6 1 IF YOU ARE A COULD BE: Pre-Apprenticeship Programme This is a fast track programme that is a mixture of classroom and practical learning that will support learners over a period of up to 26 weeks (sometimes quicker) in preparation for their next career steps: • Improve English, Maths and ICT grades. • Gain an Employability Certificate based around an in depth understanding of employment sectors and practices, interviewing and CV workshops. • Expert individual help and guidance to enable you to make the right choices. • A 4-6 week invaluable work experience placement with an employer (we secure placements, and also encourage you to look for yourself ). • Help with finding a job, Apprenticeship or further course of study.

Or a Traineeship (for 16-18 learners at a higher level)

A Traineeship is also a mixture of classroom and practical learning. Traineeship’s are part of the same family as Apprenticeships and are highly valued by employers as a ‘step up’ on to a successful Apprenticeship. The programme can be 6 months long but many students complete and secure Apprenticeships much quicker: • Help to improve your grades in English, Maths and ICT if necessary. • A Certificate in Employability, based around an in depth understanding employment sectors and practices, interviewing and CV workshops. • Optional sector based vocational qualifications.

• A 1-6 month substantial work experience placement with an employer that can often lead to a job or Apprenticeship (we secure placements, and also encourage you to look for yourself ), a chance to trial industries and employers to find the right fit for you. • 1 to 1 support to help secure that job or Apprenticeship (in any sector).

• Expert individual’s to help you make the right choices when researching careers.

Apprenticeship If you are ready immediately for an Apprenticeship and we have a vacancy that suits you, we can get you started very quickly. t2 Apprenticeship Academy have extensive relationships with local employers that are seeking young Apprentices and we help them to recruit the very best candidates we can find. We deliver Apprenticeship programmes in the following sectors: • Health and Social Care. • Healthcare Support Services. • Childcare.

• Business Administration. • Customer Services. • Information Technology.

We also run a traineeship programme for 19 - 24yr olds, applicants for this programme can have level 2 qualifications (or GCSE’s, above C grade) but not Level 3 qualifications, (AS or A levels) and you can be claiming benefits (JSA etc).

What we expect from you! As a student of the t2 Apprenticeship Academy, we expect high standards of commitment, engagement and timekeeping, you will be going on an enlightening journey towards starting your career. Securing a job doesn’t just happen, it takes perseverance, dedication and effort. If you put in the effort we can help you succeed and find the Apprenticeship and career of your dreams!

It is important to note that for progression purposes we help young people access all Apprenticeships available on the market, not just the specialist sectors that we deliver in.


Meet our new tutor, Svetlana Powell Hello, my name is Svetlana and I am a tutor at t2 Apprenticeship Academy. I joined t2 Academy only few weeks ago but I have enjoyed working here since day one. The Members of staff in the Academy are very friendly and supportive, which has helped me to settle in quickly, I feel welcomed by everyone.

Svetlana Powell

I have 16 years of teaching experience in Further Education and I am very proud to be part of this organisation, which is so devoted to supporting young people, like you, in their transition from school to work, helping them to stand firm on their own two feet and giving them direction to success.

It’s a compact space with comfortable and spacious classrooms in the centre of Bristol, where students spend a few days a week learning how to write CV’s and apply for jobs, while improving their skills in English and Maths with support of friendly and caring tutors and other members of staff. After getting qualifications in English, Maths and Employability, they do work experience in a real workplace, where they can learn new skills and decide if they like it. So, if you are not sure which path to take after you have finished school, then t2 Academy is the place for you.

Meet some of our 19+ learners and hear what they have to say about the academy; “Big chance for young people, it’s an opportunity for a better future” “I’m getting on really well and feel confident that I will have a job by the end of my time here” “It’s great. It’s a friendly and helpful environment which will help me start my career”

“I am progressing so well with my qualifications, I never enjoyed learning in school, it’s different here, everyone is so respectful”

“It’s a really good programme, I’m loving it. The stairs are helping with my fitness too !” “It’s fun, helpful and is helping me move forward in my life”

“Staff are soooooo friendly and helpful” “I feel really safe and happy here, everyone is so helpful”

“I had never considered a Career in Health Care, t2 spotted it would suit me, and I love it”


Outcomes;

Kane Wynter

Kane Joined the academy needing to improve his English to level 2, which he successfully completed, along with his employability certificate, which gave him a great insight into expectations in the workplace. After getting some great experience and feedback during the civil service mock interviews, Kane secured himself an apprenticeship at the Players Golf Club in Ground Keeping.

Lauren came to the academy as a 19+ learner needing to improve her maths and her confidence. Lauren was placed at a care home after we completed her DBS for her and did such a great job they have offered her a full time position.

Addie Bush

Addie worked very hard to improve her maths to level 2 and proved herself as being keen to work hard early on in the programme. After successfully completing a work placement in retail in a bespoke vintage shop, Addie set her sights to gaining an apprenticeship in retail. Addie now works as an apprentice tailor in a men’s boutique in Clifton.

Gary showed himself as a popular and committed member of the group who was keen to secure employment. As part of his programme Gary completed a work placement with Bristol City Council and now is a Trainee Grounds Maintenance Operative with them.

Gary Goodhind

Lauren Venn

Mark came to the academy needing to improve his maths and English. Mark worked really hard, Including attending 1 to 1 sessions for extra support. After a placement at Bradley Stoke Leisure centre, they were so impressed with Mark they took him on as an apprentice. Mark called in last week to inform he is now a fully qualified Fitness Instructor.

Charlie was keen to get out on to placement and prove himself as soon as possible, with a keen interest in engineering, Aerospace Engineering was the right placement for Charlie. We always knew Charlie would be successful, but he did such a great job the employer offered him a full time post after a week.

Charlie Nash Chloe was a lively member of the academy with a clear ambition from day one. To be a childcare apprentice. We were some way off this with the need to improve maths skills and employability. Chloe worked hard, turned up on time every day, took on board feedback and kept her motivation high despite a few knock backs. Chloe is now a member of the team at a brand new nursery in Bristol and the feedback is great. We could not be more proud of Chloe.

Mark Smith

Ellice worked hard to improve her employability skills whilst she was with us, she completed a placement in animal care but decided retail was the way forward as this best suited her skills and abilities. Ellice is now a full time member of Pavers and there is already talk of future career progression.

Chloe Sanders

Ellice Turner


Outcomes What did Eloise have to say about her time with us? t2 is a great practical option for anyone who doesn’t want to go to college or 6th form after school. It’s an all over great experience and not too nerve racking meeting new people, because everyone is there for the same reason.

Eloise joined t2 with a very set career path in mind, to be an accountant. Eloise worked hard to get her English skills up to level 2 as she was worried this might hold her back. Eloise identified companies she would like to work for and we contacted them on her behalf. Eloise was snapped up by Dunkley’s and is now on her way to becoming an accountant, with her first goal, her apprenticeship in accountancy at level 2.

By the end of my first day I had made new friends, the atmosphere was so comfortable that I felt like I’d known everyone for ages. The best bit about t2 is the level of maturity you get treated with by members of staff and the flexibility they give you. You are never pressured to do something you don’t want to do, however they still offer you great opportunities to support your future like the NCS programme, attending Eloise Palmer mock interviews and life- skills. As well as getting support and guidance to find your perfect apprenticeship you will learn skills that you need every day at work. Gaining qualifications that will look great on your CV is a big help too. After only 2 months with t2 I am working as a payroll apprentice in an accountancy firm in Bradley Stoke, I am so pleased with myself and my progress. The confidence I have gained in myself over the months since I left school has made me feel more mature and that my goals are achievable. t2 helped me realise that. Thank you Liz and everyone else that helped me x.

Sunil Singh

Sunil was a very memorable character who became a really popular and inspirational member of the group. After not achieving the best results in his GCSE’s Sunil was keen to show that he was capable of achieving higher levels in functional skills. Sunil went on to achieve 2 levels higher than his GCSE results and worked hard to make good applications, even though he wasn’t the best candidate on paper. In the end Sunil’s winning personality and charm won him a really sought after apprenticeship in Recruitment.

Coming soon to t2 …. Didn’t get grade A-C in your GCSE Maths and English? Keen to retake? From September t2 will be offering GCSE retakes Places will be limited, so don’t miss out, call / text today

Other successes from the past few months; Ellice Turner - Retail Erika Snow - Retail Dominic West - Rail engineering apprenticeship Jake Marsh - Bike mechanic Jae Grier - Construction apprenticeship Ryan Pearch - Recruitment apprenticeship Lewis Dowle - Pharmacy apprenticeship Lewis Duncan - I.T apprenticeship Taylor Ashford - Hairdressing apprenticeship Sophia Cregan - Business admin apprenticeship Kallum Knight - Sound engineering apprenticeship Shannon Lewis - Teaching assistant apprenticeship Caitlin Skelton - Bath spa Josh Tiley - Business Admin with Bristol evening post Miles Dichler - Business Admin with Bristol evening post Sarah Kethro - Health and social care apprenticeship Molly Longhurst - Childcare apprenticeship This is just a snapshot form the past few weeks / month. Sorry to anyone who has been missed off !


Progression groups Every Friday the academy manager runs bespoke workshops and 1 to 1 / small group support for finding that dream apprenticeship/career. Being able to match young people with one of the hundreds of employers we work with already, as well as accessing all the other great apprenticeships on the GOV website is one of the reasons this group is proving to be so successful.

New Starter Induction Days

Dates For Your Diary July 6th “Your time” taster day

If you have already been to see us and secured your place for August / September, just a reminder about the induction days planned;

At a loose end during the summer?

Thursday 7th July

Want to get involved in some great activities, sport, arts, cooking music?

Thursday 21st July If you are interested in joining either one of these to find out more about the academy, just give us a call.

Then call the us now or send a text to 07824 366 653 and get yourself booked in. We can also offer information, advice and guidance if you’re not sure what your next step is, or just help stay on track for whatever you are starting next. Get involved from as little as one day a week !

01179 304 987

01179 304 987 / 07824 366 653


Trinity Mirror plc t2 are proud to be working with Trinity Mirror, placing apprentices into the heart of their thriving city centre offices. Trinity Mirror (formally local world), has an award winning portfolio of newspapers, websites and digital products, and employs over 6000 people across the UK. We have been fortunate to place young people in Business Administration Apprenticeships with Trinity Mirror over the past few years and offer them fantastic opportunities to not only achieve qualifications in Business Admin, but potentially start lasting careers with a reputable and exciting publishing company.

Celebrating success at t2 After comments from learners, it was felt that as well as the feedback that they receive in their reviews and 1 to 1’s, they were keen to have something more tangible that reflected their achievements. Learners can now receive commendations of success for various parts of their programmes. • Exceptional work. • Exemplary attitude. • Spirit of the academy. • Outstanding work placement. • Outstanding attendance. • Generally being outstanding. The competition is on. Gain 5 of these during your time and you will be presented with a gift voucher of your choice.

One of our learners was inspired to create his own art, using the modern medium of snapchat! Learn more about the trip to Rembrandt exhibition on our next page.


Learners from the academy visit the Rembrandt Exhibition at the Bristol Museum Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was a Dutch painter and etcher. He is generally considered one of the greatest painters and print makers in European art and the most important in Dutch history. Learners form the academy expressed interest in attending an art exhibition. After doing some research they were keen to make a visit to the Bristol Museum. A great day was had by all, with a picnic at Cabot Tower to break up the day. Learners then produced a report as part of their literacy project work, about their day and what they had learnt.

“It was great to get out and about in Bristol, I have never been to an art exhibition before and I really enjoyed it�


Open days at the Open DaysAcademy t2 Apprenticeship Last Friday in every month; Open / induction days at the academy;

29th May, 26th June, 31st July, Thursday 7th July 28th August Thursday 21st July

We also have inductions / open days every Friday

Come and see us from 10-3pm on in August, September and October any of these days to;

• Meet the staff. ••Meet the staff Have tour of the building and facilities. Meet some current learners. •• Have tour of the building • Find out about the type of work you could • Meet expectsome to do current here. learners •• Find about the typeofficers of work you the Speakout to work placement about types of work experience could expect to do hereyou can choose. Find out about our current vacancies for •• Speak to work placement officers about apprenticeships in childcare, health and the types of work experience you can choose social care, business admin and customer service. • Find out about our current vacancies for •Apprenticeships Get top tips for CVin writing and cover letters. Childcare, Health and Social

Care, Business Admin and Customer Service

• Get top tips for cv writing and cover letters

Everyone is welcome, whether you are a referral partner, individual or group.

Everyone is welcome, whether you are a referral partner, individual oryoung group.people can be accommodated but please Groups of let us know in advance so we can prepare refreshments!

Groups of young people can be accommodated but please let us know in advance so we can prepare refreshments! Web: www.t2apprenticeships.co.uk Email: liz.barker@t2group.co.uk Tel: 01179 304 987 Mob: 07824 366 653 Web: www.t2apprenticeships.co.uk Email: alex.richards@t2group.co.uk

Tel: 01179 304 987 Mob: 07881 379 053


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To apply to join our Academy: Please call our Academy on 01179 304 987 to book an initial visit, we like to meet all candidates first to check on their suitability and desire to succeed (parents and carers welcome).

01179 304 987 Contacts: kayleigh.milton@t2group.co.uk 07824 366 653 liz.barker@t2group.co.uk

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