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Issue.2 July 2012

Apprenticeships Special Edition

Issue No.2

In this Issue Local Business News

Apprenticeships are the Future for FDL Packaging

Networked for success at St Helens College

Apprentice Builds a Better Future

Apprentices Provide a Quality Service at Colours Restaurant

Karl has I.T covered

Apprenticeships are the Future of your Business - Breakfast Event

Never too late to be an apprentice

Funding News

Make a Lifestyle choice‌ Join The Gym


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As part of the £57million redevelopment of the town centre campus, the College has a new conference and training facility available to hire. A venue that offers great value for money located in the centre of the town. Facilities include:

Room hire costs start f rom as litt le as £ 100 per da y

· Conference and training room · ICT facilities including smart boards etc · Wi-Fi · Catering facilities

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· Disabled access · Silver Service Restaurant Venue · Lecture Theatre (holds 170 max)

For further information about support and services available, please contact the Business Development Team on 01744 623342 or email thebusinessunit@sthelens.ac.uk

We are delighted to announce the launch of Job Box

This is a new service designed for employers to advertise their job vacancies and employment opportunities through the College website. You can view the site at www.sthelens.ac.uk and click on the Employers Tab. If you would like to advertise a vacancy through Job Box, please contact a member of the Business Development Team on 01744 623342 or email the businessunit@sthelens.ac.uk

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Welcome

to the second edition of Engage, the St Helens College Employer News Supplement. Issue two features success stories about our students becoming apprentices, stories on the business events we’ve hosted and information about how your business could benefit from having an apprentice working with you.

Jette Burford Principal - St Helens College

St Helens College delivers a wide range of apprenticeship programmes across a variety of industry sectors. As an employer, hiring an apprentice can be good for your business as skills shortages are still one of the biggest threats to businesses in the UK. An apprenticeship programme can benefit businesses across all industries as they offer a route to harness fresh talent. A trained member of staff with the right skills for their role in a business can do a wider range of tasks and take on new responsibilities. The National Apprenticeship Service have announced that they are to provide up to 40,000 Apprenticeship grants to small/medium sized employers recruiting 16 to 24 year olds on an apprenticeship programme. New employers will be eligible to receive the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds (AGE 16 to 24), a wage grant with the value of ÂŁ1,500. The ÂŁ1,500 is in addition to the training costs of the Apprenticeship framework which are met in full for young people aged 16 to 18.

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Local Business News...

Company relocation creates 65 new jobs for St Helens’ residents

Government must encourage firms to hire more young people

St Helens’ business sector continues to grow thanks to the relocation of the energy industry manufacturing company Dresser. Originally situated in Skelmersdale, Dresser will now be located at Rainford Industrial Estate, bringing in more business for the St Helens area. The plans, approved by St Helens Council, include creating a 15,500sqm industrial building, associated landscaping, partial diversion of Rainford Brook and a new access road.

Commenting on the speech made by the Deputy Prime Minister on youth unemployment today, Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Despite a recent fall in youth unemployment, employers remain deeply concerned about the number of young people unable to find work. Businesses want to hire young people, but economic uncertainty, combined with poor skills and a lack of experience, often makes it too risky. “The Youth Contract is a good short-term solution to reduce these risks, but we have in the past argued for a wider reach and a bigger budget. “The government could go further though, and remove the restrictions that prevent small firms with experience of hiring apprentices to benefit from grants that could encourage them to take on additional apprentices. Future generations should leave formal education with the skills and experience to break into the workforce and remain in employment, making them less vulnerable in a challenging economic environment.”

Dresser will be employing 215 people for the new site, as well as advertising 65 new jobs to St Helens’ residents. They will also be recruiting three apprentices annually from Rainford High Technology College.

Jaguar Landrover Halewood sees 35,000 apply for jobs More than 35,000 people have applied for 1,000 new jobs at a Jaguar Land Rover factory on Merseyside. The plant at Halewood announced it was creating the new roles in March. The factory will move to a three-shift 24hour operation employing 4,500 workers, due to strong demand for the Range Rover Evoque and Freelander 2. More than 6,000 registrations were received within a day of the jobs being announced. The application process for the new posts has now closed.

High Unemployment to Do Permanent Damage to UK The UK unemployment rate will rise from its current 8.3% to almost 9% by the end of this year, doing "permanent damage to the UK's productive capacity", a think tank has said. The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) said that the persistent weakness in the economy was "unprecedented". It says growth in 2012 will be close to zero. It forecasts 2% growth in 2013.

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£30m Regeneration fund Launches in Merseyside The £30m Chrysalis Fund, aimed at kick starting employment creating projects in Merseyside, was officially launched in Liverpool today. Leaders from Liverpool and the North West, as well as the Fund’s board members, European officials and advisors came together to announce details of the fund that will investment in commercial property and regeneration projects. The funding comes from the North West's share of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas (JESSICA) initiative. This programme is supported by the European Investment Bank and is handled in the North West by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). Following today’s launch, developers and investors will be able to apply for investment from the Chrysalis Fund until December 2015. To find out more go to www.chrysalysisfund.co.uk

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Youth Contract Funding From 2 April 2012 wage incentives worth up to £2,275 each, will be available for employers who can offer an 18 to 24 year-old from the Government’s Work Programme, a job lasting at least 26 weeks.

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The wage incentive will be available if you employ someone for 16 hours or more each week. There will be a part-time rate of £1,137.50 for work between 16 and 29 hours and a full time rate of £2,275 for 30 hours or more. This will be paid 26 weeks after the employee starts work. Small businesses (less than 50 employees) can also claim a part payment 8 weeks after the employee starts work. Wage incentives will be primarily available to private, voluntary and community sectors and social enterprise employers. Central government departments, their executive agencies and NDPB’s will be excluded from claiming them, but the wider public sector such as NHS trusts, will not. For further information go to www.dwp.gov.uk/youth-contract

The North West Fund The North West Fund is a £185m evergreen investment fund established to provide debt and equity funding to small and medium sized enterprises in the North West of England. The Fund will address an identified gap in the lending, venture capital and private equity markets. The North West Fund's initial investment period extends until December 2015, with a subsequent realisation period through to December 2022. By 2022 The North West Fund is expected to have: • Supported 800 businesses • Created or safeguarded 14,000 jobs; and • Added £300 million to the North West's gross value added. To find out more go to www.northwestfund.co.uk

St Helens College is a member of the Microsoft IT Academy and offer a range of specialist IT programmes to enhance your business. Courses include… Microsoft Word 2010 Microsoft Excel 2010 Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Using Email Using the Internet ITQ’s at Level 1,2 & 3 For further information on any of the above courses the please contact the Business Development Team on 01744 623342 or email businessunit@sthelens.ac.uk

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Apprenticeships are the Future of your Business Breakfast Event Geoff Gornall with his apprentice, Jubayer.

Apprentice Builds a Better Future Apprenticeships are important to the future of industry and St Helens College student Jubayer Ahmed is an example of how an apprentice can be good for a business. Jubayer has worked for local builder Geoff Gornall of Haydock, as an apprentice for 3 years and has proved to be a real asset to the business. Jubayer has successfully completed the Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Brickwork and is currently studying on the Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship programme.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, St Helens College held a Business Breakfast event – Apprenticeships are the Future of Your Business. It provided local employers with the opportunity to network and listen to guest speakers highlighting the benefits of apprenticeships. The College was delighted to welcome several guest speakers including Ian Callaghan, Operations Manager at HJ Heinz Co Ltd in Wigan, who gave a presentation on the importance of apprentices in the workplace. Ian, a former St Helens College apprentice himself said “An apprenticeship programme develops individuals to a high standard of competence and allows them the time to develop their skills within the workplace. They provide employers with a tool to engage employees and motivate the workforce, apprenticeships are essential to the future of any business. ”

Jubayer says “Doing an apprenticeship is a great way to learn the new skills required to have a career in the building industry. I am able to put the skills and knowledge that I learn at St Helens College into practice, working with Geoff onsite in various locations.” An apprenticeship is a work-based programme designed around the needs of employers and successful candidates will achieve a nationally recognised qualification. Geoff, Jubayer’s employer, has been a firm believer in employing apprentices and recognises the benefits that they can bring to a business. He has employed apprentices for over 15 years and has been delighted with their hard work and commitment. Ian Callaghan - Operations Manager at HJ Heinz Co Ltd.

Geoff says “I have always employed apprentices and believe that they are a real benefit to your business. Jubayer is a great apprentice, he works hard and has developed his skills and knowledge of the building industry. I would recommend an employer to consider hiring an apprentice as they learn valuable skills at college, and their working practice can be developed in the way that is best for your company.”

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For information on future events, or details of our new conference and training facility available to hire, please contact the Business Development Team on 01744 623342 or email: businessunit@sthelens.ac.uk

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EngagE FDL Packaging Ltd is the latest employer to choose St Helens College as their apprenticeship provider and through this partnership; they are starting to see the benefits from employing an apprentice. FDL Packaging Group, based in Haydock, comprises of three key businesses capable of manufacturing or sourcing the packaging requirements of their customers. They are a leading manufacturer of fibre drums and a major distributor of packaging products. The company recognised the need to focus on the future and wanted to develop a recruitment strategy that reflected their long term plans. Gordon Mercer, Assistant Engineering Manager at FDL contacted the Business Development Team at St Helens College and they discussed the company’s business and recruitment needs. Gordon says “I met with Lee Tinsley, a Business Advisor from St Helens College and I explained our requirement for a workforce for the future. We had never thought about taking on an apprentice as we had always developed our existing staff but we were aware that we needed to focus on our future workforce. The apprenticeship scheme was ideal for our strategy and would allow us to develop the individual in the working ways of our business.” Working with St Helens College, Gordon and the team selected an apprentice through a simple and well organised recruitment process. The successful candidate was Elliot Tate, an engineering student from the College.

Apprenticeships are the Future for FDL Packaging

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Gordon adds “St Helens College have made the recruitment process simple and straight forward. We are pleased with Elliot’s performance; he is keen to learn and is a promising young apprentice. This is the first time that we have taken on an apprentice but I am confident that it won’t be the last time.” If you would like further information about apprenticeships and how they can transform your business, contact our Business Development Team on 01744 623342.

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Apprentices Provide a Quality Service at Colours Restaurant Rachael adds “As a member of the front of house team, we have the responsibility of providing the highest standard of customer service and the experience prepares you for a career in the industry.”

From L-R: Rachael, Niall and Gemma in Colours Restaurant.

Colours Restaurant at St Helens College is the latest business to benefit from hiring apprentices. The restaurant currently employs three young apprentices; Niall Corden, Gemma Faragher and Rachael Horrocks. Niall, a former pupil at Cowley High School is currently studying on the Hospitality Supervision and Leadership Level 3 apprenticeship. Niall successfully completed A-levels at his local sixth form college before enrolling on the apprenticeship programme at the College. Niall is looking forward to completing his apprenticeship and has applied to study on an events management degree programme at a London university.

Gemma is currently studying on the Food and Beverage Level 2 apprenticeship programme and would like to work in the hotel event management industry in the future. Gemma, a former student at Bowring Community Sports College in Huyton, chose to study at St Helens College after hearing positive things about the Hospitality and Catering Department. Gemma concludes “The apprenticeship programme is hard work but it is great fun. We have to work 30 hours a week in Colours restaurant alongside our studies at College. I chose to study at St Helens College because they have great tutors who are really good at explaining things and it’s easy to get to, it’s just a short bus ride from Huyton.”

Niall says “The apprenticeship programme is a fantastic course and it provides us with the practical skills we require to gain employment within the industry. We have the opportunity to develop our skills working in the restaurant where we work as part of the customer facing team.” Rachael successfully completed A-levels and decided to enrol on the Hospitality Supervision and Leadership Level 3 apprenticeship at College. Rachael, a former Up Holland High School student wants to develop a career in the industry and wanted a qualification where she could develop her practical skills in a real working environment.

Contemporary fine dining experience in St Helens

Sunday Lunches are now available Colours is an innovative fine dining restaurant with a modern contemporary theme. Located on Water Street at the Town Centre Campus, our friendly staff will ensure that you receive a warm welcome as you relax and dine in style.

To make a reservation contact 01744 623155 www.sthelens.ac.uk/colours

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Never too late to be an apprentice

Hopefully I can inspire others in their sixties to return to college and study something new.

” It is never too late to learn as St Helens College student Thomas Bartley proves by completing an apprenticeship at the age of 64. As many people now face the prospect of working until they are 70, an apprenticeship can be the ideal solution for training employees of all ages. Thomas, a former lorry driver from Leigh, felt that he needed a new challenge when he turned 60 and decided to embark on a new career in health and social care. Thomas gained employment with Wendy Jones Community Care Personal Assistance in St Helens as a Support Worker/Personal Assistant and works with people who have learning disabilities. After the first year in his new job, Thomas decided to enrol on an apprenticeship programme in health and social care with St Helens College. Thomas has successfully completed the Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care and he is delighted with his achievements.

I am proud of my achievement. Hopefully I can inspire others in their sixties to return to college and study something new.” An apprenticeship can add real value to an organisation and provides individuals with the qualifications and knowledge to deliver a higher standard of service. St Helens College deliver a wide range of apprenticeship programmes across various industry sectors.

For further information about additional support and services available, contact the Business Development Team on 01744 623342 or email: businessunit@sthelens.ac.uk

Thomas says, “I believe that by successfully completing the apprenticeship programme, I have gained valuable qualifications and knowledge to help me in my job. It really is never too late to learn and

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Networked for Success at St Helens College St Helens College was the latest venue to host a Junction 7 networking event for businesses. The Junction 7 “Networked for Success” is a networking group whose aim is to promote and support businesses who can be brought together via Junction 7 of the M62. The event was held in Colours Restaurant at the Town Centre Campus and was a huge success. 60 representatives from businesses attended the event, making it one of the largest employer networking evenings held in the borough. The event provided a friendly and informal environment for employers to promote their business whilst developing relationships with likeminded individuals. Antonio Mateus, Manager of Colours Restaurant said “It was a great night and we were really pleased to host the event as it provides an opportunity to showcase the restaurant and the service we can offer to the local business community.” The Junction 7 networking group are keen to provide networking help and advice to help your business to grow and continuously organise networking events throughout the region. The group meet on a monthly basis and there is no membership fee, you just pay for the networking event you attend. To find out about future networking events, visit www.junction7network.co.uk

Karl has I.T covered A career in the IT industry can be difficult if you don’t have the right qualifications and work related experience. An Apprenticeship in IT at St Helens College can be the perfect solution, as Karl Brooker discovered. Karl, a former pupil at Byrchall High School went on to study A-levels at a sixth form college before embarking on a career in the Merchant Navy. After six months, Karl realised that it wasn’t the career for him and gained full time employment with Asda as a home shopping delivery driver. With no formal qualifications in IT, but with a keen interest in the subject Karl applied for an apprenticeship vacancy at St Helens College for a Help Desk Technician. Studying on a Level 3 Apprenticeship in IT would allow Karl to work four days a week and attend classes on one day to gain an IT qualification. Karl says “An apprenticeship allows you to develop new skills in the classroom and put them into practice in the workplace. The tutors and assessors have a wealth of industry experience that they pass on to students. My assessor was a former computer programmer and he provided me with some really useful tips.” St Helens College recognised the potential in Karl and his hard work and commitment were rewarded when he was offered a permanent position at the College as an ICT Network and Systems Officer.

Junction 7 event; photograph courtesy of Pete Welsby

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Make a Lifestyle choice… Join The Gym

The redevelopment of St Helens College has provided new facilities not only for students, but also for the local community as more and more vocational departments offer their services to local people. In the last issue of Engage we reported on developments at the new Colours Restaurant, but services are also available to the public from The Lounge, offering hair and beauty treatments at a fraction of usual high street prices; The Flower Studio, where you can purchase the floral masterpieces of the College’s floristry students; and also The Gym which provides state of the art training facilities. Sports Facilities Manager Greg Murphy says: “The College has invested heavily to provide the very best in sports and leisure facilities. The Gym, which is based in our town centre campus on Water Street, houses a brand new fitness suite and sports therapy suite, featuring state of the art equipment from Life Fitness.” The redevelopment has been so successful that The Gym has been used by Life Fitness as a model gym to showcase their equipment in situ to potential customers. Greg adds: “The Gym is now a completely commercial operation that can compete with some of the best facilities available in the area; there are no college classes being held here and all our fitness instructors are fully qualified. We also operate a GP referral scheme which allows us to work with people www.sthelens.ac.uk/employer

who may be recovering from an illness or injury and need to be gradually reintroduced to gentle exercise in a safe environment.” The Gym is open Monday to Friday from 7.30am until 9pm and 9am until 4pm on Saturdays. For more information on The Gym facilities or corporate membership packages visit www.sthelens.ac.uk/thegym or call 01744 623347.

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Be Active…. Join the Gym The new gym and fitness suite at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus is now open to new members. For further details contact 01744 623347.

Town Centre Campus, Brook Street, St Helens www.sthelens.ac.uk/thegym

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PRINTROOM

The Print Room at St Helens College - A Quality Printing Service at Competitive Prices The Print Room at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus is your one stop shop for printing. We can produce small and large format printing, Zap banner stands, spiral binding and laminating all at competitive prices. We offer a wide range of personalised gift ideas. For the latest prices and a complete list of our products and services, please contact 01744 623296 or visit www.sthelens.ac.uk

Designs to go… Floral arrangements – Hand tied bouquets – Seasonal plants

Be pampered

The Flower Studio is the new florist now open to the public at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus. We create traditional and contemporary floral arrangements at competitive prices, perfect for all occasions.

The Lounge at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus offers a wide range of Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy and Spa Therapy Treatments.

01744 623294 www.sthelens.ac.uk/thelounge

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