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Friday, June 8, 2018

Deborah Tullett, Group Training Manager at the TA Hotel Collection said; “As runners-up in a national competition, it was a great experience for them and Hannah, at just 16 years of age, is already talking about what dish she is going to make at next year’s competition.”

College to offer support to work ready youngsters following Mygo closure

The company behind plans for the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station in Suffolk has distanced itself from a report that it may pull the plug on the project unless it receives financial assurances from the Government.

Telecoms giant BT plans to create more than 300 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs across the East of England as part of a UK-wide recruitment drive involving a total of more than 1,300 roles.

Business leaders and politicians from the East of England have been given an insight into the potential boost to the region’s economy if proposals for new nuclear power stations in Suffolk and Essex go ahead.

National Apprenticeships Week has brought a renewed focus on the apprenticeship levy – but is it having the intended impact on the skills of the region’s workforce?

An engineering firm boss says he has given up on offering apprenticeships, citing an “appalling” work ethic among young trainees.

Former apprentice rebuilt his life after beating cancer through work


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A cancer survivor who had given up on life after failing to secure a job at the end of his treatment has had his life transformed thanks to an apprenticeship with Realise Futures.

And this week Kristen Carden has backed a new campaign to create 5,000 apprenticeships in Suffolk over the next five years, helping address the skills shortage in the county.

“I have learnt a lot of new skills, I completed my apprenticeship last year and am now a supervisor in the workshop. I am currently doing a management course and I have completed a fork lift truck and cherry boom course,” said the 25-year-old. “Everyday I am learning something new.”

Kristen was forced to drop out of college at 17 because of the intense treatment he was undergoing for testicular cancer. The teenager fully recovered from the illness but faced another blow two years later when he was diagnosed with sarcoma.

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After his second bout of treatment, Kristen, of Bramford Road, Ipswich, was desperate to rebuild his life but could not afford to resume his mechanics course at college and was unable to find a job.

Then in 2010 he was offered a job with Realise Futures at the Whitehouse site in Lovetofts Drive through our 100 in 100 apprentice campaign.

“Working here has made me more confident, and given me independence. It has given me an opportunity to prove myself,” said Kristen.

“This has really changed my life; I am now in my own place, have got a new car and a stable job. Who knows, I might even be the boss of the whole workshop one day.”

Urging other teenagers to follow in his footsteps, he added: “Doing an apprenticeship is like a short cut really, you are learning as you go but also getting your qualifications. The money isn’t great to start with, I think it was about £400 a month, but you wouldn’t get anything if you went to college and it does increase.


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“I am qualified now and on my way to NVQ Level 3. I had never really looked into this as a career but I am not too bad at it now, I think I have found my talent.”

Realise Futures is a social enterprise and offers opportunities to vulnerable adults and those with learning disabilities.

“I think it has been quite educational working with some of the more vulnerable people here,” said Kristen. “It is really rewarding when you work with them and see their confidence grow and help them develop their social skills.”

Lee Caraccio, business development manager, said: “Taking on apprentices gives you stability. You get the youngsters coming through and they are learning the skills they need from us and we can also learn from them, they pick up the new technology quicker than we do and they can share that knowledge.

“Apprentices bring a real boost to the business, we know we can rely on them.”

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Government is coming under fresh pressure to reform its apprenticeship levy amid warnings the policy is not reaching its potential.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Government risks failing to meet its target for apprentices taking up trainee posts, a national business leader has warned ahead of an event in Bury St Edmunds.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The impact of the government’s apprenticeship levy on employers has been “disastrous”, according to a business leader.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has become the first chamber in the country to be accredited for the assessment of Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeships.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Businesses from Suffolk and north Essex have been named on the latest Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ambitious plans to safeguard Norfolk and Suffolk’s burgeoning life science sector and bio-economy have been revealed.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Construction industry figures have been reacting to the news of construction giant Carillion’s collapse – saying smaller subcontractors will bear the brunt of the crisis.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A majority of employers who pay the apprenticeship levy would like to see it replaced with a training alternative, a study has revealed.

Monday, January 8, 2018

How to find and retain the best talent with the required skills, personality and ethos to fit with your company is a challenge for any business.

Suffolk County Council

An ambitious £1.5million campaign to double the number of apprenticeship places in Suffolk and create thousands of new jobs and training opportunities for young people has been launched.

The campaign is being driven by Suffolk County Council and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, who are calling on employers to help create a raft of new apprenticeship places with the aim that there will be 5,000 new opportunities created by 2019.

Both bodies believe that growing apprenticeships is a key element of tackling the skills shortage in the county and creating a more successful and sustainable economy for the future.

And we are supporting them in their drive to bring new opportunities to the county. Here we bring you the latest news on apprenticeships in Suffolk, and in neighbouring Essex, which is also striving to improve opportunities for young people.



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Steve Pettit, Contracts Manager at M&S Contractors in Ipswich, works with his apprentice Ross Payne on a sample wall panel at Suffolk New College’s Apprenticeship Fair. Steve Pettit, Contracts Manager at M&S Contractors in Ipswich, works with his apprentice Ross Payne on a sample wall panel at Suffolk New College’s Apprenticeship Fair.

Farm manager, Matthew Hawthorne (right), and farm apprentice James Cunningham. Farm manager, Matthew Hawthorne (right), and farm apprentice James Cunningham.

Our first apprentice, Kristen Carden, who after completing his years apprenticeship at Whitehouse Enterprises has been offered a job. Our first apprentice, Kristen Carden, who after completing his years apprenticeship at Whitehouse Enterprises has been offered a job.

Ben Virdee, who won the East Anglia area apprentice of the year award for joinery and carpentry, with Lord Andrew Phillips, who presented the award at Oakwood Joinery where Ben works. Ben Virdee, who won the East Anglia area apprentice of the year award for joinery and carpentry, with Lord Andrew Phillips, who presented the award at Oakwood Joinery where Ben works.

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