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The Suffolk Show is happening today at Trinity Park in Ipswich, offering 5,000 young people the chance to find out more about the apprenticeships, courses and career pathways on offer in the county.

Could you tag a sheep, operate a 5 tonne excavator or use your maths and logical skills to get out of an escape room?

It’s all at the Suffolk Skills Show on Wednesday.

Unlike her friends who are saddled with debt at university, at the age of 19, Ellie Netzel is making £13,000 plus bonuses. That’s because she chose to go down the apprenticeship route instead.

Businesses and further education providers will be welcoming an audience of over 4500 school children from across Suffolk at the fifth Suffolk Skills Show, which takes place next Wednesday at Trinity Park, Ipswich.

Essex businesses have called for the scrapping of Darftord crossing tolls to “remove this handbrake from the local economy”.

Alan d Hairdressing Education of Queen Street, Ipswich has welcomed two new members to its education team.

A “forward-thinking” Bury St Edmunds brewery has been praised for its apprenticeships by an MP chairing Parliament’s education select committee.

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.”

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Suffolk brewer Greene King has teamed up with West Suffolk College to encourage more people to take up careers in hospitality.

Monday, September 24, 2018

A 20% fall in the number of people starting an apprenticeship in Suffolk has sparked a “real cause of alarm” for business leaders.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The construction industry in East Anglia is “waking up” to a chronic shortage of skilled staff following a decade of under-investment in training.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

If you’re under 30, you may well be earning substantially less money than the older generation - and the pay gap is still widening

Friday, August 24, 2018

The pay gap between young and older workers in the East of England has increased by half in the last 20 years, according to a new report.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Applications for the Greene King Apprenticeship Programme surge by 141% following its 2016 pledge to take on 10,000 apprentices

Thursday, July 26, 2018

According to new research, nearly half of students and graduates in East Anglia regret going to university.

Friday, July 20, 2018

The East of England Co-op says it’s “grateful” for the national recognition after being shortlisted for two national industry awards for its apprenticeships programme.

Monday, July 2, 2018

The chief executive of EDF Energy Simone Rossi visited Suffolk to pitch his case for Sizewell C nuclear plant to more than 120 of Suffolk’s top business leaders.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Essex chambers members got on board for a unique networking event held on a chartered train.

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.”

Friday, April 27, 2018

College to offer support to work ready youngsters following Mygo closure

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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