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Tue, 13:23

A town centre café in Ipswich is the latest business to achieve the New Anglia Youth Pledge Marque.

East of England Co-op and pubs and brewing group Greene King have been named among the winners at a national awards ceremony recognising the best in learning and development.

Authors of a study showing 135,000 apprentices in England are paid less than the minimum wage are accusing employers of “cheating” their trainees.

There was relief among small businesses that speculation over a reduction in the VAT threshold proved wide of the mark.

Schemes to invigorate the digital skills agenda in Norfolk and Suffolk will also need to tackle recruitment issues in the region’s tech industry.

The University of Suffolk has been awarded £200,000 of funding to develop its next three degree apprenticeships in the public sector next year.

Accountancy and business advice firm Lovewell Blake has welcomed 13 apprentices and graduate trainees into its team.

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.”

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

More than half of Suffolk’s top firms are optimistic about their futures - but most believe Brexit will have a negative impact on them, according to a survey.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Bury St Edmunds Canine Creche was among four winners from Suffolk and north Essex in the East of England round of the National Apprenticeship Awards.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Thousands of young people converged on Trinity Park in Ipswich today for the fourth Suffolk Skills Show.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Bury St Edmunds pub retailer and brewer Greene King has scooped a regional title.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

In the face of an ageing population leaders in East Anglia are focused on increasing the skill level of the region’s workforce. But what is the best educational route to take? Bethany Whymark reports.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Businesses value young people with positive attitudes, a regional business leader said as ‘A’ Level results were revealed.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Pubs and brewing group Greene King is to recruit 300 more apprentices, keeping it on track to meet a pledge made last year to deliver 10,000 apprenticeship opportunities over the next three years.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Seminars and speed networking will feature in the programme at a new Small Business Expo event being held in north Essex later this year.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Writtle University College is holding a breakfast event so employers can find out more about recruiting Horticulture and Sports Turf Apprentices.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

All business success stories are about a journey – and it’s been quite a trip for specialist recruitment group Sanctuary Personnel, which earlier this month was named Business of the Year at the EADT Business Awards.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Increasingly, employers from the region are reaching out to young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to help them get a start on the employment ladder.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Suffolk-based leadership and management training specialist Lighthouse Training celebrated its fifth anniversary with a barbecue and jazz event at Hintlesham Hall.

Monday, June 26, 2017

A leading facilities management firm has launched a company-wide learning and development scheme to unearth hidden talent within its ranks.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The new head of the Suffolk Business School at the University of Suffolk, Professor David Collins describes himself as “an academic’s academic”.

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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