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Thursday, February 7, 2019

A Suffolk and Norfolk-based land college is to undergo a full structural review ‘looking at all options’ following two damning Ofsted reports.

A Suffolk-based pubs and brewing giant has signed up to ambitious plans to help improve social mobility in its own business, including supporting ex-offenders.

A property and construction consultancy wants more work placements to be made available for young people to help tackle an emerging skills shortage.

Those who over-indulged throughout the festive period may consider working at insurance broker iGO4, which has claim to being Colchester’s healthiest place to work after being named Workplace of the Year by charity Living Sport.

Lloyds Banking Group expects to support firms in the East of England with up to £1.7billion of lending during 2019, as part of its national pledge to lend £18bn to UK businesses.

Twenty-five years ago, boat restorers Sean McMillan and his friend Mick Newman set out to build the most beautiful wooden boat that they possibly could. The resulting company, Spirit Yachts, has been doing that ever since.

We look back over the year and finds that despite the High Street woes, there was plenty for local companies to celebrate in 2018.

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, December 14, 2018

Young people were brought together with firms from across the energy sector to learn about the jobs available to them now and in the future.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Leaders from industry in Suffolk paid a visit to a school in Ipswich last week to help students with their future career paths.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Now they’re high-flying business leaders, but there was a time when these guys were scrawny, nervous teens, eager to impress in their first jobs. We asked local business leaders what valuable skills they picked up from their first experiences of the world of work

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Ardleigh-based Healthcare Homes Group, a provider of residential and domiciliary care services, has marked the completion of its first 12-month Health Care Practitioner apprenticeship programme, which has seen eight Suffolk and Norfolk employees make the grade.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

As the debate heats up over Suffolk’s next nuclear plant and new investors climb on board, Julia Pyke from EDF reveals her concerns about recruiting the workers needed to build Sizewell C after Brexit.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

WorldSkills UK, the education and skills charity, has announced the appointment today of the Greene King chief executive Rooney Anand as the new Chair of the WorldSkills UK Board.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

From apprentices to entrepreneurs, the raft of changes in this year’s budget are bound to affect people involved in all levels of business in East Anglia. Our experts in Suffolk give their reaction to Chancellor Hammond’s big announcements.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

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.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

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.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

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

Friday, September 28, 2018

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

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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

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.

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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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