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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Dozens of high tech careers are up for grabs at BT's Adastral Park at a special event for young people next week.

A new 110-seater restaurant could be coming to Woodbridge Quay if plans are given the go-ahead.

Anti-nuclear campaigners have disputed the number of jobs that a new power station on the Suffolk coast will create - and say it will not provide enough long-term opportunities.

Improving the transport infrastructure and revitalising the high street were among the issues discussed at a special meeting.

A workforce crisis is looming in the offshore wind industry unless developers, turbine manufacturers and the government take urgent action, according to an industry leader.

More than 350 jobs are on offer at London Stansted as the airport prepares for the summer season.

Why is this firm one of the region's 'Best Employers?' CAROLINE CULOT spoke to Felicity French at Aramar Solutions Ltd which uses analytics to help other businesses improve their performance.

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, April 12, 2019

Hundreds of technology and engineering roles will be up for grabs at BT's Adastral Park technology campus this month as high tech companies on the site host a careers fair.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Three pitches in East Anglia have won a chunk of funding totalling £230,000 to boost the visitor economy and offshore energy sector.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Education in Suffolk will receive more than £8m to boost innovative projects courtesy of the New Anglia LEP.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Four further and higher education institutions are in the running to work with a Suffolk and Norfolk-based land college after it failed two Ofsteds in succession.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Anglian Water is searching for the next generation of young engineers who are looking for a chance to earn and learn, whilst gaining a qualification.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Suffolk New College held a special event during National Apprenticeship Week to shine a line on the importance of apprenticeships.

Friday, March 8, 2019

A Suffolk sous chef has made the regional finals of a prestigious competition judged by top chefs, including Michel Roux junior.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The government's energy minister was in Lowestoft today to launch a £250m offshore wind deal that looks set to create several thousand jobs.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Witham Chamber of Commerce is set to celebrate its 80th year with a business showcase in the town's Public Hall.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

A sixth form in Ipswich invited back two former students to chat to current learners about apprenticeship qualifications and opportunities.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Harris Business Park in Ipswich has been sold and will be developed by its new owners, investing £30m in the town and creating 80 jobs.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

National Apprenticeship Week is highlighting the benefits of training on the job versus university, but figures suggest many employers aren't getting on board.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The 'real skills' benefit of choosing apprenticeships over higher education - as told by Suffolk and Essex apprentices

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Colchester Institute is opening its doors to the public next week to provide information and guidance about apprenticeships as a pathway to a desired career.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Apprenticeships are being put in to focus and celebrated in Essex during the 12th National Apprenticeship Week which starts on Monday March 4.

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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