Schools into Work Programme Update

It has been a very busy few weeks to the end of term with the Employment and Skills ‘Schools into Work’ programme.

Year 12 students from Churchill Community College recently took part in a short Learning and Development programme organised by the Education and Skills ‘Schools into Work’ programme to support their careers planning and interview skills. Following a series of employer-led presentations from Accenture, Virgin Money, NTC Workforce Development and DWP which linked to sector exploration, progression pathways and making successful applications, the programme concluded with a mock interview morning with a small number of employers and sectors represented – NTC Property, Housing and Construction, HMRC and ABS Precision. Feedback from the employers following the interview morning was very positive …“given me a real idea of how young people are being given skills for employment and the work with them. Organisation objective is to engage more with our local community. This is certainly a step in the right direction” and from feedback school reinforced the positive benefits in participation “The Learning and Development Programme has given our students an insight in to the different processes they will have to go through when looking to apply for a job, either part time work or full time work following an Apprenticeship or HE. Students are aware they need to continue to update their CV on a regular basis. Our students have also been given the opportunity to look in detail at their own personal development and the steps they personally have to make to progress down their chosen career pathway”.

Social Care Jobs Fair – 8 Aug 2019

16 employers and 256 jobseekers attended our first Social Care Jobs Fair, which showcased around a hundred jobs in the social care sector on Thursday August 8 between at Wallsend Customer First Centre.

There were a wide range of vacancies available in residential care, supported living, home care and day services. There were also opportunities for job seekers to become a Shared Lives Carer or Personal Assistant. Full and part-time positions, as well as apprenticeships were available.

The event was arranged in partnership with Skills for Care and Jobcentre Plus, who ran workshops with job seekers in advance to prepare them for the event.

Schools into Work Programme Update

It has been a very busy few weeks to the end of term with the Employment and Skills ‘Schools into Work’ programme.

The incoming Year 9 pupils at Monkseaton High School took part in a Schools into Work enterprise morning as part of their transition to Monkseaton High School in September. Employers included Barclays and Tesco Bank and support from the Connexions service where the Business Ambassadors supported students setting up a mini business for production and trading. As part of the morning students were asked to assign themselves a set job role, which they then had to lead on specific related tasks over the course of the morning. Employers had a prominent role, not just for the trading aspect of the day, but also to help students better understand the job roles that they have chosen with individual Business Ambassadors leading more detailed briefings on specific job role and tasks. The opportunity to “Ask the Business Ambassador” was included in the day and feedback from both employers and pupils was very positive “Try to motivate my friends in striving to achieve, in being resilient and respectful towards others” (Year 8 pupil) “Great, uplifting day” (Employer).

Working Roots Presentation

This year’s Working roots presentation took place on Monday 15th July to celebrate the completion of another successful year. 24 young people achieved success in working in the community completing various projects including tidying tenant’s gardens, cleaning void properties, erecting new fences, and painting houses.

All of the young people achieved a vocational qualification at level 1 and improved their maths, English and employability skills along the way. Attendance certificates were presented by the Mayor who expressed her continued support for the project.

Schools into Work Programme Update

It was a very busy few weeks to the end of term with the Employment and Skills ‘Schools into Work’ programme.

Year 8 pupils at George Stephenson High School enjoyed an excellent employer-led ‘Decades Day’ in school. This event was aimed at being a taster day for pupils both to broaden and raise their awareness of career opportunities, to reflect on how careers in have changed over the last 10 years – and what the next 10 years might look like for opportunities for young people locally, in the wider region and beyond. Support for this day was given by HMRC, TyneMet, Interpreting Line, NHS Engineers and North East Dance. Activities delivered by each employer included the opportunity for a practical task and an overview of the organisation, role, progression and opportunities and brought labour market information about their sector alive to the pupils. All employers who engaged with the event were enthusiastic to take part in another day or similar activities and saw the benefit of involving other members of their team, e.g. those who have come through the apprenticeship scheme. A range of comments from all employers highlighted how positive they had found the day to be. “All in all a good day for everyone”; “See you next year!”; “We enjoyed being involved and would be happy to help in the future”. School were also very positive in their evaluation highlighting the “event was bespoke, fun and informative. Absolutely could not have been better.”

An extension for the Wise Steps programme

The Employment and Skills team are pleased to announce that the Wise Steps programme has secured a new round of funding taking our delivery up until 2021. The regional programme, managed by the Wise Group, received an additional £7.2m from the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund. Over the last two years, we have worked intensively with 132 residents to progress them into meaningful activities, training, volunteering and jobs. We will have new Employment Advisors commencing in August 2019 to support even more people in North Tyneside into employment.

Wise Steps aims to promote a focus on customer wellbeing, ensuring every person who enters the programme is given the care and attention they need. Alongside employability support we will be providing wellbeing and social inclusion activities to help people take small steps on their journey into work. The programme allows individuals the time and support to work through any barriers they face with personalised information, advice and guidance.

Adult learners praised in award ceremony

Hard working learners from around North Tyneside have been honoured in the Annual North Tyneside Learner Awards.

Organised by North Tyneside Council, the ceremony celebrated adult learners’ achievements and praised their hard work.

A total of six awards were up for grabs, and winners took home a shopping voucher and a glass trophy.

The awards were presented by Elected Mayor for North Tyneside, Norma Redfearn CBE, and the event was introduced by Paul Hanson, Chief Executive of North Tyneside Council.

This year’s event was sponsored by Shirley Hallam, President of Soroptimist International, who kindly donated the prize and trophy for the “Shirley Hallam Reaching for the Stars” Volunteer Award.

This year’s winners included

The Sandra Girvan Adult Learner of the Year award was won by Leanne Robson, who attended a Hospitality and Catering programme delivered in partnership with YMCA North Tyneside whilst juggling family life. She continued to achieve her qualification and went on to volunteer in the kitchen developing a range of skills. Leanne supported the Make Christmas Special campaign whilst struggling with her own family’s needs but offering valuable support that was welcomed by several families. In the new year she applied for a catering job in Gateshead where she successfully secured full time employment and continues to go from strength to strength.
Jeanette Hedley Apprentice of the Year: Emily Tweedy was nominated for the apprenticeship category and managed to win ahead of very stiff competition from other apprentices. Emily works as a Business Admin apprentice for Engie and is working towards her level 4 Business Administration apprenticeship. She has been recognised for her commitment and strong work ethic in never giving up and developing a strategy in sharing the benefits of apprenticeships with other young people through her Dragons Den project. Due to her hard work, Engie have fast tracked her application to the Graduate Training scheme 2020 in recognition of her hard work and achievement.
Young Learner of the Year: Jake Fox was recognised for this award due to his commitment to attending maths functional skills classes where he showed an aptitude for new and inventive ideas whilst supporting others which made him a popular member of the class. He is keen to take on more challenging work and continues to excel in all that he does. This award was kindly sponsored by YMCA North Tyneside.
English/Maths Learner of the Year award: Doreen Beck won the English/maths award after attending functional skills classes where she had previously struggled with her English skills. She attended all of her classes despite weather and mobility issues and has challenged herself to attain further maths qualifications in addition to her English. This award was kindly sponsored by Northern Growth Academy.
Volunteer of the Year award: Gillian Parkinson was the overall winner of this award with Derek Dawson being the runner up. Gillian has volunteered with the service classes for 12 years now and her patience and sense of humour contribute to the positive learning atmosphere in class. She has a very supportive approach to learners and has the ability to explain maths concepts clearly in a language learners understand. Derek was chosen as runner up in this category. He volunteers with a group of learners who have disabilities in a construction class and his support is invaluable. He has shown a real creative flair and supports learners with their choices of colours and designs in classes.
Class of the Year: Vocational Study Programme received the award for this category due to their hard work, teamwork and drive to achieve whilst overcoming a range of barriers. They participated in a range of activities including charity events and fund raisers contributing ideas and taking on their own individual roles with enthusiasm. Highly Commended: Phoenix Study Programme run in Partnership with Phoenix Detached Youth Project were also chosen to be recognised due to the development of their construction skills during their course and their success in securing positive progression opportunities following the completion of their programme.
For more information about adult learning in North Tyneside visit or call (0191) 643 2288.

One Below Recruitment support

The Employment and Skills Service, in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, ran a pre-employment training course which led to four residents gaining employment at the new One Below store in North Tyneside.

The recruitment manager commented on the quality of candidates being ‘amazing’. She also commented that in recruiting for stores for 17 years she had never had the quality of candidates who had shown such a willingness to want to get back into employment with all of the candidates so well prepared.

The management team at One Below have also confirmed that they will definitely be using us again for any future recruitment.

Employability Information Event

We held an Employability Information Event at Wallsend CFC on 3rd July 2019, which was really productive with around 45 attendees. There was a mixture of professionals and local residents who were interested to find out more about our employability projects. Residents commented that they did not know so much help was available in North Tyneside. There is support available for anyone who wants to find work, training or volunteering opportunities. The projects include:
• Generation North East – specifically for 18-29 year olds
• Working Homes – specifically for social housing tenants (council and other registered providers)
• Moving on Tyne and Wear – specifically for anyone with a health condition
• Wise Steps – specifically for those with multiple or complex barriers to employment
• Employment & Skills – specifically for under employed and low income residents
• Recruit Silverlink – specifically working with businesses to see the potential in local people for their organisation.

We will be holding further events with partners to raise awareness of the support available across the Borough.

Feedback from one of our Adult Learners

‘I must admit when I started this course I was not sure if it was going to be for me, but now I could not imagine doing anything else. I have learned so much, not just about supporting children and teachers but also how to develop my skills more. I have enjoyed this course and it has helped me realise how much I want to help children in a positive way. I am grateful to the Adult Learning Services for these life changing services they run enabling us adults to better ourselves for working opportunities. I have already enrolled in one of the distance learning courses and have set my goal to be completed in 4 weeks so I can start the next one over the summer holidays and am very interested in doing the Autism course in September. I will be continuously educating myself where I can to develop ways to help children’.