The wider benefits of adult learning

Eleven local residents are currently enrolled on a drawing course with the Adult Learning Service. Last week they spoke of how they are gaining much more from the course than simply acquiring a new skill.

One man described how the tutor has taken him from the very basics of drawing to setting up his own business selling his work to the general public. Other learners talked about the benefits of ‘learning something new every week’; of how the course has prevented them from becoming socially isolated; of how it has improved their mental health; of their amazement at the progress that they have made in such a short space of time; and how the course has pushed them outside their comfort zone.

Supporting Armed Forces staff into local jobs

The Employment and Skills Service is working alongside the Council’s Armed Forces Officer and a local company to help promote opportunities in the Aviation security sector. There are up to 50 positions to fill with the jobs offering a 40 hour a week contract. The contracts are initially for six months, but there will be opportunities for sustained employment after that to candidates who excel.

The opportunities will also be promoted across the borough through our employability partnerships and contacts.

Get into Digital with Accenture

The Employment and Skills Service is currently working with local technology company Accenture to deliver a further ten day “Get into Digital” programme, which will commence on Monday 3rd December 2018.

With numerous roles available locally within the digital sector, including apprenticeships, this programme offers a valuable introduction to the skills and qualifications required to access those jobs.

The course will cover among other subjects technical training on HTML and Java coding, social media presence, how to structure a CV and a mock assessment centre to include an interview based on the digital sector.

The course which currently has 18 residents signed up is free to participants and is hosted by Accenture in their Cobalt Park offices.

SEND Vocational Study Programme – Work Experience

Six of the learners on this programme started their work placements on Friday 16 November. They are participating in placements at the White Swan Centre Library, Fleet Services at Killingworth, Shiremoor Sure Start Centre, the YMCA Nursery and FLOW café on North Shields Fish Quay. An additional three learners will be placed by the end of November.

Successful post 16 parents and carers event

Our Connexions team organised an information event for parents and carers of young people with autism in years 11, 12 and 13 at the Melrose Centre (linked to Longbenton High School). This highly successful event took place on the evening of Thursday 15 November and was supported by Melrose staff.

Representatives from Tyne Coast College, Newcastle College, North Tyneside Adult Learning and Project Choice NHS Internship gave presentations about the range of potential post 16 options, and progression routes. The event was extremely well supported; 8 of the 11 students had at least one parent/carer in attendance.

Parents were given a wide range of information and the opportunity to discuss courses and support for their young people. This will be followed up by one to one interventions with a Connexions Adviser to consider next steps and an individual plan for each student.

If you would like anymore information on post 16 routes please contact our connections team on 0191 643 2288.

Christmas is Clause for Celebration!

Come and join us at our Christmas play on Thursday 6th December 2018.

Christmas Shop from 4:45pm

Christmas Play starts at 5:45pm
£3.50 per ticket
Available from Reception at Norham Community Wing Alnwick Avenue NE29 7BU
0191 6438818

STEM Innovation Project (North Tyneside)

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) Innovation Project is delivered as a partnership between the NTC Employment and Skills Service and VODA, the volunteering centre for North Tyneside. Both organisations provide one-to-one support, with VODA leading on volunteering options and North Tyneside Council leading on training and employment opportunities.

Tailored one-to-one employment support based upon individual needs is provided through workshops, volunteering and workplace visits. It helps participants look at skills and interests in STEM and broker volunteering opportunities in the community; designed to provide opportunities to learn more about STEM subjects.

There is also an eight-week programme of training workshops, aimed at helping participants find out about the varied careers that use STEM skills. From making lava or bath bombs to discovering forensics and DNA, astronomy, plant and body x-rays, and sound technology—there’s something for everyone!

Further information on the STEM Innovation Project is available here.

National Recognition for Outstanding Teaching and Learning

The Education and Training Foundation’s newsletter, published on 1 November 2018, pays tribute to the success of a far-reaching national programme to promote outstanding teaching, learning and assessment in the post 16 sector.

The Council’s Adult Learning Service features twice in an article demonstrating the impact of involving teaching staff in research into vocational teaching. Their first citation describes the Adult Learning team’s research into developing goal-setting techniques to drive up student attainment. Their second inclusion details the team’s involvement in the development of activities to support maths and English learners. These interactive activities have been shown to improve the engagement of highly disadvantaged students with their learning.

Get Into Digital

Do you have an interest in computing? Are you interested in finding out more about local Digital and IT companies the types of jobs they currently have or will be advertising in the near future to include apprentice intakes?

If you live in North Tyneside we are offering you the chance to spend some time with one of world’s largest technology companies and try your hand at programming and learn new IT skills which potentially could lead to a career in the digital sector.

Accenture will work with you for two weeks at their Delivery Centre on Cobalt Business Park.

Specialist trainers will help you to:
• Develop skills in Web Technology
• Increase your programming skills in C++ and Java
• Understand the sector and what employers are looking for
• Learn how to tailor your CV and interview skills to help find a job in the sector
• Meet and talk to local IT employers about their vacancies and career paths

Additional Support
Public transport costs and lunch

3rd Dec – 14th Dec 2018

North Tyneside residents 16 year old +

Accenture, 15a Quicksilver Way, Cobalt Business Park, NE27 0QQ

If you’re interested please contact one of the team on; 0191 643 2288 or email to register your interest

Partnership Study Programme

Six learners have started on a study programme working in partnership with Barnardos (Employment and Skills North East). The learners are receiving mentor engagement from Phoenix Detached Youth Work project to enhance their life chances and help challenge some of the personal issues they have.

This programme is also supported by a local construction firm, Carney construction who are delivering additional courses to enhance the learner’s skills, awareness and employability in the sector. The courses include: health and safety awareness, manual handling, asbestos awareness, safe working at height and abrasive wheels.

Learners on this programme will have the opportunity to achieve a CSCS card which will allow them to work on a building site meeting health and safety regulations and at the end of the programme will have achieved a construction qualification at level 1.

If your a organisation, business or potential learner who is interested in such projects please give us a call 0191 643 2288 or e-mail: