Anyone looking to find a job in social care is encouraged to come along to the first North Tyneside Social Care Jobs Fair.
The event will showcase around a hundred jobs in the social care sector and takes place on Thursday 8 August between 10am and 2pm at Wallsend Customer First Centre.
Job seekers can expect a friendly and welcoming event, with the chance to meet many employers face-to-face and learn more about the wide range of local vacancies available.
There will be vacancies in residential care, supported living, home care and day services. There are also opportunities to become a Shared Lives Carer or Personal Assistant. Full and part-time positions, as well as apprenticeships are available.
The event is being organised by North Tyneside Council in partnership with Skills for Care and Job Centre Plus.
Organisations who deliver care services in North Tyneside will be attending including UBU, Percy Hedley Foundation, Melrose House, New Prospects Association, Akari Care, Age UK and Be Caring.
For more information visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk
Former Creative Writing learners, who studied with the Adult Learning Service, continue to flourish and blossom. After finishing their creative writing course, a group from North Shields set up their own writing group called ‘The Linskill Scribblers’. These local residents have launched their third volume of ‘Seasonal Tales’. The launch took place on Monday 1 July at The Linskill Centre. In addition some of the group held a reading at North Shields Library on 27 June and sold their books at Whitley Bay Green Beans Market on 30 June. Such is their enthusiasm that not only do they meet at The Linskill Centre on Monday mornings, but also at The Exchange in North Shields on Friday mornings. Anyone interested in trying their hand at writing might also consider an Adult Learning Service class starting in September.
The social care sector currently employs some 1.48 million people and will have half a million extra jobs available by 2030.
In partnership with DWP and Skills for Care the council has organised an event which will feature local opportunities in the Social Care sector. Promotional material will start to appear in the coming weeks advertising the jobs fair but for your information the event is being held at: Wallsend Customer First Centre on Thursday 8 August from 10am – 2pm.
There will be over a dozen employers on site who will have a range of vacancies available across the Social Care sector from entry level jobs to more experienced roles. In addition to job opportunities those attending will be able to talk directly to employers to discuss issues such as relevant training available and career progression within the sector
The latest “Get into Digital” course we are promoting in partnership with Accenture starts on the 22nd July.
This course has been extremely well received and successful in past years and offers those attending hands on experience of what it is like to work in the industry to include an excellent insight to the range and scope of careers available within the digital sector.
Participants will spend ten days with Accenture staff in their state of the art premises on Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside. There is an added incentive that Accenture will be looking for candidates for their next apprentice intake, anyone attending who shows an aptitude and commitment to the work may not have to go through the first phase of the selection process. The programme offered at Accenture is internationally accepted as one of the best in their field. For information five of the participants at the last programme were asked back for interview following the completion of the course.
Trying to study around work and family can be hard. Why not study flexibly through distance learning? The Employment and Skills Service are offering free accredited distance learning (online) courses for those aged 19+ in the follow areas:
• Level 2 Awareness in Mental Health Problems
• Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Behaviour that Challenges
• Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Common Childhood Illnesses
• Level 2 Certificate in Children and Young People’s Mental Health
• Level 2 Certificate Introducing Caring for Children
• Level 2 Certificate in Advice & Guidance
• Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Customer Service
• Level 2 Certificate in Equality & Diversity
All courses are between 14 – 20 weeks long and are perfect if you want to develop your skills or if you just have an interest in these areas.
The next induction date is Tuesday June 25 and anyone interested can enrol onto one of these courses by ringing the Adult Learning Service enrolment line on 0191 643 2288 or e-mail Curriculum.Support@northtyneside.gov.uk
In addition, the Employment and Skills Service offer a wide range of other courses. Further information is available on their website
Following the “Get into Digital” course in May of this year which was is a joint initiative with the Employment and Skills team and Accenture five participants on the programme have been invited to the Accenture apprentice assessment centre which will select their August intake. This represents approximately a third of the total numbers who participated. A Further programme is planned for November this year.
Year 12 students from Burnside Business and Enterprise College recently took part in a Learning and Development programme organised by the Employment and Skills ‘Schools into Work’ programme to support their careers planning and interview skills. Following a series of employer-led presentations linked to sector exploration, progression pathways, online appearance and making successful applications, the programme concluded with a mock interview morning with a number of employers and sectors represented.
Feedback from the employers following the interview morning was hugely positive:
“Rewarding to have been given the chance to hopefully have helped the students gain more confidence and improve their life skills. The organisation target was to engage more with the local community and especially students who we see as the future of not only our business but us. The programme has given us the opportunity to do exactly that and give something back”. (ABS Engineering).
The Employment and Skills Service are hosting an information day on Wednesday 3rd July between 9.30am – 12.00pm at Wallsend Customer First Centre.
This is an opportunity to network with the team and gain an insight into our provision. The event is open to professionals who want to find out more about the service offer and residents who would like to access the support.
Connexions Advisers visited Tyne Met College this week where they were updated on the college offer for 2019-20. Advisers were able to talk directly to tutors and find out about developments at the Coast Road and Queen Alexandra sites and the college’s apprenticeship offer. They also were given a tour of the new Tyne Met Construction facility.
In the last three years Adult Learning Service Managers and staff have been involved in the following national projects:
Effective Practice Guidelines, July 2016 – February 2017
This project was developed as a consequence of concerns raised nationally by Ofsted about the validity and reliability of initial and diagnostic assessment practices in post 16 English and maths provision. This project has contributed to our English and maths results which continue to be at least 10% above national achievement rates.
Assessment and tracking, April – October 2017
Our project in collaboration with Kendal College and South Tyneside Council had a specific focus on assessing and tracking the communication skills of learners on a variety of employability programmes.
Functional Skills English and maths subject content, May 2017-October 2017
The overall aim of the project was to trial exemplar Functional Skills English and maths activities devised by Pye Tait, utilising a lesson study approach.
CPD project, October 2017- February 2018
A project involving two of our Tutors in the design and trialling of national training materials to help tutors from across the country understand how to adapt and use the above English and maths resources. Local residents have benefitted from early access to these materials.
Assessment and tracking extension project May – July 2018
A project which involved specialist employability tutors from the Adult Learning team producing learner case studies evidencing how their learners had been positively impacted by the changes the tutors had made in their assessment processes (see assessment and tracking project above).
Phonics project, November – January 2019
This project involved the trialling of a newly devised phonics toolkit with learners studying Functional Skills English at entry level. One of the consequences of involvement was that our team was the first in the country to have access to the new resources. They also received free training, onsite, from University College London and Claire Collins Consultancy staff, who had produced the toolkit.