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Get into Digital Course

The latest “Get into Digital” course being run in partnership with Accenture started on the 26th April and has attracted 19 participants.

This course is always extremely well received and has been very successful in past years. The course 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 are spending 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.

A presentation and celebration for those completing the course will take place on Friday 10th May.

Connexions at Whitley Bay High School

A Connexions adviser attended the Year 12 Higher Education and Apprenticeships evening at WBHS offering impartial information, advice and guidance on options after 6th form.

Students’ queries included ‘What higher apprenticeships are available using my A level subjects?’, ‘How do I decide which university course to choose?’ and ‘Where can I find out about the range of options open to me after year 13?’. The Connexions adviser discussed these and other queries with parents and students, as well as supplying factsheets, and signposting them to resources for further information. She also ensured that students were aware how to book a Connexions careers guidance appointment in school if they need more detailed guidance.

Moving on Tyne and Wear Performance in North Tyneside

North Tyneside Council, VODA and Mental Health Concern are the partners delivering the Moving on Tyne and Wear programme in North Tyneside. The programme supports those with health barriers back to employment.

The overall programme is now at 95% of target for the number of participants on programme, which is an increase of 9% since the last quarter and on target to meet outcomes by September 2019. North Tyneside Council have exceeded all contractual KPI’s with 246 participants against a target of 242 and is the highest performing team across the programme which covers Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.

We are currently working with Mental Health Concern to agree a two year extension of the programme taking it to September 2021.

Enrichment activities for SEND Learners

On 23rd April our Special Educational Needs Vocational Study Programme Learners attended the WWT Wetlands Centre in Sunderland.

This was arranged as part of their conservation project, where they have been constructing bird boxes, learning about wildlife and native birds and how to encourage them into their gardens. The activity was planned to support the learners in the development of their planning skills, how to communicate effectively with peers and members of the public. They also explored how they can contribute to the environment in providing these natural areas for insects, animals and birds to nest.

Feedback from the Park Ranger at the WWT centre was very positive and they also offered the learners to think about volunteering opportunities. This will be discussed with the learners during their reflection session.

Get into Digital Course

The latest “Get into Digital” course is being run in partnership with Accenture starting on the 26th April. This course has been extremely well received and successful in past years. The course will offer 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.

Quorum Jobs Fair – 2nd May 2019

The annual Quorum Jobs Fair will take place on Thursday 2nd May 2019. Following the success of a similar event held at the park in March 2017 and May 2018, which saw over 1,200 jobseekers attend, it was agreed to organise a further event in May 2019. The event is organised by North Tyneside Council’s Employment and Skills Service and The Hub Events team at Quorum.

Whilst the main objective of the fair is to help local companies meet their recruitment needs there is a wider aim of increasing awareness of the Park in terms of location, amenities, transport links and the growing support activities available to those employed there.

Wise Steps Employability Project

The Employment and Skills Service have been delivering the Wise Steps programme over the last two years. We have supported some of our most vulnerable residents with complex barriers to employment. Through diagnostics and assessments we have set action plans for residents to progress in their lives. We have been tackling social exclusion, health and wellbeing issues, debt and budgeting issues as well as work related barriers. Our coaches have provided intensive one to one support which is tailored around individual needs. This has resulted in the project exceeding the targets:

Number of residents engaged = 133 (target 120)
Number of job outcomes achieved = 23 (target 17)
Number of training outcomes achieved = 27 (target 23)
Number of Economically Inactive into Jobsearch = 5 (target 4)

Even more important has been the positive impacts made on individual’s lives, and our Advisors have received numerous comments and compliments from residents about the positive impact made by the project.

Increased demand for Maths Qualifications

Due to a significant increase in the number of local residents wanting to improve their maths skills, the Adult Learning team’s exams’ office has been kept busy scheduling additional exam slots. There are currently over 120 learners studying for Functional Skills maths qualifications in Wallsend and North Shields alone. All of these people are due to take their exams before the end of July. For many of these local residents success in these exams will mean gaining their first ever qualification. The majority will then either move on to gain further qualifications or into work.

Retail Work Academy

Ten learners recently completed a Sector Based Work Academy in partnership with DWP and One Below, a discount retailer about to open a new store on the Silverlink. Five of these learners have been successful in finding employment with One Below, whilst the details of the other five learners are being retained by the company and they may be offered work in future when other stores in the area are opened.

Using Virtual Reality to teach Astronomy

The Employment and Skills Service are now embedding Virtual Reality into lessons with one of the first being Astronomy. Using Google VR headsets and a Google Expeditions free app tutors have been able to take learners on a tour of the solar system and beyond even on a cloudy night. The immersive experience was incredible and there were actual gasps from learners as they observed what the Milky Way Galaxy can look like in a Dark Skies environment, which would be impractical for them to normally experience as part of the course.

For further information contact: 0191 643 2288 or e-mail: curriculum.support@northtyneside.gov.uk