Fully funded courses available in Wales for early years, childcare and play sector professionals

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A range of fully funded courses, worth up to £4.7m, aimed at upskilling nurseries and childcare providers are now available to professionals within the early years, childcare and play sector in Wales.

As part of the Progress for Success ESF programme, the Welsh Government is funding nationally recognised qualifications at Levels 2 and 3 for individuals currently working in the childcare sector, with the aim of providing greater educational opportunities for children in Wales.

Itec Skills and Employment has been selected to deliver the programme across 18 local authorities in South, Mid and North Wales including Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Swansea, Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenau Gwent, Flintshire, Wrexham, Cardiff, Newport and Monmouthshire.

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Argos is creating digital retail leaders of the future

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When launching a five-year transformation programme in 2012 to reinvent itself as a “digital retail leader,” Argos realised that the succession of staff and filling a retail skills gap would be key to fast paced expansion.

As the customer advisers on the ground were to be the leaders of tomorrow, the company launched Argos Apprenticeships, a programme that allowed employees at all levels of the business to select from a range of modules.

We worked closely with Argos to enable a programme capable of fulfilling the challenges and expectations of the business as it grew.

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Oliver excels at his job after overcoming personal challenges

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Oliver Chatfield has overcome chronic shyness and social interaction difficulties caused by Asperger’s Syndrome to find a job he excels at, thanks to the Welsh Government’s Jobs Growth Wales programme.

Oliver, 23, from Varteg, Pontypool secured a placement as a general warehouse operative with bathroom supplies company Faucets in Pontypool, though Itec.

He had previously struggled with job interviews, but the Jobs Growth Wales opportunity proved the turning point. Following one-to-one mentoring and training, Oliver is now so proficient at his job that Faucets has retained him, and he has progressed to a Foundation Apprenticeship in Warehousing.

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Only way is up for Cameron

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Cameron Thomas is literally climbing his way to the top. The 17-year-old has discovered his vocation at indoor climbing and activity centre Boulders and is determined to leave behind his troubled teenage years.

Cameron started on a Traineeship Engagement programme in our Cardiff centre before progressing to a Level 1 qualification in Customer Service. His placement at Boulders has led to additional paid work at weekends and the opportunity to take the first steps on the road to becoming a qualified climbing instructor.

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Dedication helps Callum find a job helping Torfaen communities

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Callum, 20, from Penygarn, Pontypool, left school with only two GCSEs. When faced with unemployment he volunteered with Torfaen Voluntary Alliance to gain work experience. TVA assists organisations to secure funding, provides advice on charity law and training and promotes volunteering.

After two months he was offered a receptionist opportunity via the Welsh Government’s Jobs Growth Wales programme. In September last year, he accepted a permanent role with a Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Administration and hopes to progress to an apprenticeship later this year.

Now his commitment has been recognised, as he has been shortlisted for the Jobs Growth Wales Outstanding Achiever Award at this year’s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru, which take place at Venue Cymru, Llandudno on October 20.

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From warehouse assistant to director: how an apprenticeship helped Adam’s career

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Former Itec Apprentice, Adam Harvey has been shortlisted for the Higher Apprentice of the Year Award at this year’s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru! Adam, now 28, left school with an impressive 13 GCSEs and has since gained an Apprenticeship in Management and an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Higher Apprenticeship Level 5 in Management.

Adam joined Magnet & Steel, a Welsh company specialising in products for the pet retail trade in 2007 as a general warehouse operative. Due to his outstanding contribution to the growing business he has been promoted through the ranks and now proudly holds the position of Operations Director.

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Qualifications for Childcare Professionals

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We are delighted to announce that we are now one of the chosen delivery partners for ‘Progress for Success’, a new work-based training programme launched by the Welsh Government and the European Social Fund.

Progress for Success has been specifically designed to provide professionals within the early years, childcare and play sector with nationally recognised qualifications at no financial cost. Combined with our other programmes, Itec is now able to deliver Children’s Care Learning and Development (CCLD) qualifications at Levels 2, 3 and 5, regardless of age.

For further information please contact us on 029 2071 3689 or email pfs@itecskills.co.uk.

 

Animation graduate brings vintage clothes back to life

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A computer animation graduate has achieved her dream of working in the fashion industry following a Jobs Growth Wales placement which has helped transform a Cardiff based business.

In just five months, Kadesha Affrica Drija has used her technical skills to help Blue Honey Vintage clothing shop in the city’s High Street Arcade begin selling online through the company’s first website.

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Good Training Can Profit

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Steve Doyle, our managing director discusses how to optimise your employees’ skills and harness their potential through effective, targeted training.

In a rapidly evolving economy, businesses are continually being challenged to make sure teams have the right expertise, competency and skills to deliver.

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The Positive Impact of Apprenticeships on Businesses

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Ceri Murphy, our Managing Director looks at the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and shares insights into the positive impact apprenticeships can have on businesses:

Currently 250,000 businesses across the country offer apprenticeship schemes, and with the Government hoping to create three million more placements with funds from the new Apprenticeship Levy the number is only going to rise.

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