New Delivery Partners On Board

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We’re delighted to announce that from 1st August 2017, Sgiliau and Newport County Council will be coming on board as two new delivery partners.Sgiliau will be delivering Traineeships at both Engagement and Level 1, focusing on working in the following outreach areas:

  • Brynmawr
  • Ebbw Vale
  • Tredegar
  • Abertillery
  • Llanhilleth
  • Risca
  • Caerphilly North and Basin
  • Abergavenny
  • Blaenavon
  • Glyncoch
  • Ynysybwl
  • Hirwaun
  • Treorchy

Newport County Council will also be delivering the Engagement strand of the Traineeship programme from a number of outreach locations across the Newport area.  We are thrilled to welcome on board such experienced partners and look forward to working with them in the near future.

If you’re interested in discussing partnership opportunities then please contact us on 02920 663800.


Traineeship Triumph

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Ben Jones started on the Traineeship programme at Itec Bridgend at the end of 2016, his aim was to improve his confidence and skills for employment. Ben already had a taste of the working world as a labourer working with his dad and uncle in their building firm. He didn’t enjoy school but he knew that he needed some help with his English and Maths skills. After coming for a meet and greet in Bridgend he decided to start with Itec on a Level 1 qualification in retail.

During his time with Itec Ben only had 2 days absence in 15 weeks and this was due to not being able to get into centre. While in centre Ben made many new friends and got on well with all of the staff, he was always very well-mannered and polite.

Ben asked if he could be put onto a retail placement and was initially placed with Spar. Whilst working there he got a taste of working within his chosen field. Ben then started to apply for jobs and Apprenticeships, one being in Billabong in the designer outlet (Bridgend). He really wanted to get the Apprenticeship, so asked if we could put him in placement so that he could “show them what he was made off”. This was arranged and after only 4 shifts he was offered an Apprenticeship. Having now started his new job, Ben’s fitting in well and enjoying working in a company he’s passionate about.

Ben said “If it was not for Itec I would not have this job or the confidence to look for a job, I have had lots of support whenever I needed it. It was better than school because the staff treat you like a human and they want you to do well”.  Well done Ben and congratulations on your Apprenticeship!


How to succeed at an interview


The thought of an interview makes us all uneasy, but there’s no need for you to work yourself up, just remember these pointers we’ve put together and you’ll ace the interview.

  1. Always research the company; this gives you background knowledge as to why you’d like to work for them. Think of what you can bring to the team, it’s key to show interest in the company you may possibly be working for.
  2. Let your personality shine through, be enthusiastic as it’s an excellent attribute to bring to a team.
  3. Always get to the interview with time to spare, this way you won’t need to worry and lose concentration on the interview preparation
  4. Present yourself well, dress appropriately for the role. If you’re not sure you can always email beforehand to check. Wear your best shoes, it’ll give a very good first impression
  5. One thing to always remember is that the person interviewing you is also human, just like you so try to relax.
  6. Practice a firm hand shake for before and after your interview.
  7. Prepare for the biggest weakness question. When an employer asks this it’s not to catch you out, it’s a question to see how you’ve overcome a challenge or weakness.
  8. You can always ask for feedback if you don’t get the job. This way you know what to work on for your next interview.
  9. One thing you need to remember is “what’s the worst that can happen”, put into perspective the interview is experience, and it’s your chance to show who you are and why you’d like to work there. Worst case scenario you won’t be suitable for the role.
  10. Don’t talk negatively about previous employers you’ve worked with, this will put doubt in an interviewers mind about your attitude towards the company and team. Always talk about the positive elements of the previous roles, for example the experience and skills you’ve gained.

Good Luck!

Apprenticeship Week – Calling all employers!


We’re going to be talking about the business benefits of Apprenticeships for employers in the local community next week!  You’ll be able to speak to us at the following events:

Friday 3rd March
ZOKIT Business Networking Event Sovereign Connect, Llantrisant, CF72 8YX |12-2pm

Monday 6th March
Apprenticeship Employer Forum NPTC Group of Colleges, Neath, SA10 7RF | 8-10am

Tuesday 7th March
Remploy Clarence House, Newport, NP19 7AA | 10.30am

Wednesday 8th March
RCT Apprenticeship Open Day The Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd, CF37 2DP | 2-4pm

Thursday 9th March
ZOKIT Business Networking Event The Old Barn Inn, Newport, NP18 2EB | 12.30-2.30pm

Friday 10th March
Career Wales Apprenticeship Event Cardiff City Stadium, Leckwith Road, CF11 8AZ | 10am-2pm

Information, Assistance & Advice Pontypool Active Living Centre, Pontypool, NP4 8AT | 10am-4pm

Can’t make an event? Please call us directly on 029 2071 3689 and we’ll answer any of your Apprenticeship questions.


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


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


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


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


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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