Pioneering employment hub unveils North Shields location

The welcome mat has been laid out at a pioneering new employment hub in North Shields.

From accessing the latest jobs through to mental health support, Working Well North Tyneside brings vital services together into one location for the first time to help support people into work.

The new hub is breathing life into a vacant store in North Shield’s Beacon Centre and the central location means it’s accessible via public transport, cars and on foot for local residents.

The one-stop-shop will make it easier for people to access employment and skills services, view the latest jobs on the market and receive support around housing, finance, debt, and physical and mental health.

Specialist teams will be based at the hub and partners from across the region will be offering their services including the NHS, Age UK, Citizens Advice, National Careers Service and the community and voluntary service.

To mark the official opening of the hub, Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn CBE cut the ribbon and welcomed service users, councillors, and partners of the service in to see the fantastic location the services will operate from.

Cllr Hannah Johnson, Cabinet Member for Inclusion, Employment and Skills, said: “Giving adults the opportunity to access support, guidance and employment opportunities is a priority for us and the opening of this hub is a great step towards us making it easier for our residents to access all the support they need.

“We’re delighted that partners across the borough, and the region, have joined us in the project and that their vital support is now part of what we can offer at the hub.

“I’d encourage any residents who are looking to take steps into employment to head down and see the brilliant offer and find out more about how the fantastic team can help.”

The project is closely linked to the exciting regeneration of North Shields masterplan, expanding the support available and encouraging developers and employers in the town centre to offer training and job opportunities.

The Working Well North Tyneside hub will open from 9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday, walk ins are welcome.

Adult Learner Awards 2022

North Tyneside Adult Learning Awards

North Tyneside’s adult learners and the tutors who support them were celebrated at an awards evening.

The annual awards, taking place for the 14th time, honour the hard work and commitment of the inspirational learners who have overcome barriers and improved their life chanced through learning.

Supported by North Tyneside’s specialist Education and Skills service, six adult learners received awards and commemorations on the night.

The first award was presented to English and Maths learner of the year Declan Wilson who was praised for turning around his previous education experience and made a concerted effort to attend and engage in lessons and achieve his qualifications. Since completing his qualifications, he’s moved onto full time employment and has transformed his life.

Apprenticeships are a vital way to support young people into work, and the Apprentice of the Year award winner Fiona Collings was celebrated for her tireless work to complete her Children and Young Peoples qualification while also completing her English and ICT Functional Skills awards.

Fiona works within the residential childcare sector supporting young people to integrate and develop vital life skills. Speaking of her success, her tutor Kim Nash praised her for overcoming many personal and professional challenges to succeed in her education.

The evening showcased how North Tyneside’s residents show resilience and commitment to gain their qualifications, and one of the biggest success stories of the night was Adult Learner of the Year award winner Elizabeth Craggs.

Elizabeth has overcome severe physical pain due to her condition to complete her qualifications to improve her career prospects. Even when faced with struggles to get to her lessons, Elizabeth showed defiance and is now working in a higher paid, more technical role, something she dreamed of.

The final award of the evening went to the ‘Group Learners of the Year’ who are a true embodiment of how education can change a person’s life.

Earlier this year North Tyneside opened its homes to refugees from Ukraine who had been displaced due to a devastating war in their country. Since arriving in the borough, a group of Ukrainian joined our English course to learn the language to support them to access jobs, feel at home in our region, and to learn more about our culture and values.

Despite being forced to leave their homes and many of their loved ones behind, the learners worked hard in difficult and unusual circumstances to make the best of their situations and to improve their English skills. They joined weekly conversation classes to gain confidence in written and spoken English, to help with their basic needs including speaking to teachers, using public transport, and applying for jobs.

The full list of winners is as follows:

  • The English and Maths Learner of the year – Winner Declan Wilson
  • Jeanette Hedley Apprentice Learner of the year – Winner Fiona Collings
  • Sandra Girvan Adult learner of the year – Winner Elizabeth Cragg and commended in this category – Maria Soplintai
  • Group Learners of the year – Winners – Ukrainian learners and commended in this category – Working Roots Painting and Decoration Team.

Beach Clean

A lovely morning spent with some of our fantastic apprentices from across Employment & Skills and North Tyneside Council carrying out our annual beach clean on Tynemouth beach. The team participated in a health & safety talk and then spent an hour scouring the beach  finding a wide range of rubbish including ghost fishing wire, plastic, bottles,  items of clothing and a football. They managed to collect a whopping 10 bags worth of rubbish saving our seas and wildlife from the devastating effects of debris left on our beaches!

Early Years Successes

Recently, we have had a lot of success with some of our Early Years learners. We love to shout about our successes here; read below to see our learners’ notable achievements.

  • Laila, who did Level 2 EYE, has been offered employment at Beacon Hill School through an Agency
  • Grace who is coming to the end of her Level 3 EYE will start the SCITT programme with NTC
  • Cheryl, who did the L2 EYE, completed the SENCo training with us and continues to work at Dudley Under 5’s and the Sensory room at St James Park
  • Zoe, who did the Level 3 EYE, has just been successful at interview for the Post of Early Years Practitioner at Christ Church School in the Nursery
  • Stacey, who started her L2 EYE Diploma in April 22, is just starting out in her Childcare career has been employed at Field House Nursery so will gain her practical experience as an employee not as a volunteer

Well done everyone!

 

Apprenticeship Learner Recognition – Ncfe/Cache Level 3 SENCo Qualification

Here at the Adult Learning Service we had a wonderful celebratory afternoon at the Langdale Centre to celebrate all of the hard work, success and dedication of the 19 learners who all recently achieved their Ncfe/Cache Level 3 SENCo Qualification.  Sadly not everyone could make it due to their work commitments but we had a great afternoon with tea and cakes and as you can see the learners are so thrilled to receive their certificates from Judith Rose, the NTC Early Years SENDCo, congratulations everyone, you so deserve it!

As a training provider we are very committed to supporting Early Years Settings in North Tyneside to upskill their staff and to contribute towards a qualified, highly skilled, passionate and dedicated Workforce. What an achievement for these ladies, Tutors Michelle and Gillian are so proud of them!

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Apprenticeship Learner Recognition – May

Here at North Tyneside Employment & Skills, we love to shout about our successes; more specifically our learners successes. This is what Kim Nash, Early Years Assessor and Tutor had to say regarding the students below.

A massive well done to the below learners. You have all been working tirelessly over the past few months of your apprenticeship and have managed to achieve at least 50% of your Early Years Qualification and Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours towards your overall apprenticeship. We are proud of you!

Kim Nash- Early Years Assessor and Tutor

Sharne – Little Sunshine Childcare

Received the silver certificate for achieving 50% of her apprenticeship ahead of target.

Ellie – Holystone Out of School Club

Received the silver certificate for achieving 50% of her apprenticeship ahead of target.

Caitlin – Dudley childcare

Received the bronze and sliver certificates for achieving 25% and 50% of her apprenticeship ahead of target.

Maria Soplintai – An Inspiration

Even though she is a very busy mother of 3, Maria was eager to develop her own skills so that she would be both prepared to return to the workplace and so that she could help her children more with their school work in an increasingly digital world.

Maria began with brushing up her English and Maths skills, but she was not content with just the basics, as she worked up to studying her level 2 in both subjects and made a start on level 1 ICT. By this time, the whole country was in lockdown, but this didn’t deter Maria one bit, she continued supporting her children with online lessons from school at the same time as working towards her own qualifications via Teams and by working at home whenever she could.

To date Maria has successfully achieved Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English, and Level 2 Functional Skills ICT, and she is well on the way to achieving a Level 2 qualification in Beauty Therapy.

All of this would be a daunting task for any learner returning to education, and not only is Maria a super-mum, she has also achieved all of this in her second language, translating everything for herself into her native Romanian

Maria says she feels really good about her achievements, she feels very confident and very proud of herself that she has been successful. She didn’t want to do distance learning courses because she learns better in-person but she says poor Nat putting up with her struggles She feels much more confident about getting herself a job. She was frustrated before, trying to do her coursework during lockdown  when there was no one on hand to ask, no one to explain things; with a different language she sometimes just needed a quick explanation of some of the tasks/criteria. She is embarrassed to say that she didn’t feel she would be able to pass any qualifications but oh my word look at her now, she did it and she is explaining to her children that “I can’t” doesn’t exist, if you think it, and you want it then you can do it!

 

SEND Ignite Your Potential

SEND Ignite Your Potential is a specialist programme has been designed to support young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to prepare for adulthood offering progressive skills development in areas including Health, Independent living, Community inclusion and employment and a foundation of English, maths and digital skills.

This year 4 students were offered places on  the NHS Project Choice.

From the cohort 2021-2022 of the 5 students accepted on NHS last Year 2 students have successfully gained paid employment; James Durdin and Paul Harrison

Both have offered roles as Facilities Assistant role with the Facilities Dept. with NTW Solutions. CNTW NHS Foundation Trust.  They will be working across the NHS Trust within domestics and portering. The remaining 3 will be attending interviews over the next few months.

Apprenticeship Learner Recognition

Here at North Tyneside Employment & Skills, we love to shout about our successes; more specifically our learners successes. This is what Kim Nash, Early Years Assessor and Tutor had to say regarding the students below.

Well done on all your hard work and dedication so far! You have all been working tirelessly over the past few months of your apprenticeship during extremely challenging times and have managed to achieve at least 25% of your Early Years Qualification and Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours towards your overall apprenticeship.  We are all extremely proud!

Lauren Wallace – Fieldhouse Nursery

Received the bronze certificate for achieving 25% of her apprenticeship ahead of target.

Ellie Blythe – Preston Grange Primary

Received the bronze certificate for achieving 25% of her apprenticeship ahead of target.

Casey Newton – Fieldhouse Nursery

Received the bronze certificate for achieving 25% of her apprenticeship ahead of target.

Ellie Leach – Holystone Out of school Club

Received the bronze certificate for achieving 25% of her apprenticeship ahead of target.

Sharne Buglass – Little Sunshine Childcare

Received the bronze certificate for achieving 25% of her apprenticeship ahead of target.

Working Well North Tyneside

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