Monday Morning Beach Clean

Monday Morning Beach Clean

Today was our first planned activity of the new academic year where we got together with a group of amazingly motivated young apprentices from all different programmes; and staff from NTC’s Adult Learning Service to take part in a beach clean on one of our beautiful beaches in North Tyneside, Tynemouth. It was a warm September day and there was a very low tide waiting for us when we arrived as we prepared ourselves with bags and litter pickers very generously given by NTC Environmental Services team. We started out on the gorgeous golden sands with the sun high in the sky but found that rubbish was strangely elusive, but what we did gather was carefully deposited into our rubbish bags ready for Sean from NTC Cleansing Services to collect and take away. What was abundantly clear was the time spent on the beach was time put to good use, not only in contribution to being good citizens or becoming more environmentally aware of the consequences of rubbish pollution but in making new friends, talking about experiences and laughing at how difficult it is to walk over bumpy, slippy sand! Today wasn’t just about contributing and giving back to our community and environment it was about getting together in a beautiful environment to ward off the Monday morning blues and feeding our souls.

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Success Stories

Adult Learning Service success stories

In this difficult year it’s great to have something positive to celebrate. The Adult Learning Service (ALS) support numerous learners. The continuing enthusiasm, commitment, and flexibility of the ALS team and particularly tutors Nicole Race and Joanne Walker have been a huge asset in these challenging times. As well as supporting our residents into apprenticeship many existing Council team members are up-skilling through this route.

Particular ‘shout out’ to:

  • Shellie, whose passion and dedication shines through. She has just completed (ahead of schedule and to a very high standard) her Level 4 Business Administration qualification.
  • Kerry, Associate Project Management Level 4. Kerry has had a very challenging year, especially over the last few months with the pandemic creating an ever-changing landscape in the services that she manages. Despite this Kerry produces work of an excellent quality and demonstrates high levels of enthusiasm and dedication to her studies.
  • Shay – Shay formerly won the ALS Apprentice of the Year award for his administrative work in a hospital during covid, and he has now passed his apprenticeship and the project he led will be beneficial to patients.
  • Faye & Lisa – Both have administrative roles in Adult Social Care. Their excellent communication and digital skills have supported the remote delivery of essential services.
  • The 1st cohort of Level 4 Diploma in Project Management learners. Most of this group faced changes to their job roles and work environment and had to review their projects to meet these. All have now successfully completed and the quality of their portfolios and strength of their skills and knowledge, have been fundamental in helping ALS obtain Direct Claims Status for this qualification.

Both the tutors and all these learners embody the values of “We Listen. We Care. We are ambitious. We are good value for money”. They, have all worked hard and quickly adapted to change, carrying out administrative work, using up to date skills, which have helped businesses to deliver on their priorities and keep vital services going.

All should be very proud of themselves. Well done!

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day takes place every year on September 10th to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention. The theme this year is ‘Creating Hope through Action’ – a reminder that there is an alternative to suicide. Over 6,000 people die by suicide in the UK each year and men remain three times more likely to take their own lives than women.
Most people who feel suicidal do not actually want to die; they do not want to live the life they have. This year we encourage all our colleagues to help raise awareness of how to help
prevent suicide, reduce the stigma and get the confidence to reach out. The Zero suicide alliance has short one line training that we’d encourage everyone to complete

• The Gateway session provides a very brief introduction to suicide awareness and only takes 5-10 minutes.

• The ZSA Suicide Awareness Training is a more in depth suicide awareness training session which takes around 20 minutes.

Evidence shows asking someone if they’re suicidal can protect them, starting a conversation could help save a life!

Gillian Halpin who is one of our Mental Health First Aiders explains below how important talking and listening is.

“I’ve been a Mental Health First Aider (MHFA) for almost 3 years and a big part of that is supporting colleagues by simply talking and listening. MHFAs have comprehensive training around offering initial support and signposting for people experiencing emotional distress or mental health – and the description of MHFA includes some impressive-sounding words like ‘being a point of contact’, ‘interaction’ and ‘early intervention’.

As a massive part of the MHFA role is non-judgemental listening, in everyday language we’re often simply having a conversation, or even a chat. So MHFAs have training – but anyone can (and often do, without even thinking about it) make a difference and support someone with their mental health and wellbeing simply by having a chat or even ‘small talk’, knowing that:

• our actions, no matter how big or small, may provide hope to those who are struggling

• small talk can save lives and create a sense of connection and hope in somebody who may be struggling

• compassion and kindness in being there to listen can help colleagues in need feel more comfortable in coming forward to seek help

On World Suicide Prevention Day, and every day, we can reach out and let others know they’re not alone.”

Gillian Halpin
Learning Mentor – Employment & Skills

Where to go for further support:

• Our Mental Health First Aiders are here to listen and signpost to any further support for any employee that is going through a difficult time. A list of Mental Health First Aiders and contact details can be found here.

• Call the free Samaritans number, 116 123, at any time, 365 days a year.

Adult Learners of the Year 2021

This year was another challenging year for our adult learners, and we got so many nominations for some amazing learners who all deserved to be acknowledged. All nominations have received a highly commended certificate in the post, the winners have a also received a voucher to treat themselves with to reward their hard work!

It was difficult to pick winners this year due to the strong range of candidates, however some nominations really shined through. The winners this year are:

Apprentice of the YearFaye  & Lisa
Learner of the Year awardTracy
Maths and English Learner of the YearJoungsook
COVID HeroHollie
Digital Skills Learner of the YearPeter
Group AwardIgnite Your Potential Study Group
Group AwardPaul
Group AwardChristopher
Group AwardCameron
Group AwardJames
Group AwardDaniel
Study Programme Learner of the YearAndrew

Apprentice team get together at Rising Sun!

Today some hardy souls from NT Employment & Skills Apprenticeship team braved the rainy weather to get out and about in one of North Tyneside’s beautiful parks, the Rising Sun. Although the weather was typical for the great British summertime we had a great time catching up face to face with colleagues who we  normally only see on Teams calls! The team are hoping to make this a monthly event and make use of all the great sites across North Tyneside.  Hopefully next time it might not be so wet!

Hundreds of Vacancies up for Grabs at Quorum Jobs Fair

Quorum Jobs Fair will be held online on July 15 and will offer job seekers the chance to hear directly from companies that are actively recruiting.

The event, which is in its fourth year, has been organised by North Tyneside Council in conjunction with the Quorum team and sponsored by international alarm provider Verisure, which recently moved to Quorum and employs 300 people on the site. Various roles are available and include full and part-time positions, apprenticeships, as well as training and graduate opportunities.

With vacancies in finance, sales, IT, social care, customer service, public sector and more, there are a range of exciting opportunities available for people with different skills.

Speaking ahead of the event, North Tyneside Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn CBE said: “North Tyneside Council is absolutely committed to supporting job creation and career opportunities – and we know this is important to our residents.

“We are delighted to be organising the virtual fair with the team at Quorum Park, which is home to many brilliant organisations. The event a great opportunity for people to learn about prospective employers and hear about any vacancies they have, as well as employers having access to fantastic, talented, local job seekers.

“I would really encourage those looking for a new role or for information to join in with the virtual event on July 15.”

Park Director, Mark Rabinowitz from Shelborn Asset Management added: “We are always keen to support employment growth here at Quorum Park. Despite a difficult 18 months for many, Quorum has seen a number of large occupiers move to site and many of our businesses are in continued growth mode.

“The great range of roles and opportunities on offer are a perfect illustration of what Quorum Park, and the wider North East region, has to offer in the jobs market. While the traditional in-person event may not be possible in current circumstances, the virtual event and platform we’re using offers a unique opportunity for potential candidates to interact with a wide variety of businesses and find the perfect role for them.”

Employers taking part include Verisure; NHS; DWP; Physiotherapists Connect; Concentrix which provides outsourcing services; and Evalon which manages a secure payment processing service.

On the day, videos will showcase these businesses and others attending outlining opportunities available with those interested able to speak to someone from the organisation in a ‘chat room’. Questions can also be asked on a general forum on the day – a job seeker can visit the site to say what role they’re looking for and a business can respond directly.

The fair takes place from 11am to 1pm and those interested should visit : more information and details about how to join in.

Launch into Learning

It’s an exciting time for Employment and Skills, this week sees our Launch into Learning beginning, start making plans for the next academic year by browsing our brand new course guide and take a look at our updated and improved website.

Alongside this, we will be working with North of Tyne and their Adult Learning Week and bringing you a new partner profile every day. We will be featuring:

  • Baltic Apprenticeships – a local provider for digital apprenticeships.
  • Barnardo’s – providing learning opportunities to young people in the borough.
  • YMCA – providing opportunities for adults in the region, specifically with their Social Care SWAP and Catering Academy.
  • TDR – providing engineer apprenticeship opportunities locally.
  • LOMAX – providing gas training for the region.

Child Exploitation Awareness Day 2021

Today is Child Exploitation Awareness Day.

Here are some of the signs to look out for if you think a child is a victim of exploitation:

  • Going missing from home or care regularly or for long periods of time
  • Travelling for unexplained reasons
  • Regularly missing school or not taking part in education
  • Suffering unexplained injuries
  • Hanging around with older people, other vulnerable people or in antisocial groups
  • Involved in criminal activities like selling drugs or shoplifting
  • Having older boyfriends or girlfriend
  • Suffering from sexually transmitted infections
  • Mood swings or changes in emotional behaviour, becoming withdrawn or isolated

If you would like to find out more, please read this leaflet for info:

MSET Leaflet


Extension to increased apprenticeship funding!

Following on from the most recent budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that the funding for apprentices, due to end in March, will be extended through to September. From April this funding will become more generous and will be doubling to £3000 per apprentice hired regardless of age. There has never been a better time to invest in an apprentice.

If you would like to find out more about how an apprentice could benefit your business, get in touch with us at: or take a look at our employers handbook here.

Update: COVID-19 return to classroom-based learning with Adult Learning Service

Following the government announcement on the road map out of lockdown, Employment and Skills have produced some information on how we hope to be welcoming our learners back in the following weeks and months. Click the link below to read our update letter.

Covid Update Letter

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