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

Working Well North Tyneside supports people into employment, training and volunteering.
Help us develop a service that works for you!
We provide employment and skills support including information, advice and guidance, links to employers and skills support including confidence building and employability skills.
There are a wide range of partners involved in Working Well North Tyneside including the NHS, North Tyneside Council, DWP and the community and voluntary sector.
Whether you need advice about employment, health, debt, housing or skills, join us for a chat.
We’ll be in the Beacon Shopping Centre Monday to Friday 11am until 3pm between the 7th and 18th of March.
Press HERE for more information.

Get Up & Go 2022 Statistics

Here at North Tyneside Employment & Skills, we host an event every year called ‘Get Up & Go’. This event’s purpose is to let young people and their parents/carers find out about Apprenticeships and the opportunities available. This year’s event helped people explore what career paths are out there for themselves.

This years event was on Saturday 12th of February, which turned out to be a roaring success.

Look below to see all of the statistics from the event, and we hope to see you there next year.


Bailey Green Primary School – Business Admin Apprenticeship

Bailey Green Primary School are looking for a Business Admin apprentice.

The main purpose of the role will be to offer administrative support to the Nursery. The successful candidate must be able to work using their own initiative, be well organised and a good communicator.

You will develop a wide range of transferable skills that will be highly sought after across all sectors.

Your role will add value to the Nursery where you will interact with both internal and external customers.

You will contribute to the efficiency of the organisation through supporting teams and resolving issues where appropriate.

You will be required to use your initiative and manage priorities using problem solving skills.

Business Administrators have the potential for people management and this is an excellent opportunity for people wanting to progress into management in their career.

Press the link below to see more information:

Chloe Thompson – Accenture

We caught up with Chloe Thompson, a former apprentice at Accenture, to speak about how an apprenticeship has benefitted her career and why specifically our Get Up and Go event really benefitted her.

This is one of many videos we captured to highlight the brilliant work of both apprentices and employers, so look out for future content throughout the week.

Press below to watch the video.

National Apprenticeship Week 7th – 13th February

In its 15th year National Apprenticeship Week is the prime showcase for the apprenticeship system in England and is this year being held between 7th and 13th February.

The week consists of hundreds of events and activities across the country with the aim to educate and raise awareness of the apprentice programme, highlight best practice and generally celebrate success.

Nationally employers, apprentices, business support organisations, learning providers, colleges and schools will be involved in supporting the Week by hosting activities to showcase the achievements and benefits of the Apprenticeship programme.

The successful “Get up and Go” apprenticeship fair will again be held virtually this year on the morning of Saturday 12th February  – There will be over 20 employers/providers on line to answer questions.

For further information see our National Apprenticeship Week page here.

Men’s Mental Health Month

Men’s Mental Health Month

In November, The Mental Health Foundation are focusing on men’s mental health – a campaign for anyone who identifies as male or a man and whose mental health may be impacted by pressures associated with this.

Around one in eight men in England has a common mental health problem such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). However, this only tells us about mental health problems that have been reported – it’s hard to know if the figures really tell us what’s happening, especially when it comes to men’s mental health.

Other signs that might give a better picture of the state of men’s mental health:

  • Three times as many men as women die by suicide.
  • Men aged 40-49 have the highest suicide rates in the UK.
  • Men report lower levels of life satisfaction than women according to the Government’s national wellbeing survey.
  • Men are less likely to access psychological therapies than women: only 36% of referrals to NHS talking therapies are for men.

Men are also far more likely than women to go missing, sleep rough, become dependent on alcohol and use drugs frequently.

We know that gender stereotypes about women – ideas about how they should behave or look, for example – can be damaging.  It’s also important to consider how men can be damaged by stereotypes too. Society’s expectations and traditional gender roles can make it harder for men to reach out for help and open up.

Activities for Men’s Mental Health Month

4 Mindfulness sessions will be taking place this month, 2 of which are men’s sessions and 2 are mixed. These sessions introduce short practices that can help with stress, anxiety and depression. These techniques can also help us to find more fulfilment in everyday life. You do not have to have your video on, so there is no need to feel self-conscious – you can just listen to the techniques and practice them.   Book via the learning pool here.

There are things you can do to promote Men’s Mental Health Month. This could involve raising awareness of the Mental Health First Aiders, and/or following some of the tips below such as creating a motivational playlist as a team.  If you are going to promote Men’s Mental Health Month within your teams, please let me know what you have planned and how it went.

Please circulate the tips below to your male colleagues:

Tips for men – how to pick yourself up when things get tough:

  • Reach out – chat to a friend or Mental Health First Aider when you start to hide yourself away
  • Have a chat with someone who will listen and not ‘fix’ – a friend, colleague, family or call the Employee Assistance Programme helpline
  • Follow social media accounts that you can relate to
  • Keep up with your routine – or add new structure to your day
  • Get outside for a short walk
  • Read a motivational or inspirational quote – to get perspective
  • Do something new like volunteering
  • Take up a new hobby
  • Get out of your comfort zone – feel a sense of achievement from this
  • Focus on breathing – breathe in and out slowly for 3 minutes
  • Switch off – in a way that works for you, with a book, film, video game etc.
  • Ask a friend how they are – doing something for a friend can make you feel better
  • Make a motivational playlist

Stop and pause – take time to check in with your head by writing or using mindfulness.

Matrix accreditation

The matrix Standard is the international quality standard for organisations that deliver information, advice and/or guidance (IAG), either as their sole purpose or as part of their service offering.

An extract sums up nicely the positivity of the report:

‘Staff interviewed outlined the importance of providing good quality impartial IAG and support to residents to “make them aware of their options” and “provide appropriate choices and pathways to improve their prospects”. Their passion for achieving the best outcomes for residents was clearly evident. There is a sense of pride and satisfaction in helping to make a difference to the residents through helping them to “make positive choices” and supporting them “to succeed in work and life”. This was further demonstrated in comments from residents interviewed.’

Roger Chapman, Head of the matrix Service for The Growth Company said:

“This is a fantastic achievement for North Tyneside Council Employment & Skills Service and I would like to congratulate the team on their success. We believe that at the heart of high-quality advice and support services are strong leadership, excellent service and a focus on continuous improvement, all underpinned by effective use of the resources available.  The matrix Standard is designed to benchmark organisations against best practice in these areas. With their accreditation success, The Service is working to provide the best possible support to their clients.”

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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