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Budget support for Staffordshire welcomed

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Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: We will have to look at the detail of the Chancellor’s announcements, but there appears to be support in the budget for small businesses in Staffordshire, money for skills training and help for  those in need, we well as extended childcare to help parents. Social care is the biggest pressure facing local ...

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‘T-levels’ skills boost for Staffordshire

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Staffordshire students stand to benefit from millions of pounds invested in skills training for teenagers. Ben Adams, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for Learning and Skills, said that Chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement of an additional £500 million for ‘T-levels’ in the next few years will boost existing plans to train thousands of youngsters in skills needed for the county’s hi-tech ...

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£1.2million investment in apprenticeship training centre

JCB Academy

The former Dove First School building in Rocester is now under a £1million conversion to become a state-of-the-art apprenticeship training centre. The plans are part of the expanding apprenticeship programme at The JCB Academy. The JCB Academy is more commonly known for its school and sixth form but a large part of the establishment is the apprenticeship training centre. Employers, ...

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Staffordshire Apprentices to visit House of Commons as part of National Apprenticeship Week

Jenny Conlon

Three Staffordshire young apprentice ambassadors are off to the House of Commons next week as part of National Apprenticeship Week. The young people working at Staffordshire Engineering firm KMF and Painsley Catholic College have been invited by MP Robert Halfron, Minister for Apprenticeships to share their experiences in promoting apprenticeships as a great career option. The visit coincides with National ...

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Staffordshire libraries celebrate World Book Day

Children have been claiming their £1 book tokens at their local library and joining in today’s celebrations for World Book Day. Staffordshire libraries have been holding activities across the county to celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Book Day, highlighting the joys of reading to children. The campaign aims to get youngsters to explore the pleasure of reading books, by ...

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Nine out of 10 parents allocated their first choice secondary school

Nine out of 10 parents will learn today that they have been allocated their first choice secondary school in Staffordshire. Of the 7494 applications made for transfer at age 11, just over 92.5 per cent of parents have been allocated their first preference school, with nearly 97 per cent allocated one of their top three preferred schools.  This is despite ...

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Young Enterprise students take their wares to market

Young Enterprise Team Madeley

Thousands of Staffordshire’s young entrepreneurs have created their own Young Enterprise company and will be selling their products at local markets. The Young Enterprise programme, being co-ordinated by Staffordshire County Council helps young people develop their business and personal skills by creating their own company. Now young people will be hoping to bag a profit as they try and shift ...

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Still time for young people to put pen to paper in Poetry Competition

Young people from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent still have time to put pen to paper in an exciting poetry competition. The competition is being organised by Staffordshire County Council’s Library Service and the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Young Poet Laurate, 16-year-old Isobel Horsley. Teenagers need to write their own original poem and take a photograph to go with it with the ...

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Pupils continue to perform well at GCSE

Staffordshire pupils continue to perform above the national average in GCSEs, it has been revealed today. But, more work is needed to build on improved A-Level results and bring them in line with national statistics. Staffordshire results in the 5+ A* – C including English and Maths are at 54.7%, still above the national average at 53.5%. However, these figures ...

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Staffordshire Children in Care take the reins for national takeover day

Three Staffordshire care leavers have taken the reins in top Government departments as part of a national challenge to give young people a taste of how Government and business works. The Department for Education, Department for International Development and Department for Culture Media and Sport opened their doors to the individuals from the county. The Children’s Commissions Takeover Challenge asks ...

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