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Ofsted praise for adult skills training

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Thousands of Staffordshire adults are getting first class help to train and learn new skills. Ofsted inspectors have rated Staffordshire County Council’s Skills and Employability Service ‘Good’ for the second time in a row. Ben Adams, the county council’s cabinet member for Learning and Skills, said: We help 10,000 people a year take more than 1,400 courses at around 200 different ...

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Staffordshire apprentices recognized for National Apprenticeship Week

Twelve apprentices from across the county have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to business at this year’s Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Apprenticeship Recognition Awards. The awards, held as part of National Apprenticeship Week from 6 to 10 March gave apprentices, employers and learning providers a unique chance to celebrate their successes. Apprentices working in engineering, finance, hairdressing, business, technical crafts ...

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University partnerships set to boost Staffordshire’s economic growth

IC5 Keel

Focussed partnerships between universities and the county council will further strengthen Staffordshire’s economy, its economic growth and skills leaders have said. The county council has formed a close working relationship with Keele University, Staffordshire University and Wolverhampton University as it aims to maximise the potential of each organisation to improve productivity among local businesses and local skills. In a select ...

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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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