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College launches Employment Bureau

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Left to right: Work Experience Co-ordinator, Helen Coles, Employment Bureau Consultant, Jen Dyer with Employment Bureau Administrator, Bethan Schooling

Left to right: Work Experience Co-ordinator, Helen Coles, Employment Bureau Consultant, Jen Dyer with Employment Bureau Administrator, Bethan Schooling

PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE is proud to launch its Employment Bureau, a recruitment service to help young people find work.

Local employers, such as the National Trust, Tesco, Happy Days nursery, St Brides Hotel, Allt yr Afon, Associated Healthcare, Morganstone, Consort and WRW Construction came along to find out about the Employment Bureau.

The College’s Employability team were established in 2010 and have since placed over 800 people into work. The team has now evolved into a recruitment service, the Employment Bureau, which not only advertises job vacancies, but also provides College students help with CV writing, interview skills, work experience placements and job searching.

Level 3 Health and Social Care student, Adam Rees sought help from the Employment Bureau when he applied for a part-time job with Homebase.

He said: “The team helped me prepare for my interview and pointed out the skills I already have that make me employable. I was really pleased when I got the job, even though I’m a full-time student I feel more independent now that I have a few hours of work a week.”

Fellow student, Billie-Jo Jay said that the work experience sessions arranged by the Employment Bureau have given her a flavour of life after College: “I have experienced caring in a community setting and as a befriender on a paediatric ward. It gave me invaluable experience and helped me to decide to study a degree in Psychology when I finish College.”

The Employment Bureau is a free service which sources both part-time and full-time vacancies and apprenticeships, reaching Pembrokeshire College’s cohort of over 1,500 students who will soon be able to use a new mobile App to help them decide on their next steps.

Employment Bureau Consultant, Jen Dyer was pleased with the launch, commenting: “We were delighted that so many local employers came to find out about the Bureau. We have great students and they don’t realise how employable they are! It’s so rewarding to see them succeed after giving them a nudge in the right direction.”

Please contact the Employment Bureau at Pembrokeshire College on 01437 753463 if you are interested in using the free recruitment service.

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Tavernspite School the ‘healthiest of schools despite the pandemic’

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THE STAFF, governors, parents, and of course, the children of Tavernspite Community Primary School are delighted to gain the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award for an incredible 5th time after a recent and very rigorous assessment.

The school is already well known and highly regarded for its outstanding work in developing the health and wellbeing of all members of its school community. To achieve this prestigious recognition in the midst of a pandemic is all the more impressive. 

Health and Wellbeing at the school is led by teacher, Lauren Arthur, who has done an incredible job preparing for this re-assessment and raising the profile of the Healthy Schools scheme.

The assessor Mrs Lynne Perry, enjoyed a virtual tour and presentation by Year 3 pupils who took great pleasure in proudly showing Mrs Perry all the wonderful work the school has done to ensure its children are safe, happy with high levels of emotional and physical wellbeing.

In her report, Mrs Perry wrote, ‘Tavernspite School continues to be an outstanding health promoting school. The health promoting school ethos is evident across the whole school population and it runs seamlessly throughout everything that the school does. Tavernspite School continues to give high priority to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the whole school community.’

The school received fantastic support from Mrs Liz Western, Senior Public Health Officer and Lead for Healthy Schools and Pre-schools, Pembrokeshire, to whom they are very grateful.

Head teacher Kevin Phelps said, ‘We were delighted to receive this award for the fifth time, particularly considering the experiences we have all been through these past twelve months. Health and wellbeing has never been so important and we are proud to be leading the way like this.’

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Joinery learner through to Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year Finals

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PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE joinery learner, Conor Ratcliff has made it through to the final ten in this year’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year competition.

Now in its seventh year, the competition celebrates the next generation of tradespeople as they start out on their career. With over 2,500 nominations, Conor was shortlisted to the top 30 where he had to deliver a video presentation to industry-leading judges and trade body representatives. Judged on professionalism, creativity, innovation, enthusiasm and knowledge of their trade, Conor impressed the judges and is now in the final 10.  

Simon Jackson, Screwfix Customer and Digital director, commented: “Every year we are amazed by the outstanding quality of entrants and, this year, we are on the lookout for apprentices who go above and beyond to succeed within their chosen trade.

“We’ve seen how this career-boosting accolade and £10,000 prize bundle helps kickstart an apprentice’s career. I’d like to wish everyone through to this stage the best of luck!”

The prize package includes everything a future tradesperson may need to start up their own business including £5,000 of tools, a £3,000 training budget and £2,000 worth of technology. The college where they study will also receive £2,000.

Conor is thrilled to have made it through to the finals and commented: “I am extremely honoured to have made it is this far in the competition and I am very excited for the final event. It would be an amazing opportunity for me, if I won this competition.

“I hope it encourages more people to consider an apprenticeship in a trade, the Carpentry and Joinery department have been incredibly supportive during my studies.”

The Final is due to take place imminently where the judges will conduct an online interview with the ten finalists before selecting and announcing their overall winner.

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Warrant without bail issued for Milford Haven man who failed to attend court

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A WARRANT without bail has been issued for a Milford Haven man who failed to appear in court yesterday.

Gareth James Mann, 45, of Bunkers Hill was stopped in his VW Golf on October 31, 2020 in Milford Haven.

Mann is accused of driving without a licence, insurance, under the influence of cocaine and whilst in possession of an ounce of cannabis.

Police are now instructed to find Mann, arrest him and bring him before the courts.

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