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Apprentices sought for rewarding career in social care



PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL IS launching a bespoke apprenticeship programme to boost the numbers of people entering the caring profession and provide local young people with high value work opportunities.

The Council’s Social Services and Housing Directorate is to recruit up to eight apprentices through the programme in conjunction with Pembrokeshire College.

The apprenticeships will benefit both the authority and the wider community by increasing the numbers of carers into the care workforce – an ongoing challenge across the UK – while also supporting the local community and young people through job opportunities in a highly rewarding career.

This is especially important as Pembrokeshire recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The programme will see apprentices undertake two placements over a period of 18 months across Residential Homes, Day Centres, Reablement and the Council’s Community Wellbeing and Independence Team.  

These services are registered under The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016. 

Sue Thomson, the Responsible Individual (RI) for the Local Authority who is responsible for the overall management, compliance and Governance of the services said: “We are delighted to be able to offer apprenticeships.  This is a great start to a career in social care where they will gain recognised Health & Social Care qualifications in a variety of rewarding roles”.

Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Social Services, Cllr Tessa Hodgson said: “It is great to see the Council taking proactive steps to bring young people into social care with this apprenticeship programme, setting them on the path to a rewarding career that makes such a difference to people in our community.

“An apprenticeship is a great way to get an introduction into a career and to learn and study on the job.”

Pembrokeshire County Council Director of Social Services, Jonathan Griffiths, added: “I really welcome the apprenticeship programme, this will be A positive experience for people entering the social care field and for apprentices to shape the future of social care.

“We want to work with apprentices to ensure this is a rewarding experience for you and for the organisation. It is an opportunity not to be missed and we look forward to your interest and enthusiasm to make a positive difference for people who need support in our community.”

Alongside the placements, the apprentices will be supported by a development programme including an induction, orientation in the role, being supported by a mentor, undertaking a Level 2 qualification in Health and Social Care, achieving Social Care Wales registration and undertaking additional development activities including interview skills, communication skills and more.

The aim at the end of the programme will be for the apprentices to be work ready for a role within the Community Wellbeing and Independence Team (domiciliary care).

The plan is for the first cohort to be in place by February 2022.

Jason Bennett, the Council’s Head of Adult Care, Social Care and Housing, said: “I am very pleased to see the launch of the Social Care Apprenticeship programme. This presents an exciting opportunity for people to start their journey on a rewarding career in Social Care.

“Starting a career in social care in this way will open up a wide range of future development opportunities, job security, and offers people the chance to make a real difference to people’s lives.”

The recruitment and advertising campaign will be open until early February and will include engaging information events and a specialist recruitment website.

A group of new and young carers will be on hand to share their positive experiences of working in care with prospective apprentices.

Anyone who is interested in social care, considering a career in the social care field and is a school or college leaver aged over 16 is asked to make contact.

Choosing an apprenticeship is a great start to a career in health and social care and you will get paid while you study and learn and work towards a recognised qualification. For further information call 01437 776609.  

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Fishguard RNLI launch to attend injured fisherman 13 miles offshore



FISHGUARD’s RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched early on Monday (Jan 17), with a full volunteer crew, to rendezvous with an Irish scalloper fishing boat which had an injured crew member aboard. The 14-metre fishing boat ‘ Golden Fleece’ had requested assistance by making radio contact with HM Coastguard. 

The lifeboat launched at 7.30am in calm conditions and headed to the fishing boat positioned approximately 13 miles north of Cemaes Head. Once on location the injured fisherman, who had suffered a significant finger injury, was transferred to the lifeboat. No further medical assistance was necessary from the lifeboat crew but he was kept under observation during the return journey to Fishguard where he was transferred to an awaiting ambulance upon arrival at 8.30am.   


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Brains’ £100 million sell-off plan includes local pubs in Pembrokeshire



SA BRAINs is close to completing a £100m deal which will see the sale of 100 Wales pubs, including Pembrokeshire locals, it has been reported.

It is reported that Wales most prominent brewers will sell the freeholds to 100 of it’s pubs to a consortium.

Brains currently has a portfolio of 200 pubs across Wales and the South West.

Sources within the pub industry said that the transaction could be signed in the next few days.

The deal is to be made with Song Capital and Cerberus Capital Management, the former owner of Admiral Taverns.

The deal, which is thought to be around the £100m mark, is expected to be used by the Brains’ family shareholders to pay down debt.

The hospitality sector has been hit severely by the Coronavirus pandemic, being forced to close for long periods at a time and then reopening with strict restrictions.

In 2020, Brains struck a deal with Marston’s to operate 141 of its pubs, under the Welsh brewers brand, following financial pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Six Pembrokeshire pubs are earmarked to be included in the transaction; The Ferry Inn, St Dogmaels, Crown Inn, Tenby, Grove Hotel, Narberth, Waterman’s Arms, Pembroke, Harbour Inn, Solva and The Galleon, Broad Haven.

The sale will see the Brains pub estate as a family-owned brewer with a small residual pub portfolio.

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St Clears’ McDonald’s opening delayed for a week



McDonald's sign

THE OPENING of the new 100-seater McDonald’s in St Clears has been delayed by a week. 

The restaurant, which will be built along the main approach road to Pembrokeshire, aimed to open its doors on Wednesday, January 19. 

However, the company has confirmed that the opening has been postponed until Wednesday, January 26. 

The new McDonald’s will join Haverfordwest and Pembroke Dock McDonald’s as the only members of the company located west of Carmarthen. 

It hoped to provide over 80 full and part time jobs due to being open around the clock. They hosted a recruitment day in December 2021. 

The original applications had previously stated that the McDonald’s would be open 24 hours a day. A premises licence application is currently being made to the County Council for the “provision of late-night refreshments” which, if accepted, would allow the restaurant to be open 24 hours a day.

It will open on the opposite side of the road to Travelodge and Starbucks, which replaced the Little Chef restaurant in 2017.

The restaurant was initially going to include a separate building which would have accommodated a Costa Coffee. However, it will now host a Greggs. 

Alongside this, planning permission has been granted separately for a petrol station with six electric charging points.

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