Local Skills Report sets priorities for the South West

Authored by Astley Media
Posted: Wed, 03/23/2022 - 10:00am

The Heart of the South West Skills Launchpad , part of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP), has launched a Local Skills Report, which sets out priorities for the region for 2022 to 2024.

The report recognises that the area's economy is shaped and led by the skills of its residents and businesses, but that the level of those holding a higher-level qualification or working in a professional occupation within the Heart of South West remains below the national average.

Since 2019, the Heart of the South West Skills Advisory Panel (SAP) has...

Photograph showing the Exeter Works advice hub in Exeter city centre

Jobseekers to receive boost from Exeter Works and Youth Hub Devon during National Careers Week

Jobseekers in the Greater Exeter area are to receive sector specific advice and information, thanks to a unique series of events provided by Exeter Works and Youth Hub Devon as part of National Careers Week.

National Careers Week consists of a series of activities aimed at students and jobseekers and runs from 7-12 March.

The daily advice events at the Exeter Works hub in Princesshay, will focus on different sectors such as hospitality and retail, technology, construction and health and social care.

Rhian Hawthorne, Youth Hub coordinator, said that these sectors...

£75,000 grants available to support employment and skills projects

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 11/19/2021 - 10:11pm

Charities and community groups in the South and South West of England are invited to apply for a share of £75,000 funding for employment and skills projects.

Sovereign Housing Association, working with not-for-profit digital fundraising platform The Good Exchange, has grants available for community projects that focus on supporting people to upskill, access training, find work or better work, or self-employment opportunities.

Projects need to be based within three miles of a Sovereign home and could be anything from community learning programmes and job clubs to homework...

Michelmores announces a more agile future on the back of a year of continued recruitment

Michelmores has announced its new Agile Working 12-month pilot, with particular focus on giving people the choice to work from the office or remotely. The emphasis is on the trust placed in employees to choose the best way for themselves to work, whilst continuing to deliver exceptional client service.

The Agile Working pilot builds on Michelmores' existing Agile Working policy. It captures lessons learned from remote working during the COVID pandemic and builds upon the Firm's continued commitment to integrating use of technology to support the delivery of client solutions....

Worker in Paramount kitchen preparing food

Newton Abbot Employer Invests In Workers By Paying Real Living Wage

Authored by Jenny Kenyon
Posted: Thu, 07/08/2021 - 10:24am

Food manufacturer Paramount 21 is increasing wages for workers at its Newton Abbot site by paying the real Living Wage, the only rate designed to meet the true cost of living.

Based on Heathfield industrial estate, the family-owned company is now an accredited Living Wage Employer. The real Living Wage, currently £9.50 per hour, is significantly higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £8.91 per hour. In the South West over a fifth of all jobs (20%) pay less than the real Living Wage - around 456,000 jobs. Despite this, Paramount has committed to...

Chris Christie from Exeter

Seetec Pluss helps tackle impact of high unemployment among people with autism

Only one in five adults with autism are in paid work in the UK. This week (29 March - 4 April) is World Autism Awareness Week which shines a light on the challenges and barriers to employment that autistic people face. Chris Christie, 22, from Exeter, has autism but has managed to secure employment with the Environment Agency.

Employment specialist Seetec Pluss supported Chris and helps other individuals with autism and learning disabilities to fulfil their potential, as well as working with employers to encourage them to think differntly.

Manager for Guardian Homecare, Catherine Porter.

As Devon’s population continues to age care represents a ‘job for life’

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:24am

A ROLE in care represents a ‘job for life’ due to growing demand says an Exeter home care provider and it is inviting redundant shop workers to find out more (August 2020).

According to official statistics, and despite the recent Coronavirus, pensioner numbers are predicted to continue to rise as people live for longer due to improvements in health care and nutrition.

Catherine Porter, Manager of Guardian Homecare, which cares for people in Exeter and surrounding areas, said: “With the issues and insecurities connected with COVID-19 and Brexit the future of many jobs is in...

Guardian Homecare creates 100 new care roles in Devon

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Tue, 07/14/2020 - 10:00am

A LEADING care agency in Devon is looking to fill up to 100 care vacancies in the county this month (July 2020).

Guardian Homecare already has more than 200 trained staff across Devon and operates a professional team of highly-skilled, committed individuals providing top quality care to people in their own homes.

Catherine Porter, Manager of Guardian Homecare, which cares for people in the Exeter and Torbay areas, said: “With all the ongoing news regarding job losses, redundancies and businesses closing, we’re thrilled to be able to offer jobs in care with immediate start...

Businesses rate Exeter College top in the South West for FE apprenticeship employer satisfaction for second year running

Authored by stephendixon
Posted: Tue, 11/05/2019 - 12:57pm

The Department of Education has released results of its annual survey that ranks Apprenticeship providers based on business feedback and Exeter College has topped the South West table for further education colleges once again.

This is the second year running Exeter College received the highest rating from employers across the region, within the four counties of the South West, and the third year in a row it has scored above 97.5%.

John Laramy, Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive, said: “The feedback from our employers is vitally important to us. Our aim is to be a...

Exeter bucking the trend when it comes to business, new report reveals

Exeter is the only city in the UK where the number of business closures fell last year, a new report has revealed.

The Centre for Cities Outlook report for 2019 shows Exeter bucking the trend when it comes to the health of its businesses.

Cities Outlook 2019 is an annual health check of the 63 largest cities in the UK.

Whilst other cities across the country have seen a significant increase in High Street shops and businesses closing down, Exeter is showing the complete opposite, with a 2 per cent fall in closures.

Exeter’s success is in sharp contrast to...