Skills bootcamps set to enhance employment opportunities in the region

The Heart of the South West LEP (HotSW LEP), Digital Skills Partnership, has launched ten free Digital and Technical bootcamps, providing people in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay with the opportunity to access free training worth up to £3,000.

The Government-funded #Train4Tomorrow bootcamps will help adults develop digital and technical skills that lead to higher-paid roles within growth sectors, opening up opportunities to move into careers such as cyber security, data science, software development, digital marketing, IT, digital healthcare, welding, engineering and...

Runners, Exeter

Lockdown surge of new runners in Exeter this December is a ticking time bomb for injuries

A Exeter expert is urging runners to take extra precautions and make sure they are doing all they can to be easily seen when it comes to exercising outdoors this winter.

The festive period typically sees the number of people pounding the pavements decline – with a third of people doing no exercise at all as they cosy up on the sofa or indulge on food and drink with family and friends. However, this year is predicted to be very different.

With lockdown restrictions still in place for many, combined with fewer Christmas parties and gatherings, Runners Need in Exeter has...

Highways England training control room operators virtually

One of the great strengths of virtual reality (VR) is its ability to allow users to experience real-world training scenarios, without endangering them, colleagues or the general public.

That is why Highways England (HE) turned to London-based virtual reality specialists MXTreality, when a new training programme was required to help control room operators better understand the impact of their actions on the customer satisfaction of motorists using the strategic road network.

This was the first such training programme delivered by HE and it quickly demonstrated the...

Staying safe: Local firm adapts to marketplace changes

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 06/23/2020 - 10:56am

Southwest company SSG Training and Consultancy have had a very busy 12 weeks – keeping local delegates trained and helping many local businesses return to work.

Not unlike many other companies, SSG had to quickly adapt when COVID-19 meant training venues closed their doors in March. SSG understood the need to broaden their service delivery to meet the needs of a changing environment. This included the provision of online training to help those working from home or remotely to still meet their training needs and to allow companies to return to work with a skilled and informed team...

New training to help ministers experiencing trauma due to coronavirus

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 06/17/2020 - 3:14pm

Ministers struggling with trauma caused by coronavirus will get special training to help them cope with the challenges of the pandemic.

The new training, held online for small groups from next month, will support clergy’s physical and mental health and help them to understand their current feelings as well as reflect on the issues they currently face.

The training, developed as part of a University of Exeter research project examining trauma in church congregations, is informed by lessons learned in the aftermath of the Grenfell disaster, the terrorist bomb in Manchester...

Training bystanders to intervene will help to prevent domestic violence and abuse, study shows

Empowering people to intervene when they witness unacceptable behaviour can help to prevent domestic violence and abuse, a new study has found.

Specific training for bystanders makes them “significantly” more confident to take action when they see or hear wrongdoing related to domestic abuse in their community, according to the research.

A total of 81 per cent of participants reported being more likely to intervene when they saw wrongdoing after the training, this increased to 89 per cent four months later.

This is the first academic study to examine a bystander...

Charity funds new hairdressing salon so Hair@theAcademy can continue giving vulnerable young people a head start

Authored by Glen King PR
Posted: Wed, 05/13/2020 - 12:49pm

Exeter-based Hair@theAcademy, a unique hairdressing training salon and only one of its kind in the UK, announces the move to larger premises to continue their uplifting good works. The charity administered by the Incorporation of Weavers, Fullers and Shearmen of Tuckers Hall in Fore Street, Exeter, has generously funded the new salon space located in the heart of the City. ‘Cornerstone’ a freehold property based in Kimberly Road and formerly owned by Isca Church, has been purchased by the charity and will be rented to Hair@theAcademy.

Mary Pugsley MBE, a senior state registered...

Experts create free online PPE training for NHS staff

Digital training experts have responded to the coronavirus pandemic by rapidly making new personal protective equipment (PPE) training for NHS staff.

Experts in training and human performance from Cineon Training and the University of Exeter switched focus several weeks ago to help the NHS.

The new online training is based on VR tuition which teaches nuclear workers how to use protective clothing. It has been created for online use, for easy access by NHS workers.

The training, based on current Public Health England guidelines, is ready for use and will support...

Learn Devon launches free online training in response to impact of pandemic

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 04/16/2020 - 5:58pm

A new range of free courses developed by Learn Devon in response to the coronavirus pandemic is launching today. Learn Devon, who provide adult and community learning courses on behalf of Devon County Council, is offering its full support to anyone looking to get back into work, or for those who want to improve their digital skills, and improve wellbeing. Enrolment is now underway for Learn Devon’s free online training which will start on Friday 1 May. Initially the programme will offer a range of digital courses, which will be delivered online. As it progresses, the programme will see...

How to train your…

How to train your…

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Fri, 12/13/2019 - 11:41am

If animal training makes you think of tricks and shows, think again. Top zoos use training to improve animal welfare, reduce the need for risky general anaesthetics and to keep both animals and people safe.

For example, bird keeper Sam Gray has trained Alfie Junior the Southern cassowary – as tall as a person and part bird, part dinosaur – to follow a target, which means she can get him in his house easily and safely. For reptile keeper Tom Wilkinson, training Pierre the mangrove monitor lizard to walk calmly into his crate means you don’t need to catch him up – a procedure that...