We have re-opened

Further to advice from the Government we have re-opened our offices on a part time basis with a reduced number of staff. Our temporary hours are Monday to Thursday from 9.30am to 3pm. Calls and emails are still being dealt with remotely. Any visit to our office is by appointment only.

 

Initial assessments and interviews for recent applicants are now being arranged.

Any visitor to our premises will be asked to adhere to the following:

  • Wear face mask and Gloves if travelling on public transport
  • Do not touch your eyes, face or mouth at any time
  • Do not crowd at building and office entrance
  • Refrain from using lift (where possible)
  • Wait at landings on staircase so as to keep 2 metres distance between other persons
  • Fully wash your hands once reaching 4th floor (ladies will be asked to use hand sanitiser on entering the office)
  • Do not crowd at office entrance and no sitting or waiting in reception area
  • Enter office one at a time WHEN SIGNALLED TO and have temperature taken. If your temperature is above 37.5 degrees you will be sent home and should self-isolate
  • Go directly to allocated classroom and sit on allocated chairs immediately
  • You will not be able to leave the building for the duration of the assessment and interview
  • Sanitise hands when required
  • Exit class at end of session, one at a time only
  • Deposit ANY rubbish in allocated bin ONLY

Mental Health Awareness Week 18th – 22nd May 2020

Mental Health support

We understand that the Covid-19 pandemic brings a huge range of challenges when it comes to mental health and general well being. From feelings of loneliness and isolation, to the huge amounts of uncertainty and change – as we physically distance from one another, it’s often difficult to know how best to support those who are struggling.

With this in mind, we’ve collated a list of websites and resources* which may prove to be a useful reference tool during this time – whether it is for your own mental health or to help you in creating mentally healthy environments for your learners.

Did you know?

  • 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in their lives
  • 1 in 10 children experience a mental health problem
  • 450 million people worldwide have a mental health problem
  • At any time, 1 in 6 adults has a mental health condition and 1 in 100 has a severe mental illness

PHE School Zone

This is a free website that hosts teaching materials using the Change4Life brand to teach primary children about healthy eating and exercise. ‘Rise Above for Schools’ focuses on mental health issues for Year 6 and KS3/4 and is accredited by the PHSE Association. You can also access secondary school content which has been co created by young people.

All teaching materials are written by teachers and reviewed by a panel of their peers.

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools

Every Mind Matters

The NHS has recently launched a campaign aimed at helping everyone with their mental health during these difficult times. This includes a website with practical hints and tips plus the ‘How are You?’ quiz which gives more personalised suggestions of support.

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/now-more-than-ever-every-mind-matters/resources/

Mental Health UK

This website supports anyone affected by mental health problems across the UK and brings together experts from four national mental health charities to improve understanding and provide vital care.

www.mentalhealth-uk.org

It also signposts to 4 specific mental health charities in different regions so people can access support in their area:

https://mentalhealth-uk.org/help-and-information/contact/

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

National Wage Rates

The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice.

You must be at least:

  • school leaving age to get the National Minimum Wage
  • aged 25 to get the National Living Wage – the minimum wage will still apply for workers aged 24 and under

Current rates

These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every April.

Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
April 2020 (current rate) £8.72 £8.20 £6.45 £4.55 £4.15

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19 and acting on guidance issued by Government, on Friday 20th March we are closing the business office until further notice. All staff will be working remotely and can be contacted via email or mobile phone.

Please continue to apply as we will be monitoring applications. We will process these as normal and will be in touch to arrange initial assessments at a later date.

Please continue to check back here for further updates.

 

Coronavirus updates

 

We will continue to post regular updates for you here

The government are also continually posting updates which we will share here

 

business administration

Business Administration is back

 

Our Liaison Officer Chris is working hard to develop a new programme for Business Admin. We are still recruiting to the programme and now aim to start on Friday 22nd May 2020. If you would like to find out more information please click here or give us a call on 0208 518 1344.

Coronavirus

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. See here for health advice.

 

Is it worth it?

The figures speak for themselves. The government’s apprenticeship evaluation survey of employers in 2017 reported that 74% of employers believe apprentices improve products or service quality, and 78% say apprentices improve productivity.

It’s also about developing staff with the wider skills who are the right fit in your organisation. It’s about retaining staff as well, because you’ve invested in their future career.

business administration

Business Administration is back

 

Our Liaison Officer Chris is working hard to develop a new programme for Business Admin. We are now recruiting to the programme and we aim to start on Friday 13th March 2020. If you would like to find out more information please click here or give us a call on 0208 518 1344.

Prevent

Home Office publish Prevent and Channel statistics (April 2018 – March 2019)

On 19 December 2019, the Home Office released Prevent and Channel statistics for the period April 2018 – March 2019. The full report can be found here.

Some key findings from the statistics are:

  • 5,738 individuals were referred to Prevent in the reporting period, a decrease on 22% on last year. This is the lowest number for referrals over a year since data has been made available (year ending March 2016).
  • The majority of individuals referred were aged under 20 years old (58%) and male (87%).
  • 33% (1,887) of Prevent referrals were from the education sector, however the vast majority of these are from primary and secondary education rather than HE/FE.
  • The largest proportion of individuals referred were from the north-east of England (17%), followed by London (16%).
  • 77% of referrals (4,407) were assessed as not suitable for Channel. Most of these referrals were subsequently signposted to other services for other types of support (64%).
  • 38% of referrals concerned individuals with a mixed, unstable or unclear ideology, followed by referrals for right-wing (24%) and Islamist radicalisation (24%).
  • 10% of referrals to Prevent (561) were adopted as Channel cases, an increase of 48% last year, and the highest recorded since comparable data has been available.
  • For the first time, there were more Channel cases for concerns related to right-wing radicalisation (45%) compared with Islamist radicalisation (37%).