Learner case study: Jamie Quinn

Thursday, October 12 2017 Each month we ask our graduates to fill out a survey to let us know what they’re up to since they completed their course and one lucky person is drawn to win a prize of £50 in shopping vouchers. It’s an amazing opportunity to get your hands on some ‘wonga’ –…

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‘Sheep thrills’ as CT Skills learners put theory into practise on the farm

Wednesday, October 11 2017 CT Skills once again proved we don’t do normal classroom teaching by taking a group of health and social care learners on a trip to a farm.  The learners – studying on one of our Sector Based Work Academy programmes – were tasked with planning a day trip for potential service…

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Learner case study: Bethany Byron

Thursday, September 28 2017 Bethany (21) started her journey with CT Skills in September 2016.  Before she came along for her careers guidance interview, she described herself as a “broken clock”; quiet and unsure of herself and her own ability.  We sat down with Bethany and found out her strengths, weaknesses and interests and then…

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Employer case study: Little Toes Day Nursery

Little Toes Day Nursery is the brand new provider of childcare in West Bridgford, Nottingham. 

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CT Skills’ Apprentice of the Year 2016/17: Ellie Gorman

Wednesday, August 23 2017 Ellie (19) chose to do an apprenticeship after leaving Sixth Form as she wanted to move away from the traditional classroom-based education system we spend so much of our early lives in. However, she still wanted to carry on learning and acquire new skills while gaining the experience of working in…

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Learner Case Study: Paul Johnson

Tuesday, August 15 2017 Each month we ask our graduates to fill out a survey to let us know what they’re up to since they completed their course and one lucky person is drawn to win a prize of £50 in shopping vouchers. It’s an amazing opportunity to get your hands on some ‘wonga’ –…

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Learner case study: From homeless to homebuilder

Thursday, August 3 2017 Sleeping rough in a Nottingham cemetery, having just lost his home and his livelihood, was John Crew’s darkest moment. Born and bred in Nottingham, John was getting to know his city better than he’d ever wished for by sleeping on its streets through the cold winter nights of early 2017. The…

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Learner case study: Matt Bennett

When Matt (19) started learning with CT Skills, he was very unsure of what he wanted to achieve. He’d found school challenging and had seemingly lost his way in employment – however he had achieved good GCSE grades of A-C. Matt was very apprehensive about returning to an education setting but when we explained his…

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Learner case study: Julie Davis

Julie Davis is 56 years old and from Nottingham. She was introduced to CT Skills in October 2016 through the Job Centre and has since progressed through a number of courses. Julie has excelled with us, gaining qualifications in both customer service and IT through our Skills Training courses.  She said: “The customer service course…

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Meet Ryan- “I’m going to get a job”

Meet Ryan, one of our Traineeship learners who is completing his work placement with the Air Ambulance. Ryan has made real progression during his time with CT Skills and now feels ready for the next step into an apprenticeship! He has developed his IT skills, gained industry experience and increased confidence whilst still having fun!     ”I have…

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Women in apprenticeships #BeBoldForChange

In support of International Women’s Day 2017, we are celebrating the success of our brilliant female employees and learners. It is a common misconception that ‘apprenticeships are for males’ when it fact in 2016 53% of apprenticeship starts in England were by women (268,730). The number of women starting apprenticeships in England has been higher…

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“Get the balance right, and everyone benefits”

All good businesses know that investing in the development of their existing and new members of staff creates a more capable, productive workforce that successfully meets the demands of ever changing industries. Kingfisher Direct LTD in Retford is no exception,   “As a company we are always looking to employ positive and enthusiastic people at…

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Christine finds employment & gives back to her community!

Christine wanted to give something back to her local community, and felt care work was the ideal choice. She also knew that she’d need qualifications to give her the edge to gain a career in care. She spoke to her work coach Denise, at the Job Centre Plus who enrolled her onto CT Skills health…

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Trentbarton are well prepared for the Apprenticeship Levy thanks to their partnership with CT Skills

With the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy now less that six months away, Trentbarton are ahead of many other large businesses and have chosen to work with CT Skills as their Levy training partner. Joe Maher Head of Training at Trentbarton said, We knew from our payroll bill that the Levy was going to affect…

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Traineeships added up for Callum!

Callum came across CT Skills whilst he was searching for Apprenticeships and training on the job site “Indeed.” He applied for the AAT Level 1 Traineeship in Accounting and was immediately accepted and enrolled onto the course. Callum attended our Nottingham site to complete his level one Traineeship. With help and support from the staff…

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Investing in the future with CT Skills

As a business that is focused on future technology, EV Charging in Nottingham also recognises the benefits of training and developing their staff to help their business meet the growing demand for their products and services. From a start-up business at the Nottingham Cleantech Centre, EV Charging have grown to be the leading consultant and…

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Rebecca goes from apprentice to manager with CT Skills

CT Skills has worked with childcare provider Sherwood Childcare for over two years. Owner Andrea Myers operates before and after school care across two sites in Edwinstowe and Mansfield for ages 3 to 11. CT Skills began working with Andrea to help recruit her first ever apprentice. Andrea comments: CT Skills carried out all the…

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CT Skills helps Newark business to grow new talent

Newark-based Charles Lawrence Surfaces is a civil engineering company specialising in the installation of artificial sports surfaces and major groundwork and civil engineering projects. With a highly skilled team of people, the management team was keen to build some new talent within the business. When CT Skills approached them and suggested they considered apprenticeships, they…

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Digital skills lead to apprenticeship for Daniel

CT Skills is partnering with the BBC to deliver Make it Digital Traineeships across the East Midlands. The scheme will give trainees the chance to learn digital skills including creating websites, running social media campaigns and making short videos for the internet as well as employability skills like budgeting, team working and project management. The…

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Georgina is confident in a career in teaching

Georgina Torbica aged 17 from Nottingham studied at the Landau Forte College in Derby where she achieved a BTEC in Business and Art. Whilst studying she developed a keen interest for a future in teaching and decided to explore this career option further. Georgina attended the Pride Park Skills Festival Event in Derby where was…

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A passion for helping people

Yvonne has always had a passion for helping people. She volunteered at The Curve Theatre in Leicester where she helped elderly people to their seats and made sure they were comfortable. “I was at the Jobcentre Plus and my adviser told me about a job with the NHS with training included. This was the best opportunity…

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From student to tutor

Mariam went from student to tutor at CT Skills. “The training I did at CT Skills was fantastic. The tutor was very good at explaining the course in detail and always willing to help.” Mariam Sameja, 25, Leicester Mariam was a full time mum and was volunteering at the New Dawn New Day centre. Deciding…

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Confidence and skills to gain a promotion

Gina’s Supporting Teaching & Learning Apprenticeships have given her the confidence and skills to gain a promotion. “My assessor Josianne was brill, she explained everything to me clearly which was very helpful.” Gina Roberts, 45, Nottingham Gina Roberts from Nottingham has worked at Oakfield School, a specialist school for children aged 3-19 with special educational…

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One of the best experiences Omair had

Life-changing training for Omair. “Coming to CT Skills is possibly one of the best experiences I’ve had.” Omair Ali, 26, Leicester Omair has a very large family back in Glasgow. He was the first of his generation to break tradition by moving away from Scotland. He told us, ”My mum actually thinks I’m working in…

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Building blocks for the future

Kate’s Childcare Apprenticeship is providing her with building blocks for the future. “My Apprenticeship has taught me things that I didn’t know before and has given me experience of working with children, and I can use these in the future.” Kate Frisby, aged 17, apprentice at Dagfa School Kate Frisby, aged 17 from Lady Bay…

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Johnson’s Electrical first Apprentice

Johnson’s Electrical take on their first administration apprentice. “CT Skills were proactive in filtering the types of candidates we were looking for. Rather than just sending all of their candidates on their books, they matched candidates to what we needed.” Based in the Derbyshire town of Ripley, Johnson’s Electrical provide a wide range of electrical…

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Natasha joined the army

Natasha joins the army as a Healthcare Assistant. “I’d recommend it to other people because it’s fun as well as educational” Natasha-Rose Gharssa, 17, Nottingham Natasha had tried several different options, from another training provider to college, before finding CT Skills. At Natasha’s induction for the Health and Social Care Study Programme, her first impressions…

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From a nurse to a bus driver

Chantelle’s career change proved to be an excellent decision. “I can’t say I’ve ever come into a job and enjoyed it from the start through to going home.” Chantelle Hobbs, 31, Nottingham Chantelle previously spent 10 years working as a nurse at Nottingham’s City Hospital before deciding she needed a career change. Although Chantelle enjoyed…

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From Apprentice to Manager

Tia went from apprentice to manager in just four years. 22 year old Tia Cain from Long Eaton is a fantastic example of how work-based learning can kick-start a career. Aged 18, Tia started an Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care. Four years later she’s a manager. Tia knew she wanted to get into health…

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