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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This is who we are and what we do

CT Skills is a family-owned training and recruitment provider with over 20 years’ experience in delivering a variety of programmes for the benefit of learners and businesses across the Midlands and beyond. We support young people and adults into education and work by giving them the skills and qualifications they need to thrive. We offer…

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Much-loved member of staff ‘so proud’ of £650 donation

Tuesday, October 3 2017 A much-loved member of the CT Skills family had a big smile on her face today when we presented her with a £650 donation for the cancer unit she’s currently being treated in.  Lindsey Vaughan (42) is staying in the Nightingale Macmillan Unit at the Royal Derby Hospital as she fights…

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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’ cake sales raise £650 for cancer charity

Friday, September 15 2017 Staff at CT Skills have pulled together and raised a massive £650 for Macmillan Cancer Support. A total of £322 was raised from a series of cake sales at Alan House and Priory Court on September 5th – including a raffle for a delicious chocolate pizza which alone brought in over…

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How apprentices are key to business success

Apprenticeships address skills shortages within companies, they upskill the existing workforce, and they reduce staff turnover too. The result of which is increased productivity and being able to attract some of the brightest local talent to join and, importantly, stay with the business. For a long time, apprenticeships have been an under-utilised resource. A diamond…

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Launch of new apprenticeship in School Physical Education

  September 2017 not only marks the month our children return to school, but for many it will also mean the introduction into a new, active educational system.  We are delighted to launch our new Advanced Apprenticeship in Physical Education and School Sport with primary schools across the Midlands.  You may be aware that the…

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Thousands more students will need to resit English GCSEs

Over 40,000 more students may need to resit their English GCSE next year than did this year, after failing to achieve the required grade 4 in the reformed exams. There should be slightly fewer resits overall in maths, however. Just under 160,000 pupils scored below the grade 4 threshold – equivalent to a D or…

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Learndirect AEB ‘wind-down’

Learndirect special treatment update: will it be less than £1m or over £30m to ‘wind-down’ AEB?

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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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Surviving GCSE Results Day: The Parents Guide

Tuesday, August 22 2017 There are very few ways to enjoy the build up to GCSE results day as a parent.  All you can do is keep in mind that ultimately the day is about your kids – it is their success – and you need to trust that everyone gets what they deserve. Because, of course, that…

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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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CT Skills launches Careers Hotline ahead of A Level and GCSE results

Monday, August 14 2017 CT Skills is providing impartial careers information, advice and guidance to thousands of teenagers across the Midlands with the launch of their ‘Careers Hotline’. The hotline has been set up ahead of students receiving their A Level and GCSE results in the next fortnight. Our aim is to offer as much…

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‘So, I’ve just received my exam results. What’s next?’

Friday, August 11 2017 So, you’ve picked up your results and you’re wondering what you’re going to do next with your life.  All you’ve known for the last ten years is being at school and now it’s up to you to decide your next move.  You know your grades. But do you know what options…

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This is what you can expect on Results Day …

Thursday, August 10 2017  Having had a few weeks off school or college over the summer, it probably means you’ve had lots of fun and lots of lie-ins. Right? However, the one day when that’s an exception is results day – and it’s just around the corner! It’s that day of the holidays where you…

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You need to know about a major change to the way GCSEs are graded

Wednesday, August 9 2017 GCSE results day is fast approaching. On Thursday August 24, thousands of 15 and 16-year-olds across England will be heading off to their schools desperate to find out the end result of years of preparation and weeks of examinations. And when they open their envelopes and read their results, they will…

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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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CT Skills become official partners with CMI

Wednesday, August 2 2017 CT Skills can announce a major addition to our portfolio of qualifications by becoming an approved provider of Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualifications. This is fantastic news for our learners and also the company who have experienced significant growth and business development over the past year.  We’re delighted to have additional…

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Bouncing around: learners have fun at Summer Job Shop

Friday, July 28 2017 In a traditional classroom setting, you definitely wouldn’t expect to be bouncing on trampolines, jumping in foam pits and dodging swiveling arms. That’s where CT Skills is different. A group of our Summer Job Shop learners from Derby went to Bounce Revolution on Thursday for their enrichment part of the course.…

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CT Skills kicks off brand new sports apprenticeship

Thursday, July 27 2017 CT Skills is very excited to announce the launch of our brand new apprenticeship in “Physical Education & School Sport”. The qualification has been designed to provide a greater understanding of the programmes of study available for physical education as well as the national curriculum. It’s perfect for those who already…

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CT Skills proud sponsors of Mansfield 2020 breakfast event

Tuesday, July 25 2017 CT Skills is delighted to confirm we are proud sponsors of July’s Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 breakfast meeting. The business and networking event is held on the last Thursday of each month and regularly brings together over 120 local decision-makers from various sectors. Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 is an award-winning business club…

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New Skills Minister welcomes open dialogue with CT Skills after meeting CEO Alex Ford

Friday, June 30 2017 The new Skills Minister Anne Milton has invited CT Skills to “contact me” and “knock on my door” to ensure that training and apprenticeship providers are getting due attention in government. The personal welcome was made in response to a question by CT Skills’ CEO Alex Ford after she delivered her…

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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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CT Skills launches Summer Job Shop to get school leavers into work

Wednesday, June 28 2017 CT Skills is excited to announce the launch of our Summer Job Shop for young people looking to improve themselves and forge careers. The programme will deliver fun-filled and invaluable sessions and activities to 16-24 year olds, as well as providing them with opportunities to meet employers and be matched with…

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Business booming for CT Skills

Monday, June 26 2017 Midlands-based training and recruitment provider CT Skills has announced a major increase in its business development operations including the arrivals of two new key members of staff. Kam Penglin and Jarrad Johnson have joined the company as the Head of Business Development and PR & Communications respectively. Kam was Business Development…

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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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Apprentices over graduates – our lesson from the East Midlands Employment & Skills Summit

Wednesday, June 21 2017 Each year, over half a million young people start a new degree course at university. That’s more than 500,000 talented, ambitious and enthusiastic young people who are delaying their entry into the workplace and investing £9000 each year in the ‘promise’ of a better future for themselves. However, CT Skills has…

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Duo sleep rough to raise money for the homeless

Monday, June 19 2017 Two of our members of staff gave up all their home comforts for one night as they slept on the streets to raise money for a homeless charity. Catherine Brogdale (36) and Louise Cowe (43) took part in the YMCA‘s Sleep Easy 2017 challenge on March 31 where they had to…

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Anne Milton announced as new Skills Minister

Thursday, June 15 2017 Anne Milton MP has been announced as the new Apprenticeships and Skills Minister following the Prime Minister’s government reshuffle. The decision was confirmed on Thursday after Theresa May and the Conservatives remained in power as a minority government after last week’s General Election. As a large training and recruitment provider in…

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Brexit will create biggest skills vacuum ever faced, unless we act now

Thursday 15 June 2017 On Monday June 19, the UK and the European Union (EU) will sit down for the first time to discuss how we will depart from the institutions we’ve been entrenched in for over 40 years. Those negotiations will take around two years to complete but in reality the process will be…

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CT Skills goes red for heart research

Friday, June 9 2017 Staff at CT Skills have been wearing red items of clothing today in support of a national campaign to raise money for medical research. The ‘Wear It Beat It’ campaign, run by British Heart Foundation (BHF), encourages people across the country to wear the colour red in exchange for donations. All…

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More than £1000 raised by charity bike ride to Skegness

Monday, June 5 2017 Over £1000 has been raised for a Leicester-based hospice by a CT Skills assessor after completing a charity bike ride to Skegness. Karl Davey (30) set off from Leicester at 5.30am on Saturday June 3 and arrived in ‘Skeggy’ six and a half hours later – 30 minutes quicker than his target. In fact,…

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CT Skills assessor gearing up for charity bike ride

Thursday, June 1 2017 A member of the CT Skills assessor team is set to take part in a charity bike ride across the East Midlands this weekend. Karl Davey (30) is taking the 84 mile route from Leicester to Skegness on Saturday June 3 along with 200 people who are all raising money for…

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Post 16 Apprenticeships- Outstripping Graduate Salaries

Apprenticeships mean you can earn a salary and gain a qualification at the same time. There are over 300 types of apprenticeships and thousands of job roles.  Apprenticeships generally fall into one of four categories: Intermediate level apprenticeship — generally considered to be the same as five GCSE passes.  Advanced level apprenticeship — generally considered to be the same as two A level…

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The Apprenticeship Levy questions we all have, answered.

How much will employers have to pay? If businesses have an annual payroll cost of less than £3 million, then they will not be required to pay the levy. For employers that have more than this, however, there will be a 0.5% tax on the total pay bill, which will be paid through Pay As…

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Brexit- Chaos is inevitable. As a business owner, chaos means two things: opportunity and threat.

The initial shockwaves have abated after Sterling hit a 30 year low and some sectors are now enjoying an economic boost created by the weak pound. Others are cautiously looking at what sort of a deal the government can strike given that we will shortly lose the free movement of goods, services, capital and people…

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Huge career opportunities making apprenticeships the future

  The UK has a much-publicised skills shortage and productivity gap compared with other leading economies across the world. The government continues to introduce multiple strategies throughout 2017 with the new Apprenticeship Reform being just one of the tools aimed at bridging the skills gap, while apprenticeships themselves are a vital part of the solution.…

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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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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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Catena Business of the Month: CT Skills

When I spoke to Abi Rae from CT Skills it was the week following an Ofsted visit and the initial feedback about the company brimmed with positivity – ‘At CT Skills there is a culture of passion and enthusiasm for the people they train – its shows them a different world.’ I thought this was…

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CT Skills celebrate an excellent Ofsted grade

The CT Skills teams are celebrating an Ofsted GOOD grade across all areas of their business following an inspection visit last month. The report which has been published today highlights how effectively CT Skills are making a difference to their learners lives and a noticeable impact on their employers businesses through their routes to employment,…

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Friary Works Jobs Fair got results!

CT Skills centre Friary Works in Derby once again opened their doors to host a Jobs Fair in celebration of GCSE results day across the UK. The event was an absolute roaring success with over 200 attendees from across Derby and the surrounding areas coming to view what opportunities were on offer. With vacancies from…

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CT Skills tutor Bob to spend his holidays supporting education in Calais refugee camp

Bob Allison, tutor at CT Skills in Nottingham, has decided to use his holidays to support others by spending a week at the Jungle refugee camp in Calais. Bob will be working with the Calais Women and Children’s Centre and the Jungle Books Library for a week in August. The Women and Children’s Centre’s main…

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Air ambulance service lands national award

The service won the Community Impact Award for its partnership with CT Skills and the Job Centre.  The local Air ambulance service is flying high after winning a national award for a recruitment drive which secured jobs for unemployed people in Leicestershire. The Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) triumphed at the national Charity…

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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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Businesses Team Up To Support People Back Into Work

Two businesses in Derby City Centre have joined forces to boost young people’s job prospects following an initiative led by the Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) and Business in the Community’s Healthy High Streets programme. CT Skills, based in Friar Gate in the Cathedral Quarter, has placed two young people on traineeship programmes with…

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CT Skills support Nathan to secure his dream job by “Stepping Up” with a Traineeship

Nathan Jones was working hard to start his career in IT but after applying for several opportunities and not being successful he thought it was time for another approach. Nathan explains, I had been unemployed for about four months and when I met the CT Skills team they were really positive and genuinely wanted to help…

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Closer to the heart of Nottingham

After 7 years at Clinton House, CT Skills moved their Nottingham training centre to a new city centre location in Alan House on Clumber Street from 9am on Tuesday 14th June 2016. The Nottingham team took over two floors within Alan House offering excellent new facilities and an opportunity to continually improve their offer to employers…

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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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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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Refer a friend and reap the reward…

Do you know somebody aged 16-24, interested in a Traineeship or Apprenticeship? If so, refer your friend! If they meet our eligibility requirements and are successfully enrolled to start training with CT Skills, we will reward you with £50 worth of Love2Shop vouchers that can be used at hundreds of high street retailers. Receive £50…

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CT Skills builds careers in construction for Nottingham school leavers

CT Skills is celebrating as its first cohort of Construction Traineeships complete their training and 100% go on to secure interviews with Nottingham employers. The local training provider is partnering with Nottingham City Council and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to encourage young people to explore a career in construction. As Nottingham’s construction industry…

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CT Skills chosen to deliver BBC Traineeships across East Midlands

Up to 250 unemployed people across the East Midlands are to be offered the chance to undertake a BBC Make It Digital Traineeship. CT Skills has been selected to partner with the BBC to deliver the Make it Digital Traineeships across Nottingham, Derby, Lincoln and Chesterfield throughout 2015. The BBC, Department for Work and Pensions…

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CT Skills celebrates first accountancy apprentice

Jonathan Perry from Retford based firm Carley Consult is on his way to a successful career in finance having become the first learner to complete an AAT accountancy apprenticeship with East Midlands training provider CT Skills. CT Skills became an approved provider of AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualifications in July last year and Jonathan…

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Secretary of State for Transport to meet newly recruited bus drivers

The Secretary of State for Transport and MP for Derbyshire Dales Patrick McLoughlin will be visiting bus operator yourbus on Friday 17th July. He will be visiting the Heanor based passenger transport provider to find out about a pioneering new traineeship programme to help recruit and train new bus drivers for routes across the region.…

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Trainee drivers are just the ticket for yourbus

The first batch of bus driver trainees, from a joint initiative between East Midlands training provider CT Skills and Heanor based bus operator yourbus, are taking to the driver’s seat as they start their new roles. CT Skills has been working with yourbus to develop a programme to help recruit trainee bus drivers for routes…

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Academies with CT Skills help 65% of learners to find work

East Midlands training provider CT Skills is seeing more people than ever before go on to secure employment, with 65% of learners progressing into work. Chief Executive Officer at CT Skills, Alex Ford believes that the success lies in providing practical training in order to deliver the best outcomes for both learners and employers, he…

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Skills Bus Driver Selection Day

CT Skills will be holding a Work Academy in partnership with Jobcentre Plus to fill several Bus Driver vacancies with Skills. There will be a selection day that will take place on WEDNESDAY 24th JUNE at 9.30am or 1.30pm in Nottingham. On The Day You will be with us for approximately three hours to find…

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Fast Track Your Construction Career in Birmingham!

Fast Track Your Construction Career in Birmingham! CT Skills are hosting Training Academy in partnership with Willmott Dixon to offer Construction Traineeships and work placements with immediate starts in Birmingham The Training Candidates will immediately begin an 8 week training programme created in partnership with Willmott Dixon. Training includes: Level 1 Certificate in Construction Level…

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CT Skills launches new interactive website

Welcome to the new interactive website from CT Skills, packed full of employment and training opportunities and information to help you decide on your next career step. You can now find and apply for all our opportunities at the click of a button. Our new online services include: Booking – You can now book and…

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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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Sabrina secures a job in Business Admin!

Sabrina Mujahid, aged 17 from Nottingham was working part time in a call centre carrying out basic admin duties, whilst also studying hairdressing full time at college. Sabrina found great pleasure in her studies and her job, but started to feel it wasn’t what she truly wanted to be doing. After finishing her college course…

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Training provider in the driver’s seat for Arriva

Training provider CT Skills has been appointed by Arriva UK Bus to help recruit and train new drivers for routes across Derby, Leicester and Burton. Alex Ford, CEO at CT Skills, which is working with Arriva ‘This is the first time that Arriva has worked with traineeships’ This is the first time Arriva has recruited…

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Derby employer is a cut above the rest with traineeships

Derby city centre-based hair and beauty salon, The Strand, has been using traineeships through CT Skills since October last year. Owner Rachael Grace-Leyland has found it a great way of making sure they get the right apprentices for the business, she said: “We have been using traineeships for about seven months now since CT Skills…

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CT Skills gets on the buses with Arriva

CT Skills has been appointed by Arriva UK Bus to help recruit and train new bus drivers for routes across Leicester, Derby and Burton. This is the first time Arriva has recruited for traineeship positions and they are one of the first UK passenger transport companies to have done so. Alex Ford Chief Executive Officer…

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5 days until National Apprenticeship Week

With just 5 days to go until National Apprenticeship Week, what better time to begin thinking about making a change. Join us at an event in the East Midlands to find out how. Monday 9th March – Arriva Assessment Day (Wigston) Monday 9th March – AAT Assessment Day (Derby) Tuesday 10th March – Apprenticeship Session…

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National Careers Week 2015

This week CT Skills are celebrating National Careers Week which takes place from 2nd-6th March. National Careers Week is a UK wide celebration of careers information, advice and guidance. With over 850,000 young people currently unemployed, empowering the next generation to move successfully into work is vital to the future of the UK. Call 0115 9599…

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Nottingham unemployment rate falls 16%

Do lower unemployment figures in the East Midlands mean confidence in the regional economy is improving? Recent figures, published by the Office for National Statistics, show that Nottingham unemployment rate fell by 16% in a year. The figures also show that there were 42,000 less people unemployed in the East Midlands in the three months…

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CT Skills support new standards for early years educators

In response to new government guidelines, CT Skills is helping to improve the quality of early years education and childcare in the region. The guidelines insist that all those wishing to take up a paid position in childcare and train to a NVQ Level 3 standard, must also have achieved GCSE grade A* to C…

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CT Skills help drive recruitment for Nottingham City Transport

Nottingham City Transport, recently named bus operator of the year 2014, has used CT Skills to support its driver recruitment since 2012. One of the latest candidates to have been successfully recruited started work with Nottingham City Transport this week. Stephen Bestwick, from Bilborough, previously worked as a self employed courier and driver but had…

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Christmas Closure

CT Skills centres will be closed from 24.12.2014 for the holiday season. All centres will re-open on Monday 05.01.2015 at 9am. Please feel free to leave any messages about courses and training and someone will get back to you when we open in the New Year. Happy New Year and we look forward to working…

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

The Team at Clinton House, Nottingham held a Macmillan Coffee Morning in October 2014. The team along with students enjoyed a coffee morning and homemade cakes to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. The team in total raised £105.98 as part of the national coffee morning. Macmillan firmly believe no one should face cancer alone.…

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Wondering how Apprenticeship can save your business costs?

New research conducted by Centre for Economics and Business Research found that Apprenticeships contribute £34 billion per year to the UK economy. This figure includes gains to the economy from higher wages, business profits and taxes of £31 billion per year, an estimated reduction in unemployment benefit payments of £370 million per year, and benefits…

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Join us at a care assessment day in the East Midlands

Care & Support Worker vacancies available CT Skills will be hosting a number of assessment days across the East Midlands to fill Care and Support Worker vacancies that are currently available with a number of local employers. Please follow the links below for more information about the opportunities in your area. Nottingham – Wednesday 19…

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Fancy a career as a bus driver?

Come along to the NCT information day to find out about becoming a bus driver with NCT and the training opportunities available. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a PCVD licence already. As part of the training you will access this. Click here to register your attendance.

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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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Welcome to our new website

CT Skills welcome you to our new website. We hope you find the information you need to direct you to the opportunity that will develop your career. Whether you are looking for a career in Accountancy or Construction we offer training and support across a number of sectors to progress peoples lives through learning and…

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AAT Accountancy Traineeships Launched

CT Skills are pleased to be bringing AAT Accountancy Traineeships to 16-18 year olds in Nottingham, Leicester and Derby. Under the new legislation school leavers need to remain in education or employment. A Traineeship into Apprenticeship is classed as an alternative to this and a practical way to kick start a young person’s accountancy career.…

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Hairdressing and barbering Traineeships launched in Derby

CT Skills in partnership with Grace Leyland Education have launched Traineeships for 16-18 year olds in and around Derby. Combining practical salon experience with the Level 2 Award in Hairdressing and Barbering, you will get practical experience along with a qualification to kick start your hairdressing or barbering career. Once you have completed the Traineeship,…

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Nottingham Gives Back is launched

Following the success of our ‘gives back’ campaign in Derby and Leicester, CT Skills are pleased to launch ‘Nottingham Gives Back’. Over the next 100 days in the lead up to Christmas, we aim to get 100 young people into 100 jobs, Traineeships or Apprenticeships. We already have a number of vacancies across mixed sectors including…

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A star Apprentice

Sherwood Childcare have found their star Apprentice. “Overall having an Apprentice, has been a positive experience, we now have a member of staff that suits our needs perfectly.” … Andrea Myers, Sherwood Childcare. Sherwood Childcare started working with CT Skills in September. Sherwood Childcares first experience with recruiting an Apprentice came when they were paid…

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A new career and learning at the same time

Natasha is taking her first steps into a new career and learning at the same time. “Being unemployed for such a long period of time began to make Natasha unhappy and she turned to her Job Centre Plus adviser for help.” Natasha Craster, 33, Nottingham Natasha Craster, aged 33 from Nottingham had been unemployed for…

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Never too late to learn

Donna proves that it’s never too late to learn. “CT Skills rocks.” Donna Hibbert, 43, Derby Donna Hibbert, aged 43 from Derby dedicated her life to being a full time housewife but always wished to achieve skills and knowledge for a successful career in care. Whilst browsing the internet Donna came across the CT Skills…

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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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The benefits of recruiting an apprentice

Dagfa School experience the benefits of recruiting an apprentice. “Anything we have wanted has been addressed straight away, and they have always got back to us. CT Skills have the best interests of the apprentices in mind, as we have too.” Dagfa School is a Nottingham is an independent school for pupils aged between 2…

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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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