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TRAiNiNG New initiative to target NEETs launches

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has launched a £126m programme to create training and employment opportuni- ties for 55,000 young people. Te initiative is to target 16-

and 17-year-olds currently not in education, employment or training (NEET) and with no GCSEs above C grade. Charities and businesses

with experience of supporting young people will be invited to bid for contracts worth up to £2,200 for each individual helped. Participating organ- isations will receive initial payment for taking on a 16- or 17-year-old, before receiving further payments depending on the person’s progress. Suki Kalirai, interim chief executive offi- cer of SkillsActive, said: “Tis latest initiative

Te government hopes to provide more work opportunities for NEETs

offers a much needed career lifeline and helps employers to source enthusiastic, skilled tal- ent for their workforce.” Read more:

Strong uptake for NPLQ qualification

Nearly 3,000 trainers from facilities throughout the UK have signed up for an update as part of the latest edition of the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). A further 2,000 people are

expected to sign up over the coming months, with a num- ber of updates in the UK and Ireland currently at capacity in the NPLQ’s 8th edition. Te latest edition has been

designed to focus on the role of the lifeguard and aims to follow the route that lifeguards would typically take once they have completed their qualification. NPLQ content is delivered in a manner that

allows the learner to experience the reality of the lifeguard role on the course and to apply knowledge in a working environment. Julian Bennett, course leader and a Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) UK national trainer

IQL UK “couldn’t be happier” with uptake for the NPLQ’s latest edition

assessor, said: “Te new format encourages the candidate to excel in their chosen career.” IQL UK manages the NPLQ. Executive

director Tara Dillon said: “We couldn’t be hap- pier with how the updates have been going and how many people have already signed up.” Details:

New government vision for cultural education

The Department for Education will invest £15m in cultural schemes over the next three years, following a review of cultural educa- tion by Classic FM managing director Darren Henley. Among the initiatives to be implemented


will be a new national youth dance company, which will receive £600,000 over three years from Arts Council England (ACE) and DfE. Education secretary Michael Gove said:

“Cultural education must not be a closed shop for poorer pupils.”

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Springboard’s first Scottish Tourism Careers Festival

GARETH EDWARDS is education director at The Springboard Charity and Springboard UK

ollowing Springboard Scotland’s success last year with events to coincide with Scottish Tourism Week, this year we are co-ordinat-

ing a month-long Tourism Careers Festival scheduled to run from 1-31 March. Te fes- tival programme will work with Scottish Tourism Week, to encourage links between the industry and potential recruits, key influencers and the community. Activities will aim to widen the appeal, improve access and attract new talent into the industry. You may be a leisure company with busi-

ness in Scotland? Tis is your opportunity to engage with your local community! In a recent survey of students across the UK, Te Springboard Charity discovered that the single biggest influencing factor on their career choices was work experience. With this in mind we encourage the indus- try to open its doors throughout March to the community, inviting them to come and see at first-hand what we do. Te festival is a chance to showcase the excitement of the work place with its key target audiences. Creating the festival buzz last week was

the Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh. Tey set the standard for the March events by opening their doors to local influenc- ers. Alan McGuigan, general manager of the hotel said the industry offered “some- thing for everybody in this world that’s full of diversity and flexibility”. Diversity. Flexibility. Certainly two words we hear time and time again when describing the careers of the future, which need to adapt to fit with our changing lifestyle demands. Scottish Tourism Careers Festival’s mix of

events reflects this, and with a programme designed for everyone. Highlights include the official festival launch event on 1 March - the Ambassadors Networking Event at Gleneagles – to be attended by Scottish tourism minister Fergus Ewing MSP. But there will be so much more going

on, so log on and take a look at our website and see how you, your colleagues, your stu- dents or your teachers can get involved! Details:

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