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LEEK United Building Society is helping learning to come naturally for youngsters at a Telford and Wrekin school. A donation from the Socie- ty has been made towards the cost of tools and equipment for outdoor activities and les- sons at the Hadley Learning Community (HLC) in Telford. The HLC has just been awarded ‘Forest Schools’ sta- tus, and aims to enhance chil- dren’s learning by involving them in activities and tasks in a woodland environment. A designated nature area has been developed in the

grounds of the school where the sessions take place. Samantha Armstrong, who recently qualified as a For- est Schools leader for the HLC, said: “The philosophy of ‘Forest Schools’ is to en- courage and inspire children of all ages through positive outdoor experiences, such as exploring the site, shelter- building, tool skills, problem- solving and other activities and games. “We’re really grateful to Leek United for its kind gift; we feel very lucky to receive this donation, which will go

directly towards equipping our Forest Schools projects.” Ben Gronneberg, the Soci-

ety’s Head of Retail Sales, In- surance and Marketing, add- ed: “Forest Schools status is an exciting development for Hadley Learning Community and its pupils, and we are de- lighted to be able to contrib- ute to the activities and work that will result.”

(From left) David Spittlehouse (Leek United Oakengates Branch Manager), pupils Evan Austin & Amber Norton, and HLC Forest Schools Leader Samantha Armstrong)

Rosemary at Reshape said: “

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Tel: 01952 252100

1-2 Tyrone House, Church Street, Wellington, Telford, TF1 1DR

Learning comes naturally with Leek

Apprenticeship drive

TWC is giving Lord Alan Sugar a run for his money as it submits plans to dou- ble the number of appren- ticeships that it offers over the next year.

Its apprenticeship scheme has been running for nine years and has hired over 400 people who’ve gained qualifications and a taste of working life. Over 125 of these have gone on to secure jobs with the Council.

This year TWC’s appren- ticeship programme has 50 apprentices working across the organisation from lei- sure to schools, customer services and ICT, etc. The council intends to go above and beyond this figure by ramping up its commitment to employing youngsters and increasing its workforce. By the end of March 2013, it wants to have 100 young people in various posts across the organisation.

Leading the way on em- ployment opportunities for youngsters, the Council also wants to introduce a

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small internship pilot of- fering short-term project- based practical training for students or graduates. If this proves successful, TWC would extend it in 2013.

Young people who are interested in finding out more about apprentice- ships at the council can contact Telford & Wrekin’s Career Start Officer, Lynda Pascoe on 01952 383571.

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