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CareerScope: Helping to rejuvenate futures


KATE ALLEN is careers manager at Springboard UK


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t’s been a steep learning curve and an eye opener to an entirely new industry in my two months as careers manager at Te Springboard Charity. I manage


the CareerScope service, offering informa- tion, advice and guidance for those looking for employment within the sector. A significant proportion of CareerScope


enquiries come from 30-40 year olds, ages it seems where there is a trend towards career change. Superficially, journalists and social commentators have even coined the term “thrisis” to describe this phenomenon. When confronted with this new trend, I


had two questions. Firstly, why do so many feel that the industry is the right one for them? Te feedback to me usually goes along the lines of “I know it will be hard work, but I am passionate about it” or “I want to be of service to others; I need to be creative.” Tere is a real sense of leaving behind that mundane old job and embrac- ing a new and exciting future. My second question is: With so many


skills, why is it so difficult for this group to access any kind of employment, even unpaid work experience? Well, the future looks bright. Tere is real


support for jobseekers who show they are dedicated and informed about the sector. Te opening up of apprenticeships oppor- tunities for all age groups next year and the move towards QCF vocational qualifica- tions can help jobseekers to present a more relevant route way to future employers. As the Olympic Games come into view,


there is the promise of many more oppor- tunities to come. I hope employers will be encouraged to see that there are keen and dedicated employees out there, not simply in “thrisis” but confident and self assured enough to pursue their ambitions. It’s exciting to take this service forward,


although in economically tough times, one where the slow burning ambition of some CareerScope customers is matched by the upcoming opportunities in the industry. And what a credit it is to the industry


that hospitality, leisure and tourism pro- vides the opportunities that stick in the mind and inspire passion.


18 Cable sets out training plans PeTe HAymAn


Business secretary Vince Cable has unveiled plans to invest more than £600m in providing additional adult apprenticeships in 2011-12. Speaking at the Association


of Colleges Conference in Birmingham, Cable announced that 200,000 adults will be able to start an apprenticeship by 2014-15. The proposals represent


an additional 75,000 oppor- tunities compared with plans outlined by the former admin- istration. Apprenticeship packages will be revamped to ensure that Level Tree is the ‘level to achieve’, and funded train- ing will be provided for adults aged 19-24. Cable said: “With relative industrial decline


Te plans go further than the previous Labour-led administration


governments have attempted to stop the rot, and today there are a wide range of appren- ticeships in more than 190 sectors. “But this government still doesn’t think


following the Second World War, and a greater emphasis on academic qualifications, the num- ber of apprenticeships fell markedly. Recent


there are enough and even in a climate of cuts has committed additional resources to fund a further 50,000 adult apprenticeships.”


High performance boxing centres named Te centres are Filton College; City College


Tom wAlker


Te Amateur Boxing Association of England and England Colleges Amateur Boxing Association have selected six colleges to become designated High Performance Boxing Centres for aspiring boxers aged 16-19.


Brighton and Hove; The Priory School in Orpington; South Leicestershire College; and Bradford College, and will offer elite and aspir- ing boxers the chance to train full time while gaining educational qualifications.


Tennent’s Training Academy launches luke TuCHSCHerer


Tennent’s Lager has unveiled a new £1m hospitality train- ing facility at its Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow. The Tennent’s Training


Academy is designed to help “promote skill and excel- lence” in hospitality workers, whether at the bar, in the kitchen or in the business management or promotional side of the industry. Te academy houses four


training rooms, including a wine and spirit room with a tasting table, a working bar and beer cellar, plus a large high-spec kitchen kitchen with chef ’s kitchen table – all designed to replicate real facilities. Tennent Caledonian Breweries managing director Mike Lees said: “Scotland’s on-trade


Read Leisure Opportunities online: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/digital Tennent’s Training Academy houses four bespoke training rooms


has had a very challenging few years, and we are committed to doing what we can to pro- vide positive support and investment in our shared future.”


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