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Use your online identity to your advantage

Today is national internet safety awareness day. And while the focus of this is primarily aimed at protecting your identity online, and remaining secure, it’s also important to reflect on what can be found out about you on the web. Today’s digital landscape is more complex than ever before. It is re-shaping the way we work, consumer behaviour, the delivery of services, the potential for generating…

Read more | Feb 09, 2016

​​40 new construction traineeships launched for 16-18 year olds in Nottingham

Futures Advice, Skills and Employment (Futures Advice) have teamed up with the Construction industry Training Board (CITB), Nottingham City Council, Webs Training and Carillion to offer 40 traineeships in the construction industry for unemployed 16-18 year olds in Nottingham.The traineeships are designed for young people who have struggled to find work, training or apprenticeships. The programme involves…

Read more | Jan 29, 2016

Inspiring prisoners’ future careers

Prisoners across the East Midlands are benefitting from support and advice of employers and careers experts thanks to a National Careers Service funded project called ‘careers inspiration.’ The support is being delivered in all resettlement prisons throughout the region and prisoners are being encouraged to aspire to having work or training in place when upon release. Prisoners are benefitting from:…

Read more | Jan 27, 2016

Grantham’s Phoenix Academy Trust praised for ‘gold standard’ careers support

The Phoenix Academy Trust in Grantham has been awarded a gold level Career Mark quality award for the quality of the careers advice and guidance it provides students. This is the academy’s third successful revalidation. Career Mark is a comprehensive careers development toolkit which supports legislation, national standards and best practice in careers education. It is validated by The Quality in Careers…

Read more | Jan 20, 2016

New Year – new job?

January is the key time to start applying for new jobs. However, the January jobs market is absolutely awash with people looking for new opportunities, so you need to make sure you stand out. January is a time for reflection and forward planning. So if it’s a new job or a change of career that you’re after, you need to be making plans now.Here are our top 5 tips for making the most of January rush…

Read more | Jan 12, 2016

Futures' Chairman awarded OBE

Three local Nottinghamshire organisations that benefit from the contribution of Colonel Tim Richmond have congratulated him on his OBE.Tim was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours for services to the Reserve Forces and Cadets Associations (RFCAs) and the community in Nottinghamshire. Tim was chairman of the East Midlands RFCA between 2003 and 2011, becoming Chairman of the Council of RFCA's National…

Read more | Jan 11, 2016

Why quality is as important as quantity when it comes to apprenticeships

Ofsted, in its annual review, has observed that the take-up rate of apprenticeships is highest in the midlands and north of England. However, it also claims that the quality of these apprenticeships is on average poorer.So the good news is – if you live north of Watford Gap there are more opportunities for aspiring apprentices, but the bad news is that the quality isn’t as consistent as it could be.Where…

Read more | Dec 11, 2015

Futures careers adviser named UK Careers Adviser of the Year

Loughborough based careers adviser Bill Redhead has been named UK Careers Adviser of the Year by the Career Development Institute. He was presented with the award at an event in Cardiff on 9 November. Bill is employed by Futures Advice, Skills and Employment as a National Careers Service adviser. He is part of the Leicestershire team and is based in Loughborough’s Jobcentre Plus office.The service…

Read more | Nov 11, 2015

Focus on family learning helps to support parents and carers into work

Ten thousand Nottingham families who faced social and economic disadvantage have benefited from a ‘family learning’ programme in Nottingham over the last 12 years. The Nottingham City Council-led programme is funded by the Skills Funding Agency and is designed to give parents and carers the skills and confidence they need to help them better support their children. The programme is designed to: improve…

Read more | Nov 03, 2015

European funding transforms lives across the East Midlands

An £847,000 European-funded project to support people facing significant barriers to work or training across the East-Midlands has been genuinely ‘life-changing’ for some participants, an independent evaluation has found. The Futures ESF (European Social Fund) Community Grants Programme (2014-15) funded 66 community and voluntary groups across the East Midlands that play an important role in…

Read more | Oct 20, 2015