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Council boosts funding for apprenticeships

Mansfield District Council (MDC) has approved £100k of funding to create further apprenticeship opportunities within the council.The funding, which comes from the council’s Economic Stimulus Fund, will enable MDC to host a number of apprentices through its partnership with Futures Training.  Available apprenticeships include: Customer Service Business and Administration Construction Vehicle Maintenance…

Read more | Sep 20, 2016

Sokana enjoys 'eye-opening' work experience with Futures

We are often extolling the virtues of work experience placements, both from the employer and the young person’s point of view. Recently we offered a five day placement for 15 year old Bulwell Academy pupil, Sokana Poswa.Sokana first heard about Futures Advice at an event commissioned by Careers Inspiration Manager, Ashreen Seethal.The event was funded by Aspire, Nottingham city’s Education Business…

Read more | Sep 09, 2016

Employers help Nottinghamshire pupils prepare for work with mock job interviews

Futures Advice, Skills and Employment is helping young people prepare for the world of work by holding an ‘Interview Skills Day’ at Selston High School near Ashfield on Tuesday 13th September.  The workshop is one of many run by Futures Advice across Nottinghamshire as part of its delivery of the National Careers Service Careers Inspiration contract and involves pupils experiencing ‘mock interviews’…

Read more | Sep 09, 2016

Snap up jobs advice on Nottingham’s beach

Futures Advice, Skills and Employment, and Nottingham City Council have joined forces to promote services and advice to people in need of help finding work or training.Together they have recruited the services of Careers Croc, a cute and friendly crocodile from which they can ‘snap up’ careers advice on Nottingham’s beach on Friday 26 August.Jobs, training and education provision is in sharp focus…

Read more | Aug 24, 2016

Funding secures support for families and children with special educational needs

We have been awarded over £68,000 in government funding to continue helping children, young people and their families through the Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment.The funding will allow the service to continue until at least April 2017 with the possibility of this stretching until April 2018.An EHC is for children and young people aged up to 25 who need more support than is available…

Read more | Jul 18, 2016

Support for jobseekers and employers given a boost in Nottingham

The Nottingham Jobs Hub – a unique partnership between the City Council and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) – will be strengthened by the addition of leading careers guidance and advice experts - Futures Advice, Skills and Employment. The Jobs Hub is a one-stop shop which brings together careers advisers and employment and skills specialists who work together to help match the recruitment…

Read more | Jul 15, 2016

Grants available for community groups to support people into jobs and training

We have been selected by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to administer the Community Grants Fund across the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership area and the Northamptonshire Local Enterprise Partnership area. Jointly funded by the SFA and the European Social Fund, the grants give voluntary and community groups (with a turnover of less than £300,000 per annum) an opportunity to access…

Read more | Jul 12, 2016

Exams over? Boost your employability skills

Nottingham-based careers guidance specialists, Futures Advice, is urging young people to make the most of the summer months to boost their employability skills.Students who have been sitting GCSE, A-Level or equivalent exams recently, should consider doing something proactive over the summer which may impress future employers. This could involve getting a part-time job, volunteering, or attending courses…

Read more | Jun 21, 2016

Futures judged as excellent in national supply chain/sub-contractor assessment

Futures Advice, Skills and Employment is delighted to have been rated ‘excellent’, the highest score that an organisation can achieve, in its recent Merlin assessment – the national assessment of supply chain/sub-contractor management.The report highlighted a number of key areas in which Futures performs particularly well. It found that: Futures continues to demonstrate a robust and detailed knowledge…

Read more | Jun 01, 2016

A bright future for many redundant Imperial Tobacco staff thanks to support of careers specialists

Once producing more than 150m cigarettes a day and employing thousands of people at its height in the 1930s, Imperial Tobacco has been one of Nottingham’s biggest employers for decades.But on 19 May, the factory finishes production and the majority of its employees leave the business on the 27 May.Since its closure was announced in 2014, Nottingham based careers advice and guidance experts - Futures…

Read more | May 17, 2016