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  • A hands-on approach - Shropshire Business Today
    importance of improving the nation s practical skills does not have a sufficiently high profile in the Government s programme Unsurprisingly Mr Hayes disagrees We have driven it right up the agenda Neverthless I put it to him that the two major gripes of UK bosses are 1 we can t get the banks to lend us money other than at crippling interest rates 2 we can t find enough British workers with the right kind of skills He agrees that too many young people leave school and college without even the most basic skills It is absolutely essential that we refocus on ensuring that everyone who goes through state education leaves with the core skills It is not unreasonable to expect as a parent or as an individual if we are obliged by law to go to school for many years that when you leave you ought to be able to read write and count and be reasonably well adjusted as well as acquiring all kinds of other virtues and competences says Mr Hayes Strictly inspirational Picture BBC He does however take issue with bosses who say that youngsters don t have employment skills A few weeks of work experience aren t enough to fully equip school leavers for the world of work It s up to companies to inculcate new staff with their business ethos and allow newcomers to learn from their mentors and older workmates he says Nor does the minister buy the generalisation that all young Brits are hopeless and those coming from abroad are diligent and willing to learn We can get into the habit of starting to caricature young people and almost to demonise them I don t think this an accurate reflection of the generality of young people although it might be true of a very tiny minority While we sometimes vilify our young people we also paint an excessively rosy picture of anyone who comes from elsewhere What we need to do is to educate during the period of schooling to provide the score skills then put in place opportunities for them to gain additional skills which make them well suited to the workplace That s why I put such emphasis on apprenticeships which give people the chance to learn by doing Disdainful Mr Hayes is disdainful of the last Labour government s target of having 50 per cent of young people go to university It suggested by its very existence that the academic route was the only one that mattered he says The Tory MP took the academic route himself through grammar school and university but he confesses to be in awe of my dad who was a skilled worker and could make or do anything I was never clever enough to be pratical I want the vocational pathway to be as navigable progressive and seductive as the academic route I want a technical class who are proud in themselves and who we are proud of The minister pointed to the

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  • Award for Shropshire housing support group - Shropshire Business Today
    in 2010 provides help and advice to people who use housing services in the county and their carers It aims to prevent problems that can often lead to people losing their home or needing to go to hospital or into care It can also help people leaving care hospital or prison to make a successful move to independent living Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing asked SHSG to carry out the independent mystery shopping exercise to test the quality of its services and those provided on its behalf Shropshire Housing Support Group Involvement Co ordinator Faith Jones Price said receiving the award had been a great achievement We worked closely with ST R Housing to develop a mystery shopping exercise using real life scenarios that would really test the service they provide as well as the services provided on their behalf by Shropshire Council said Faith It was a rigorous process and feedback resulted in changes to ST R Housing s website to ensure it was more consistent accessible and customer friendly which was something customers raised As a direct result of the feedback from SHSG changes were also made to the Customer Hub at Castle View in Oswestry to ensure more private areas were available when needed ST R has also introduced a new training package for all frontline staff particularly focusing on the needs of vulnerable people and the services available for them Faith added Receiving the award for the work we have done to improve services really was the icing on the cake Chris Shepherd Neighbourhoods Manager for Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing said This project was a great example of partnership working and we were very grateful to SHSG for allowing us to use their expertise and experiences to help improve our services It is great news

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  • Raiding pension funds could be a costly mistake - Shropshire Business Today
    got what their options are and what the tax consequences may be That s why it is now more important than ever that people seek professional advice before making decisions which cannot be reversed Chancellor George Osborne announced that from April 2015 anyone over the age of 55 will be able to withdraw their entire accumulated pension fund as a lump sum Robin who is the UK Chartered Financial Planner of the Year said People need to realise that there may be some hefty fees attached to this The tax free element of the pension fund is usually 25 per cent The rest will be classed as part of a person s taxable income for the year so could be taxed as much as 60 per cent There is a separate issue too which people should consider Some older style pensions and occupational schemes will have been set up with exit penalties for taking money before the contracted retirement age We can t start blaming George Osborne for the way these pension contracts were set up in the first place or rules surrounding final salary pensions But a wrong decision could trigger hefty exit and tax charges and mean that people could lose a significant slice of the nest egg they have worked so hard to build up for their retirement Robin said There has been a lot of talk about taking your pension pot at the age of 55 but for many people it s also worth bearing in mind that this is not going to be the case The minimum age for accessing your pension pot is actually 10 years below the State pension age And since this is due to start rising by the year 2028 you will have to wait until you are 57 SHARE Facebook

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  • Hospitality school gives the local economy a boost - Shropshire Business Today
    Badley Sons said it is a partnership she is very proud of As soon as the training kitchens were developed at the college we knew we wanted to be the business to supply the meat We have great local customers who rave about our service and I want potential chefs and caterers of the future to know how important it is to get the best quality meat for the industry Trainees can learn quickly about the benefits of using local suppliers and also the importance of using a butcher you can rely on I hope this is a long and fruitful working relationship for all parties involved New College Telford launched the National Hospitality School to meet skills shortages in the catering leisure and hospitality industries The move came about when the college acquired the Whitehouse Hotel in Wellington which will also become a national centre of excellence for training in the hospitality sector The hotel will host work experience placements apprentices and internships but training will also take place at the college site Chloe Wright Marketing Co ordinator at New College Telford said Supporting local business is at the heart of the National Hospitality School We tailor the courses we offer to what experts in the industry tell us that they need so it makes sense to further this community support by including suppliers in the vision G N Badley Sons has been selling meat to the public and industry for almost 40 years It was set up by Kay s late husband Keith in 1976 but when Keith passed away in 2011 the family business was continued by Kay and their son Simon SHARE Facebook Twitter tweet Previous article Big rise in business bookings for county town venue Next article Have you seen the muffin man and his

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  • Shropshire Business Today News
    New Editor for Shropshire Business Today Carl Jones Jun 16 2014 0 Retail sales growth welcomed in Shropshire Carl Jones Jan 29 2015 0 Upbeat trading report from agricultural group Carl Jones Jun 25 2015 0 National award for Shropshire leisure company Carl Jones Jan 23 2015 0 New Shropshire care home could create 120 jobs Carl Jones Aug 12 2014 0 Care reforms are step in the right direction

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  • Shropshire Business Today News
    Home News Shropshire Business Today news and information for the business and corporate sector in and around Shropshire Editor Carl Jones Food for thought Restaurant on the market for 625 000 Carl Jones Dec 17 2015 0 Boiler firm targeting domestic market after export success Carl Jones Nov 17 2015 0 Business teambuilding down to a tee Carl Jones Jun 25 2014 0 Redundant barns to become homes in 1 5m development scheme Carl Jones Jan 6 2016 0 Busy winter ahead after energy firm earns official certification Carl Jones Jan 5 2016 0 Free for all SBT Sep 21 2012 0 New jobs on offer at Shropshire taxi firm s open day Carl Jones Sep 30 2015 0 Another award winning banger from Shropshire food company Carl Jones Oct 29 2015 0 New Shropshire care home could create 120 jobs Carl Jones Aug 12 2014 0 1 2 3 4 61 Page 3 of 61 Recent tweets Follow us ShropsBizToday Latest The Shropshire shopping centre in line for a facelift https t co gRQ9DMX23A Latest Skoda UK boss in the driving seat care firm quits its franchise to fly solo new motoring website launched https t co gRQ9DMX23A Revealed

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  • Shropshire Business Today News
    Shropshire Editor Carl Jones Shropshire firm wins funding to open its first shop Carl Jones Apr 23 2015 0 Shifnal Express rail link is a victory for people power Carl Jones Jan 13 2016 0 1 59 60 61 Page 61 of 61 Recent tweets Follow us ShropsBizToday Latest The Shropshire shopping centre in line for a facelift https t co gRQ9DMX23A Latest Skoda UK boss in the driving seat

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  • Delivering life skills training to the workers of tomorrow - Shropshire Business Today
    Greenwood and members of the Barclays team Tina Cooke Lorna Bayliss Judith Taylor Karon Jacques and Gavin Rowland Daniel Blasczyk TCAT s enrichment co ordinator explained It made perfect sense to book Barclays in for these workshops which were really successful Many of our students at the age of 16 17 have not yet gained employment so need advice and guidance on how to act professionally in an interview scenario and also the workplace Here at Telford College we are delivering many different employability workshops to prepare and support students in finding employment at the end of the course Students said they found the sessions very useful Nathan Jasper on the Level 3 Art programme said We thought about different ways of using constructive criticism to help us improve Nick Rees manager of the Barclays branch in Telford Town Centre said It was great to support TCAT and over 200 students with our lifeskills programme helping them with hints and tips around building confidence and resilience SHARE Facebook Twitter tweet Previous article Care company says it with flowers on Blue Monday Next article Strong demand for office space say Shropshire agents Carl Jones http 4 KA By0blG RELATED ARTICLES MORE

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