Monthly Archives: April 2016

What Happened During #NAW2016

Live Facebook Question and Answer

NAS Live Q&A.Kathleen Sandford, our Learning and Development Administrator and National Intermediate Apprentice of the Year 2016, teamed up with the National Advanced Apprentice of the Year 2016; Joshua, on the evening of Wednesday 16th March 2016 to take part in a Live Q&A Session on National Apprenticeship Service’s Facebook.

Both Kath and Josh were able to share their stories and give advice to those thinking about undertaking an Apprenticeship.

The West Midlands Employer Breakfast Conference

On Thursday 17th March 2016 members from the Vestia Training Team attended The West Midlands Employer Breakfast Conference at Edgbaston Stadium.

Brought to you by the National Apprenticeship Service, The West Midlands Employer Breakfast Conference ensured attendees were fully informed of the true value of Apprenticeships and how they can help your business rise to the top.

During the conference the audience were given a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from national award winners, local businesses, and NAS representative Karen Woodward through a live Q&A. Our very own award winner and Learning and Development Administrator, Kathleen was a member of the Q&A panel, and was able to show the audience the positive impact Apprenticeships can have.

WM Employer Conf

Kidderminster Job Centre Apprenticeship Event

On Friday 18th March 2016, Vestia Training employees Richard (Senior Jobs Coach) and Oliver Job Centre Logo(Employability Lead) attended Kidderminster Job Centre’s Apprenticeship Event. The event was aimed at those who were looking at further education, mainly in the form of apprenticeships. Different training providers were in attendance, and JCP claimants were given the opportunity to speak to each provider about the different options available.


What Happened During March 2016

West Midlands Apprentice Ambassador Network (WMAAN) Meeting

On Thursday 3rd March 2016, Vikki Greenfield, Head of Learning and Development and Chair of the WMAAN, chaired a meeting for the various ambassadors in Coventry. In attendance was fellow Vestia employee and ambassador; Karen Lowry-Hall, Learning and Development Manager.

The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss the new Apprenticeship Levy, National Apprenticeship Week, whilst sharing best practice with other Apprentice employers.

Worcestershire Skills Show

On Wednesday 9th March 2016, Apprentices from across the Group supported the Worcestershire Skills Show, Worcestershire’s largest careers event.

The event allows young people to meet with a range of businesses and employers to participate in ‘have a go’ activities.

Our Apprentices looked after their own interactive stands, including Carpentry – Knock in the Nail, Grounds Maintenance – Create your Own Cress Head and Apprenticeship Advice.

The event was a great success, with an estimated 1,500 young people in attendance.

Safe Handling of Medicines Level 2

During the first few months of 2016 we had a big push on Safe Handling of Medicines Training for our Care and Support Workers, we ran 4 different courses, the last one being Wednesday 9th March 2016.

This now means all of our Care and Support Workers are qualified up to Level 2 standard in administering and handling medication, which ensures the service we are providing to our Care and Support 24 clients, is of an excellent standard.

Corporate Induction

On Monday 21st March 2016 we held our quarterly Corporate Induction; this is for all new starters within the Group.

The aim of the event is to help new starters gain more of an understanding of the Group. Throughout the day the delegates met with Heads of Services and Directors.

We receive excellent feedback for this event, which is compered by Vestia Training’s Learning and Development Manager, Karen Lowry-Hall.

Apprentices in Business (AIB)

On the evening of Wednesday 30th March 2016, Vestia Community Trust sponsored an ‘Apprentices in Business’ (AIB) event. AIB was created by local business people as a networking forum for apprentices. The format is currently bi-monthly social networking opportunities, hosted in Worcestershire and aimed at focussing on a particular business skill, life skill or information best practice sharing opportunity. As we were sponsor we were given the opportunity to deliver a presentation on the Group and Vestia and the work we do.

What Happened During February 2016

Stourport High School Careers Fair

On Tuesday 3rd February 2016 we attended Stourport High School’s Career Event with five Apprentices, from different areas of our business.Stourport High School Logo

The Apprentices spent the day promoting Apprenticeships and talking to students about their journey into employment.

The feedback from students was great and it helped them to generate many new ideas about their future careers!

On Your Marks Group 3

During February we completed the next On Your Marks course in partnership with Lens Online. The nine-day programme offers learners help finding work, CV writing, mock interviews and a recognised qualification. Following completion of the course the learners are offered a work experience placement with Lens Online.LOL Logo

All seven of the learners that started the course successfully completed and achieved a certificate standard qualification. Two learners who completed work experience with Lens Online have since been offered employment working for them through their recruitment partner, Louise Hewett.

Baxter College Careers Fair

On Monday 8th February 2016 we hosted a careers fair for Baxter College as part of our Business Class partnership. The event, which was organised by Vestia team members and supported by TCHG Apprentices saw groups of year nine pupils taking part in interactive activities to help them gain further understanding of apprenticeships. The stands included;Baxter College Logo

  • Carpentry – Hit in the nail competition
  • Grounds – Create your own cress head
  • Care and Support – Falls response chair
  • Administration, Finance and General Apprenticeship Information

The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the event and got some very useful information out of it. The next Baxter College careers event will be in the summer term and our apprentices are already thinking of new interactive activities to complete with the pupils.

JCP Event

During the morning on 24th February 2016 members from the Vestia Training Team supported Job Centre LogoKidderminster Job Centre’s Careers Event. The event gave us a chance to talk to claimants, giving them information, advice and guidance on finding employment.


Lunchtime Walks Launched

During February we launched lunchtime walks for anyone who feels they would like to get away from their desk for half an hour or so. The trial went very well and it was that popular amongst our staff members that it has been increased to two walks per week.

Mood Masters

Vestia Families have been running a rolling course covering all the main aspects of mental wellbeing. The Mood Masters course utilises CBT, Mindfulness and ACT principles, it is a widely used approach for helping people to maintain positive mental health, it is used everywhere from primary care psychiatric facilities, in the community and for employee’s in large organisations.

Currently we are covering a 12-week course around anxiety and stress, this course covers the basics of good mental health including the following;

  • Understanding your emotions
  • Life sculpting
  • Sleep
  • Problem solving
  • Music: a powerful natural drug
  • Eating well
  • Resolving conflict and gaining support
  • Dealing with situations that stress you out
  • How to stop worrying
  • Exercise
  • Cooling down hot thoughts
  • Breathing and relaxation

The course is for anyone that wants to improve their mental wellbeing. It is a very positive one hour long, upbeat course and follows the same format every week so everyone knows what to expect. For more information on how to get involved contact a member of the Vestia Families Team on 01562 733133.