Monthly Archives: June 2016

What Happened During May 2016

On Your Marks Lens Online

During May 2016 we ran our fourth On Your Marks course in partnership with Lens Online. LOL LogoThis partnership has proved extremely successful so far, with six learners moving into employment with Lens Online.

Our 9 day programme offers learners a unique employment services experience, they are given the opportunity to complete 2 mock interviews and work experience with real job opportunities on completion.

West Midlands Young Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (WMYAAN)

On Thursday 12th April, Kathleen from Vestia Training and Evie from HR attended the first WMYAAN meeting, held at the Skills Funding Agency in Birmingham.

Kathleen has been named Chair of the Network, which aims to grow the National Apprenticeship programme by promoting all aspects of Apprenticeships.

There are currently 30 apprentices signed up from organisations including Jaguar Land Rover, BT, Coventry City Council and the AA. The remit is to help inspire the next generation of apprentices within the West Midlands.

The Network will be meeting again in July where they are hoping to have progressed with ambassadorial activities and added to membership numbers.

Worcestershire TeleCare (WTC) Customer Care Workshop

Throughout May, our Training and Development Officer, Karen, designed and delivered a programme of bespoke Customer Care Workshops for all WTC staff.WTC Logo

The workshops, which focused on telephony-based services and assistive technology, helped raise awareness of WTC’s customers, the challenges they face and how WTC can tailor their services to meet needs whilst deliver excellent customer service.

The feedback we received from the training has been outstanding, with over 95% of delegates rating the Training Delivery as satisfied or very satisfied.

Apprentices in Business

On the evening of Wednesday 25th May our apprentices attended the next ‘Apprentices in Business’ (AIB) event. As reported during March, AIB was created by local business people as a networking forum for apprentices. Aimed at focussing on a particular business skill, life skill or information best practice sharing opportunity.

This event was around the use of Social Media; our apprentices really enjoyed the event and learnt a lot from it.

Apprentice Photoshoot

During May we organised an apprentice photoshoot, the aim was to get as many apprentices in the image as possible, including those who had been successful in gaining permanent roles within our organisation. The image is now proudly displayed in our Head Office reception.

Apprentices 15-16




Vestia Updates

Big Lottery Building Better Opportunities – European Social Investment Fund Success

The Vestia led consortium Fusion has been successful in a further bid for Building Better Opportunities funding.  We now move onto stage two of the bidding process to develop full proposals for an investment of £1 million of Lottery and European Social Investment Funding to help long term unemployed into work.

The Worcestershire Building Better Opportunities has been shaped by the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and is part of the European Social Investment Fund 2014-2020 programme to invest in local projects tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.

This success has come from work carried out over the last two years, where Vestia has engaged and worked with Worcestershire principal Housing Associations, Redditch Borough Housing and a range of specialist Voluntary Sector Organisations, to establish the Fusion consortium.

Over the next 3 months Vestia will continue to work with partners to submit the stage 2 application.

Partnership work with The Illegal Money Lending Team and West Mercia Police

A new campaign urging people not to get bitten by loan sharks has been launched in Kidderminster by the England Illegal Money Lending Team who are working in partnership with West Mercia Police, Community Housing Group and Worcestershire Trading Standards.

Leaflets will be delivered to residents across Sion Hill and Horsefair by the agencies involved, posters will be displayed at local shops and beer mats will be delivered to local pubs. Agencies will be on hand on 15th June to talk to local residents about the danger of Loan Sharks.