What Happened During September 2015

Vestia Five Year Celebration EventVestia 5 Logo

On Wednesday 2nd September all staff, Board members and our Director enjoyed an afternoon at West Midlands Safari Park, celebrating five years of success at Vestia Community Trust.

At Vestia we believe that every individual, with the right support, can achieve their full potential, prosper and make a positive contribution to the community they live in.

On Your Marks – Lens Online

In September we ran our very first On Your Marks Lens Online course. Lens Online is part of the Specsavers Group and have a warehouse and distribution unit based in Kidderminster. Unlike other On Your Mark courses there was an opportunity for Work Experience with Lens Online LOL Logoonce learners had completed the nine day programme.

This new programme has proved a great success so far, with one learner impressing Lens Online Management Team enough to gain employment with them through their recruitment partner, Louise Hewett. The next programme is scheduled in for November, where we are eager to continue with success!

Oakleaf Contractors Seminar

September was an exciting month for our colleagues in Oakleaf Commercial Services as they unveiled their new self-built offices, Oakleaf House at Finepoint Way, Kidderminster.Oakleaf Contractors Seminar

On Friday 11th September different Oakleaf Apprentices, old and new were given the opportunity to present their story at Oakleaf’s Annual Contractors Seminar.

Karen Lowry-Hall, Vestia’s Learning and Development Manager opened the presentation on Apprenticeships, before passing over to the apprentices.

The presentation proved worthwhile, many contractors asking questions about Apprenticeships, and considering taking on Apprentices if they haven’t done so already.

Employability Skills – Travis Perkins

We kicked off the new academic year by running an Employability Course for a Branch Travis Perkins LogoApprentice working at Travis Perkins.

Four learners complete the nine day Sector Based Work Academy, which helped them improve interview skills and CV writing, this entitled them to work experience within the Travis department and an automatic interview.

Interviews for the role will be held on the 9th November, where we are hopeful one of our learners will be successful.

National Apprenticeship Service West Midlands Ambassador Meeting

Head of Learning and Development, Vikki Greenfield has recently taken up the position of Chair of the West Midlands Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (WMAAN), and on Friday 25th September chaired her first quarterly meeting, which was held at our head office in Kidderminster.

Set up in 2011, there are regional Ambassador Networks all over England. AmbassadorsApprenticeships represent their organisation; the aim is simple, to grow the numbers of Apprenticeships in England by encouraging more employers to get involved.

Ambassadors do this through business to business engagement, either in their day to day job or by speaking at events to promote apprenticeships.