Simon Jordan's blog - February 2015

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We're only a week into February and this month is already proving to be an important one for Themis, as we have been made finalists for not one but two prestigious awards.

We are finalists for the Apprenticeships 4 England "Training Provider of the Year" award and as winners in 2014 it's a real honour to be put forward once again. We'll find out on Tuesday 3 March if we have been successful (fingers crossed!) The Red Rose Awards are also just around the corner and the whole Themis team are thrilled to be finalists in the "Skills Provider of the Year Award" category. The winners of the Red Rose Awards will be announced at a special ceremony at Blackpool Winter Gardens on the 12th March. Good luck to all those nominated.

Engineering Apprenticeships - Narrowing the Skills Gap

Simon Jordan's blog February 2015 This month, we'll be looking at Engineering in our blog posts and online. The looming shortage of skilled engineers is seen as a major obstacle to restoring the UK's economic vibrancy and without some focus on training the next generation of engineers, it's thought the UK could suffer in excess of 27bn per year. Our outstanding Centre of Engineering Excellence within Burnley College is where we intend to tackle the skills shortage here in the North West, equipping engineers with the skills they need to take their careers forward. If you've not yet seen our brand new Centre of Engineering Excellence and would like to take a tour of our facilities, please contact us on 01282 733005 or via our Twitter account @themisburnley and we'll be happy to arrange it.

Opinion - Apprenticeships and upskilling after the Election

As the UK's political parties put wheels in motion for their General Election campaigns, Apprenticeships and in particular, upskilling, have become a real currency in terms of realistic growth and employment opportunities for the future. What's encouraging to see is that each of the three top UK parties are in agreement over just how important further training and upskilling the workforce are to our economy and to the financial outlook of the country. It seems the consensus is this: Apprenticeships and skills development will play a crucial role in helping the next government drive the country's emergence from economic recession. See the tables below to find out about what each party has claimed to want to bring with them after the election. Note that most points are aimed at combatting youth unemployment and bolstering the economy with a skilled workforce. Simon Jordan's Blog - Feb 2015


I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate the following local businesses who have been in the news already this month.

Arthur Padgett

Our long-term employer partners Arthur Padgett Ltd have made it through to the finals of the Apprenticeships 4 England awards in the small business category.

WEC Group

Another of our successful employer partners WEC Group have been nominated as finalists for the "Skills Provider of the Year" award at this year's Lancashire Business View Red Rose Awards, in association with Forbes Solicitors and Barclays.


We also wish good luck to Barnoldswick based Silentnight beds who have been nominated for not one but two of The Business Desk's North West Business Masters Awards 2015.

And finally...

The Themis team would like to thank Redrow Homes and award winning skills ambassador Ashley Terron who gave an inspirational speech at the Chamber of Commerce Construction Connections event which we hosted at our Princess Way campus. It was a great morning and gave us the opportunity to showcase our fantastic new industry-leading Construction and Future Technologies Centre. That's all for this month, please check back for updates throughout February and for next month's post which will be focused on Business Administration, British Science and Digital Skills Week and of course, National Apprenticeship Week. Simon JordanSimon Jordan Director of Themis @SimonThemis  
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