Simon Jordan's Blog - April 2015

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2015 seems so positive on this side of Easter.

I hope over the Bank Holiday Easter break you found plenty of time to enjoy some down-time and have returned to the grindstone ready to get back to it. I certainly enjoyed spending the long weekend with my family and now feel like I’m ready for anything this financial year has to throw at us! Jude

My son Jude - "If this traffic doesn't start moving I'm going to be late for my first appointment."

We have some fantastic reasons to be positive about Apprenticeships in 2015/2016 and the celebrations have already begun, thanks to the Lancashire Business View Red Rose Awards in March, where we were proud to accept the Skills Provider of the Year 2015 award and also the Silver Training Provider of the Year award at this years Apprenticeships 4 England awards.  The Red Rose Awards were a fantastic night for many of Burnley’s brilliant businesses and we are proud to work with a number of exceptional organisations who accepted awards on the night, including The Low Carbon Energy Company, Crow Wood and Simon Jersey. Click here for a full list of the winners and finalists. East Lancashire The awards season is only just beginning though, with the Blackburn and Darwen Hive Business Awards taking place on Thursday 30 April, the Burnley Business Awards taking place on Thursday 11 June. Themis are sponsoring the Apprenticeship Scheme of the Year award and applications are being accepted until Friday 24 April, so enter now and don’t miss out! The Lancashire Business View Young ‘Uns Awards will also be taking place soon, in a glitzy awards show on Friday 12 June and the Regional CITB SkillBuild 2015 Competition heats will be taking place until June 26, with our own Themis construction Apprentice Ben Palmer taking part in the regional heat for the North West at Stockport College on April 21. The judging for the National Apprenticeship Awards is also already well under-way, with Apprentices and employers all over the UK vying for the grand title of National Apprentice of the Year. Although the awards are not presented until January 2016, applications must be in by May 22 in order for the judging to take place throughout the remainder of 2014. Not forgetting of course, the Themis Inspire and Achieve Awards 2015 which will take place on Thursday 3 September, honouring the hardest-working Apprentices and the most forward-thinking employers in East Lancashire. Nominations will be open soon, so keep an eye out for your chance to win one of our prestigious trophies. We can’t wait.

Attention all employers – we’re hiring now in time for September

If you’ve been considering the benefits of hiring an Apprentice to join your team, there’s no better time than now to start looking into ways that Themis can help. September is one of the busiest times of the year for Apprenticeship recruitment and if you stay ahead of the curve, you could have a quality Intermediate or Advanced Apprentice joining your team well before next year’s orders start rolling in. We’re particularly interested in meeting with employers from within the Care, Manufacturing, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Business Administration and Customer Service sectors. Our team are on hand to discuss all possible Apprenticeship options to help you decide what works best for your company and you will be able to meet our Trainer Assessors and even become involved in the advertising of your position should you wish to. For more information, call the Themis office on 01282 733005 or email employer@themis.ac.uk If you need a little more convincing, look no further than our infographic below, which tell you in no uncertain terms how an Apprentice could change your company for the better! Themis Apprenticeships Infographic April 2015

Fresh spring ideas for your workforce

It’s the time of year for good intentions, fresh starts and spring-cleaning, so why leave all that good stuff for when you get home? Your work life deserves some springtime rejuvenation too. Here are some of the tips we’ve been using over the Easter break to make our work that little bit more enjoyable.

Thrash the Trash

During every half term break when the College building is quieter than usual, we all take part in an organisation-wide Thrash the Trash session. Rather than your average spring clean, these sessions help to keep unnecessary data and paper-based clutter at bay by encouraging the entire workforce to be ruthless with their tidiness.

Idea Storms

Hold meetings where you and your employees can sit and share ideas about how your organisation can move forward this year, next year and in five years’ time. Whether the ideas that are shared are tiny or large-scale, it’s important to include everybody in the development of their company and often, we find that the sometimes the smallest changes can have a lasting impact on the way we do business. From the colour of the walls to the machinery you use, the type of training you give to the way lunch is served, you will never truly know what makes your workforce happy until you ask them.

Medieval Cure kills MRSA – how attacking problems creatively can give you better results

original.jpeg You may have seen a story in the news recently about an Anglo-Saxon cure for bacterial skin infections recreated by a Nottingham University Microbiologist that actually killed MRSA bacteria. The exciting and fascinating news was shared all over the internet, heralded by some as a sign that the way we treat hospital superbugs could soon be less temporary (as so-called ‘superbugs’ are resistant to most antibiotics). But where did the idea to take an ancient remedy and use it with a modern-day application come from? It seems that Freya Harrison, a microbiologist at the University of Nottingham got talking to an Anglo-Saxon scholar called Christina Lee and the rest writes itself. They decided to test a recipe from an Old English medical compendium called Bald's Leechbook, housed in the British Library. The mixture was full of ingredients known to kill bacteria grown in a controlled experiment, but it was unknown if they would work on a real infection or how they would combine. For Harrison and Lee, their combination of seemingly unrelated disciplines proved incredibly fruitful after the treatment proved to effectively kill 90% of MRSA bacteria in their experiments. Imagine how many more breakthroughs we’d have in the workplace if we took chances, thought differently and communicated like these two brilliant minds did. We could achieve anything! It’s certainly something worth pondering.

Themis Engineering event – viewing the Eclipse

On Friday 20 March, our Engineering breakfast event was treated to a partial solar eclipse. Luckily, our engineering trainers were on hand to provide safety viewing glasses and guests were able to see the whole spectacular event from the roof of Burnley College. Not bad for a networking event! themis eclipse

Photo taken by @DN_bizgrowthhub 

Themis eclipseA bit cloudy!


Visiting the Autoclave


On the roof

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