Simon Jordan's Blog - May 2015

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It has been an interesting and eventful month already and it’s only really just begun.

The General Election has been a great focus for many employers and now the wait is finally over we can discuss how to move forward. So, here’s what we know so far about Apprenticeships and our new Government. conservatives infographic   Time will tell how plans will move forward in the coming months, but it’s an exciting time for employers and Apprentices and there is plenty to look forward to.

Growth in Construction sector means it’s time to address the skills gap

The skills gap has long been on our agenda at Themis, but many companies have been reluctant to make steps towards investing in the future of the industry. Now with a stronger sector than ever, it’s time we all began to look harder at how we can support the boom. In February 2015, the Markit/CIPS purchasing managers' index (PMI) rose by a point to 60.1, its highest level since October. A score above 50 indicates growth, meaning that projected levels of growth for the sector have rocketed beyond projections over the past eight months. This accelerated growth stretches across housing, commercial and civil engineering sectors and comes as Taylor Wimpey and construction supplies firm Travis Perkins both posted upbeat results in Q1. How can we prepare for the skills gap crisis? By helping to make sure there is no skills gap! Construction Apprentices add much more value to businesses than simply being another pair of hands. Increasing productivity, improving motivation and driving training and upskilling within the workforce are just some of the unique skills Apprentices can bring. Themis are working closely with Construction employers from across East Lancashire who want to secure their future to develop training programmes and facilities that suit their rapidly growing industry. Our state of the art Construction and Future Technologies Centre opened in April 2015 and is already seeing Apprentices train in a variety of industry-specific skills from electrical installation to brickwork and plastering. If you’re thinking about taking on a Construction Apprentice, click here to find out more or watch the case study below from Speakman’s Contractors who have hired electrical installation Apprentices with Themis since 2014.

Engineering and Construction in Schools

We were extremely happy to welcome West Craven High School, Pendle Vale College, Our Lady and St John Catholic College, Rhyddings Business and Enterprise College and Colne Park High School last month as groups of their pupils joined us in the Construction and Future Technologies Centre. Pupils were able to take part in hands-on Construction and Engineering activities such as:
  • Carpentry and Joinery – Building a Timber Roof
  • Brickwork – Installing insulation
  • Painting and Decorating – Hanging Wallpaper
  • Furniture Making – Designing Furniture
  • Electrical Engineering – Wire a Circuit
  • Plumbing – Pipework and Testing
  • Plastering – Mould Casting
  • Professional Studies – Levelling and Thermal Imaging
  • A fantastic day was had by all and more than a few pupils showed themselves to be future Construction and Engineering experts!
students construction

Full steam ahead to Manchester!

On Monday 18 May, the first Todmorden Curve train service to Manchester Victoria will depart from Burnley Manchester Road station. To help you figure out how to spend your time in the City, the Themis team have all shared their favourite places to visit in Manchester. It’s not all about the employer commute you know… “My favourite place in Manchester is Albert’s Shed and Dukes 92 in Castlefield, they do amazing food and you can sit out and have a drink on a sunny afternoon. Also, on July the 1st Slide The City is coming to Manchester – an 1000ft slide that will cross most of the City Centre…that’ll be worth a trip!” Stephanie Coleman, Themis Sales and Recruitment Manager “I love all the quirky things Manchester has to offer. I’m definitely heading down to Grillstock on May 30 and 31, it’s a big weekend of barbecued meat, music and mayhem with Grandmaster Flash, The Heavy, Levi Roots and Cuban Bros all at Albert Square. Now tell me that you’ve seen something like that before! Also, the Manchester International Festival isn’t to be missed from 2 – 18 July where the entirety of Manchester is transformed into a public arts and performance space.” Katie Taylor, Themis Digital Marketing Executive “I know it’s early in the year, but St Anne’s Square at Christmas is my favourite place in Manchester.  The smell of good food and mulled wine, the Christmas lights and all the lovely stalls set up full of nick knacks…lovely.” Jeanette Brindle, Themis Work-Based Learning Recruitment Officer “I love having a day out shopping with my friends to the Arndale and then heading to a nice bar for something lovely to eat and drink. The train is going to make it so much easier, especially as you get a discount for two people travelling together.” Karen Windle, Themis Sales Support Recruitment Officer “I would catch the train to visit my favourite ever restaurant Croma, just off Albert Square. Their garlic bread with pulped tomato starter is my dessert island dish; I could eat this every day…although I'm not sure how the people around me would feel!” Laura Grenaghan, Themis Schools Liaison Team Leader “My wife and I always try to visit The Alchemist in Spinningfields whenever we’re in Manchester. It’s a really unique place to eat and drink and now with the train, it looks like we’ll be visiting a bit more often!” Paul Stackhouse, Themis Curriculum Manager, Construction “I love going to concerts in Manchester. I often go to the Phones4U Arena and the Apollo and have seen numerous artists from Take That to Paloma Faith. The atmosphere is always really good and I have had some fab times over the years dancing the night away!” Jo Day, Themis Sales Support Recruitment Officer

Get Fit for Business

It’s that time of year where everybody starts to rekindle their love for sports and fitness activities. I always like to encourage exercise within my workforce as it has so many benefits outside of the superficial. Think about it: offering schemes such as Cycle to Work mean employees feel better cared for and they are receiving a great benefit as part of their contract. However, it also increases their ability to exercise on their way to work, improving their health. I find exercising gives me more energy, keeps my stress levels down and gets the creative cogs of my brain whirring and plenty of people agree that it inspires them and helps them to concentrate more at work. Three members of the Themis team are getting fitter than the rest this month, as they set off on their sponsored 10k running events! Laura Norfolk, Themis Marketing Executive and Katie Taylor, Themis Digital Marketing Executive both completed the Great Manchester Run on Sunday 10 May with excellent finishing times under their belts. Laura raised £580 for the North West Air Ambulance and Katie was sponsored £365 to support mental health charity Mind. simon jordan's blog Also running for glory is Themis Marketing Intern Andrew Parkinson, who will be raising money for Burnley FC in the Community when he takes part in the Pennine Lancashire 10k on June 28. Left to right: Marketing Exec Laura Norfolk, Marketing Intern Andrew Parkinson and Digital Marketing Exec Katie Taylor.

Themis sports courses

If you’re feeling really keen or your employees are looking to expand their sports and fitness skills, there are a range of Themis training programmes based in health, fitness and exercise. Take a look at the following courses, all beginning this Spring:

Sports Courses

Burnley Business Awards

I am excited to have been invited on the judging panel at the 2015 Burnley Business Awards, held on Thursday 11 June at Towneley Hall. The event looks set to be a great one for #brilliantburnley (hashtag definitely needed!), with some of the region’s most successful, most interesting and most entrepreneurial businesses getting together to celebrate what makes this town so brilliant.  
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