Free training courses to tackle farming and woodland management skills shortages launched in the South West

Technology, and its role in supporting a more sustainable future, is becoming increasingly important across all sectors, including Farming and Woodland Management.

Train4Tomorrow is a government funded programme supporting adults in the South West to develop the in-demand skills required by industry through free training.

In January, Duchy College in Cornwall and Bicton...

Magic skills technical workshop

With over 30 years experience, local strolling magician Mark Leveridge is launching a new magic skills technical workshop in Exeter. Mark, who belongs to the illustrious Magic Circle in London, is also a member of the prestigious Inner Circle, with a Gold Star for high technical performing ability. The first of the new workshops is called ‘Let’s Make Magic’ and is aimed at children aged 11 –...

Devils to face Sheffield

Plymouth Skills Group Devils v Sheffield Window Center Tigers

Premier League, St Boniface Arena, Plymouth. 7.15pm Friday May 15, 2015

PLYMOUTH face a stiff test when they take on Sheffield in the Premier League at the St Boniface Arena on Friday evening (7.15pm), writes Graham Hambly.

The Yorkshire side were one of the early leaders in the table and have already picked...

Developers and companies to draw up plans for skills

Developers setting their sights on Plymouth and companies with large Council contracts will be asked to support the next generation of construction employees through employment and skills plans.

Plymouth City Council is the first Council in the region to use both its planning and procurement system to boost the number of people entering the construction industry.

Under the...

Upskill struggle could be eased by online education

Employers could face an upskill struggle when recruiting for the roles available in a changing job market, set to grow by around 37% in the South West, according to CBI predictions.

The National Careers Council says over half of employers are not confident they will find sufficient recruits for jobs on offer. Growth is expected in sectors such as computer technology, tourism and...

Building projects delayed by skills shortage

Development projects in Exeter and across Devon and Cornwall are being delayed by up to three months as a result of a struggle to source skilled labour, according to leading property consultancy JLL.

As the economy has started to improve, construction work has picked up, with new building projects taking place in and around the region.

But David Slee, building consultancy...

School recruiting talent of the future

Tomorrow’s scientists and engineers can now apply for places at the county’s newest school, the South Devon University Technical College in Engineering, Water and the Environment, which opens its doors to the first intake of students this time next year.

The innovative UTC has been established by the University of Exeter and South Devon College alongside key local and regional...

Youngsters invited to try their hand at new careers

Youngsters looking to lay the foundations for a new career are invited to try their hand at a range of skilled trades as part of an apprenticeship afternoon.

From bricklaying to carpentry and hairdressing to child care, school leavers can have a go for themselves at the event run by Skills Group.

The event will be staged in a large marquee at the Piazza, by the Big Screen, on...

Plymouth launches £330,000 Get Online programme

One of the largest projects in the UK to help people get online and build their digital skills and confidence officially launches in Plymouth today.

The Get IT Together project is a £330,000 initiative in the city which is part of BT’s nationwide Connected Society programme and run by the specialist digital inclusion charity Citizens Online.

It helps people to gain online...

Devon businesses recruit low levels of career starters

Survey reveals skills needs of Devon businesses

Devon businesses are only recruiting low numbers of young people looking for their first job since leaving education, according to research published today by Devon County Council.

The Devon County Council Workforce Skills Survey aims to better understand the issues and challenges facing businesses in Devon in relation to skills,...