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22 Mar

TV’s Jason used a hoverboard to make spectacular entrance at Chamber annual dinner

Arriving centre stage spectacularly on a hoverboard, TV’s Gadget Show host and futurologist Jason Bradbury enthralled guests at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner last night with his take on what’s happening in the world of technology.

22 Mar

Public consultation event for the development of Becketwell to be held in Derby's Intu Centre

Members of the public, local residents and businesses will have the opportunity to view proposals for the development of the Becketwell area of the city at a public consultation event, which is taking place in Derby’s intu centre.

21 Mar

Energy Efficiency project wins regional award for second consecutive year!

An energy efficiency project run by a partnership between Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council has been announced as a winner at this year’s East Midlands Energy Efficiency awards.

WEA on track to increase productivity in the Midlands through innovative language courses

The Worker’s Educational Association is piloting a programme to support skilled residents within the Midlands to improve their English bettering their chances of skilled employment. The WEA will be working with Midlands’ Engine and the LEPs to improve employment prospects and productivity in the work place.

The Midlands Engine has ambitious targets for growth, with many employers identifying skills gaps as key barrier. Employers tell us that there is a shortage of soft skills such as self-management, language skills, punctuality, reliability, strong work ethic, willingness to learn and act appropriately which is a significant barrier to recruitment. The recruitment challenge is driving costs and increasing the need to re-design jobs. The WEA plans to support business through providing accelerating work place language skills and identify Midlands’ residents who have the skills or potential to meet the needs of local industry.

Our proposed programme identifies cohorts of ESOL speakers who may have had good levels of education, qualifications and work skills in their home countries but who are unable to find work that reflects their abilities due to their language skills. Our programme is developmental and focuses on identifying these groups and offering intensive non-accredited English classes in small groups to accelerate their learning and work progression and following this with accredited learning to continue to develop work-related vocabularies and writing skills while gaining a recognisable award.

The WEA will be piloting in Leicester, Nottingham and Birmingham and is looking to partner with refugee centres, business and Job Centre Plus to recruit potential students.