Industry News

SFA: Hot on the heels of Team GB’s success at London 2012 Olympics, the UK has shown its talent once again, this time winning 7 medals at a European skills competition.   Squad UK, which is managed by the National Apprenticeship Service and consists of the UK’s most talented apprentices, employers and learners, competed at EuroSkills in Spa, Belgium, from 4 – 6 October.  All Squad UK members are aged 18 – 25.
The EuroSkills Competition sees Europe’s most talented skilled young people come together to compete in their chosen skill with the aim of winning Gold, Silver & Bronze.  Squad UK won medals across 5 skills: hairdressing, carpentry, window display, painting & decorating and stonemasonry.
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WAG: A unique new centre in Wales to train young entrepreneurs of the future and help them launch their own companies was officially opened by Business Minister Edwina Hart recently.  The Entrepreneurship Academy Wales is the first centre of its kind in Wales dedicated to enabling young people to start their own businesses.  

Based at the Innovation Foundry in Swansea’s Dylan Thomas Centre, the Academy will not only provide students with the theoretical knowledge of running a business but also help them set up their own businesses and trade while studying. The Academy is open to further education students throughout Wales and offers BTEC3 qualifications in entrepreneurship & enterprise.
Press release ~ Entrepreneurship Academy Wales
DefraRural Warwickshire will be transformed into a centre of enterprise that is expected to create more than 500 jobs & 120 start-up businesses, Environment Minister, David Heath announce on his Rural Roadshow to the county last week.  Warwickshire is one of just 5 regions selected to deliver a Rural Growth Network.
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