Dragon Boat Race postponed
Southport Rotary Club's Charity Dragon Boat Race, at Southport's
Water Side Lodge, on the Marine Lake had to be postponed on safety
grounds because of the weather on Sunday, 22 June 2008.
One of the organisers
said:- "It is normally third time lucky, and as this is
our third year running the race, we thought we would have got that
luck on our side. Sadly, it was not the case. All 8 teams had a full
turn out, despite the weather. We tried to run two races, but after
that we decided, that due to the extremely strong winds, that it was
best cancelling it and re-holding the race on the 9 August 2008. The
water state on the lake is as if it was the Irish Sea and it would
have made the competition too hard. We would like to thank everyone
in the teams, the Southport Scouts at the Water Side Lodge, St John
Ambulance and of course, all our members at the Southport Rotary
Club. Remember we will be back on 9 August to re-run the events."
Thinking about a career in Journalism and Media?
Lancashire and BBC at MediaCity UK are holding an open day at their
Blackburn studios from 10am to 4pm on Thursday 3 July 2008.
With interactive elements, presentations and a chance to be part of
a live radio studio audience, this day will give you information
about the forthcoming BBC / UCLAN Journalism Foundation Entry Course
as well as various other training opportunities available in the
Media Industry in the North West.
Sound like the day for you to help you make the next step in your
career? This is what you could take part in…
* Studio Workshop - Find out how a studio works in a radio station.
You'll be given the opportunity to see how pre-recorded material is
recorded and how these mix with live content in the studio.
* News Workshop - Want to work in news? Want to know how to balance
facts with opinions? Want to know how to put a story together? Then
come along to this workshop to find out. Also find out more
about the course and how you could apply this year.
* MediaCity Presentation - The BBC is creating a new digital
broadcast centre in the North of England as part of the MediaCityUK
development at Salford Quays in Greater Manchester in 2011.
Key London Departments will move to the Salford. This
presentation will give you the latest information on the move to
Salford and what career opportunities it may create for you.
The format of the day will be as follows:
* 9.30am - Registration & Careers / Training schemes information
* 10.00am - 10.50am - Studio Workshop / News Workshop / and
* 11.00am - 1pm - Live audience at 'Ladies who Lunch'
* 1pm - 1.30pm - Break
* 1.30pm - 2.20pm - Studio Workshop / News Workshop / and MediaCity
* 3pm - 3.30pm - Studio Workshop / News Workshop / and MediaCity
* 4pm - Close of day
Throughout the day there will be various industry representatives
present who will be able to give you information, advice and
guidance on the current opportunities in the industry.
You can choose to attend the whole day or individual parts.
Please note that places are limited on each of the workshops, to
book your place please
email us, listing your desired
workshops and times.
Ship comes in for docks security team...
people have turned the tide in their battle against long-term
unemployment by securing jobs at the city’s world famous docks.
The new recruits clinched jobs in a variety of security roles at the
Port of Liverpool after impressing bosses at Nationwide Site
They are the first group of jobseekers to benefit from a successful
new partnership forged between employment experts Pertemps People
Development Group (PPDG) and the security company. PPDG
delivers a range of initiatives including Employment Zone, New Deal
and Lone Parent mentoring, and Learndirect training programmes.
Nationwide Site Security works in partnership with Port of Liverpool
police and Peel Ports Group providing security for Liverpool and
Birkenhead docks. Roles include maritime security, alarm
response, mobile patrols, explosives detection, drug detection,
firearms recovery, and personnel detection.
The six, who had all been unemployed for six months or more, were
recruited after completing a rigorous Security Industry Association
(SIA) training programme run by Carlisle Training. They had
been referred to PPDG’s employment coaches by Jobcentre Plus under
the Government-funded Employment Zone initiative.
Their preparation for interviews with Nationwide Site Security was
overseen by employment liaison co-ordinators Jane Marten and Charlie
Hynes, and contracts manager Dave Atlay. It included earning
their SIA badges, learning interview skills and confidence building
Frank Firth MBE, operations manager at Nationwide Site Security,
said:- “The partnership is working extremely well and the team
at Pertemps People Development Group has been providing us with
We have taken
on six new recruits and there are another two on standby. They
undertake various aspects of security work, such as guarding the
gates, traffic marshalling, computer work, looking after smaller
factories. It’s a diverse workforce and a diverse career.
The new guys are excellent, and their supervisors are really pleased
with them. They are punctual, have good presentation and their
response to doing the job, considering they may have been out of
work for a while, has been tremendous.
could well progress up the career ladder in the future and there is
a lot of scope for development as well as many training
We have also asked for another 13 people to interview – that is the
level of confidence we have got in PPDG.”
Jane Marten, based at the company’s city centre offices in Church
Street, appealed for unemployed people to contact the team on 0151
7032800 about opportunities in security work.
Jane Marten said:- “I’d like to congratulate all of our
clients who have started work with Nationwide Site Security.
They have succeeded in overcoming a range of obstacles and now have
the opportunity to build a career in an interesting and rewarding
The relationship we have with Nationwide Site Security is fantastic.
They tell us exactly what they are looking for in a potential
recruit which enables us to pick the right people for interview.
Their company is growing and we hope to continue to supply them with
The whole process is working really well and we know that, with
support from Carlisle Training, the preparation of our clients is
The Port of Liverpool, run by Peel Ports Group, dominates Britain's
container trade with North America and serves more than 100 other
non-EU destinations including China, India, Africa, Australia, and
the Middle East. It is the UK's leading gateway for imports of
grain and animal feed, for the export of recycled metal and the
movement of freight between Britain and Ireland.
Other commodities handled on the 1,200 acres of operational docks on
both banks of the River Mersey include timber and forest products,
11 million tonnes of crude oil, imports of coal, plus around three
quarters of a million people travelling on Irish Sea ferries and the
growing number of cruise ships embarking passengers and making day
calls at the port.
PPDG is one of the UK’s leading providers of Government-funded
Welfare to Work initiatives. Working in partnership with
Jobcentre Plus and other organisations, PPDG delivers employment and
training initiatives helping disadvantaged job seekers in
Birmingham, Solihull, West Bromwich, The Marches, Liverpool,
Teesside and Islington, access the workplace or self-employment.
More than 60,000 job seekers have been helped into sustained
employment since the projects began.
WEATHER FORCES CANCELLATION OF SCHEDULED FAST CRAFT SAILINGS
THE Isle of
Man Steam Packet Company has confirmed that on Saturday 21 June 2008
that is was to cancel the fast craft services to Dublin and
Liverpool after bad weather forecasts for Sunday, 22 June 2008 and
Monday, 23 June 2008.
The forecasts for
Sunday 22 June 2008 proved to be correct as the predict severe gales
hit the Irish Sea and made the sea state to bad to sail.
If you have been
affected and need to contact the company the Isle of Man Steam
Packet Company reservation staff can be contacted on 01624 661661
(Isle of Man), 0871 222 1 333 (UK) and 1800 805055 (Republic of