Colourful street party and 3 tier cake at Crossens Nursery
Nursery School celebrated the Royal Wedding on Wednesday, 27 April
2011 with a colourful ‘street’ party and an unusual 3
tier ‘cake’. The Nursery children sang and
danced in party mood, before enjoying their festive meal.
The special cake made
out of papier-mâché and recycled plant pots, was decorated with cup
cakes and topped by knitted William and Kate figures. The
children created it with the help of the staff, parents, Artist in
Residence Andy Shaw and his assistant Sharon Kelly.
WRVS presents Southport & Ormskirk NHS with £35,000 ‘gift’
present Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust with a fantastic
‘gift’ - £35,000 to fund a new heart scanner - at a
ceremony at Southport & Formby District General Hospital on Friday,
6 May at 4.30pm.
Jonathan Parry, chief executive of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital
NHS Trust will attend the ceremony, along with volunteers from the
WRVS shop at the hospital.
The money is an accumulation of the profits taken from the WRVS shop
at Southport and Formby District General Hospital.
Sue Collins, WRVS interim Head of Services for the North West,
said:- “We’re absolutely delighted to be able to hand over
such a significant amount of money to a really worthwhile cause. We
would like to say a massive thank you to all the volunteers and
staff who make the shop so successful; they provide a really
invaluable service for the people who use it.”
Jonathan Parry, Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust chief executive,
said:- “We are extremely grateful for both this very generous
contribution to the scanner appeal but also to the sterling work the
WRVS and their volunteers perform at each of our hospitals. Everyone
who has made this donation possible – from the patients and visitors
who use the shops to the volunteers who make their operation
possible – can be sure, that once acquired, the scanner will be of
enormous benefit to patients for years to come.”
Businesses struggling to find the right calibre of staff
government’s new Work Programme, that is due to be launched in June
2011, is hoped will transform the lives of millions of people on
long terms benefits. Billed as “The most ambitious back to
work programme this country has ever seen” (Chris Grayling),
it is hoped it will bring to an end a persistent problem which has
defeated previous administrations of all persuasions.
Despite optimism of the government, the picture looks very different
when seen through the eyes of employers. A recent survey by the
People 1st Training Company revealed that a quarter of businesses
are struggling to find the right calibre of staff. Currently in the
UK, 2.4 million people are out of work yet some businesses are
finding it hard to recruit staff.
Carmen Watson, Managing Director of Pertemps Recruitment Partnership
said:- “Businesses are recruiting again which should offer great
encouragement to the labour market, however there is a worrying
trend that although companies are hiring they are struggling to find
the right calibre of staff. Hiring the right staff is vital to any
organisation and failure to do this can cost a company dearly. My
advice to companies who are looking to hire is to recruit staff who
share your company’s values and culture.”
The recent economic downturn, public sector cut backs combined with
mounting employment regulation, such as the Equality of Duty rules
which came in recently, all make compliance a costly and complex
maze for both public and private sector employers.
However, it’s not just when people are in work that the problems
begin, recent figures announced by the Office of National Statistics
stood youth unemployment at 963,000, with the jobless rate for young
people remaining above 20%. Youth unemployment is at an all time
high and many experts are attributing the worrying trend to an ever
widening skills gap.
Last month, Chancellor George Osborne highlighted the skills gap as
a real danger. In the budget he said the UK was falling behind other
developed countries in terms of having a skilled and flexible work
force; a situation that would potentially undermine any future
As a result the government has found extra funding for a further
40,000 apprenticeships for young people. Apprenticeships should
prove an attractive solution to both employers and perspective
employees as university fees increase. With fees increasing to up to
£9,000 the option of university has become a less attractive option
to many young people..
Watson continued:- “The skills agenda raises much concern and
there are a number of vital areas we need to look at. A critical
area appears to be 16-24 years olds where we have seen an alarmingly
high unemployment rate so far this year. We are clearly not offering
this age group enough training and support and, in my opinion, many
are not being offered training at all. This is an issue that needs
to be addressed as a matter of urgency and we need to be asking
companies to seriously look at how we can support an age group that
are failing to get jobs.”
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