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Nine days remaining to enter Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2017

There are now only nine days remaining for training providers, employers, schools and apprentices to enter the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2017.

The awards hosts, Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Worcestershire County Council have recently announced that the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2017 will be presented by one of the UK’s leading live comedians, Mark Watson, at the Awards ceremony at West Midland Safari Park on 16 November 2017.

Entering or nominating for the awards is a simple process and doesn’t take long. Anyone can nominate training providers, apprentices, businesses or schools for the awards.  The Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2017 will recognise excellence in 12 categories:

Press Release 170621 - All winners from Worcestershire Apprenticeship 2016 AwardsApprentice Awards
School of the year – sponsored by Careers and Enterprise Company
Intermediate Level Apprentice of the year – sponsored by Titania
Advanced Level Apprentice of the year – sponsored by Southco
Higher Level Apprentice of the year – sponsored by Morgan Motor Company
Worcestershire Apprentice of the year (main apprentice award) – sponsored by Worcester Bosch Group

Employer Awards
Newcomer Apprenticeship Employer – sponsored by Vestia
Small Apprenticeship Employer of the year (< 50 employees) – sponsored by Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce
Medium Apprenticeship Employer of the year (> 50 employees) – sponsored by WBL Consultancy
Large Apprenticeship Employer of the year (> 250 employees) – sponsored by Sanctuary Group
Apprentice Ambassador of the Year – sponsored by Heartbeat – The Training Academy
Training Provider of the Year – sponsored by Worcestershire Training Providers Association
Worcestershire Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (main employer award) – sponsored by Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd.

Cllr Dr Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure at Worcestershire County Council, added: “It is great to see that the highly popular Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards are continuing to go from strength to strength each year. I am sure that this year’s awards will once again attract a large number of nominations and attendees, and I look forward to the awards ceremony taking place on 16 November at West Midland Safari Park.”

For more information about apprenticeships locally and to enter this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards before the 30 June 2017 deadline, visit the Worcestershire Apprenticeships website, www.worcsapprenticeships.org.uk
Completed nominations and table bookings for the awards should be sent to awardsnominations@worcestershire.gov.uk
Join the conversation on Twitter using #WorcsApprentice

*** 21st June 2017 – details submitted by Worcestershire LEP ***

Apprenticeship Levy & Funding Changes
How can Heart of Worcestershire College help?

HOWC_logo_CMYKWith changes to the way apprenticeships are delivered and funded the Heart of Worcestershire College team has put together some information covering everything you need to know. From what the new levy is all about, to frequently asked questions, Heart of Worcestershire College’s Solutions team are providing the answers.

Apprentice Levy & Funding Changes Q&A Leaflet

Interested in taking on an apprentice? Take a look at the various apprenticeship options available:

Accountancy – Advanced 2016-17

Accountancy – Intermediate 2016-17

Business and Administration – Advanced 2016-17

Business and Administration – Intermediate 2016-17

Customer Service – Advanced 2016-17

Customer Service – Intermediate 2016-17

Leadership and Management – Higher 2016-17

Management – Advanced 2016-17

Sales – Advanced 2016-17

Sales – Intermediate 2016-17

Teamleading – Intermediate 2016-17

*** 30th May 2017 – details submitted by Heart of Worcestershire College ***

Effective Retail Security

How to protect your bottom line.  Advice compiled by Jack Hince January 2017 Click Here to Download

Counter Terrorism Advice (please note this is general guidance and not a security update) Click Here for the Website

Cyber Crime

Up-date for Business and Staff Click Here to Download

Graffiti – Help & Advice

Graffiti Guidance 1

Graffiti Guidance 2













Click on images to view the full size version.

*** May 2017 – details submitted by Worcester City Council ***


Tudor House – Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award 2017

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Tudor House Museum in Friar Street, Worcester has been nominated for the annual Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum 2017 award!

Based in a mid-1500s, Grade II* Listed building, Tudor House Museum has been run by the Worcester Heritage & Amenity Trust group of volunteers since 2004, when they determined to keep the building open as a museum. It has grown over the past 13 years, gradually increasing its opening hours, events programme and visitor numbers. The latter now stand at a healthy 15,000+ a year.

The volunteers have taken the time to ensure that visitors of all ages feel warmly welcomed, including such measures as high chairs, baby changing, buggy parking, trails that appeal to boys and girls, prompts for children at their own eye-level, and dressing up clothes for adults and children.

The Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award was launched in 2004, and is based on public nominations, with the field wide open to museums of all shapes and sizes. Previous winners include the York Art Gallery (2016), Tuille House Museum (2015) and the National Maritime Museum (2014).

Museum manager, Tonia Collett, said “We’re so excited that Tudor House Museum has been nominated for the Kids in Museums 2017 FAMILY FRIENDLY MUSEUM AWARD! For a small independent museum without a huge budget or team, this is an enormous deal.

But that is what the Family Friendly awards have always done: celebrated not just the big national museums, but the Tudor House sized ones too. Size isn’t important, it’s how you make the families visiting you feel, and here we’ve always prided ourselves on making everyone, regardless of age and ability, feel welcome and included.”

To vote for Tudor House Museum in the Family Friendly Museum 2017 award, go to www.kidsinmuseums.org.uk/awards and complete the form. Deadline for nominations is 2nd June 2017.

*** May 2017 – details submitted by Tudor House ***




Employers, we need you!

Heart of Worcestershire College is on the lookout for local businesses to help support and facilitate their work placement programme.

As part of each student’s course, they are required to complete work placements consisting of one block  week or one day a week for a period of five weeks within a company. Typical placements for IT and Business students include: Finance, Marketing, HR, IT, Legal, Customer Service, Retail, Technical Support, Developers/coding and Web and Multimedia opportunities.

Students benefit greatly from working in the industry; gaining key employability skills to enhance their job applications and interviews.

As well as the students, each employer is rewarded with a number of benefits including; raising the company’s profile in the business sector, improving staff retention, growing talent, inspiring and informing young people and developing current employees by involving them in the supervision of young people.

Speaking about working with the College, Michelle Wood, Sanctuary’s Group Head of Learning and Development, said:

“Our partnerships with local schools and colleges in Worcester have allowed us to deliver sought after work experience placements to students in a range of business areas. Not only do these programmes provide young people with a valuable insight into the world of work, but also with a chance to gain practical and hands on experience, and discover how a commercially-driven organisation operates.”

If you’re interested in engaging with the College’s work placement programme please contact

Jackie White via jwhite@howcollege.ac.uk

***January 2017 – Heart of Worcestershire College***

Opening of new business on the High Street Cote Brasseries


9 JANUARY 2017
The start of the New Year brings with it added excitement for Côte Brasserie, who will
be opening a 160 cover restaurant on Worcester High Street in early January. Côte
have invested £1 million in creating their chic Parisian-style brasserie, which will bring
further dining choice for both locals and visitors to Worcester, as well as providing
around 50 new jobs in the area.
Located a short walk away from the banks of the River Severn and Worcester
Cathedral, Côte champions all day dining. From lazy weekend breakfasts to special
celebration dinners, business lunches and relaxed family meals, there is something
for everyone
Côte Restaurants CEO, Alex Scrimgeour says, “We are thrilled to be opening right
in the centre of Worcester and we look forward to bringing our friendly, professional
service and great value food to this thriving town. It’s a wonderful way for Côte to
begin 2017.”
Guests will always find classic brasserie favourites such as steak frites and tuna Niçoise
on the menu, along with a tempting selection of desserts. Côte’s must-try crème
caramel is a house speciality. Seasonal, monthly-changing specials and weekday
lunch and early evening menus ensure there is always something new to delight both
regular and first-time guests. At £10.95 for two courses and £12.95 for three courses
the weekday lunch and early evening set menu provides outstanding value, lending
itself perfectly to a quick lunch or relaxed dining. The extensive French wine list is
reasonably priced and features wines from a number of independent producers
across France.
Served until midday on weekdays and 1pm at weekends, Côte breakfasts are muchloved
by their guests and well-celebrated on social media. The renowned eggs
Benedict with homemade Hollandaise and the French breakfast with Côte’s awardwinning
boudin noir, are particular menu favourites.
Accredited by Coeliac UK, Côte is proud of its comprehensive and delicious gluten
free menu, which has received high praise from diners, the press and Coeliac UK
itself. Côte maintains high standards in gluten-free food preparation and staff
training and understands how important it is to be able to offer people who follow a
gluten-free diet, reliable and safe dining.
Due to the requests of many devoted guests, Côte launched a loyalty programme in
summer 2016. ‘Côte Rewards’ members earn treats throughout the year, as well as
receiving a joining gift of a complimentary bottle of wine to enjoy when dining. The
more visits made to Côte, the more rewards to be gained, which can be earned and
redeemed at any Côte Brasserie.
“Robust French flavours and brilliant value for money”
– ENDS –

***January 2017 – Cotes Brasseries***


OLLY MURS to perform Open Air Concert at Worcestershire County Cricket Club on Sunday 25th June as part of his huge 2017 Summer Tour!


Worcestershire County Cricket Club will welcome Olly Murs on Sunday 25th June, performing as part of his huge Summer UK Tour.

Following on from his spring arena tour, Olly Murs, one of British music’s biggest stars, announces his biggest headline shows yet; 22 outdoor dates across the UK, starting on Friday 2nd June through to Saturday 19th August 2017.

Olly Murs said, “I am thrilled to play outdoors at Worcestershire County Cricket Club. Outdoor shows are so much fun and I am looking forward to performing my biggest songs on my biggest outdoor tour!”

2016 has been another incredible year for Olly Murs which has seen him celebrate his fourth successive No.1 Album ’24 HRS’, becoming the most successful solo artist ever to come from the X Factor. New single ‘Years and Years’ is the new album’s centre piece; an expansive, explosive, spine-tingling belter and follows the radio favourites ‘You Don’t Know Love’ and ‘Grow Up’ which Olly recently performed on the X Factor.

Before his huge summer tour, the spring of 2017 will see Olly play 23 UK shows including three O2’s and the opening night of the Teenage Cancer Trust shows, confirming his reputation as one of Britain’s very best live performers.

Since Olly shot to fame in 2009, he has recorded four multi-platinum albums, produced four Number 1 singles with total record sales exceeding 10 million. ’24 HRS’ is the follow up to the acclaimed million selling album ‘Never Been Better’.

Jon Graham, Managing Director of Worcestershire County Cricket Club, said “We are delighted that an artist of the stature of Olly Murs is coming to New Road in 2017, it’s a major coup for the club. To get the opportunity to stage a concert involving the current number one selling artist, someone who is incredibly popular and an unbelievable showman is brilliant news and amazing profile for our ever-growing events side of the business.

” Liz Doogan-Hobbs MBE, CEO of LHG Live, promoter said, “We are delighted to be working with Olly Murs on his UK Summer Tour! Olly is one of the best male solo artists in the UK and the perfect artist for our venues. We expect each show to have a great party atmosphere and look forward to hearing his most popular hits.”

Tickets at Worcestershire County Cricket Club are priced at: £39.50 + booking fee & postage fee (General Admission) and £55.00 + booking fee & postage fee (Platinum enclosure).


Tickets are all standing. Disabled Tickets are available directly from the venue but are very limited.

Hospitality Packages are also available!

*** December 2016 Worcestershire County Cricket Club***


No Wobble because they have won Dobble…Again  

We are thrilled to announce that Wise Owl Toys in Charles Street is the biggest seller of the game ‘Dobble’ of all the independent shops in the UK for 2015 for the third year running! Wise Owl Toys owner, Mark Stewart, was naturally delighted to beat all the competition once again. ‘We love the game, so demonstrating it in our store was something that came naturally to us. We thought Worcester would have been saturated by now but that’s certainly not the case. To be “The Tops” three years running is amazing.’





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