What’s on today?

Below is a list of staff cover, workshops and trainee rep activities for today and the rest of the month. You can click on any event to get more detail about it.


A larger copy of this calendar can be found here
Don’t forget to scroll down for the latest news and updates!

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Ideas for Children in Need

These are the ideas so far – we have talked about gaming tourneys, sponsored walks/silence and fun runs.  Selling cakes is also a good idea!

Ideas for Children in Need

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Fire Drill

We have organised a fire drill for this week on Thursday.  It may occur any time between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

Fire drills are part of our Health and Safety procedures and every attendee within the building needs to participate fully.

You might want to take this opportunity to remind yourself of our Company Health and Safety Policy (Appendix 2)

IN CASE OF FIRE:

If you discover a Fire:  Give the alarm immediately by sounding the fire alarm.

On hearing the Fire Alarm:  Leave the building by the nearest available exit.

    •  Upper Floor – Exit to the front door of the building
    • Lower Floor – Exit to the rear car park entrance

Do not stop to collect personal belongings

If possible close all doors and windows behind you, as you make your escape.

Report to Tracey Madden – Designated Person in charge of main assembly point.

    • All Personnel – Car Park Front Of ITeC Building

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Travel Cost Survey

NUS Apprentice Extra have been asked to look at the cost of travel and how that impacts learning choices and well-being.  They would like apprentices or traineeships/engagement learners to complete a survey as part of their research.

The survey will take about 5 minutes and entrants will be entered into a prize draw for taking part

  • First prize of £100
  • £50 runner up
  • And two £25 amazon vouchers to be won.

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The research will be published as part of NSoA members regional activities week 8-12 September.

Apprenticeship Extra NUS Card

If you are an apprentice at Swansea ITeC you can get a student discount card from NUS. It only cost £11 per year and offers discounts at many of the popular online and high-street retailers and entertainment vendors, e.g. Up to 10% off at amazon.co.uk.

Apprentice Extra discount card

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Real World Projects

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MOOCs

Want more help (or more of a challenge!).  Not sure what to do once your course finishes and you still want to do more learning?

What about trying a MOOC Open Online course – interactive online courses which typically include video, questions and answers, mini projects and discussion forums. Most are free with the option to pay for a certificate track if desired.

I’ve compiled a list of some themed under particular topics.  Some relevant to your courses other on wider topics or just for fun  If you think any should be added just reply here or drop me a contact.

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day

15th May is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of the day is to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities.

Why not take part in one of their Challenges to get a better understanding of why accessibility is important and what it feels like to have additional challenges in accessing some of your favourite sites?

 

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Software Development career opportunities

One of my apprentices who works for NHS Wales has sent me details about their current recruitment drive.

They are looking for a Software Development Officer, the idea is that staff are recruited as a lower grade, and are trained up to become developers.  As such, it’s open to people with a keen interest in software development, rather than a proven track record.

The position is in Cardiff, so anyone interested would need to prepare to either commute or move to the capital.

We are looking for candidates with an interest in forging a career as a trainee software developer. However the role is varied and offers the successful candidate the opportunity to cut their teeth and develop skills in support, business analysis and testing.

You should have a strong interest in building high quality software using Microsoft technologies. In particularly we are looking for candidates who can demonstrate proven experience in either a professional or academic environment using:-

  • C# or Visual Basic.NET
  • ASP.NET or ASP.NET MVC
  • SQL Server RDMBS 2008 or above

The opportunity would suit those with prior experience in software development or those holding a relevant degree but neither is essential.

http://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/686ad8668030cd8dee27bf385a26782d/?vac_ref=913378805&src=infonly

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Learner Voice Wales 2014 – Learner Satisfaction Summary Report – Skills Academy Wales

Hi Everyone

I would like to thank all learners that took part in this years Learner Voice Wales Survey. A total of 66899 learners across Wales took part, including 1366 learners from Skills Academy Wales (includes 100% of Swansea ITeC learners).

The summary report highlights the following:-

Q8 – Could you now rate your provider overall? – 89% of learners selected Good/very good

Q9 – Is this training what you expected it to be? – 90% of learners selected Better / as expected

Also thank you for all your positive comments.

 

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Easter Holidays

Swansea ITeC will be closed on:

Good Friday (18th April)

Easter Monday (21st April)

Tuesday (22nd April)

Hope you all enjoy the Easter holidays

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Re-design Kitchen

Hi Everyone

Thank you for the feedback and comments relating to the kitchen.  We are taking on board your comments.  Learner comments below:-

“We want to redesign the kitchen space downstairs to make it a more pleasant, welcoming space to spend breaks and lunchtimes”

We have tried to make the kitchen a more inviting space for you to spend your breaks.  So far we have:-

  • Purchased blinds, radio
  • Bookshelf – read and swap books
  • WiFi will be installed on Monday
  • Settee and Chair will be delivery sometime next week (don’t get too comfortable!)
  • Information on the walls eg Welsh language information

The above points have been taken from the ideas from the kitchen designs that learners created.  Once the kitchen is complete we appreciate your feedback again.

Thanks

Helen

 

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