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Apprenticeships and Training

Communities for Work

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Communities for Work is an employment support project fully funded by the European Social Fund. If you are unemployed and looking for work or on a low income, you can recieve fully funded support with:

  • Advice and guidance
  • Finding Work
  • Volunteering 
  • Work Experience
  • Training Opportunites 

A team member can meet you locally to help you find out more. Call us today on 01437 776437 or  cfw@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

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Work Experience

We are delighted to be able to offer the following Work Experience placements across the Authority.

  • Architecture
  • Recycling
  • Day Centre/SAC
  • Leisure Centre
  • Garage
  • Facilities
  • Archivists
  • Planning
  • Building Maintenance 

As a major employer in Pembrokeshire, we want to provide meaningful work experience by providing opportunities for individuals to gain an understanding of the requirements of the area in which they are placed.

As work experience requires close supervision, this responsibility must be balanced with our operational requirements.

We know that there are many different work experience opportunities including but not limited to:

  • Mandatory and non-mandatory School based work experience requests
  • Mandatory and non-mandatory College/University work experience requests
  • Job seekers work experience requests
  • Government/ rehabilitation programme based work experience requests

Work experience requests come in many forms, and departments will do their best to provide appropriate placements for each individual where possible.

Application Process

If you want to apply for a work experience placement you can contact us directly to register your interest at: Recruit@pembrokeshire.gov.uk 

You must outline the type of placement you are interested in and the duration of the placement you would like. All requests will then be sent to the appropriate manager concerned to consider whether providing work experience would be appropriate.

 

 

 

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Futureworks at Pembrokeshire County Council

Futureworks specialises in employment and skills services, addressing worklessness and promoting social mobility. 

For over 30 years Futureworks has successfully delivered employment and skills programmes to support unemployed and economically inactive people to gain skills and move into employment.

We understand the local working environment and through building strong relationships with local employers, partners and communities, we've been able to deliver excellent results to date and we'll continue to do so. 

Our customers receive a uniquely personalised customer journey that offers them improved job prospects.

For more information about our history, our mission statement and core values please follow the link below:

Who We Work With

  • Jobseekers
  • Employers
  • Partners
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About us

Futureworks' mission statement is:


"To provide high quality training and support service to enhance the skill base of individuals and add value to the businesses in Pembrokeshire."

Our core values are:

  • We have a positive, ‘can-do' attitude
  • We take pride in exceeding expectations
  • We help raise and realise aspirations
  • We have fun in providing a friendly, professional service
  • We show deep respect for all individual customers
  • We provide a safe and secure environment for our customers 

 

Futureworks is part of Pembrokeshire County Council's Regeneration Service. We have over 20 years experience of supporting businesses, helping people back into work and skilling people for the workplace.  

If you are looking for new people, we can offer a free recruitment service. We'll get to know you and your business so we can tailor our services to suit you.

We've worked with companies across West Wales and beyond to find quality people who are motivated and ready for work.  When you recruit with us you'll get a professional, efficient service that won't cost you a penny!

You'll get:   

  • a highly motivated team of employment consultants looking for the best people to fill your vacancies
  • a dedicated Employer Consultant as a single point of contact
  • free meeting room space to conduct interviews
  • the ability to work trial candidates "in role" for up to 2 weeks at no cost

We will:   

  • advertise your vacancy within our system on the same day you give it to us
  • work with you to match suitable candidates to your personal specification so that you only see people right for the job
  • provide regular updates about how your vacancy is progressing
  • prepare our candidates so that they understand your business.

In some instances we can also: 

  • offer free training to "up skill" candidates to fit the remit of your vacancy
  • off apprenticeship programmes and provide advice on the funding available for businesses

What employers say

"We are very pleased to advise that we have found your assistance in finding reliable staff a definite advantage in the present employment environment. To have the luxury of a month's acquainting the man with the job (and the job with the man), is a tremendous benefit to us all. Rest assured, when we need more personnel, we will be in touch with you again.

Warmest regards Geoff"

Capt. Geoff White, Hutton & Co (Ships Chandlers) Ltd

 

For more information contact our Employer Engagement Team:

Futureworks, Market Building, Melville Street, Pembroke Dock, SA72 6XS. Tel: 01437 776437
Futureworks, Unit 17, Cedar Court, Milford Haven, SA73 3LS. 
Futureworks, 19 Old Bridge Street, Haverfordwest, SA61 2AL.
Futureworks, 3&4 St Mary Street, Cardigan, SA43 1HA

Email: futureworks@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

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Background

Pembrokeshire County Council has a dedicated team of specialist business units within its Regeneration department collectively named Futureworks.  For over 30 years Futureworks has successfully delivered employment and skills programmes to support unemployed and economically inactive people to gain skills and move into employment.

In recent years Futureworks has successfully delivered the following programmes:

Flexible New Deal on behalf of Working Links - services for long-term unemployed (over 12 months), focusing on improving customer's employability in order to enter the world of work.  Services included in-work support once a customer had entered work.

Future Jobs Fund on behalf of Department of Works and Pensions - 160 places for young people (18-24 years) who had been unemployed 6 months or longer.  Young people had the opportunity to develop work related skills and qualifications and to be employed for up to 6 months whilst receiving a salary at national minimum wage. 

Community Task Force on behalf of Groundwork UK - services for young people (18-24 years) who have been unemployed 9 months or longer.  Young people developed work related skills through community projects either in the third sector or in-house.  Futureworks manages two supervisor-led projects with Sustrans Cycle Paths and Scolton Manor Country Park.

Workbased Learning * on behalf of Welsh Government/DfES - services for unemployed youth and adults through the Youth and Adult Skillbuild programmes and Young Person's Guarantee, and Apprenticeships.  Learning routeways include:  Engineering, Construction, Business Administration and Active Leisure (Sport and Recreation), Essential Skills and ICT and Employability qualifications.  Futureworks also delivers Apprenticeships and NVQ Level 2 and 3.

PECS Project * on behalf of Welsh Government/DfES - a bespoke practical engineering construction skills project piloted as part of the Skillbuild Review.  For adult learners who wanted to improve their practical skills and receive an introduction to recruiting employers in the energy sector.

Futureworks also delivers personal and skills development programmes and training services to the ESF Engage Project.

In earlier years Futureworks successfully delivered the following employment and skills programmes:

  • New Deal for Young People and New Deal 25 Plus
  • Programme Centre
  • Sector Specific Pre-employment training - tourism, retail, call centre
  • New Deal for Disabled People
  • Return to Earn

From 1993, prior to local government reorganisation in 1996, Jobcentre Plus contracts were held by Dyfed County Council, Futureworks delivering the Pembrokeshire elements such as Job Clubs in Pembroke, Jobsearch and Jobsearch Plus, Restart and Workwise courses.

These programmes were part funded by ESF

  

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Our programmes

Futureworks expert employment and skills training support

Over 30 years’ experience of helping people to find jobs and move forwards in their lives

Futureworks has helped more than 3000 people in Pembrokeshire to change their lives for the better by starting lasting employment.

We know there are many things that mean the jobs market can be difficult for some people.

  • You may not have been employed for a while and need help with confidence or skills to look for work again.
  • You may have a health condition or disability. 
  • You may have been out of work caring for a child or relative. 
  • You may want to gain skills or qualifications to help move towards work.

Whatever your circumstances, we can help you find a way to make employment work for you.

A Personal Plan of Action

Have you been looking for a job? Our services give people the support they need to start working.

Together, we’ll create a personal plan of action that suits your individual needs and work ambitions.

This includes:

  • One-to-one expert mentor guidance
  • CV help and interview preparation
  • Financial support with travel and work clothes
  • High quality skills training
  • Preparation for work through work placements and work trials
  • Access to exclusive job vacancies
  • Health and wellbeing support
  • Signposting to specialist organisations for ongoing support

For more information contact:

Futureworks on 01437 776437

or email: futureworks@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

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Communities for Work Plus

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 Communites for Work Plus is an employment support project fully funded by the Welsh Government. If you are unemployed and looking for work or on a low income, you can recieve fully funded support with

  • Advice and guidance
  • Finding Work
  • Volunteering 
  • Work Experience
  • Training Opportunites 

A team member can meet you locally to help you find out more. Call us today on 01437 776437 or cfwplus@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

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Traineeships

Futureworks is a work-based learning provider; we have been working in partnershipwith Skills Academy Wales NPTC and LRC Training to deliver Traineeships on behalf of the Department for Education and Skills, Welsh Government.

Traineeships is a learning is a new learning programme for young people aged between 16-18 years old, in Wales.  The programme aims to give young people the skills needed to get a job or progress to further learning at a higher level, such as an apprenticeship or further education.

Traineeships are not time-bound, but are based on the needs of each individual learner and support each individual learner by providing an allowance and help with travel costs.  Learners receive an allowance of £30 per week for the Engagement Traineeship for 21 hours per week attendance and £50 per week for the Level 1 Traineeship for 35-40 hours per week attendance (dependent on work placement).

Careers Wales referring young people aged 16-18 to Traineeships, to find out more go to Careers Wales Online (opens new window) and search the Courses in Wales database for opportunities in your area or alternatively call the Learning and Careers Advice helpline on 0800 100 900

Futureworks currently offer the following traineeships opportunities:

Engagement Traineeship:

This is for you if you are not sure what you want to do for a career or if you are not quite ready to immediately take part in employment or other learning.  It will also prepare you for the world of work or full-time learning. It might include work placements, community projects, or training at one of our centres. Engagement can also help when you have been offered a job which is dependent on a work trial or pre-employment probationary period.

Level 1 Traineeship:

If you know what career at this level you want to follow and are ready and able to undertake full-time learning then you can access this level directly. Level 1 could also include work placements, community projects and training with Futureworks while you do an NVQ or other qualifications in the sector you have chosen.

Futureworks currently offers Level 1 learning in:

  • Futureworks - Business & Administration
  • Futureworks - Customer Service
  • Futureworks - Horticulture
  • Futureworks - Engineering Level 1
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Information Technology
  • Employability Skills
  • Futureworks - Caring for Children

Click on the sector title for more information about Traineeships and Apprenticeships in each industry.

For more information about Futureworks' Traineeships contact us on:

01437 776437

futureworks@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

 

Information about Traineeships can also be found at:

www.wales.gov.uk

www.careerswales.com

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Apprenticeships

Futureworks is a work-based learning provider; we have been working in partnership with Skills Academy Wales at NPTC Group of Colleges and LRC Training to deliver Apprenticeships on behalf of the Department for Education and Skills, Welsh Government.

We currently offer apprenticeship learning opportunities in the following sectors:

  • Futureworks - Business & Administration
  • Futureworks - Customer Service
  • Futureworks: IT Users
  • Futureworks - Horticulture
  • Futureworks: Child Care
  • Futureworks: Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Futureworks: Team Leading and Management

For more information about Futureworks Apprenticeships contact us on:

01437 776437

futureworks@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

What are Apprenticeships?

As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications; this learning may include day release at one of Futureworks' centres. Futureworks' Apprentices can take between one and two years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the apprentices' ability and the industry sector. The minimum salary is £3.50 per hour; however, many apprentices earn significantly more.

Who are they for?

Apprenticeships are open to all age groups above 16 years-old whether you are just leaving school, have been working for years or are seeking to start a new career. There are different entry requirements depending on the Apprenticeship and the industry sector and competition for places with employers can be fierce, so you will need to show that you are committed, and aware of your responsibilities to both yourself and the company who would employ you. You also need to be happy to work as both part of a team and individually, and be able to use your own initiative.

Learning

Apprenticeships are designed with the help of the employers in the industry, so they offer a structured programme that takes you through the skills you need to do a job well. There are targets and checks to make sure that your employer is supporting you and you are making progress.

As an employee you will be in employment for most of your time as most training takes place on the job. The rest usually takes place at a Futureworks' learning centre.  The amount of time you spend varies according to your Apprenticeship and will be useful in your job and help you succeed in your future career.

Your employment will be for at least 30 hours per week. There may be a small number of circumstances where the learner cannot complete the full 30 hours. In these cases employment will be for more than 16 hours per week and your learning may last for a longer period of time because of this.

Levels

Apprenticeships are increasingly recognised as the gold standard for work-based learning. Futureworks currently offers two levels of Apprenticeship:


Foundation Apprenticeships

  • Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 2 Competence Qualification, Essential Skills Wales and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.

Apprenticeships

  • Apprentices work towards work-based learning such as a Level 3 Competence Qualification, Essential Skills Wales and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.

All Apprenticeships must include the following elements:

  • A competencies qualification which must be achieved by the apprentice to qualify for an Apprenticeship certificate, and which is the qualification required to demonstrate competence in performing the skill, trade or occupation to which the framework relates
  • A technical knowledge qualification which is the qualification required to demonstrate achievement of the technical skills, knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts and knowledge and understanding of the industry and its market relevant to the skill, trade or occupation to which the framework relates.
  • Essential Skills Wales in Communication and Application of Number and for some industries Information Technology.
  • The diagram below gives an overview of where Apprenticeships fit in with your choice of options for education, employment and training.

Information about Apprenticeships can be found at the following:

Welsh Government website at: www.wales.gov.uk

www.careerswales.com

Useful generic information on apprenticeships, however, please note that apprenticeships in Wales differ in some areas for example title and framework requirements:

www.apprenticeships.org.uk

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Locations and Contacts

Futureworks has customer service centres in accessible town centre locations in Pembroke Dock, Milford Haven, Haverfordwest and Cardigan.  For the delivery of our skills programmes we have learning facilities in all of these locations and our engineering centre in Pembroke Dock.

Market Building

Melville Street

Pembroke Dock

Pembrokeshire

SA72 6XS

Telephone:  01437 776437  


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Unit 17

Cedar Court

Milford Haven

Pembrokeshire

SA73 3LS

Telephone: 01437 776437  


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19 Old Bridge 

Haverfordwest

SA61 2EZ

Telephone: 01437 776437


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The Skills Centre

Stockwell Road

Pembroke Dock

Pembrokeshire

SA72 6TQ

Telephone:  01437 775663


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3&4 St Mary Street
Cardigan
SA43 1HA

 

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