Archive for January 31st, 2011

Celebrating National Apprentice Week

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Celebrating National Apprentice Week

West Sussex County Council is celebrating National Apprentice Week, (Monday February 7 – Friday 11), with a series of events around the county.

An apprenticeship is a nationally recognised training programme combining real work with learning and training, both on the job and at college. As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills.

The Apprenticeships Team will be hosting a series of drop-in sessions at several Libraries for people to find out about the latest job opportunities and information about the scheme. They will be at:

• Worthing Library, 10am -12 noon and Littlehampton Library, 2 – 4pm, on Monday February 7

• Chichester Library, 10am – 12 noon and Bognor Regis Library, 2 – 4pm, on Tuesday February 8

• Crawley Library, 10am –12 noon, on Wednesday February 9

• Horsham Library, 10am – 12 noon, on Thursday February 10

• Haywards Heath Library 10am –12 noon on Friday February 11

The stands will be at the Libraries all day but will have someone to discuss apprenticeship opportunities at the times stated above.

On Wednesday February 9, 11am – 3pm, the Apprenticeships and Future Jobs Fund teams will be at the Drill Hall, Denne Hill, Horsham, advising people on how to become an apprentice.

At the Horsham Connexions Centre on Thursday February 10, 1.30pm – 6.30pm, young people at the Y Centre, Horsham will have the chance to talk to training providers looking for apprentices and Connexions personal advisers.

For more information, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/apprenticeships

or go to www.apprenticeships.org.uk.

Crawley MP Urges “Certainty and Clarity” Over The Future Of Crawley’s Youth Services

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Crawley MP Urges “Certainty and Clarity” Over The Future Of Crawley’s Youth Services

Following a meeting Henry Smith requested with the West Sussex Leader, Louise Goldsmith, and newly appointed Cabinet Member for Children & Young Peoples Services, Peter Evans, at County Hall on Friday regarding the future of youth provision in Crawley, Henry Smith said, “Over a year ago when I was still Leader of West Sussex, a suggestion was put to me that to reduce costs, in light of poor funding from the previous Government, one option would be to close youth centres across the county. I rejected that idea because of the harm it would do to the support young people need and the negative impact such closures would have on local neighbourhoods – such a policy would be a false economy anyway.

“Over last summer I was therefore concerned that County Hall seemed to be reconsidering such an option. Despite an assurance at the time that ‘no youth centre need close’ I have remained troubled that confusion over the future of the youth centres has gone on for far too many months now.

“We need certainty and clarity over the future of Crawley’s youth centres, such as those at Oriel High School and Ifield Community College and this is what I told County bosses. I think there is an opportunity to bring more people in to providing youth services – in true Big Society style – and that spirit I’m pleased that a meeting with Crawley Borough has been promised for next week.

“The public finances are in a dire state due to the last Government incurring a £2 trillion debt – but this shouldn’t mean a simple cut but rather better, more innovative ways of working and I know that’s what local authorities and local people can achieve in Crawley for the future of youth provision.”

Henry Smith has said on many occasions over the last year that no youth centre should or need to close.

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Crawley Town FA Cup Fifth Round Success Hailed By MP Henry Smith

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Crawley Town FA Cup Fifth Round Success Hailed By MP Henry Smith

Crawley MP, Henry Smith, has congratulated Crawley Town Football Club on their Saturday evening away one-nil win against Torquay.

Henry said, “This has to be the best day so far in the history of Crawley football. The Reds fantastic win in Torquay makes me very proud of our town’s team. I can’t wait to see where this story takes us next!”

Follow Henry daily on Facebook by visiting: www.facebook.com/henrysmithmp

Crawley Borough Council congratulates Crawley Town FC

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Council congratulates Crawley Town FC

Crawley Borough Council has congratulated Crawley Town FC for their FA Cup triumph over Torquay United on Saturday – and fairytale 5th round draw against Manchester United.

Councillor Lenny Walker, Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, said: “FA Cup fever has truly hit Crawley now! Congratulations to the players, management and supporters for a fantastic result at Torquay United on Saturday.

“It’s turning into a momentous season for the Red Devils. Who better to meet in the 5th round of the best cup competition in the world than Manchester United? I expect Crawley to be pretty quiet in three weeks’ time!”

Mayor of Crawley, Councillor Lee Burke, said: “I offer my congratulations to Crawley Town. It was a fantastic result and a wonderful day for the town, followed by the remarkable draw yesterday. This really is the magic of the cup and helps put Crawley on the map.

“I wish the boys good luck for the trip to Manchester United in Round Five and for the rest of the season.”