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The Learning Line

Situated near East Ham tube station, the Learning Line is Newham College’s centre for Employment, Enterprise, Education and English. Our employment advisers can help you find a job, write your CV, complete applications and find courses to help enhance your career.

We provide youth support and mentoring, short courses including Hospitality and Healthcare, apprenticeships, volunteering work trials.

If you’re interested in starting a business, our courses will help prepare you for this.

We have a wide range of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses.

We can provide you with information on the full range of courses offered by Newham College – and help find the course to suit you.

Contact us for more details.

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Fit for Legacy

Fit for Legacy has been set up to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) across London, with a particular focus on seven east London Boroughs to access new opportunities arising from the huge programme of regeneration taking place across the London Thames Gateway.

We offer SMEs FREE* practical support by:

  • Profiling tender opportunities
  • Identifying and matching suppliers to buyers
  • Hosting ‘Meet the Buyer’ events
  • Providing professional one-to-one support in pitching for business

Fit for Legacy is a joint partnership between CIPs Newham and East London Business Place. For more details please visit the Fit for Legacy website.

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* We are open to London-based SMEs employing less than 250 staff in all sectors excluding retail.

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Youth Contract

Newham College of Further Education’s Youth Contract programme supports 16 – 17 year olds who are not in education, employment or training [NEET] in getting back into studying or find work.

The opportunities available through this programme include:

  • Taster Days – to try out a range of courses
  • Work Experience – spending time trying out a new job
  • Short courses – great for CV
  • Apprenticeships – earning money and receiving a qualification

Here are a few of our success stories:

17 year old Mike* was referred to the Centre for Innovation and Partnerships Youth Contract programme by Coburn Mental Health Unit, Newham General Hospital.

Being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, Mike had previously been a resident at the hospital under section and later moved to day release. Through the programme, Mike’s mentor supported him to identify his interests and skills, and helped him to research suitable and relevant courses in preparation for his discharge from the hospital.

Mike’s mentor was on hand to help him through his journey including escorting him to his enrolment day at Quest Training and signing up for a Hairdressing pre-apprenticeship in conjunction with functional skills Literacy and Numeracy.

Mike is currently 1 month into his pre apprenticeship and through weekly mentoring appointments and joint working with Psychologists, he has been supported by his mentor with all issues he has faced.

16 year old Imran* who suffered from severe anxiety problems, was referred to the Centre for Innovation and Partnerships Youth Contract programme by Tunmarsh School. Having been bullied in mainstream schools, Imran was transferred to the pupil referral unit. Due to poor attendance, Imran was later home schooled for 3 years.

Imran’s mentor initially struggled to provide support due to his anxiety issues. Several appointments were missed as he was too nervous. Imran’s mentor decided to adopt a different strategy and built up a relationship with him by speaking to him on the telephone regularly. Having built up his trust, Imran’s mentor was then able to visit him at home to provide further mentoring.

Through the programme, Imran has successfully attended various short courses in Construction and with the support of his mentor, he applied for several apprenticeship roles. Imran’s mentor helped him with his interviewing skills and later successfully secured an Apprenticeship with Carillion Construction.

16 year old Karen* was referred to CIPs by Tunmarsh Pupil Referral Unit. Karen had been home schooled for previous 2 years and sat her GCSE’s at home. Suffering from severe anxiety problems, Karen was unable to leave her house. An advisor started a mentoring programme with Karen and carried out regular home visits to build up a rapport. As part of the programme, the advisor explored Karen’s skills, qualities and interests and researched relevant courses. Karen and her mentor visited various training venues and Karen later enrolled on a Level 1 music course at the Access to Music College in Bow, London.

Having taken part in the programme and with regular support from her mentor, Karen’s anxiety improved and she was able to pass her first practical performance assessment. Karen’s advisor continues to mentors her on a regular basis.

Many participants on this programme have gone onto highly paid construction jobs, become fashion designers, started their own businesses, started work as professional actors and musicians, as well as chefs, tailors, fitness instructors, shop managers…and many more!

*Names changed to protect identity.

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EurFashion

EurFashion is a EU funded project involving 11 Partners in Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey and the UK. The aim of the project is to improve cooperation between training providers and businesses in the Fashion Industry and increase work placements across Europe.

For more details, please visit the EurFashion website.

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Act your Job

Act Your Job is a European Union funded Leonardo da Vinci Partnership. The partnership is formed of Vocational Education and Training (VET) institutions, enterprises and social partners from Spain, Poland, Hungary and the UK.

The partnership is aimed at reinforcing or creating closer links between VET and working life and responding to the needs of the labour market particularly of SMEs, through recognition of informal and non-formal learning. Act Your Job is looking at how theatre skills can help the under 25 with no formal training into employment.

The aim of Act Your Job is to motivate, enthuse and instruct students aged between 18 – 24 in performing arts techniques to enhance opportunities of employability.’ John Kester, Transnational Project Manager at CIPs.

Each partner will look into making an ‘Act Your Job’ performance in their institution with the plan of offering theatre or performing arts as part of training for employability.

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Make it Global

Have you got ambitions to make your business global but don’t know where to start? Are you already trading overseas but want to explore other new markets? The Make It Global project aims to support the internationalisation of women-led SMEs in London.

Make It Global will offer a range of support tailored to your international ambitions including:

  • Research & innovation support
  • One-to-one advice and coaching
  • Collaboration
  • Workshops
  • Exploring new markets abroad
  • Planning your first move abroad

For more details visit the Make it Global website or call 020 8522 5700.

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The Learning Line

Situated near East Ham tube station, the Learning Line is Newham College’s centre for Employment, Enterprise, Education and English. Our employment advisers can help you find a job, write your CV, complete applications and find courses to help enhance your career.

We provide youth support and mentoring, short courses including Hospitality and Healthcare, apprenticeships, volunteering work trials.

If you’re interested in starting a business, our courses will help prepare you for this.

We have a wide range of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses.

We can provide you with information on the full range of courses offered by Newham College – and help find the course to suit you.

Contact us for more details.

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Skills Support for the Workforce

The Skills Support for the Workforce (SS4W) project was commissioned by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) using European Social Funds (ESF) from June 2013 to July 2015.

The project, led by Newham College on behalf of London Capital Colleges, set out to support Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), from a range of sectors in London, to up-skill their staff. It offered progression routes into higher training and Apprenticeships ensuring that employers gained the vital workforce skills to sustain and grow their businesses. It also facilitated employer networking and promoted training opportunities.

The London Capital Colleges involved are: Barnet & Southgate, City & Islington, Ealing, Hammersmith & West London, College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, College of North West London, Lambeth, LeSoCo, Newham, South Thames, Tower Hamlets, Westminster Kingsway, Barking & Dagenham, Hackney Community College and Waltham Forest.

For more details please visit the Skills Support for the Workforce website.

To view the full Impact Report Summary, click here.

 

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Creative Hub

The Creative Hub project began delivery in November 2013 and has supported Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the creative industry across London. The project will cease providing support to businesses in June 2015. The project is delivered by Newham College (from the Fashion & Textile Museum) Westminster Kingsway College (from their Zero One centre in Soho) and the Centre for Sustainable Fashion (London College of Fashion).

Newham College’s delivery focussed on supporting home ware designers, jewellers, soft furnishing designers, fashion designers, textile SMEs, and print SMEs. Westminster Kingsway College provided suport for SMEs in the digital, social media, design and graphic design sectors.

The aims and objectives of the project were to support SMEs in the creative sector in developing routes to market, enabling businesses to review market gaps, locate new customer bases, identify and exploit new trading places and capitalise on new media opportunities to grow their business.

To date the project has:

  • Engaged 260 creative and media SMEs, and provided over 200 SMEs with 12 hours of business support
  • Provided a ranges of business mentoring activities to businesses
  • Established a networking community offering a business support programme that celebrates and supports London’s creative talent and will continue after the project finishes
  • Provided business growth master classes/workshops
  • Provided new market opportunities leading to SMEs gaining sales in new markets, created jobs and safeguarding existing ones
  • Created a sustainable business model supporting creative sector SMEs

An interim evaluation has been carried out (with the final evaluation report due in September 2015) and beneficiaries of the project have stated that the project has helped them with:

  • Inspiration and information on marketing strategy
  • New ways to boost sales
  • Confidence to look at developing international trade
  • Guidance and materials to help manage development, production and selling of collections
  • Creating professional marketing materials
  • Networking and meeting business owners who faced similar problems
  • Help with product development and organisational skills.
  • Improvement of both practical and confidence skills.
  • An understanding of the business world
  • Professional skills helping businesses to interact with suppliers and network
  • Presenting styles

The following comments have been made regarding the help, advice and support received:

“Creative Hub helped to clarify our brand, gave us inspiration and solid info on our marketing strategy which is so valuable to us at this stage.”

“Great workshops on marketing, grading etc which has helped focus my mind on things I need to do.”

“The group workshops were fantastic for networking and realising which opportunities were not being taken care of.”

“The support has been great by listening to feedback and contacting with regular updates on forthcoming events and classes. The events have been at a good level of understanding. They come with a very positive and knowledgeable approach. I have attended workshops and talks, and have improved both practical and confidence skills.”

“It has enabled me to understand more about the business world and given me the tools to be more successful.”

“The Creative Hub project has given me the opportunity to update my professional skills – learning new software, and presenting styles – in a practical manner. With each workshop and talk I have attended, I was able to easily put together a plan of action or update my current practices.”

For more information and to register your interest, please visit the Creative Hub website.

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Worksmart

The CIPs team at Newham College are proud to be part of the Leonard Cheshire Disability organisation’s Work Smart project. We’re helping young people aged 16 to 25 with learning difficulties and disabilities who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), at risk of NEET or unemployed. Work Smart provides practical employment experience, vocational support and job coaching.

Read some of our success stories from Worksmart here.

To find out more email us or call 020 8522 5700.

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