Just got your GCSE Results?  Then an Apprenticeship may be the best route for you!

Apprenticeships are a great way to achieve your career goals and enable you to start earning at a young age.  In some sectors young Apprentices will progress quickly into well paid jobs.   Many of the most highly qualified people you will meet in your life will tell you that some of their best and most lasting learning was gained at work and in real life practice.   Just to give you a sense of just how popular they are, there were over half a million apprenticeship starts in England last year.

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Through an Apprenticeship you can earn, learn, gain a qualification and find out if your chosen occupation is really for you and easily change direction if you need to.  There are so many Apprenticeships to choose from covering 170 industries and 1500 different job roles.

At Acacia Training and Development (ATD), we have many years’ experience of delivering high quality Apprenticeships in Health and Social Care, Accounting, Business Administration, Management, Customer Care, Hairdressing, Dental Nursing and Childcare.

At our recent Ofsted Inspection in June 2014, where we were graded as 'Good', we heard that employers and learners throughout the South West had told the inspectors how much they valued our work based learning.  They said it built self esteem, occupational competence and led to promotion, progression and business success.

So to find out more about how one of our Apprenticeships might work for you contact 0800 090 2155.

We are local

We cover the South West of England and have centres in Plymouth, Taunton, Newton Abbot, on the Isle of Wight and now also in Cornwall.  

If you live in Cornwall and would like to undertake an Apprenticeship, please contact us. The new office is in: Advent House, Station Approach, Victoria, St. Austell, PL26 8LG. Our Business Manager, Teresa Copping, will be happy to assist you. Please call 01752 505028 or email: info.cornwall@acacia.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Traineeships Programme (6 weeks to 5 months)

Acacia Training and Development is offering a Traineeship programme to help kick start your career.   Learners will improve their employability skills and gain useful work experience whilst brushing up on Maths and English. Most learners will be better placed to gain an Apprenticeship position at the end of their programme.

Build your confidence with a 2 weeks programme with Motiv-8 Southwest at our Acacia centres in Plymouth, Taunton and Heathfield/Torbay. The regular programme involves groups work, role plays, health, fitness, a qualification in First Aid and Health and Safety and much more. This programme is funded. Read some success stories here. Call 0800 090 2155 to find out more.

Care Work Academy - Get a feel for a new Career in Care

Are you interested in working in the Adult Care Sector? If you are aged 19 and over and claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) or ESA you could be eligible to attend.

A work academy can last up to six weeks and has three key components.

This is a great opportunity for you to develop your skills, gain a qualification and try out working in the Care Sector. Contact your local Acacia centre for further information as this, and many other courses for jobseekers, are running regularly to meet the high demand.

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Acacia Training Work Clubs help jobseekers of all ages

We run Work Clubs at our Plymouth and Heathfield Centres.  Our friendly and experienced staff are on hand to support your individual needs as a jobseeker.  The clubs give you the chance to meet others looking for work, build new contacts, share job-hunting experiences, get advice on interview techniques, CV building and even volunteering opportunities.

Even if you have a job, you may know someone who can benefit from our Work Clubs so please encourage them to come along. 

Volunteers needed! We are also interested in hearing from anyone wishing to help out on a voluntary basis.

The Work Clubs run on a weekly basis at each cenrtre.  For further details please contact:

Plymouth - Melanie Hawkins on 01752 505018

Heathfield - Fiona Hargreaves on 01626 835485

Safeguarding and Cyber Bullying - It Could Affect You!

At ATD we take great care to protect and support all our learners.  If you need to talk to someone in confidence about any aspect of your learning programme or issues that concern you at your workplace, call 0800 090 2155, give your learner number and request one of our 'It's Good to Talk' postcards.

Cyber Bullying:   Learners need to be aware of the increasing number of Cyber Bullying incidents which can happen to anyone using websites like Facebook. It is widely accepted that forms of bullying exist in places like the workplace and at home, however now bullying can happen on line. Cyber Bullying is the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others. It is against the law to bully someone in this way and if someone is being mean and threatening to you then something can be done. You can post any issues you have at:  http://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/Bullying/Pages/online-bullying.aspx 


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