May 2013

Traineeships launch in August

Acacia Training is looking forward to starting the first unemployed young person on the new Traineeship programme that commences in August 2013. Learners will improve their employability skills and gain useful work experience whilst brushing up on Maths and English as required. Most learners will then be better placed to gain an Apprenticeship position at the end of the six-month programme

March 2013

ATD has agreed a partnership arrangement that gives our students a discount of 15% on course books.

How to order your books

Visit www.planetvocational.co.uk /express

  1. Click on Buy Now, this will take you through to the Nelson Thornes online shop
  2. Search for the ISBN you require using the search box and add to cart
  3. In the shopping cart enter promotional code “Express15”, 15% will be subtracted from your order and you won’t be charged postage and packing.
  4. Proceed to checkout where you will need to register as a private individual, (a simple process, just like other online stores)


October 2012

The National Minimum Wage increased in October 2012. The rate continues to differ with age and if you are an apprentice.
The current rates are:

Accountancy Classes start every September.

Are you good with numbers and are you looking to commence a career in Accounting? Acacia Training & Development engage with employers who are looking for talented young Apprentices - if you would like to gain a QCF Certificate in Accounting, whilst working for a local employer then please contact Clare Dudley on 01752 670811. We offer progression opportunities through to the AAT Technician level through the Intermediate and Higher Apprenticeship programmes.

Care Work Academy

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 have the try out work in the Care Sector. Contact your local ATD centre for further information as this and many other courses for jobseekers are running regularly to meet the high demand.

Feb 2012

New Work Club launches at Acacia Training to help young jobseekers.

In response to local demand and to contribute to “Get Britain Working”, we launched our Work Club for 16 – 24 year olds on 5 July 2011 and it is still running. If you are a young jobseeker, you will be able to get advice and support on finding work in the Plymouth area.

The Work club will give you the chance to meet others looking for work, build new contacts, share job-hunting experiences, and 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 this new club. Please let them know about it by showing them our leaflet. We are also interested in hearing from anyone wishing to help out on a voluntary basis.

The Work club runs for 2 hours every Tuesday at Acacia Training, 10 Sawrey Street, Millbay, Plymouth from 9.30am. For more information or simply find out how you could get involved, please contact Melanie Hawkins on 01752 505018.

Cyber Bullying-It Could Affect You!

At ATD we would like to bring to all learners attention the issue of Cyber Bullying. It is widely accepted that forms of bullying exits in places like workplace or the playground. The speed of developments in technology has spurned a new type of Bullying-Cyber Bullying. 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:

Other useful web sites you can look at are:

Many thanks to the Plymouth customer service learners who provided some of the above links. If you are a learner and find any additional really useful websites, please email the link to heather.gibbs@acacia.ac.uk and we will add these to the list.

Acacia Training and Development on Facebook & Twitter

ATD is now on Facebook, keeping you updated with everything that's happening across our centres. So visit our page and 'Like' us for regular updates. Our Twitter page is : acacia_training and our Facebook page is www.facebook.com/AcaciaTrainingandDevelopment


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