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Sefton Council receive three nominations in Apprenticeship Awards

Sefton Council is proud to have received three nominations at the prestigious Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Awards 2018.

 The event, held on June 18 at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool, celebrated apprenticeships in the Liverpool City Region and recognises the best apprentices and apprentice employers. 

 The awards were organised by Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Hub and were a part of the Liverpool City Region Skills Show. This is a free one day event for residents to meet local employers, apprenticeship providers, colleges and universities.

 After a high level of applications, Sefton Council was recognised for its dedication to recruiting apprentices, with its nomination in the Sefton Apprenticeship of the Year section.  

 Jon Boyle, 23, and Ernest Brookes, 57, are apprentices currently working at Sefton Council and were both nominated for Liverpool Apprentice of the Year. Jon has become a strong member of the team at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre while Ernest joined the Council to test, develop and roll-out the new provider portal to nursing and residential care providers.

 Attending the awards, Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “Congratulations to our two apprentices for receiving their nominations in a very tough category. It is very well deserved and we commend both Jon and Ernest for all their hard work.

 “We are committed to recruiting apprentices and helping them to develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in their chosen profession. Apprenticeships can give individuals valuable on-the-job experience, which helps gain confidence to enter the working environment.”

 On commending Jon and Ernest, the Awards stated:

Jon Boyle : Advanced Apprenticeship in Facilities Management

Training Provider, Asset Training Consultancy, worked closely with Jon to help him secure an apprenticeship with Sefton Council. By undertaking a variety of tasks such as security, health and safety and dealing with staffing issues, Jon has built the confidence and knowledge and believes that the support received has given him the confidence to follow his chosen career.

Ernest Brooks: Diploma in Business Administration

Having left school without any qualifications, Ernest feels he’s made great strides by starting his apprenticeship. He has been a key figure in the implementation of a cost saving provider portal and he is now ready to take on more responsibilities. Ernest also worked with Asset Training Consultancy to gain his apprenticeship with Sefton Council.

Corporate Apprenticeship Team

With the help of a dedicated Corporate Apprenticeship team, Sefton Council takes on an average around 60 apprentices per year. The programme includes monitoring and supporting apprentices on their journey whilst enabling them to make the most of their skills and gaining valuable experience.

Sefton honours service personnel on Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day will be celebrated in Sefton with special flags flown at Bootle and Southport Town Halls.

Each year Armed Forces Day is held as an opportunity for residents to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.

The Armed Forces Day Flag will be flown from Bootle and Southport Town Halls from Monday June 25 to Monday July 2.

Although the day itself takes place on Saturday June 30, a special series of events will be held outside Southport Town Hall on Sunday July 1 from 10am, hosted by the Sefton Branch of the SSAFA.

The Mayor of Sefton will be present at Southport Town Hall to oversee a Drumhead Service and Parade before SSAFA launch a day long program of events in the town centre.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “Armed Forces Day is a great way to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

“It also gives us all an opportunity to show support for the men and women who make up the entire Armed Forces community.

“I would like to ask as many people as possible across the borough to take note of this special day and remember some of the real heroes in our society.”

For more information on Armed Forces Day visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk.

Typhoon confirmed for 2018 Southport Air Show

The jaw dropping Typhoon has been confirmed for the 2018 Southport Air Show.

Set to thunder through the skies over Southport beach, the Typhoon will perform on the third day of the Air Show (Sunday July 8), rounding off a fantastic three days of aerial and ground displays.

The Typhoon provides the RAF with a multi-role combat aircraft, capable of being deployed in a full spectrum of air operations, from air policing, to peace support, through to high intensity conflict.

Starting with an exhilarating Friday night line up of the Red Arrows, pyrotechnic laden aircraft and a thundering firework finale, the Southport Air Show promises none stop fun for all the family between July 6 & 8.

To make this an incredible day out for the family there will be a host of fun filled activities taking place on the ground including military tanks, a diving tank, replica aircraft, flight simulators plus the return of the much loved beach explosions

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, said: “The Typhoon is a brilliant display that has been added to the programme and are excited for the weekend which is promising to be a great family weekend of aviaton”

Discounted tickets for each day of the Air Show are available to buy in advance until Friday 20 June and start at just £6.50 (including all fees).

For more information or to book your tickets visit Southportairshow.com.

Sefton tells messy motorists: ‘Don’t Be A Tosser’

Sefton Council are telling messy motorists that they need to stop being tossers.

Litter thrown from car windows onto the carriageway and pavement is a recurring issue and now Sefton have teamed up with environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy to say ‘Don’t Be A Tosser.’

The campaign comes on the back of new regulations from the Department For Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, which give Local Authorities added powers to tackle those who litter from their vehicles.

Under the new powers, a fixed penalty notice of up to £150 can be issued to the owner of a vehicle from which rubbish has been thrown out of.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: This is a hard-hitting message to drivers and their passengers that our highways and pavements are not rubbish bins.

“Littering is a disgusting act and it’s no different when you’re in a car. Tossing plastic bottles, fast-food wrappers and cigarettes out of car windows is damaging to our environment.

“The message is simple: Don’t do it or else you can be fined and new rules mean Local Authorities no longer have to prove who threw the rubbish.

“That fine will now apply to the registered keeper of the vehicle.”

Residents are encouraged to report any instances of littering or flytipping via Sefton Council’s website.

For more information visit www.sefton.gov.uk/bins-recycling/litter-and-fly-tipping.k

Sefton secures £244k to help migrant children get a better start in education

Sefton Council has been awarded £244,000 to help make sure migrant schoolchildren get a better start at early years education.

 The Controlling Migration funding will help to assist primary schools in the Local Authority increase their already impressive levels of educational support to migrant children who come to live in Sefton.

 Work is now well underway to launch a two year English Language Support project which will be rolled out to primary schools across the borough.

 Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Sefton Council has a proven track record of being an incredibly welcoming borough for all and this project will further our efforts in making sure children from all backgrounds have the best start in life, learning equally with their friends and peers.


 “This project will assist our excellent primary schools in dealing with the increased pressure caused by recent migration. 

 “We will be able to provide additional teachers and support to improve standards and outcomes for migrant children and their families in English. 

 “This will help make sure migrant children get a much better start at school and prevent diversion of teaching support away from pupils in the wider community.”

 Further announcements about the English Language Support project will be made in due course.

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