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National Apprenticeship Week to take place in March

All of those who have interests in apprenticeships will have a focus for their activities with the National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2016) which is due to take place from 14th-18th March 2016. The week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. National Apprenticeship Week 2016 is all about ‘rising to the top’. Apprenticeships – key facts: 1,000 businesses are now involved in designing the new apprenticeship standards 1,500 different apprenticeships on offer in more than 170 industries the government invested £1.5bn in apprenticeships in 2013 to 2014 businesses report an average increase in productivity by £214 a week when they hire apprentices Details If you would like to get involved follow the .gov.uk site where toolkits and resources will be posted. Also more information is available at...

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Kew Gardens can help your community group transform a space

Sutton community groups can make communal spaces brighter thanks to a Kew Gardens initiative. Kew Gardens, with the assistance of money from the Lottery, is making thousands of packs of wild seeds available for free, to encourage groups and communities to get together and make their communal spaces brighter and more colourful. This great free offer which could help to transform a local green space. The registration deadline is 14 February 2016. Join 25,000 people in the UK’s biggest ever wild flower campaign by sharing Grow Wild seed kits with groups where you live. We have thousands of free seed kits available. Each kit has seed to transform up to 10 square metres, so please share these packets to transform any space – from balconies to old boots, streets to boxes and buckets. Details For more details on this initiative go to...

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Topps Tiles could help with vouchers to transform a space

Do you need to improve or transform your community space? Topps Tiles are offering a top prize of £2,000 in vouchers to a community group in their Tile Transformations competition. To enter simply take a photo of the venue and upload it on the Topps Tiles Transformation site with information about what you plan to do. There is no charge to enter. Details For more information go to...

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Sutton young people’s career fair to take place next week

Carshalton College will host the annual London Borough of Sutton Young People’s Careers Fair on Wednesday 3 February. During the fair Sutton Council’s Education Business Partnership and partner organisations will provide essential impartial advice and information about getting into employment, education and training. The fair is for young people aged between 15-24 and who are looking to make their next steps in the world of work. They will be able to learn about current vacancies and different pathways, find out how they can apply for apprenticeship programmes, and get help writing an effective CV. Cllr Jayne McCoy, Chair of the Housing, Economy & Business Committee at Sutton Council, said: “We’re committed to giving young people in the borough all the opportunities we can to help them get on the job ladder and making sure they have the best possible chances in life. From advice on writing CVs to interview techniques, the event aims to show our youth that the future is what they make of it. “The LBS Careers Fair not only gives young people the tools they need to succeed in the job market, it’s also a great chance for employers to come and meet some of our talented young people in Sutton.” Previous careers fairs have resulted in some real positive stories of young job-seekers being given an opportunity to succeed. In 2015, Chelsea Hersey started a trial...

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Sutton making steady progress towards sustainability targets

Sutton Council is continuing to make steady progress in ensuring the borough meets its environmental, social and economic sustainability targets. The One Planet Sutton Progress Report for 2014-15 published today (Wednesday) shows the council is continuing to meet key priority targets under five themes: Cutting carbon emissions Cutting waste Valuing our natural environment Supporting healthy communities Supporting the local economy The 24-page progress report says that of Sutton’s 32 targets, 21 targets have been exceeded, met or are on target to be met, seven are not on target and the remaining four targets do not apply to 2014-15. Key target findings are: Cutting carbon emissions The council’s Carbon Management Plan has saved the council an estimated £1.9m in energy costs since 2010-11. Cutting waste Total household waste in the borough has decreased since the baseline from 77,045 tonnes in 2009-10 to 73,350 tonnes in 2014-15, representing a 4.8 per cent decrease. This is above the national average of 2 per cent waste reduction per household. Valuing our natural environment The Sutton Food Forum was formed in December 2014 to drive delivery of local and sustainable food targets. The Sutton Food Forum has achieved Sustainable Food Cities Status and Sutton is one of only seven London boroughs to have achieved this standard. During 2014-15 a number of improvement projects were undertaken along the River Wandle to enhance habitats and biodiversity, and...

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Sutton Voice is proud to be working with Sutton Cricket Club to highlight the results activites and facilties of one of the borough's largest and most successful sporting organisations.

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Sutton High School is an independent day school for girls aged 3-18. Founded in 1884 by the GDST, it continues to provide an academically rigorous and challenging education within the framework of a caring and supportive community.

It was the London Borough of Sutton’s highest placed girls’ school in The Times A Level Results Table August 2015 and GCSE results also saw an increase in the percentage of A* grades, up to 32%, with 40% of girls achieving 9 or more A* or A grades. Come and see for yourself why The Good Schools Guide describes Sutton High as “a school to watch”.  Places for our Open Events can be booked online at www.suttonhigh.gdst.net

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Is your child two or going to be two in the next school year? They may be eligible for up to 15 hours of free weekly childcare!

*The scheme is available to Sutton residents who earn less than £16,190, receive Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income Support, or other benefits, from the term after a child's second birthday, thanks to funding from the government.

The free childcare can be provided by nurseries, childminders, pre-schools or playgroups.

For more information visit www.sutton.gov.uk/familyinfo or contact the Sutton Family Information Service on 020 8770 6000 orfamilyinfo@sutton.gov.uk.

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