Network Plus Kickstart Scheme

Network Plus set to boost job prospects for young people

Network Plus has announced a major commitment to the Government’s ‘Kickstart’ scheme. Kickstart aims to offer opportunities to young people at risk of long term unemployment. The company has set out ambitious plans as part of its Social Responsibility programme to attract and support young people into the business, including graduates, apprenticeships and Kickstart.

Through Kickstart, Network Plus will offer high quality six month work placements for 34 young people aged 16 to 24 years who are deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment.

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Double-digit growth for construction in 2021

Construction output is forecast to rise by 14% in 2021 and 6.3% next year, according to the Construction Products Association, (CPA) recently published summer forecast. Private housebuilding and infrastructure are expected to be key drivers of construction growth in this year and next, although the outlook for the commercial sector remains subdued.

CPA economics director Noble Francis said: “The key constraint to our forecasts remains the cost and availability of imported products and skilled labour. The sharp recovery for both UK construction,

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easyJet announces two new winter routes

easyJet have recently announced the launch of two new routes from Manchester Airport, with flights and holidays now available for Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands as well as flights to the Isle of Man this winter. From 2 November, flights and holidays will take off from Manchester Airport to the Spanish island of Fuerteventura and Isle of Man.

Flights to Fuerteventura will operate twice a week throughout the winter, and the Isle of Man will operate a daily service throughout the winter season.

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New ‘trusted marketplace’ launches

Entrepreneurial business leaders looking for new technologies to help their SMEs to grow and thrive now have a powerful new tool at their fingertips, with the launch of the fully-funded Technology Adoption Service. The Technology Adoption Service (TAS) has been launched by GC Business Growth Hub as a result of Greater Manchester and London authorities joining forces to find new ways of helping SME business owners. The TAS platform has been developed with support from Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Greater London Authority,

Government commits to Eastern Leg of HS2

On a recent online event for the Policy Exchange Thinktank, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps re-confirmed the Government’s commitment to not just complete the western leg linking Manchester with Birmingham, but also the Eastern leg linking Birmingham with Leeds. He revealed: “We will be completing HS2, including the HS2 Eastern Leg to Leeds. The only question we have now is how to integrate this with plans drawn up over many years, relating to Northern Powerhouse Rail plans.” The Transport Secretary also revealed the schedule for the works could be completed early due to smarter construction methods.

Manchester Royal Infirmary unveils £40million A&E project

Ambitious new plans to transform the Emergency Department at Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) have been given planning approval by Manchester City Council. The redevelopment will see the facilities modernised to best meet the changing needs of the local population of Manchester. This includes increased capacity, and a more streamlined layout to ensure patients continue to receive high quality emergency treatment and care in an improved environment. The £40 million renovation project will boost the capabilities of MRI, which is a Major Trauma Centre for Greater Manchester and part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT).

Co-op pledge almost half a million to support apprentice firefighters

Supporting a cohort last summer and another who started in the Autumn, the Co-op have pledged a total of £492,000 from its Apprenticeship Levy to support 41 apprentice firefighters at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service on two-year programmes. Co-op Group CEO, Steve Murrells, said: “As a champion of social mobility, we know how apprenticeships form a vital part of the lives of thousands of people as they start their careers – and vital for the UK economy. It’s great to see our levy being used to help frontline Fire and Rescue services.”

First phase of new EU import control system comes into operation

The European Commission has launched its new import control system (ICS2), a major reinforcement of the Customs Union’s ‘first line of defence’ against security and safety threats posed by illicit traffic in goods across the EU’s external borders. In its first phase, ICS2 will focus on postal and express consignments coming to or through the EU by air, before eventually being applied to all modes of cargo transport. ICS2 is the new advance cargo risk management platform at the heart of the reform of the EU’s Customs Pre-arrival Safety and Security programme.

New partnership launch the UK’s first-ever Centre of Excellence at Media City

HOST, Salford’s Home of Skills & Technology at Media City, have announced its partnership with Unity (NYSE: U), the world’s leading platform for creating and operating real-time 3D (RT3D) content, to establish the first Unity Centre of Excellence in the UK. The Centre of Excellence at HOST will offer extensive in-person support to students, professionals and small businesses with a mission of becoming the ‘Beacon of the North’ for best-in-class technical skills and innovation across industries. According to XQ Institute’s report High School &

Raytheon Professional Services develop digital skills

Raytheon Professional Services, in partnership with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership, has successfully recruited and developed a diverse cohort of cyber security specialists in Greater Manchester as part of the RPS Cyber Academy. Delivered virtually from Salford, the Cyber Academy reskilling programme was one of the first of its kind in the UK and is currently supporting more than 90 Greater Manchester and Lancashire residents with accessible routes into better quality digital employment.