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MP calls for schools to take on apprentices

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CEH270516_Page_19_Image_0004MARK WILLIAMS, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion, has called on schools in Ceredigion to take on young people as apprentices, in a number of positions ranging from Teaching Assistants, Business Administration and PE and School Sports support.

The One By 2020 campaign, led by National Schools Training (NST), is calling on every school in the country to take on an apprentice by 2020.

Mark showed his support and met school apprentices at an event for the campaign held at the Houses of Parliament, hosted by MP Neil Carmichael.

Over the past year, NST, the leading provider of training and apprenticeships to schools across the UK, has seen over a 60% increase in uptake of apprentices being taken on by schools.

  • Ceredigion does not have any apprentices working in schools, despite over 1500 being employed nationally
  • The event was hosted by Neil Carmichael MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee and attended by MPs, Peers and Civil Servants from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Attendees were able to hear first-hand from apprentices, tutors and schools leaders about their experiences of being and taking on apprentices
  • The uptake of school apprentices through NST has increased from 1,326 in January 2015 to 2,147 in January 2016
  • NST have now delivered apprenticeships in over 2,000 schools – a campaign milestone.

Commenting, Ceredigion MP Mark Williams, said: “Ceredigion schools can play a vital role in helping young people enter the world of work through providing useful and well paid apprenticeships in a range of different roles. This can play an important role in levelling the playing field in demonstrating the value of alternative routes to employment.

“The One by 2020 campaign is helping schools across the country to do this, and I would strongly encourage local schools to take part and earn the numerous workforce benefits from doing so.”

National Schools Training (NST) Director Neil Gamewell, added: “Schools in Ceredigion are realising the multiple benefits of taking on apprentices, and the campaign is delighted to have the support of Mark Williams and MPs from all parties in recognising the importance and value of apprenticeships in schools.

“Schools are realising the huge contribution an apprentice can make to school performance, and young adults are embracing this alternative route, which can often be more desirable than other options.”Mark calls for Ceredigion schools to take on apprentices.

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Stoned Dihewyd driver reached ‘frightening’ speeds of 120mph

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A DRIVER who raced along country roads at speeds of up to 120mph has today received a suspended prison sentence and a driving ban.

Nico Royan, aged 37, admitted dangerous driving, driving with an excessive amount of cannabis in his blood, driving with a tyre without the required degree of tread and possessing a small quantity of cannabis.

Swansea Crown Court heard how shortly before midnight on April 19 Royan overtook an unmarked police car on the A487 near Llanrhystud at 100mph.

The officer began to pursue Royan, who reached 120mph on a narrow, twisting road with high hedges concealing entrances to properties.

After a mile the officer activated blue lights and Royan pulled over.

The court heard the officer could smell cannabis and Royan admitted he had been smoking the drug. Just over 5 grams of the drug were found in a bag in the front passenger footwell.

And an inspection showed the the rear offside tyre was below the legal limit for tread.

During police interviews after his arrest Royan, a sound engineer, accepted that his driving had been dangerous.

His barrister, Ian Ibrahim, said Royan now understood he had been stupid. But he knew the road well and at that time of night there was no other traffic about.

His only motive, said Mr Ibrahim, was that he was in a hurry to get home.

Royan, of The Caravan, Felinfeinog, Dihewyd, was jailed for 12 months, suspended for 18 months, and banned for three years.

He must also complete 200 hours of unpaid work for the community and £480 in costs and a surcharge.

Judge Keith Thomas said the speeds reached by Royan would have been dangerous even on a motorway and, on country roads, were positively frightening.

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£12,000 found in drugs bust to be retained by police

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POLICE have successfully obtained an order allowing them to retain £12,000 in cash seized in a drugs bust in Aberystwyth for six months whilst they investigate.

On October 19 at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court, the CPS, on behalf of Dyfed-Powys Police, said that they had reason to believe that the money they found in a raid at a residential address on St Davids Road, Aberystwyth, is recoverable property – as it was found with a substantial amount of prohibited drugs.

The money had been seized from Sadik Miah – he was not in court for the hearing.

The order was made under section 295(2) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

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Police release new CCTV image of murder suspect

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE has released a new CCTV image of Steve Baxter, who detectives are keen to speak to in connection with the murder of Simon Clark from Pendine, Carmarthenshire.

The image was captured in Glynneath on Saturday, September 29. He is believed to have traveled to the west Wales area shortly afterwards and is believed to be in the Haverfordwest area.

Baxter, also known as Steve Tidy, Steve Rowley, Wayne Tidy or William Tidy, is aged 52, 5’5” (1.65cm) tall and has tattoos on his forearms – the name Chez and entwined circles on his left arm and a serpent on his right arm.

He is bald, but was last seen wearing a hat and wig, as shown in this image. He may have made other attempts to alter his appearance such as growing facial hair or wearing glasses.

Detective Superintendent Huw Davies said: “We’re releasing this CCTV image from the latest confirmed sighting of Steve Baxter to give people the most up to date example of how he may be dressed and how he may currently look.

“Time is passing and we really need to speak to Steve Baxter to build a more accurate picture of what happened in Pendine.

“To anyone that may know where he is, please pass this vital information to police.”

The independent charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to Steve Baxter being found. Information would be taken by the charity anonymously.

If you see Steve Baxter call Dyfed-Powys Police on 999.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Steve Baxter call Dyfed-Powys Police on 101 immediately.

To pass on information anonymously, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through the non-traceable anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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