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Council approves first Anti-Slavery Annual Statement

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THE COUNCIL’S first Anti-Slavery Annual Statement has been confirmed following approval from the Cabinet on Tuesday (Sept 4). An Anti-Slavery Action Plan has also been adopted and will now be implemented.

Set out in the Annual Statement, the Council reports on three key areas of action. These are – the processes established to tackle Modern Slavery, the steps taken to protect against Modern Slavery in the Council’s supply chains, and the steps taken to ensure good employment practices.

The action plan sets out how Ceredigion County Council will address the Modern Slavery Policy, including Safeguarding and meeting the requirements of the Welsh Government’s Code of Practice on Ethical Employment in Supply Chains.

The Leader of the Council and Cabinet member responsible for Policy, Performance, Partnerships and Democratic Services, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn said: “Last year, Ceredigion County Council became one of the first councils in Wales to adopt an Anti-Slavery Policy. We have now approved our first annual statement and adopted a dedicated action plan to tackle and deter a crime that targets some of the most vulnerable members of our society. I look forward to seeing how the plan progresses.”

The Council’s Anti-Slavery and Ethical Employment Champion, Councillor Lyndon Lloyd MBE added: “The Annual Statement and Action Plan make it very clear; the Council will take every opportunity to tackle Modern Slavery not only in its own work, but also in the supply chain that surrounds the Council. This is a real problem that affects people in both rural and urban areas. It’s important that we stay vigilant to the threat.”

Modern Slavery involves the movement, coercion and exploitation of vulnerable adults and children. Types of exploitation include labour exploitation, sexual exploitation, criminal exploitation, domestic servitude and organ harvesting. In 2017 there were 193 potential victims of modern slavery reported in Wales. 44% of those reported were children. It is estimated that there could be 10,000 to 13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK.

Ceredigion County Council’s Anti-Slavery Policy was adopted at a meeting of full council in December 2017. Councillor Lyndon Lloyd was also appointed as our Anti-Slavery Champion at the same time. The Policy comprises an integrated approach bringing together key areas of safeguarding, human resources, procurement and civil contingencies.

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Busy week for Young Ambassadors

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IT’S been a busy few weeks for Ceredigion Sporting Young Ambassadors.

The Silver Young Ambassadors received training during the October half term holidays in readiness to go back to their schools and clubs to deliver sporting activities. The Active Young People Training involved planning, delivering and evaluating sessions and health and safety.

A very important aspect of the course was Disability Inclusion as all activities offered through Ceredigion Actif are inclusive. There are disabled Young Ambassadors involved with various programmes across the county.

Four Gold Young Ambassadors attended the Wales Gold Young Ambassador Conference at Cardiff City Football Stadium. This was an opportunity for Gold Young Ambassadors from around Wales to come together and plan for the year ahead.

Eddie Roper (Ysgol Bro Pedr), Sioned Rimmer, Dwynwen Davies and Elinor Thomas (all Penweddig Comprehensive School) were able to share their ideas and good practices in Ceredigion as well as receive a motivational speech from World Champion Inline Skater, Jenna Dowing. Osian Davies was involved with the planning and running of the day as part of his role on the National Young Ambassador Steering Group. Osian is a Platinum Young Ambassador for Ceredigion.

Alwyn Davies, Active Young People Manager said, “These were two fantastic opportunities for our Young Sporting Leaders in Ceredigion. They have shown great enthusiasm and motivation to become Young Ambassadors and are developing into confident role models in our schools and our community clubs.”

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Learning Services, Lifelong Learning and Leisure said, “The aim of the training and conference was to enhance confidence in leadership skills of Young Ambassadors around Ceredigion schools. 15 Young Ambassadors attended the Active Young People Training and four Gold Young Ambassadors attended the Gold Young Ambassador National Conference. This is a great opportunity for our young people and I’m very proud of them all.”

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Aspiring hairdresser hoping to shine

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BAYLEY HARRIES will be competing in a prestigious competition which allows young trainees and apprentices the opportunity to show off their skills in a huge variety of vocational careers.

Bayley is a Level 2 Hairdressing apprentice at Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training (HCT). She will be competing in the UK National Regional Heat for Wales which will take place in Wrexham on Monday, 26 November.

The competition is run by World Skills. This is an organisation which aims to inspire young people interested in vocational careers to achieve their full potential in their chosen career route. If successful, Bayley will have an opportunity to compete in the Wales National Final in Cardiff on 16 December.

Carys Randell, hairdressing training advisor at HCT is thrilled to see Bayley taking part in the prestigious skills competition, saying, “We wish Bayley the best of luck at the competition and we would like to say a huge thanks to her employer, Sioned Rees, for all of the fantastic help and support she has given to Bayley in preparation for the competition. She couldn’t have come this far without it.”

Bayley is no stranger to showing off her skills at a competitive level. In 2017, she won the Level 1 hairdressing competition at the Urdd National Eisteddfod. She won again this year, competing in the Level 2 category.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet Member for Learning Service and Lifelong Learning said, “It’s wonderful to see Bayley come so far with the support of her employer and the staff at HCT. We wish her the very best in the UK National Regional Heat at the end of the month.”

HCT offers a range of vocational courses for people of all ages, including Hairdressing, Childcare, Business Administration, Information Technology, Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrics, Blacksmithing, Agriculture, Motor Mechanics, and Welding.

For more information, find ‘Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training’ on Facebook, or visit the website: http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/public-it/hct/index.html

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Apprentices start their career within the county

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FOLLOWING a successful recruitment campaign held over the summer, four young people from Ceredigion recently took their first steps in careers.

The four successful applicants started with Ceredigion County Council in early November as apprentices in Human Resource Business Administration, Social Care and Youth Work.

Alanah Lloyd, Apprentice Human Resource Business Administrator, talked about why she applied and how she is settling in, “I applied because I wanted to gain a qualification and earn a wage at the same time. I wanted to work for the Council where there are opportunities to progress. Everyone has been very supportive and I’m settling in well.”

The newly established apprenticeship programme proved popular, with the Council receiving significant interest and a high level of applications. As one of the largest employers in the area, the Council plans to expand the apprenticeship programme to develop more opportunities for the residents of Ceredigion. The programme aims to provide quality opportunities to young people helping them to earn, learn and develop careers in their home county as an alternative to college and university.

Councillor Ray Quant MBE, Cabinet Member with responsibility for People and Organisation said, “The number of applications and enquiries the Council has received shows the high level of interest in apprenticeship opportunities for the people of Ceredigion. I am delighted to see our four apprentices start and look forward to seeing how they develop over the coming months. The Council is committed into investing in people’s futures.”

The Council will be attending the ‘Ceredigion Careers Festival’ on Tuesday, 19 February at Aberystwyth Arts Centre from 9am to 4pm to talk about apprenticeships and careers. The event is organised by Careers Wales and is open to pupils in Ceredigion from years 9 to 13, and parents are also welcome to attend.

For more information about apprenticeships at Ceredigion County Council, contact on apprentice@ceredigion.gov.uk

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