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Careers within the council promoted at careers Fair

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES and apprenticeships within the council were promoted at the Careers Festival held at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 19 February. Over 1,000 pupils from secondary schools across Ceredigion attended the event which was organised by Careers Wales.

The Learning and Development team used virtual reality headsets to show a range of career options at the council which generated a lot of interest from young people and parents who visited the interactive stand.

Prior to the event, 1,000 gold tickets were distributed to schools across Ceredigion. Pupils visited the Council Careers stand to enter their gold tickets into a prize draw. The Learning and Development team would like to thank Insight who kindly donated the winning prize, an iPad Air.

Debbie Ayriss, Learning and Development Manager said, “The response from pupils and parents was fantastic and gave an opportunity to talk to young people about apprenticeships and career opportunities within Ceredigion County Council.”
The Learning and Development team will start their next apprenticeship recruitment campaign on July 15 2019. They hope that many people will have an interest in applying.

Councillor Ray Quant, Cabinet member responsible for Learning and Development said, “It’s fantastic to see career opportunities within the council promoted at this event, by using an innovative idea such as the virtual reality headset showcasing the range of career opportunities within the council”.

For more information about apprenticeships at Ceredigion County Council please e-mail: apprentice@ceredigion.gov.uk, call the Contact Centre on 01545 570 881 or visit the website on: career.ceredigion.gov.uk.

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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