News story: Apprenticeship stars take centre stage at National Apprenticeship Awards 2018 ceremony

first_imgThis year’s national apprentice winners are: Apprenticeships are an excellent way for anyone to gain new skills and forge a career in anything from aerospace engineering to nursing. The National Apprenticeship Awards is a fantastic event to celebrate the achievements of apprentices, employers and training providers, and I want to wish all the winners and nominees congratulations on their incredible efforts. The BAE Systems Award for SME Employer of the Year (for organisations with 1 to 249 employees): Invotra, GoSkydive And 2 highly commended in each category: As one of the first apprentices recruited by Mitchells and Butlers, Joe truly is a shining example of what his employer was aiming to achieve through recruiting apprentices. Joe has gone above and beyond his expected role at Toby Carvery, becoming an expert in both the kitchen and front of house, providing the business strong pipeline for management roles both sides of the pass. The Lloyds Banking Group Award for the Rising Star: Joe Buck, Mitchells & Butlers The British Army Award for Intermediate Apprentice of the Year: Muhammad Uddin, Yorkshire Housing This year’s awards also saw the launch of the new ‘Rising Star’ category. This category showcased the apprentices who have made impressive progress in their careers to date and have the potential to go even further in their chosen profession.Winning the Rising Star award was intermediate Retail and Enterprise apprentice Joe Buck from the North West. Joe is employed by Mitchells and Butlers and currently works in Toby Carvery as Duty Manager. Joe has won the first ever ‘Rising Star’ award after being recognised for the exceptional progress he has shown in his role. Joe’s work was recognised as exceptional by a panel of judges and through a public vote where over 7000 people voted for their ‘Rising Star.’Lauren Carroll, Vocational Learning Attraction Manager at Mitchells and Butlers said: The National Apprenticeship Awards ceremony is a great opportunity to celebrate individuals and employers who go above and beyond to champion apprenticeships. This year we introduced the ‘Rising Star’ category which celebrates the individuals who have made impressive progress to their careers to date. Voted for by the public, these are the rising stars of English business and I wish them well for the future. I want to congratulate everyone that was a part of this year’s awards. All of the winners stories demonstrate that apprenticeships change lives, lead to rewarding jobs, and transform businesses for the better. The PeoplePlus Award for Recruitment Excellence: selected from the Employer of the Year award entries: BAE Systems plc The Lloyds Banking Group Award for the Rising Star: Jenny Jones, HM Revenue and Customs and Aleksandra Burzec, Home Group The Rolls Royce Award for Advanced Apprentice of the Year: Daniel Millington, HydraForce Hydraulics Ltd The Centrica Award for Macro Employer of the Year (for organisations with 5,000+ employees): BAE Systems plc The Royal Navy Award for Large Employer of the Year (for organisations with 250 to 4,999 employees): KMF Precision Sheet Metal Limited And 2 highly commended in each category: George Clarke and Lois McClure, HostsGeorge Clarke, former apprentice and creative director of George Clarke + Partners co-hosted the awards with apprentice Lois McClure. George concluded: The British Army Award for Intermediate Apprentice of the Year: Amelia Wayne, Futures Housing Group and Bethany Geddes, The Automobile Associationcenter_img The Rolls Royce Award for Advanced Apprentice of the Year: Muhammad Khan, BT and Lucas Benson, BAE Systems Ltd Keith Smith, Director, Apprenticeships, Education and Skills Funding Agency added: Royal Air Force Award for Apprenticeship Champion of the Year: David Thompson, NETA Training Group and Susan Gough, Lloyds Banking Group The Royal Navy Award for Large Employer of the Year (for organisations with 250 to 4,999 employees): United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, WEC Group Limited Jo Buck, Rising Star award winnerAnne Milton, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister said: The BAE Systems Award for SME Employer of the Year (for organisations with 1 to 249 employees): Troup Bywaters + Anders This year’s national employer winners are: Royal Air Force Award for Apprenticeship Champion of the Year: Natalie White, National Nuclear Laboratory The Centrica Award for Macro Employer of the Year (for organisations with 5,000+ employees): Engie, Lookers plc A huge well done to all the winners, finalists and rising stars! I have met so many apprentices up and down the country and all of them stars in their own right. Their passion for what they do, their determination to get things done and their drive to get on is so impressive. The winners tonight will have stepped out of their comfort zone to learn new skills and many will have changed the direction of their life. Congratulations to them all and they should be very proud of all they have achieved. The PeoplePlus Award for Recruitment Excellence: selected from the Employer of the Year award entries: KMF Precision Sheet Metal Limited, Lloyds Banking Group The Nuclear Decommissioning Site Licence Companies Award for Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year: Joe Powell, HM Revenue & Customs and Michelle Blackwell, Bevan Brittan LLP Now in its fifteenth year, the awards are the largest and most prestigious celebration of apprentices and apprentice employers across the country.The ‘Excellence in Apprenticeships’ themed Awards ceremony showcased individual and employer success stories, recognising apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career and enabler of business growth.A Special Recognition Award was presented for the first time and was won by The Armed Forces – The Royal Air Force; Royal Navy and The British Army – for their commitment to apprenticeships. All three services are have been recognised as Outstanding by OfSTED and combined, are the largest apprenticeship employer in England.Damian Hinds, Education Secretary said: The Nuclear Decommissioning Site Licence Companies Award for Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year: Jordan Coulton, Weightmans LLP My BTEC learning path was similar to an apprenticeship so I fully appreciate the hard work, skills and talent represented in the National Apprenticeship Awards 2018. The career path I took really did open up doors for me and I am sure this year’s winners will find themselves in fortunate positions with their careers – which can all be put down to their hard work, tenacity and excellence. It’s also great to see that the winning employers and apprentices are from such a rich variety of sectors, showcasing beautifully the broad range of skills that apprenticeships deliver. I am delighted to have been part of this celebration of excellence in apprenticeships.last_img read more

Benton County Speedway race start time change

first_imgBy Jerry Mackey  The start time will be set back an hour which will not only allow better race conditions but will make for much more comfortable conditions for our loyal race fans. That change was made due to the difficulties of getting enough water into the track under the summer’s high sun, which has made for dusty conditions. VINTON, Iowa – Specialty Race Promotions, operators of Benton County Speedway, The Bullring, have made the decision to set the start time for the Sunday race programs back to 6 p.m.  Effective this Sunday, July 12 the grandstands and pit gates will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps set to get underway at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.last_img read more

Kinrade likes what he sees in Europe, heading back to SC Bern for season two in August

first_imgGeoff Kinrade knew he was taking a chance by signing a professional contract in the Czech Republic in the summer of 2011.However, the Nelson Minor Hockey grad probably didn’t realize he’d be seeing a lot more of Europe than originally planned.Kinrade, finished up his inaugural season playing professional hockey in Europe with SC Bern of the Swiss League after starting the campaign in the Czech Republic for HC Plzen 1929.“Though I loved living in Plzen and enjoyed my teammates, things were not working out with the coach and the transfer to the Swiss league was a great opportunity,” the 26-year-old Kinrade told The Nelson Daily from Penticton, his off-season home.“(But) it was a good move for me as the NLA (National League A) is probably the best European League to play in for an import player.”Kinrade made the decision to try hockey in Europe after he failed gain the attention of the Ottawa Senators management following the 2010-11 season.Despite playing a key role in the success of Ottawa’s farm team in Binghamton — Kinrade played in all 23 playoff games as the Senators won the AHL’s Calder Cup and was plus-2 with a goal and four assists — the smooth skating defenceman realized the chance of getting a shot at the parent National Hockey League club was remote at best.So when his agent found a team in Europe, Kinrade inked a one-year deal, believing he could parlay a positive season across the big pond into an NHL opportunity with another team.“I really enjoyed living in Europe,” explained Kinrade, following in the footsteps of other Nelsonites — Simon Wheeldon and Bruno Campese — who have gained notoriety playing in Europe.“It was a very cool experience since it was my first time leaving (North America).”Kinrade played 34 games for HC Plzen 1929 before getting a transfer to SC Bern in January.The former Nelson Leaf played seven regular season games with SC Bern before dressing for 17 playoff contests.However, this playoff ride did not conclude with the same playoff magic as Kinrade experienced in Binghamton.SC Bern finished the season losing out in the seven-game final against ZSC Lions.SC Bern watched as a 3-1 lead evaporated before their eyes.Then in the final game, at home not less, Trail native Steven McCarthy scored the winner with time running out.How ironic that a Nelson Minor Hockey grad goes across the ocean to lose out in a hockey final to a Trail Minor Hockey grad in a 2-1 game-seven victory for ZSC Lions. “There were similarities and differences, but playoff hockey is always going to be intense, so it felt the same,” Kinrade said about the post-season ride for SC Bern.Former Trail Smokie Travis Roche was a teammate of Kinrades while Jeff Tambellini, also with roots in the Silver City, was on the roster of ZSC Lions.It’s been a wild ride, not only this season, but throughout the Geoff Kinrade hockey career.The first season overseas only added to the rollercoaster ride.“Living in Czech Republic was the most difficult since most people did not speak English,” Kinrade said.“Western Europe is much more English friendly as almost everyone can speak at least a little English.”“(But) I got to see a lot of Europe,” he added. “We played games throughout Finland in the beginning of the season and I also traveled throughout Germany, Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland on my own and also with hockey.”And what’s in the cards for next season?“I have already signed in Bern for next year,” heading back to Switzerland in August.Looks like the NHL is going to wait at least for another season.last_img read more

20 summoned for Cranes Regional tour

first_img Tags: Cranes Regional Tourdan sserunkumavipers sc The 2018 Cranes Regional tour kicks-off in Kitara Region (File Photo)The Uganda Cranes Regional Tour 2018Kitara Region vs Uganda CranesKasseseSaturday, 21-07-2018The first Uganda Cranes regional tour of 2018 will be held in Kitara Region as confirmed by the federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) on Monday evening.It was on the same day that the players that will take part were summoned by the Cranes technical team.Dan Muzei Sserunkuma who has been away from the team for a while has been included after an impressive display for Vipers SC last season that saw him finish at the league’s top scorer.Also from Vipers, the youthful defensive duo of Bashir Asiku and Geoffrey Wasswa has been summoned for the first time as a pair in the senior team.Both players have been a regular fixture in Matia Lule’s U20 side that fell to Cameroon earlier this year in the AFCON U-20 qualifiers.New Vipers’ recruit Abraham Ndugwa and Kitara’s Ivan Eyam also make the list after impressive displays last season in the UPL and Big League respectively.The squad does not include any KCCA FC player as the Kasasiro Boys have a CAF Champions League double header with Tunisian side Esperance in a space of 10 days.The team will start training on Wednesday evening at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo before travelling to Kasese on Friday morning.Uganda Cranes regional tours are sponsored by Airtel and Nile special.The Uganda Cranes will resume 2019 AFCON Qualification Campaign in September 2018 with a match against Tanzania at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.The Full Squad of Players:Goal Keepers:Saidi Keni (Proline FC) and Isma Watenga (Vipers Sc).Defenders:Musitafa Mujuzi (Proline FC), Bashir Asiku (Vipers SC), Geoffrey Wasswa (Vipers SC), Joseph Nsubuga (SC Villa Jogoo), Paul Patrick Mbowa (URA FC) andAggrey Madoi (Vipers SC).Midfielders:Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Nicholas Kasozi (SC Villa Jogoo), Ivan Eyam (Kataka FC), Yayo Kato Lutimba (Vipers SC), Moses Waiswa Ndhondi (Vipers SC), Abraham Ndugwa (Masavu FC), Milton Karisa (Vipers SC), Allan Kyambadde (SC Villa Jogoo), Martin Kizza (SC Villa Jogoo).Strikers:Joel Madondo (K-Jinja SS), Nelson Senkatuka (Bright Stars FC) and Dan Sserunkuma Muzeyi (Vipers SC)Comments last_img read more

Sunshine finally starting to bring farmers to the fields

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Glenn Harsh, Delaware CountyWe worked on some tile repairs, some fencerow maintenance and we are finishing up our last farm for soil testing. That’s about the extent of the field work.With the cover crops, we do not really want to spray right now with the rain coming in. We won’t be able to plant right after so we want to hold off on spraying.  We are sort of in a holding pattern now because we don’t really do any tillage work so we are finishing up additions to our planter and moving seed.The cover crops are looking much better. The fields that were thin are filling in. It is mainly the ryegrass that is growing in right now. I don’t see a lot of other species really growing much out there yet.After this series of rains this week, I would guess that we could get going next week. There is an 80% chance of rain tomorrow and Wednesday and some chance on Thursday and Friday. Next week looks pretty good for us and we’ll be ready to roll at that time.I took a soil temperature reading yesterday and it was 40 degrees at four inches in the morning and that is about what the weather maps are showing too. For mid-day it is only getting up to 47 to 49 degrees. That is not warm enough to facilitate germination and with the outlook of rainy weather, that could be really scary.I saw there was some anhydrous going on around the state and maybe some spraying over the weekend but that is about the extent of it. After this weather pattern goes through we’ll be ready to go.We are finishing up some variable rate seeding maps and implementing farm management software this year and I am trying to gets guys trained on that too. I like to get started in April but I am not nervous yet. We can get planted fairly quickly. I want to see soil temperatures in the 50- to 55-degree range so we can get the crops up and growing quickly.last_img read more

Toyota gets into its first-pick schools, spends millions on AI

first_imgRelated Posts 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Toyota has announced a new partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University, aimed at accelerating the development of artificial intelligence and robotics.The Japanese car maker will pump $50 million into newly formed research centers at MIT and Stanford. Any developments will be shared with Toyota, and could be adapted to the company’s self-driving program.See also: Toyota steers millions into U. Michigan AI projectToyota said it would start implementing self-driving features into its vehicles as soon as this year, but does not intend to remove the driver anytime soon. It wants driverless systems to work in all weathers, where low visibility might make it hard for a human to navigate.Both schools have successful programsStanford and MIT have both incubated successful driverless projects. nuTonomy, a startup testing driverless shuttles in Singapore, started out as a MIT lab project. Drive.AI and Zoox are startups created by Stanford students.Toyota is not the first automaker to work with universities to build artificial intelligence and robotics for cars. Uber poached a whole team of students from Carnegie Mellon University in Michigan in 2015 to work in its self-driving division.Artificial intelligence is extremely important for autonomous cars, as the system will be required to think like a human and make decisive decisions in seconds. Google’s self-driving division, Waymo, will make the car do most of the thinking internally, removing the possibility of a hacker taking over the car.Toyota has not detailed its own plans for its self-driving system. The company wants to take it step-by-step and does not see a total driverless future for at least 20 years.center_img David Curry Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#Autonomous car#driverless#japan#MIT#robotics#Self-Driving#Stanford#toyota IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more


first_imgOn the eve of the X-Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships, Kos Sports X Blades, official partners of Touch Football Australia, have been recognised in the prestigious Australian Business Awards with the Award for Innovation.The team at Kos Sports X Blades have been recognised for their cutting edge technology and products for the sports footwear industry.X Blades are naming rights sponsor of the National Touch League Open and Seniors Tournament, as well as the National 18 Years Tournament, the showcase events on the Touch Football Australia National calendar.Kos Sports X Blades are the official shoe of Touch Football Australia and their new “Genius” range, available in October, will provide revolutionary lightweight mid-sole boots that fit well with comfort, support, flexibility, and durability for the Touch Football enthusiast of all levels of ability and experience.Representatives from Kos Sports X Blades will be in attendance throughout the National 18s Tournament and will have Kos Sports X Blades footwear and products available for sale and order at a designated merchandise area.From park Touch Football to the Elite level, Kos Sports X-Blades has the shoe to suit all standards and competitive interests.Touch Football Australia congratulate Kos Sports X Blades on their success in the Australian Business Awards and look forward to a long and healthy relationship with the market leaders.To read more about Kos Sports X Blades success at the Australian Business Awards please click on the below attachment.Related Filesx-blades_australian_business_awards_winner-pdflast_img read more

9 months agoSpalletti: Inter Milan in Coppa Italia to win it

first_imgSpalletti: Inter Milan in Coppa Italia to win itby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti says they’re in the Coppa Italia to win it.Inter meet Benevento in the round of 16 on Sunday.“As we saw last year, these games can hold hidden dangers, but the team is focused and learned from that experience,” said Spalletti.“We have a stronger mentality now and will try to improve it further in this match. Benevento boss Cristian Bucchi has experience now and is very good at setting his team out, so his type of side can cause problems.“We also saw in Cup competitions in England and France that big clubs can be surprised by minnows. Benevento eliminated Udinese in order to get here, so in one-off matches, the gap between teams can be wiped out.”On winning the Coppa, he added: “It is certainly an objective. This is probably the simplest to achieve, because there are fewer games on the way to the Final. Big clubs take part and it’ll be tough, but a side like Inter must aim for victory.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Environment Canada issued Severe Thunderstorm Warning

first_imgSee the full warning below.Issued at 2019-07-11 21:52 UTC by Environment Canada:Severe thunderstorm warning issued for:B.C. North Peace River, B.C. (087320)Current details:At 2:48pm PDT, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.The thunderstorm is located 20 km north of Peejay and is moving eastward at 20 km/h towards Milligan Creek Rd. Heavy downpours are likely to cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles.Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm. One thunderstorm is located 20 km north of Peejay and is moving eastward at 20 km/h towards Milligan Creek Rd.The other thunderstorm is located 25 km north of Wonowon and is moving eastward at 20 km/h.ORIGINAL STORYFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the North Peace.The warning says meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.The thunderstorm is located 20 km north of Peejay and is moving eastward at 20 km/h towards Milligan Creek Rd.center_img UPDATE – As of 3:55 p.m. – Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.  The thunderstorm is located just north of Doig River and is moving eastward at 20 km/h.UPDATE – As of 3:25 p.m. the severe thunderstorm warning has ended.UPDATE – At 2:53 pm PDT, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking two severe thunderstorms capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.last_img read more