City Training Services
Established in 1983, City Training Services based in Bradford have a 30 year track record of helping young people in apprenticeship programmes in the Yorkshire area from cultural and creative to construction. CTS also offers Professional Training & Development Courses in a modern conference centre.
Apprenticeship Success for Charlotte Greenwood
City Training Services would like to congratulate our very own Charlotte Greenwood on the completion of her Business Administration apprenticeship. Well Done Charlotte!
Charlotte is pictured below with her assessor, Mike Jowett.
Rugby League Star Returns To City Training Services
Ben Hellewell is a professional rugby league player who has recently signed for the London Broncos and will join them for their 2015 campaign in the Championship. Born in Bradford, Ben started his career with hometown club Bradford Bulls, whilst undertaking an Electrical Installation Apprenticeship here at City Training Services and attending Bradford College. During this time Ben moved to Warrington Wolves for two seasons in 2010-2012 before joining Featherstone Rovers in 2012.
He is also a Scotland international having made his debut in 2011, and was named in their squad for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and scored two tries in their 30-30 draw with Italy.
In the recent 2014 Rugby League European Championship competition, Ben played in all three of Scotland’s group games scoring on one occasion in the third round game, which was a 38-22 defeat to France, however this did not impact on Scotland being crowned overall Champions.
On a recent visit to City Training Services we caught up with Ben to discuss his achievements so far and his plans for the future. Ben told us “I am looking forward to a new chapter in my career after joining London, and I am glad all my hard work paid off and I completed my Apprenticeship as it has always kept me grounded and I now have a qualification and experience within the industry that I can always return to”.
When asked about his apprenticeship experience with City Training Services, Ben had the following to say: “I fully understood the importance of gaining a worldwide recognised qualification and skills in a stable and growing industry which has predicted skills shortages in the future. The apprenticeship involved a lot of hard work, commitment, determination from myself as well as a lot of support from my employer and Assessor at City Training Services”.
When asked how he balanced his lifestyle to complete the required elements of the apprenticeship whilst pursuing his sporting ambitions, Ben said “I attended Bradford College on a day release basis as well as extra support sessions with my Assessor/Training Co-ordinator here at City Training Services.
In response to the question of what advice he would give to a young person considering an Apprenticeship, Ben stated that “short, medium and long term goals should be set as well as setting yourself achievable targets to enable success”.
Our final question to Ben was what he thought was his greatest achievement, to which Ben replied “achieving my apprenticeship framework was a milestone in my career which gave me a strong and stable foundation which is on par with being called up for the Scotland squad and representing them in major tournaments”.
Apprentice Graduation Ceremony - November 10 2014
Hundreds of young apprentices from across West Yorkshire will be recognised at a graduation ceremony Leeds Town Hall on 10 November 2014.
Students Go Through to WorldSkills UK National Finals
Two of City Training Services most talented students who attend Bradford College have been officially announced as finalists in this year’s prestigious WorldSkills UK national finals, hosted at the NEC Birmingham later in November.
Tom Hinchliffe and Oliver Brown will join students from across the country to battle it out in their respective areas of specialism, in a bid to be crowned national skills champions.
The finals form the centrepiece of The Skills Show – the nation’s largest skills and careers event which attracts over 75,000 visitors each year. The show provides hands-on experiences that inspire young people to explore Further Education, skills and Apprenticeships.
Tom Hinchliffe and Oliver Brown, both Level 2 learners, have been selected for the Construction Metal Work Advanced competition final and will compete at Level 3. Oliver scooped a Gold Medal and Thomas a Silver Medal in the Matchfit competition earlier this year.
Perry Rushby, Lecturer in Fabrication and Welding has mentored the students throughout their learner journey. Perry Rushby said: “It takes hard work, determination and a high level of skill to compete against some of the UK’s most talented apprentices and learners. Thomas Hinchliffe and Oliver Brown have got promising futures ahead of them. They are competing in a Level 3 category, which demonstrates they are working above their current level. I wish them every success for the future.”
Competitors from this year’s cycle of WorldSkills UK Competitions may also be eligible to compete for a place in the team that will represent the UK at WorldSkills in São Paulo, Brazil 2015. The WorldSkills Competition takes place every two years in cities around the globe and is the largest international skills competition.
Jack Scarr, Matchfit Project Manager reflected: “Matchfit are delighted and this is a huge credit and a great reflection of the quality of the Bradford College Group.
City Training Services Sponsor SI Leeds Literary Awards
City Training Services are to be one of the sponsors of the SI Leeds Literary Awards in Ilkley, on the 15th of October 2014. City Training Helped out by providing a new Amazon Kindle to one talented winner.
Click the link below to view the SI Leeds Literary Awards Website
Delegates finding out about apprenticeships with City Training Services
The City Training Services stall at The Braford Skills Show Experience at Valley Parade, Bradford.
See more here.
CTS Staff Complete the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge
On Sunday 17th August members of City Training Services and family successfully completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge in arduous conditions suffering the fury that was the tail end of hurricane Bertha. Here is the team below:
On Friday 25th July the staff of CTS all gave generously as part of a dress down day sponsoring the 3 peaks team, all the monies going to Manorlands Hospice.
Callum, 17, Wins Curry Chef Crown
Apprentice, Callum Shand, has been named junior winner of the recent World Curry Festival in Bradford. Callum is a student at the Department of Hospitality and Travel at Bradford College. Callum went up against competition from across the UK with his seekh lamb kebabs, pitta bread and green dip and came out victorious.
Well Done, Callum!
Callum is pictured below with Mohammed Aslam.
As a Corporate Member of WISE, City Training Services has signed up to the WISE CEO (Chief Executive Officer) Charter as part of our ongoing commitment to maximising opportunities for increasing the participation and progression of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
We would appreciate your feedback
Ofsted have recently introduced a facility which allows learners to give feedback on colleges or training providers who deliver education and training. It gives you the opportunity to tell Ofsted what you think about the services provided by City Training Services and/or Bradford College.
The brief survey asks for your opinion on 10 aspects: from whether the lessons/training sessions are well taught to if you would recommend City Training Services to a friend.
The survey will only take 5 minutes or so and by sharing your views you'll be helping City Training Services to improve. You will also be able to see what other students have said about Bradford College and City Training Services or, if you want to, view the results for other further education and skills providers in England.
To complete please visit www.learnerview.ofsted.gov.uk and access the survey, please use Bradford College as the name of the provider.
If you have any queries about the survey please contact 01274 728316.
Thank you in advance for your feedback.
Operations & Performance Executive, City Training Services
Optical Retailing Apprenticeships Available Here
We have Apprenticeships available in Optical Retailing at Level 2 and Level 3. Are you interested and like what you see? Click here for more information.
We have vacancies at
- Optical Express - Whiterose Centre
- Specsavers -Leeds
- Openshaw Opticians - Cleckheaton.
Please contact Charlotte Greenwood on 01274 728316 or for more information about these posts.
Warning - Bogus Apprenticeship Website
The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) have been alerted to a website called Apprenticeships Portal - http://apprenticeshipsportal.org/
They are contacting schools and trying to persuade them to get their Year 11 students to register on their website ready for Apprenticeships starting in 2014. There are no vacancies on the site. They are also claiming that, by doing this, schools will be able to demonstrate to OFSTED that they are giving pupils advice on Apprenticeships.
In particular we want to alert you to the following:-
The contact number on the site for candidates (young people) is a 0906 number (cost £1.53p per minute). Candidates are also charged for the service as 'the payment system is linked to pay pal'- it is £25 to register.
This is not the NAS website nor do we promote or endorse this website. NAS services and those of the National Careers Service are the Government supported services and free to the user.’
17th Edition Wiring Regulations Course
We have 3 day, 17th Edition Wiring Regulations courses running during 2014 at our Conference Centre in Little Germany, Bradford, West Yorkshire.
If you would like to secure a place, please contact John Valentine on 01274 728316
Places allocated on a first come first served basis.
Course fees £325 plus VAT. Regs book and lunch can be purchased separately.
Please check our Facebook page for regular updates for apprenticeship vacancies.
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