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Ready to be the hero in this summer’s blockbuster?

Posted: 12.07.2021

If so, we’ve got your back, front and even sides.

Ba, ba-ba-pah…ba, pa-pah… Did you get it? This month sees the 40th anniversary of ‘Raisers of the Lost Ark’, one of cinema’s greatest summer blockbusters. It introduced us to Dr. Indiana Jones – ‘Indy’, played by Harrison Ford. He’s courageous, confident, charismatic, and intelligent, everything you want in a hero. Emerging from a pandemic may not seem the right time for heroics. We at North Wales Training beg to differ and are here to help coax out your inner hero.

Any good movie first sets the scene. The country is emerging from the biggest crisis to hit it since the second world war, in which its economy shrank 10 per cent. After months of lockdowns and with the Delta variant delaying the lifting of restrictions a mood of uncertainty and nervousness pervades. For businesses there’s the challenge of managing a move to hybrid working and recruiting new staff. For job-seekers there’s the question of how the pandemic has changed their preferred sector, and how to stand out in a crowded market when many firms are recruiting people nationally not just locally.

What would Indy do? In ‘Raiders’ he makes maximum use of all the support and resources available, leverages his strengths, and seizes on opportunities, all the while responding creatively, flexibly and resiliently in the face of challenge. Whether you’re a learner or a business, let us be your sidekick, and help you ponder how you can be a bit more like Dr. Jones, and plan a successful route out of this pandemic adventure.

In spite of the gloom the economy is bouncing back. The accounting firm EY predicts it to grow 6.8 percent in 2021 and to return to pre 2020 levels of growth in the second quarter of 2022, six months earlier than was forecast last year. Unemployment is expected to rise no higher than 5.8 per cent and in May the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that there were more online job adverts than at the same time in 2019 and 2020, a sure measure of confidence returning to the market. Over 58 per cent of people have received their first dose of the vaccine.

If that’s not encouraging enough the Government has been throwing money at rebuilding the economy and helping get people back into work through grants, loans, tax relief and major schemes such as Kickstart and the soon to launch Restart, which will provide 12 months of tailored support for those out of work for at least 12 months (more from us on Restart soon).

So defy the national mood. Now is the time to invest in your business and in your future. Let us give you some more good reasons:

Apprenticeships. There really is no better time to apply for an apprenticeship or take on an apprentice. We are the leading provider of apprenticeships in North Wales with an ever-expanding range. Our new England arm, Copa Apprenticeships, means you can now receive our legendary service on both sides of the border. In England the UK Government has boosted financial incentives for each new apprentice businesses take on as a new employee until 30 September 2021. Similar incentives apply in Wales.

Kickstart. This is the scheme offering six month work placements for an unlimited number of 16-24 year olds, in return for which the Government covers a substantial portion of the costs. It’s a win-win for job-seekers and businesses alike. We’ve supported employers to create 334 Kickstart vacancies across North Wales and filled 73 of those since it launched last year. Not one to pass up a great opportunity we’ve even taken on not one but three of our very own Kickstarters, and couldn’t be more pleased with the contribution they’re making to the business.

Support to get you back into work. Our Employability Skills Programme for people aged 18 – 65 who’ve been out of work has never been busier. We’re seeing an increase in the number and range of jobs available to the extent that demand for people outstrips supply. If our brilliant team can’t support you to land a job nobody can. And don’t forget that if you’re aged 16-18 we also provide traineeships including military traineeships, a great primer for starting work and highly rated by all those who complete them (check out our summer programmes before they fill up).

In the films Indiana’s progress is made that much harder for the modesty of supports he has. While it makes for a thrilling ride it doesn’t have to be the same for you. North Wales Training is backed by the largest education provider in Wales - Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. We have a bold new strategy, are increasing the size and capability of our team, and have secured new contracts. Partnering with us is like having the CIA backing you up, not a fat man with a beard.

Near the climax of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the third instalment in the series, Indy has to cross a deep chasm to reach the other side and secure the elixir that will save his dying dad. His ancient guidebook shows a figure walking across it in the air. “It’s impossible, nobody can jump this” he mutters. It suddenly occurs to Indy that it’s believing in the impossible which is the solution. He closes his eyes, holds his hand to his chest, and steps out into thin air. Your heart jumps! And his foot lands on a narrow bridge, which only becomes visible to those with the faith to believe it’s there. It’s an apt metaphor as we emerge from this pandemic.

Life has been a lot like a movie these past fifteen months. Unlike the ones you watch you’re its director, writer, and star. As we emerge from the pandemic you get to decide what happens next. With our guidance and backing we’ll support you to defy the odds and emerge triumphant. Because the way forward is there. Like Indiana Jones sometimes it just takes a leap of faith to believe it.