Author: Patrick

Apprenticeships Statistics England – Briefing Paper Published

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper exploring some interesting stats on Apprenticeship starts and levels during 2017/18. Apprenticeship Starts The continued reduction in apprenticeship starts has continued, with 94,000 fewer people enrolling in an apprenticeship in 2017/18 than in 2016/17. The burst of apprenticeships started in 2010/11, with a generally positive…
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I’m Riding in the London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride

Those who know me will know that I like to jump on my MTB (mainly in Summer) and rack up the, not so many, miles. Back in August 2018, I did a 38 miler in aid of the British Heart Foundation (image above) – I did it in my target of 6 hours. Being home…
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Breaking Down Barriers

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A Celebration of Success

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A World of Opportunities

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#iwill Fund Supports Swale Youth Conference 2018

Swale Young People is pleased to announce that the 2nd Swale Youth Conference will be partly funded by the #iwill fund, which itself is funded by £20 million of investment from the Big Lottery Fund and the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities. Swale Youth Conference…
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#GE2017 – Swale Debates are a Success!

In week leading up the General Election, I held not one, but two general election debates between prospective Parliamentary candidates. They were a huge success with many young people in attendance and even more watching live via Facebook. 5th June – Sittingbourne & Sheppey All parties were represented at our first debate, in New House…
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Volunteering Insight – Youth Employment UK

It’s Volunteer’s Week – starting this week, we’ll be sharing blogs about volunteering stories in a series called ‘Volunteering Insight’. The aim is to share with the world what it’s like volunteering at organisations as a young person. The first in this series is about Youth Employment UK, and what it’s like being a volunteer…
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How Volunteering Can Get You To Poland!

This article also appeared on Youth Employment UK. Back in March, I went to Poland with members of the Youth Employment UK Team, Laura-Jane, and Lauren, to attend the 3rd European Congress of Local Governments. It was a fantastic trip, not only to experience the culture in Krakow and being my first time abroad since…
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Presenting The Swale Young Volunteer Champion of the Year 2017

On Friday 3rd March, I was joined by Young Ambassador Demi where we had the pleasure of presenting the Swale Young Volunteer Champion of the Year to Elysia Spall, for the 2017 Volunteer Swale Awards. Elysia volunteers as a trainee coach at Sittingbourne and Milton Swimming Club and Rainbows. Her involvement at both has meant…
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