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Record numbers of young women in JCB training

JCB's factory in Rocester, Staffordshire Credit: PA

A record number of young women have started work at Staffordshire-based JCB as apprentices.

The group - who have just completed their first week at the company - have been recruited as part of JCB's Young Talent initiative, which has just created more than 100 new jobs for apprentices, graduates and undergraduates.

The new female apprentices come from all over the Midlands, including Stoke-on-Trent, Cannock, Rugeley, Stone, Solihull and Newcastle.


Chatsworth trainee scheme for unemployed teens

Chatsworth has launched a traineeship programme to give young unemployed people the opportunity to gain skills Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Chatsworth has launched a traineeship programme for unemployed youngsters, to give them the experience they need to secure a job.

Working with national training provider Babington Group, Chatsworth has introduced the 20-week programme to the first cohort of 12 young people aged from 16 to 19 years.

Designed for young unemployed people who have no work experience, the programme gives candidates the opportunity to work within different functional areas across the estate.

Traineeships involve visitor guiding, gardening, retail, and working in the farm shop and warehouse.

"Here at Chatsworth, we're keen to take an active part in helping young people in our local area into work."

– The Duke of Devonshire

700,000 couldn't pay mortgage for more than a month if job lost

39% in the West Midlands would not be able to afford rent or mortgage for a month without a job Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Nearly 700,000 people in the West Midlands could not pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job.

That is according to research by homeless charity, Shelter.

With savings dwindling for many, 39% of people in the West Midlands would not be able to keep up with payments for more than a month without a job - putting them just one paycheque away from losing their home.

Only 62% said they would be able to cover the monthly payments for three months.

Shelter is warning that high housing costs mean just one thing like illness or redundancy could be enough to tip someone into a downward spiral and put their homes at risk.

West Midlands office parking 'worst in the UK'

West Midlands 'at the end of its tether' over office parking, says research Credit: PA

The majority of workers in the West Midlands claim that parking is either "insufficient or pushed to the limit."

Research by car insurance provider Chaucer Direct found 72 per cent of West Midland's workers felt that parking was at or beyond its useful limit. This was the worst regional result in the UK.

The West Midlands faired marginally worse than Wales (71 per cent), Yorkshire and Humber (both 70 per cent).

The national average was also alarmingly high with 66 per cent of people stating that parking was on the limit of what it could handle.

However the best area for office parking was the East Midlands, yet 58 per cent of people still said they felt it was insufficient or stretched.

This research also suggested that the issue was damaging job prospects and bank balances:

  • 39 per cent of workers in the West Midlands claimed parking at work has been costly, either as a result of damage to vehicles (27 per cent) or fines and charges (12 per cent). This compares to a national average of 36 per cent;
  • Over half (60 per cent) are risking job prospects as a result of lateness or parking-related tension with colleagues, compared to a national average of 54 per cent;
  • Around a quarter of workers felt workplace relationships as a whole have been damaged by the tension of parking, such as blocking colleagues in - the same as the national average.


Students told day before: 'You haven't got the grades'

Nottingham Trent University Credit: ITV News Central

Nottingham Trent University has been left embarrassed after prospective students were told they had not achieved their expected grades yesterday - a day before A-level results day.

The university sent out 30 emails telling applicants they had got a place despite not getting their predicted results.

In a statement, the university said:

The issue was identified and resolved very quickly. The emails, which did not disclose any results, were to offer applicants a place on a similar but alternative course.

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Students at Peterborough academy talk about their A-level results and plans for the future

Students at Nene Park Academy in Peterborough get their A-level results. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Students at Nene Park Academy in Peterborough have today been collecting their A-levels results. They told ITV News Anglia how they got on and what their plans are for the future.

Former injured soldier becomes first in family to go to university

Pa Njie Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

A former soldier who lost both of his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan is celebrating after receiving his A-Level results.

Pa Njie, who lives in Birmingham, will now be the first in his family to go to university.

The 24-year-old underwent rehab at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital after stepping on an IED while on patrol in Helmand Province in 2010.

He achieved an A* & C grade and will now study business at Aston University.

Pa Njie is now off to university Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

I am delighted with my results this morning, as I was determined to get the grades I needed to go on and read business at university. It’s nice to see all my hard work over the past couple of years finally pay off.

– Pa Njie
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