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AWE marks 60 years of Apprenticeships

Apprentices in the 1950s Credit: AWE

AWE, the Atomic Weapons Establishment is preparing to celebrate national apprenticeship week. The company has a long tradition of running a apprenticeship schemes.

The event is part of the eighth annual National Apprenticeship Week, which is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.

AWE has had been running apprenticeship schemes for over 60 years. Currently, 11% of its workforce is made up of former apprentices.

Rob Cottrell, AWE’s Skills Academy Manager, said: “Apprenticeships allow AWE to grow its own talent pool by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce and many of our former apprentices have worked their way up through the company to senior leadership positions.”

Apprentices today Credit: AWE

'Hard Wok Kafe' comes second in pun awards

A cafe in Portsmouth has reached the number two spot in a national competition - for having the best shop pun name.

Hard Wok Kafe, in Charlotte Street, made to it to second place with 15% of the vote, which were cast by visitors for their favourite shop name nationwide.

In January we selected our best ten shop puns of 2014 and asked you to vote for your favourite. Credit: Local Data Company

A breakdown of the winning ten:

1.Ace of Vapes, Eastwood, Nottingham 9%

2. Glasgrow, Glasgow 12%

3. Bit-A-Sweet, Seahouses, Northumberland 12%

4. Hair Dot Comb, Falkirk 27%

5. Lunch & Judy, Birkenhead 4%

6. Hard Wok Kafe, Portsmouth 15%

7. Peaches & Clean, Feltham 0%

8. Café Indie Pendent, Scunthorpe 8%

9.Croc-A-Tile, Chesterfield 6%

10.Peaches n Pairs, Uttoxeter 8%

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Plans revealed for 1000 new homes in Hampshire town

Artist's impression of new development Credit: Highwood

Controversial plans for 1000 new homes have been revealed on the outskirts of a Hampshire town.

The North Stoneham Park development would transform land south of Eastleigh. If approved by borough council planners, the development would feature around 1,100 new homes spread across the 62-hectare site. The £70-million pound complex would also include a new primary school, nursery, community centre, shops and care home on the site near to junction 5 of the M27. Campaigners are worried about traffic and losing historic park land and playing pitches.

Development plans Credit: Highwood

The plans have been handed in to the Borough Council after two public exhibitions last year. Eastleigh Borough Council, which owns the site alongside Highwood and the County Council, has earmarked the site south of Chestnut Avenue for housing for several years.

A decision on the plans is due during the summer, and if the development is approved construction work could begin next year.

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Threat to print mill jobs in Kent

Aylesford Newsprint is going into administration. It's been making newspaper at its one hundred-acre site for well over twenty years.

The company was bought by an American holding firm in October 2012 who described themselves as being "a long-term investor". The news was announced to staff this morning, as David Johns reports.

He spoke to Tim Elliott from Unite The Union; MP for Chatham and Aylesford Tracey Crouch; and Prof Tim Luckhurst who's a journalist expert.

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Derelict Saltdean Lido receives £4.7m from lottery

Saltdean Lido in Sussex has seen better days - and could see them again after £4.7m grant

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of £4.7m to the project to restore the derelict 1930s Saltdean Lido in Sussex.

The money, alongside other grants and donations from other groups and individuals, will be used to help restore and reopen the lido. The Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company said it still has to raise another two million pounds to fund the project.

“The backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund has always been central to the success of our project and we are delighted that all our hard work is coming to fruition.

"The Saltdean Lido CIC will be creating new jobs and bringing new revenue and much needed investment to the area. However, there are many challenges for community groups such as ours who are bringing heritage buildings back into use.”

– Rebecca Crook, chair of Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company

New home for search and rescue helicopters

Search and rescue helicopters that were due to be re-located to Manston Airport could now be housed at Lydd Airport. The aircraft, which are used for rescue operations along the coast, currently operate out of RAF Wattisham in Suffolk. They were due to move to Manston this summer but the airport there has now closed. ITV News Meridian understands that negotiations are now underway to bring the aircraft to Lydd. Tom Savvides talks to parliamentary candidate Lynn Beaumont and the leader of Shepway Council, David Monk.

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