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Unloc Offers Summer Camp For Young Leaders

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Unloc love enabling young people to thrive and providing them with opportunities that can not only help to promote themselves but also allow them to build character, independence and develop their skills set.

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This summer they are teaming up with Pompey in the Community and NCS (National Citizens Service) to provide a unique opportunity for young people who have shown leadership potential to develop their skills even further and then showcase them in a social action project.

The programme takes place over the course of 4 weeks and gives students a chance to try new things, team build, identify new skills and meet new friends. Below is how the events unfold across the course of 4 weeks.

What does Unloc’s NCS Leadership Camp look like at a glance?

Week 1 – Adventure: Students attend a specialist activity center for a week of activities such as; kayaking, canoeing, raft building, archery, climbing, zip wire and abseiling and over team building exercises.

Week 2 – Trying Something New: This week is aimed at allowing young people to gain valuable life skills, increase their independence and boost their employability skills.

Week 3 & 4 – Make your mark: This will be when the students are able to ‘give back’ to their community using the skills they have developed in the previous weeks. As a team they will research, plan, fundraise and carry out their social action project right here in Portsmouth.

This is a unique and great opportunity for young people in year 11 and AS year of college. If you’re a student, you can find out more and book a place at ncs.unloc.org.uk.

Alternatively, if you have any questions regarding this programme, feel free to email Rachel, the program coordinator. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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UTC Portsmouth gets planning go ahead

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Portsmouth's new employer-led University Technical College (UTC) got the green light today from the city’s planning committee which granted approval for the £10m new school building.

The committee approved the application subject to planning conditions.

Led by University of Portsmouth, the Royal Navy, Salterns Academy Trust and Portsmouth City Council, UTC Portsmouth will be built in the grounds of Trafalgar School in Hilsea and will open in September 2017.

UTC Portsmouth will start taking applications for admission from across the Solent region in September 2016 for year 10 and year 12 students. It will specialise in electrical and mechanical engineering and advanced manufacturing.

University of Portsmouth Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Student Experience) Professor Paul Hayes said: "Obtaining planning approval today is an important step on our journey toward opening UTC Portsmouth. The school will help meet the education and training needs of the next generation of engineers from across the south coast. Working with local employers, the school will focus on students learning through projects that are directly relevant to the needs of industry."

UTC Portsmouth will offer an engineering curriculum alongside the core GCSE subjects in years 10 and 11 and a range of options including Level 3 engineering diplomas and A Levels in years 12 and 13.

Captain Andrew Cree, Royal Navy, project champion for UTC Portsmouth, said: "We’re delighted that the planning application has been approved and would like to thank the committee for their support for this important development. We anticipate that construction will begin in early summer to enable the building to be complete, equipped and ready to welcome our first students in September 2017."

David Williams, Chief Executive of Portsmouth City Council, said: "Working with industry partners is key to UTC Portsmouth's success. We’re pleased that they share our exciting vision of a new model of education which will enhance the learning offer in the city and support the wider regeneration and economic prosperity of the area.”

Admissions for Year 10 and Year 12 students open in September 2016 visit the website www.utcportsmouth.org for more information and to register your interest.

UTC Portsmouth will be co-located on the current Trafalgar School site in Hilsea. There are currently 39 UTCs across the country and by 2016, more than 55 will be in operation. They teach technical and scientific subjects in a new way and aim to educate the inventors, engineers, scientists and technicians of tomorrow.

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Emirates Spinnaker Tower offers a day at the races for America's Cup World Series Weekend

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Emirates Spinnaker Tower is partnering with The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series organisers to offer a joint ticket for a thrilling day out at the races during the sailing competition weekend, which returns to Portsmouth’s shores from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 July. The unique ticket package, which is priced at £45 per person, allows guests to enjoy the full sailing spectacle in style, with breakfast and bubbly to complement a day of racing action.

The day will start with breakfast in the iconic Tower’s ground floor Waterfront Café - with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and a stunning outlook onto the historic harbour, the café is the perfect appetiser for the day ahead. A scenic stroll will then take guests through Gunwharf Quays with over 90 designer outlets to peruse before the racing village gates open at 11am.

As the racing begins, guests will enjoy the adrenaline fuelled spectacle as the world’s best sailors race the fastest boats, reaching speeds of 40mph just metres away from spectators at the hottest sailing competition in the world. As well as close-up views, large screens broadcasting the racing will be accompanied by live commentary, on-board footage, audio and amazing graphics. Entry to the Tech Zone and appearances by the sailors in the Team Zone will complete the experience.

After the racing, guests can take a trip to the top at Emirates Spinnaker Tower, 100 metres above sea level, for a celebratory glass of Prosecco, whilst savouring the incredible views of the whole event area and racing course below.

Sarah Webb, General Manager at Emirates Spinnaker Tower, commented: “Our joint ticket option combines a trip to our iconic Tower with the opportunity to enjoy a sailing spectacle, supporting Sir Ben Ainslie’s bid to bring the America’s cup home. It is fantastic to be working with TeamOrigin Events, organisers of The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, which is sure to be the most exciting event in Portsmouth’s calendar.”

Soaring proudly above Portsmouth harbour, the Emirates Spinnaker Tower is a 170m tall viewing tower offering visitors spectacular 350° panoramic views and a different perspective on one of the most fascinating seascapes on earth. Its unique position provides visitors with incredible views stretching out for up to 23 miles over the historic harbour, the Solent and the Isle of Wight. Emirates Spinnaker Tower is part of Continuum Attractions. Live the story at Continuum Attractions, where fascinating stories are brought to life in unforgettable ways.

Emirates Spinnaker Tower is open daily from 10.00am to 6.00pm (excluding Christmas Day). See www.spinnakertower.co.uk or call 02392 857 520 to find out more.

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Blake Morgan achieves Investors in People accreditation

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Blake MorganPortsmouth law firm Blake Morgan has been recognised for the way it supports, develops and manages its staff with an internationally-recognised accreditation from Investors in People (IIP).

The firm has achieved the Silver IIP Standard following a rigorous assessment process which looks at how companies empower staff, recognise and reward good performance and deliver continuous improvement.

The IIP Standard, held by 14,000 organisations worldwide, is constantly updated and reviewed to take into account the latest workplace trends and structures required for organisations to be leading performers in their industry or profession. There are four levels of accreditation – Accredited, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Walter Cha, Managing Partner at Blake Morgan, which has offices in Cardiff, London, Oxford, Portsmouth, Reading and Southampton, said: “We are proud to have achieved the Silver Standard from Investors in People.

“The Standard is constantly evolving with the assessment criteria becoming ever tougher, so this is true recognition of the commitment Blake Morgan has to developing and training its staff.

“Investors in People is the way we choose to measure the firm’s progress and benchmark our effectiveness in people management, staff development and ensuring that we keep pace with modern practices to ensure sustainable results. We now look forward to building on this success as we seek to continue to progress up the accreditation ladder.”

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The Federation of Small Businesses launch Small Business Friendly Awards 2016

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The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has launched this year’s bid to find the best small business friendly initiatives undertaken by local authorities across Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Well established, and highly respected by all councils, the Small Business Friendly Awards provide an excellent opportunity for all Local Authorities to nominate specific projects delivered in the last year, which have had a positive impact on the local small business community.

Last year’s Awards yet again proved to be a resounding success and managed to identify some excellent work. Local Authorities, in showing active support for these Awards, are clearly realising the importance of small businesses to the local economy. The two Award categories are:

  • Most Innovative Small Business Friendly Programme, Campaign or Project
  • Best All Round Small Business Friendliness


Winning councils will be announced in mid-September.

Neil Eames, Development Manager for the FSB Wessex Region, said “The FSB looks to our local authorities to help create an environment for small businesses to survive and prosper. We are very keen to recognise any organisation that has gone above and beyond to achieve this. The Small Business Friendly Awards scheme aims to show all local authorities in the UK the best examples of support that this region’s small businesses receive from their councils. It is very easy to criticise Councils but FSB has worked very hard to create and maintain a good working relationship, and these awards are a further initiative to recognise in public, the efforts made to encourage and improve local economic regeneration within the small business sector.”

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