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AND THE WINNER FOR APPRENTICESHIP EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR IS…CROYDON COUNCIL

Shame they don’t care about their older workers as much

NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE

Croydon council’s apprenticeship programme has come out on top at a national awards ceremony.

The council won Apprenticeship Employer of the Year at the Personnel Today Awards, which celebrates the success of the best of HR (human resources)in both the private and public sector, at Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London.

The honour follows on from the council’s apprenticeship success at the enei (Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion) Awards earlier this year.

The council’s apprenticeship scheme, which is now in its second year and third wave, has successfully increased employment opportunities for young people in the borough, and welcomed young people from underrepresented groups with little or no work experience.

In order to make sure this happened, Croydon implemented innovative recruitment practices such as utilising social media platforms, simplifying the application process and providing group assessment days to allow candidates, who may struggle with a formal interview, to…

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Penlowry

With the railcar being painted I spent a quick half hour starting on another back burner project – 6320.

Regular readers will know that I sold my Mogul as I bought a foreign interloper – an LMS Crab. I had a 28xx and my plan was to turn it into 4801, one of the oil fired locos. For the immediate post-war period, the oil fired locos were one of the interesting experiments. As an ex Ffestiniog fireman I understand the benefits of oil firing despite some claiming it “doesn’t smell like a steam loco”. 🙄

However, coming back on point, I’ve always wanted a 30xx ROD for my “heavy freight” loco so the 28xx is going to depart and I decided to do the only 43xx as my oil fired loco. This was 6320 and was reported to “go like a Castle” when oil fired. I already had a spare…

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