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BUSINESS NEWS

METRO BUSINESS AND FINANCE

Three of the world's biggest brands yesterday announced the creation of more than 1,000 apprenticeships  Microsoft leads the way with 1,000 opportunities based in London over the next three years.  Virgin Media said it was creating about 90 roles this year, while BA expanded its engineering apprenticeships scheme to 120 junior roles.  Nine out of ten employers said they saw apprentices as key to the future success of their business, according to a new report by vocational educational organisation City and Guilds.

 

 

SKY ONLINE

WH Smith: buys 22 stores from British Bookshops and Stationers chain, which is in administration; paying £1.05m in cash [via Twitter]

 

Q1 sales +7% at Thomas Cook; Reports £20m cost of unrest in Egypt and Tunisia; Summer bookings up [via Twitter]

 

TalkTalk: broadband provider reports fall in customers in third quarter; down 25,000 to 4.22m; total revenues of £444m [via Twitter]

 

LOCAL SPORT

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Sutton United         VS        AFC Hornchurch    

Tonbridge Angels         VS        Concord Rangers    

 

08 Feb 11 | Division One North

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Great Wakering Rovers     VS        Thamesmead Town    

Heybridge Swifts         VS        Maldon & Tiptree    

Needham Market         VS        Ware    

Potters Bar Town         VS        Harlow Town    

Romford             VS        Redbridge    

 

SOUTHEND UNITED

Evening Echo,    By Chris Phillips

SOUTHEND United are sweating on the seriousness of the ankle injury star defender Bilel Mohsni picked up during Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Shrewsbury Town. The 23-year-old Frenchman, who was subject to a bid from Premier League Blackpool before the closure of the transfer window, was stretchered off against the Shrews at Roots Hall.   And Blues are now fearing the length of his lay-off.   Mohsni will have that MRI scan today to discover if he has damaged any ligaments but X-rays have already shown there is no fracture.  The centre-back picked up the problem in the 64th minute on Saturday while chasing across the pitch to make a challenge.  He immediately fell to the floor in agony and team-mate Peter Gilbert hopes his defensive colleague will not be out for too long.

 

LOCAL NEWS

Evening Echo, by David Giles

FROM working on luscious sets in the Royal Opera House, to producing huge billboard signs seen by millions of people, apprenticeships offer something for everyone.  Gone are the days where they were considered a second class education behind A-levels. Instead you can now work and study in some of the country’s fastest-growing and most dynamic industries.  As youth unemployment rises across the country, the Echo is joining forces with South Essex College to get more young people into apprentice schemes and set them on a path for the rest of their lives.  Our joint campaign aims to get 100 young people signed up with businesses over the next 100 days.  We’ll be highlighting success stories, focusing on how youngsters can help businesses, and looking at the wider issues surrounding youth unemployment.   More than 40 apprenticeships from technical theatre, finance, engineering and catering are available at campuses across Southend, Basildon and Thurrock through South Essex College. 

Very simply, the schemes offer on-the-job training, with some classroom theory as well. By the end of the course, students will have practical training as well as a recognised qualification.  Many apprentices are paid by employers, a minimum £95 a week, though the current average is about £170 per week.  The Government agrees with the programme and over 2010/11 will invest £605million into apprenticeships.  This means for 16 to 18-year-olds the Government fully funds the costs of your training and part funding is available for older apprentices.

 

 

Connexions Service contact details:

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Address: The Hermit, 15b Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8AG

Telephone: 01277 693 300

Fax: 01277 693 310

Email: centre.brentwood@essex.gov.uk

Website: www.essexconnexions.co.uk

14-19 Prospectus: www.stepon.org

 

MUSIC NEWS

 

SINGLES

1 (NEW ENTRY) PRICE TAG - JESSIE J FT BOB

2 (2) GRENADE - BRUNO MARS

3 (1) WE R WHO WE R - KESHA

4 (3) ROLLING IN THE DEEP - ADELE

5 (NEW ENTRY) TONIGHT (I'M F**KIN' YOU) - ENRIQUE IGLESIAS FT LUDACRIS

6 (4) COMING HOME - DIDDY DIRTY MONEY/SKYLAR GREY

7 (6 ) DO IT LIKE A DUDE - JESSIE J

8 (17 ) HIGHER - TAIO CRUZ/MCCOY/MINOGUE

9 (10) YEAH 3X - CHRIS BROWN

10 (5 ) BLIND FAITH  - CHASE & STATUS FT LIAM BAILEY

 

 

ALBUMS

1 (1) 21 - ADELE

2 (NEW ENTRY) NO MORE IDOLS  - CHASE & STATUS

3 (2) DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS - BRUNO MARS

4 (4 ) 19 - ADELE

5 (3) LOUD - RIHANNA

6 (NEW ENTRY) SIMPLY EVA - EVA CASSIDY

7 (6) LIGHTS - ELLIE GOULDING

8 (7) MAYHEM - IMELDA MAY

10 (5) THE LADY KILLER - CEE LO GREEN

 

SHOW BIZ:

 

Dolly Parton has announced a UK tour.   The legendary 'Working 9 to 5' singer-songwriter is taking her new album 'Better Day' on the road.  She's playing several arenas across the UK, including Glasgow, Liverpool and London's O2 in August and September.  Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday.

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The winner of the American version of "The X Factor" is to get a record-breaking FIVE million dollar record deal.  That's the largest guaranteed prize in TV history.  Simon Cowell has left "American Idol" after nine seasons to focus on the show which starts in the autumn.  There's no word yet on the rumour that Cheryl Cole will join him on the judging panel.

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ITV has received more than three thousand complaints about bullying by Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner.  The 45-year-old has been branded a 'snide' and 'mean' by audience members who

felt he went too far by ridiculing head coach Karen Barber for being moved off the panel.  Gardiner has reportedly been given a warning by show bosses after thousands complained to the media regulator Ofcom.

 

1 day after the release and TBR make it to No.2 in the UK alternative charts



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