Monthly Archives: May 2010

Apprentice Lee’s library assignment


Lee Miller, outside the new Library building in Centenary Square

It might sound unusual for a 15-year-old to have spent an entire week at a library without doing any research but not when he was helping to construct the new building. Young apprentice Lee Miller completed a week’s work placement with construction firm, Carillion who are responsible for building the new library on Centenary Square.
The BTEC first diploma in construction Level 2 student from Castle Vale School developed his knowledge and skills within the construction process by working alongside the Design Manager and the Operations Manager.
“I’ve always been interested in construction and was really lucky to get this work placement,” said Lee. “It was great to be involved in such a major project, especially while it’s still in its early stages so anything could happen.
“I really enjoyed seeing all the different job roles and responsibilities involved in creating a building as important as this one. The experience looks great on my CV and will help me with my studies as I can give better ‘real life’ examples when I’m completing assignments.”
Lee’s work placement is part of a two-year Young Apprenticeship programme in construction which is being run in partnership with Birmingham Metropolitan College. His programme enables him to learn carpentry and joinery, as well as painting and decorating and brickwork.

World cup crackdown on drink/drug drivers


West Midlands Police are launching a summer crackdown on drink and drug driving to coincide with the 2010 World Cup. Late night and morning-after-the-night-before checks and voluntary breath testing will feature prominently, with particular attention paid to times around scheduled England matches.
Every driver involved in a collision will automatically be breathalysed and the traffic unit’s four pro-active teams – each consisting of a sergeant and ten motorcycle constables – will be mobilised across the West Midlands to operate high visibility spot checks at significant times and locations on a 24/7 basis throughout June. The four teams are supported by ten police community support officers (PCSOs) who will be staffing the department’s own automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) mobile units.

May issue of Vale Mail out today


Front page of Vale Mail, May 2010


Vale Mail is out today and should be delivered across the Vale over the weekend.

New Mayor leaves no gap in Cabinet


Councillor Len Gregory is Birmingham’s new Lord Mayor for the next twelve months. He replaces Cllr Michael Wilkes.

Stadium progress?


Good news may be on the horizon for Vale Stadium after a meeting last night at which the Council agreed to release money for major refurbishments. More details to follow in this week’s Vale Mail.

‘Floozie’ lends support to bra bank


'The Floozie in the Jacuzzi' in front of the Council House in Victoria Square, Birmingham

A bra recycling bank is being set up in Centenary Square near the Floozie in the Jacuzzi as part of the Birmingham Climate Change Festival (5th-7th June).
The unwanted bras will be sent to third world countries for use by women who would otherwise not have access to such garments, says the Council.
The bra-recycling scheme has been successfully tried in many towns and cities across the country. One of the organisations promoting the campaign, BCR Global Textiles, says that textiles make up 3% of household waste, and only 25% of textiles are recycled.
Birmingham Women’s Hospital set up a similar project two years ago for members of staff, patients and visitors to the hospital.

Temperatures soar, fuel prices fall… slightly


As temepratures rise, there has been a welcome dip, if only a slight one, in the cost of petrol and diesel at Sainsbury’s, Castle Vale. Diesel is now 118.9 ppl (that’s 2 pence down from last week). Petrol is down at 115.9 ppl.