Pledge enriches career options
MORE than 1,000 young people and their parents attended the launch of a new project aimed at getting them into work.
Students from schools across town attended Macclesfield Town Hall to join Macclesfield Pledge.
Nearly 90 businesses and organisations have signed up to the pledge, which promises to give every young person in Macclesfield the chance to learn new skills and have a job or further training.
The organisations are offering training, work placements, apprenticeships, support and advice while businesses get enthusiastic young employees of the future.
Cheshire East Mayor, councillor Hilda Gaddum, and Macclesfield Town mayor, councillor Liz Durham, welcomed pupils and staff from secondary schools, sixth forms, colleges and nearby universities.
After the launch ceremony the first Your Futures careers fair was held, where students met representatives from the businesses.
Former headteacher Trevor Langston, who is leading the Macclesfield Pledge, said: “It was great to see so many partners coming together to work in collaboration.
“I can’t wait to get started in really helping young people and businesses in the town.
“A planning meeting for interested businesses and educational providers to draw up the menu for the coming 12 months will be held on March 9.”
Organisers say feedback from organisations and educators has been positive.
Stephanie Allen of Macclesfield College said: “The Your Futures careers fair was a fantastic opportunity for all companies, colleges and schools to network together and encourage young people to explore new career paths.
“I was also very proud of our students who provided fantastic catering and front of house support to the fair.”
Manny Botwe, headteacher at Tytherington School, said: “The Macclesfield Pledge careers fair was brilliant. Our students came back absolutely buzzing.”
Businesses hoping to get involved or parents and students wanting to know more should contact Trevor Langston at South Cheshire Chamber on 01270 504700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. uk.
Alternatively, like the Facebook page for Macclesfield Pledge or follow on Twitter @MaccPledge. RECENT cases from South and East Cheshire magistrates court: ●● MATTHEW Kevin Gibson, 28, of Byron’s Lane, Macclesfield, admitted assault by beating and criminal damage. He was jailed for 16 weeks. ●● JOANNE Louise Smith, 29, of Beech Lane, Macclesfield, appeared in court charged with shoplifting and perverting the course of justice. She was remanded to appear at Chester Crown Court on February 10. ●● BENEDICTO Honrado Perez, 39, of Catherine Street, Macclesfield, admitted assault by beating. He was ordered to do 60 hours unpaid work, ordered to pay £60, and given a restraining ordered preventing him from contacting his victim for two years. ●● DAVID Charles Bamford, 53, of Hayle Close, Macclesfield, admitted assault by beating. He was bailed to attend court on May 3 for a newton hearing on the issues. ●● CHRISTOPHER Craig Haslam, 34, of Gawsworth Road, Macclesfield, admitted two charges of theft and breaching a suspended sentence. He was jailed for 14 weeks. ●● CAROL Fawkner, 51, of Rutland Road, Macclesfield, denied dishonestly failing to notify the Department for Work and Pensions about a change of circumstances which she knew would affect her Disability Living Allowance entitlement, namely that there had been an improvement in her mobility restrictions and a reduction in her care needs. She was bailed to attend court on April 28 for trial. ●● BEN Andrew Mellor, 36, of Keats Drive, Macclesfield, denied driving without care and attention, wilfully obstructing a police officer and resisting a police officer. He was bailed to court on May 19 for trial. ●● LEIGH Alan Welch, 42, of Brookfield Lane, Macclesfield, admitted drink driving and failing to stop after an accident. He was ordered to complete 100 hours unpaid work and banned from driving for 26 months. ●● SIMON Andrew Tallen, 30, of West Street, Congleton, admitted three charges of assault in Macclesfield, criminal damage and assaulting a PC. He was given a 16 week prison sentence suspended for 12 months with supervision. He was also fined £310 and ordered to pay his victims £250 compensation. ●● CHARLES Doherty, 31, of Peel Street, Macclesfield, admitted destroying a police codes of practice book. He was fined £80. ●● JOHN Whitmore, 20, of Peel Street, Macclesfield, admitted possession of two wraps of cannabis and driving without insurance or a licence. He was fined £80 and was banned from driving for 12 months. ●● JANE Potter, 56, of Brown Street, Macclesfield, denied assault and harassment. She was bailed to May 3 for trial. ●● GEORGIA Mercedes Hussey, 23, of Church Farm, Congleton Road, Marton, admitted drug driving. She was fined £120 and banned for 12 months. ●● EMMA Louise Greenwood, 23, of Brynmore Drive, admitted assault by beating. She was given a 12 month conditional discharge. ●● KELVIN Alan Barsted, 27, of Pennine Court, Macclesfield, admitted assault by beating. He was bailed to February 16 for sentence. ●● EMMA May Belcher, 38, of Nicholson Avenue, Macclesfield, denied two charges of assault by beating. She was bailed to February 23 for trial. ●● MICHAEL Andrew Howarth, 39, of Mill Lane, Macclesfield, admitted theft of a Bluetooth speaker, two charges of criminal damage, resisting arrest and breach of conditional discharge order. The offences breached a suspended prison sentence. He was remanded in custody to Chester Crown Court on February 17 for sentence. ●● JAMES Lee Carey, 23, of Dingle Lane, Rushton Spencer, admitted drinking driving. He was given 90 hours unpaid work and banned from driving for 42 months. ●● JOSHUA Keith Happer, 22, of St Edward’s Close, Macclesfield, appeared on four charges of theft, two charges of burglary, assault and a criminal damage. He was remanded in custody to appear at Chester Crown Court on February 18. ●● DARREN Keith Seager, 31, of Queens Avenue, Macclesfield, admitted three charges of assault by beating. He was given a 16 week prison sentence suspended for 18 months. He was also ordered to complete 100 hours unpaid work and given a restraining order banning him from contacting his victim for two years. He must also pay £150 compensation. ●● JANE Mary Marie Beresford, 43, of Swettenham Street, Macclesfield, appeared in court charged with robbery. She was bailed to Chester Crown Court on February 19. ●● CAMERON James Poole, 18, of Knutsford Road, Chelford, has appeared in court charged with possession with intent to supply cannabis, possession of cannabis, drug driving and dangerous driving. He was bailed to Chester Crown Court on February 19. ●● STEPHEN Andrew Hempenstall, 34, of no fixed abode, and Martin John Smith, 32, of Clyde Road, Stockport, both appeared in court charged with burglary in Adlington on January 22. Both were remanded in custody to appear at Chester Crown Court on February 22. ●● ESTHER Louise Hodson, 41, of Suffolk Close, Macclesfield, admitted stealing lager. She was given a conditional discharge for six months and ordered to pay £7 compensation. ●● DANIEL Lloyd Jervis, of Nursery Lane, Nether Alderley, was found guilty of assault by beating. He was given 100 hours unpaid work. ●● JACK Stevenson, 26, of Stonemill Court, Bollington, denied drug driving with cannabis in his system. He was bailed to court on May 24 for trial. ●● PERCY Newton, 84, of Copper Street, Macclesfield, denied sexual touching of a woman. He was bailed to appear at court on February 23. ●● CARL Alan Sefton, 23, care of Maple Avenue, Macclesfield, was found guilty of an assault by beating. He was ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work and was given a restraining order preventing from contacting his victim for two years. He was also told to pay £250 compensation. ●● JAKE Rayner, 23, of Birtles Lane, Over Alderley, denied drug driving with cannabis in his system. He was bailed to court on February 22 for a case management hearing. ●● JAKE Bowers, 26, of Brown Street, Macclesfield, has appeared in court on four charges of assault by beating. He was bailed to appeal at Chester Crown Court on February 23.
●● The launch of the Macclesfield Pledge at Macclesfield Town Hall