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Apprenticeship Summit in Devon Countryside

Delegates and apprentices at the River Cottage Summit
Delegates and apprentices at the Apprenticeship Summit held at River Cottage HQ

In Exeter and the Heart of Devon, National Apprenticeship Week 2015 started with an Apprenticeship Summit. The summit, held in the very special surroundings of the farmhouse at River Cottage HQ, got underway as the fire crackled and brought some cheer to what was a very grey and misty day. River Cottage apprentices met with the delegates and brought additional delights of their own creation to add to the occasion.

Following a welcome from Chris Griffin from River Cottage delegates got down to work. Briefings from Tony Skeel, (Skills Funding Agency), Cathie Kessell, (Careers South West) and Nigel Howells (SERIO) set the scene. Mark Shepherd, Chair of the Exeter & Heart of Devon Employment and Skills Board then chaired a round table discussion of councillors, council officers and representatives from City & Guilds, HOSW LEP and Springboard UK to explore ways to create a local World Class Workforce with a special focus on Apprenticeships.

Ideally apprenticeships are jobs with sustained and substantial training progressing to future-focused careers.  Discussions included improving the perception of apprenticeships, over-coming the barriers for potential apprentices and employers, and working together to bring about change. Mark Shepherd said “Summit output exceeded expectations”.

Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall welcomed guests to an evening apprenticeship event in the barn and Chefs School following the summit. More in-depth information about the summit and the evening event will be posted soon!

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Getting to the ‘Unlocking Big Data’ Event

Wednesday’s ‘Unlocking Big Data’ event is being held at the Met Office in Exeter. Please remember to bring a picture ID with you, as you will need this for registration. Registration will be on the 2nd floor balcony, where you will collect your badge and be given instructions for accessing the guest wi-fi.

The Met Office is easily reachable from a number of different routes; please see below for directions. We encourage attendees to use public transport if possible, as visitor parking will be limited.

(Directions provided by the Met Office)

By walking or cycling

Pedestrian/cycle links with safe crossing facilities have been provided from the Met Office site to Honiton Road and Hill Barton Road (adjacent to the site), and to Honiton Road Park and Ride.

Typical walking times and distances from the Met Office site are:

• to Honiton Road Park and Ride: 10 minutes (700 m)
• to Pinhoe Station: 20-25 minutes (1.5 km)
• to Digby and Sowton Station: 25 minutes (2 km)

By rail

Frequent direct services operate to Paddington and Waterloo stations in London to Exeter St Davids and Exeter Central. A typical journey from London to Exeter takes around 2 hours 15 minutes, and from the Midlands around 2 hours 30 minutes. See By Bus section for bus connections from these train stations.

The stations closest to the Met Office site are Pinhoe station to the north and Digby and Sowton station to the south. Note: these stations are not serviced as frequently as Exeter St Davids.

Pinhoe can be reached from London Waterloo from the east or Exeter St Davids from the west and south. It is possible to travel direct to Digby and Sowton without changing trains from stations on the Paignton line.

By bus and coach

From Exeter city centre

The Park and Ride service (PR2/M2) provides a regular, quick route from Exeter city centre every 12 minutes, and stops at the Honiton Road Park and Ride stop, from which it is a 10-minute walk to the Met Office. This service departs from Paris Street (stop 17), or Sidwell Street (stop 19). Journey time approximately 20 minutes.

Service B operates every half hour and passes Pinhoe railway station. On the journey from the city centre you need to alight at Honiton Road Park and Ride stop, from which it is a 10-minute walk to the Met Office. However, on the return journey the service passes through the Met Office site. This service departs from the High Street (stop 3) and Sidwell Street (stop 19). Journey time approximately 26 minutes.

Service 56 operates approximately hourly from the bus station in Paris Street. Journey time approximately 26 minutes.

From Exeter St Davids railway station

The 56 operates approximately hourly and passes through the Met Office site, and continues on to Exeter Airport. Journey time approximately 26 minutes.

By road

From the north, south, and west

Leave at junction 29 of the M5 motorway.
Turn right at the end of the motorway slip road and go straight across the first roundabout.
Take the second turning on the right into FitzRoy Road.
Follow the road around the Met Office building.

From the east

Follow the A30 under the M5.
Go straight across the first roundabout.
Take the second turning on the right into FitzRoy Road.
Follow the road around the Met Office building.

If you are driving, please proceed to the West Car Park, where spaces have been reserved for event attendees. Signs will direct you to the Visitors main entrance.

For further directions or to view a map, please see this guide provided by the Met Office.