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Three go over-the-hill for Tŷ Hafan

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Elen Davies, Senior Account Manager for New Directions Pharmacy along with three other team members (team name ‘Over the Hill’) have bravely/stupidly agreed to complete the Welsh three peaks challenge to raise money for Tŷ Hafan.This challenge involves walking up Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen-y-Fan (the highest peaks in North, Mid and South Wales) in one day.Starting at 4am on Saturday 15th June, the trio will take on Snowdon, before driving down to the mighty Cadair Idris to tackle Pen-y-Fan with the aim of completing the challenge in under 15 hours.Over the Hill will be walking […]


Cardiff and Vale College Students Experience a Week of Work

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New Directions recently linked up with Cardiff and Vale College to support their ICT Level 1 students with work experience opportunities. The business worked with the college employability team to facilitate two opportunities for young people to gain experience of a working week in a busy office.Mehnaz Khan, Communications Assistant for New Directions took responsibility for supporting one of the students with a week in the busy marketing and communications department. Speaking of the experience Mehnaz said: Our department never has two days that run the same. I think this challenged our student, […]


Announcement made – criminal record checks to be relaxed

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The Home Office has announced that job applicants will no longer have to be confronted by elements of their criminal past being exposed to employers.For individuals applying for posts in England and Wales, minor cautions and convictions will no longer be listed as part of the check. This announcement follows a ruling in January by the Court of Appeal who argued that blanket checks did not comply with human rights laws.The ruling suggests that convictions that have not resulted in a custodial sentence will be stripped out of checks after 11 years (for adults) and five and half years for […]


New Directions Appoint First Apprentice into the Business

Melissa Hale

This week is National Apprenticeship Week 2013. This is the sixth time the event has taken place to celebrate the achievements of both Apprentices and their employers.This year New Directions employed their very first Apprentice in the shape of Melissa Hale. She is undertaking a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Business Administration, working as HR Administrator in the companies head office in Cardiff.Read more about Melissa’s journey as New Direction’s first Apprentice here…How did you hear about the Apprenticeship programme?When I joined New Directions the HR team I worked within […]


New Directions Associate Pioneers Single Hand Communication

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New Directions associate Derek Tune has launched an innovative communication technique to help support victims of strokes and other debilitating illnesses.Single handed communication is a form of sign language that has been developed for those with restricted movement. Using only one hand, individuals can communicate to those around them about their needs.Derek, who has worked with New Directions for a number of years, developed the system after a near fatal vehicle crash in 1994. The individual who saved Derek’s life that day was deaf. After recovering from the crash and witnessing other […]


New Directions Make Top 100 Recruiter List

New Directions entered the 2012 ‘Hot 100’ list with Recruiter magazine for the very first time in the company’s history. The business who specialise in recruitment and training for the education, social care, domiciliary care and pharmaceutical sectors have been recognised by the recruitment industry magazine as a business committed to investment and expansion.2012 has been quite a year for the business; which began life with Chairman Jeff Tune sleeping on an office floor to save costs back in 1999. With year on year growth of around 30% and nine operating teams, across the England and […]


New Directions Backs Ambition in Fund Raising

On November 16th a remarkable Cardiff-based youth organisation will be responsible for one of the most ambitious fundraising events ever staged by a voluntary organisation to support the BBC Children in Need Appeal.Hybu Pobl Ifanc has brought together a choir of 1,000+ young voices – drawn from schools and colleges across South Wales, who are accompanied by an Orchestra from the Royal College of Music and Drama, to stage a concert in the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena. The team have succeeded in attracting star guest performances from West End superstar John Owen-Jones and Soprano Gwawr Edwards. […]


Welsh Trainer Receives Olympic Recognition

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A Trainer from Cathays in Cardiff has received recognition for her contribution towards training in Wales. Victoria Deane, Group Learning and Development Manager for the New Directions group of companies has been awarded ‘Trainer of the Month’ by the sector skills council for the hospitality, passenger transport, tourism and travel industries People 1st.This award also compliments Victoria’s efforts in being shortlisted for the 2012 ‘Leading Wales Awards’ in the category of Leading Leadership Skills Development.Victoria, who has worked for New Directions in Cardiff for four years, […]