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Practical help improving business-education links

Lobbying and campaigning

A booklet has been produced to help businesses and young people in Bradford come closer together and understand each others’ needs in relation to work. As well as championing how and why the nurturing of better business-education links is important, the booklet also gives plenty of examples of activities and programmes by which this can happen. The booklet (known as

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Written on January 4, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in apprenticeships, Bradford, Business support, Education, Lobbying, News, Skills

Survey: Employment costs damage prospects

Three-quarters of businesses have seen their costs increase this year through changes in employment legislation, according to a new survey. West & North Yorkshire Chamber contributes to the annual workforce survey of the British Chambers of Commerce.  Findings reveal that pensions auto-enrolment, the National Living Wage (NLW) and the Apprenticeship Levy have increased the cost base of businesses, and could

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Written on August 25, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in apprenticeships, BCC, Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Skills, York

Apprenticeship Levy event: Wed 7 Sep, 8-9.30am, Leeds

The Apprenticeship Levy – Are you Ready?  Wednesday 7 September, 8 – 9.30am; Eversheds, Bridgewater Place, Water Lane, Leeds, LS11 5BZ The Apprenticeship Levy – to be introduced in April 2017 – is a fundamental change to the way apprenticeships in England are funded. Employers with a UK pay bill of over £3m will pay 0.5% of their payroll into a

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Written on August 22, 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in apprenticeships, Bradford, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Skills shortages under the microscope

UTC Bradford discussions

Can technical schools answer Bradford’s skills shortages? That’s the question now being considered by the local business community. Some of the businesses in Bradford are now being asked to consider their current and likely future skills needs in order that a strategy can be developed to help support them.  University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are an idea growing in strength and

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Written on July 21, 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in apprenticeships, Bradford, Education, Lobbying, Manufacturing, News, Skills

LEP apprenticeship programme supports over 2,000 businesses to recruit young talent

A LEP programme to help small and medium sized businesses to offer apprenticeships has supported 2,941 businesses, creating 2,367 new apprenticeships for 16 – 24 year olds. The LEP’s apprenticeship programme began in January 2013 and the first phase of activity finished in March 2016. During this time the programme engaged with businesses who had not previously offered apprenticeships before

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Written on July 12, 2016Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in apprenticeships, News, Skills

New apprentice for IT provider

One of the region’s leading IT services providers, Vital Technology Group, has taken on a new apprentice in its technical department to help provide further support for its growing client base. The appointment comes on the back of the Wetherby-based company being awarded Microsoft Gold Partner status for Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions, as well as Silver Partner Status for

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Written on June 30, 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in apprenticeships, Leeds, Members news, News, Skills

Construction industry levy to be reformed


The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is to consult the industry on how the CITB levy should be redesigned to work alongside the apprenticeship levy. This will happen in 2017, followed by the apprenticeship levy’s introduction in April and a reformed CITB levy in 2018. The CITB will seek views from employers about how it can best meet their needs,

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Written on June 27, 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in apprenticeships, Bradford, Construction, Leeds, News, Skills, York

How to attract more engineers?

Job vacancies at West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

Who are the engineers of tomorrow?  And how can the industry attract more women? These conundrums have been asked for several years now, often without satisfactory answers.  In Leeds, the Chamber has been instrumental in setting up the University Technical College, which will help tackle the shortage.  More conversations are still needed in Bradford before it can follow its neighbour’s

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Written on June 10, 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in apprenticeships, Bradford, Business support, Leeds, Manufacturing, News, Skills

£2,000 apprentice grant

Small and medium-sized businesses in West Yorkshire and York can now benefit from a grant of up to £2,000 to help take on an apprentice and grow their business. The LEP’s Apprenticeship Grant for Employers supports businesses recruit young people, aged 16-24, into employment with financial support of up to £2,000 available. Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the LEP said:

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Written on August 3, 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in apprenticeships, Finance, News, News story 2

Housing group launches new apprentices search

Incommunities is this week launching its 2015 recruitment drive to find seven talented apprentices. The trainee vacancies cover joinery, electrical, gas plumbing, plastering and bricklaying. The apprentice opportunities are open to anyone aged 16 and over who is looking to build a construction career with one of the north’s leading social housing providers. Incommunities offers a high quality structured training

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Written on April 29, 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in apprenticeships

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