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10-point plan to reform apprenticeship levy

Developing workforce skills

The British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), has published a 10-point-plan aimed at government and business, to reform the Apprenticeship Levy system. Upon publication of the plan, BCC said: “Addressing the growing skills gap is a joint responsibility for business, government and the education sector. Companies themselves must do more to invest in training,

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Written on June 14, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in apprenticeships, BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Skills, York

Leeds Dinner: President sets out hopes and fears

Leeds Chamber’s first female president spoke about her plans, hopes and fears to a business audience last night (Thursday 25 January). Paula Dillon, a partner with law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, covered a range of policy areas in which she will be hoping to have some influence over the next couple of years, while also remarking that, tongue-in-cheek, if nothing

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Written on January 26, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in apprenticeships, Chamber News, Infrastructure, Leeds, Legal, Lobbying, Media, News, Transport

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

Bricklaying

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

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