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GCSE Results: Chamber Reaction

GCSE Results – 23 Aug 2018 – West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce Reaction “We welcome the news today that GCSE pass rates have risen overall.  The announcement that standards are increasing – and also that the gap between boys and girls is narrowing – is good news for employers, although this is, of course, not the only measurement

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Written on August 23, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Education, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Skills, Skills & Education, York

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, Policy, Skills, Skills & Education, York

Digital skills coaching session – Scarborough, 2 May

A Google Digital Garage event is set to be held at CU Scarborough, part of the Coventry University Group, on Wednesday May 2. The event, which is the only one in the county, has been organised by Yorkshire in Business and will provide essential information to help businesses succeed online. Training will be delivered by specialist business advisers who will

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Written on April 27, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Business support, IT & Telecoms, Leeds, Media, Members news, News, Skills, York

Museum breaks through half-million visitor barrier

Between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018, Bradford’s National Science & Media Museum attraction welcomed 505,000 visits, compared to 405,000 for the same period in 2016/17—a 25% increase, year-on-year. Highlights from the past 12 months include the museum re-branding to focus on the science and culture of image and sound technology, opening a new permanent gallery—Wonderlab—and exhibiting Tim Peake’s

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Written on April 25, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, IT & Telecoms, Media, News, Skills, York

HR research: flexi-working and returner recruitment

HR Professionals are being requested to help with government research underway to understand employers’ views on the barriers to, and facilitators of, flexible working and returner recruitment. What’s needed?   An hour’s interview time in April or May 2018. Why? The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has partnered with the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) to generate evidence on what works to improve

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Written on April 16, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Leeds, News, Skills, York

Chamber network reacts to government immigration statement

Commenting on the Home Office’s statement on UK immigration policy during the planned transition period following the UK’s exit from the European Union, Adam Marshall  of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The BCC has long campaigned for an immigration system that supports the economy, so the UK government’s unilateral offer of rights for EU nationals during the transition

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Written on February 28, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Chamber News, EU, Lobbying, News, Skills

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

EU citizens in the UK and future status

See below a message from the Cabinet Office regarding EU citizens living and working in the UK. The UK Government’s first priority in negotiations with the EU is to secure the status of EU citizens living in the UK, and UK nationals living in the EU. No EU citizen currently in the UK lawfully will have to leave at the point that we leave the EU. If you are

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Written on November 28, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, EU, Leeds, Legal, News, Skills, York

EU nationals right to remain: Chancellor comments

Following the first meeting of the EU Exit Business Advisory Group last month, the British Chambers of Commerce wrote to the Chancellor regarding the immigration status of EU citizens living and working in the UK. Since the referendum, we have called on government to give an unconditional guarantee to all EU citizens in the UK. Some businesses are losing key

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Written on October 11, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Legal, Lobbying, News, Skills, York

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