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Manufacturing apprenticeships the routes to top jobs, students told at skills event

More than 1,000 Leeds students from 40 schools joined online with an audience of young people at specialist engineering and manufacturing college UTC Leeds last week to receive first-hand advice on working in the city’s diverse manufacturing sector. Taking place as part of the Leeds Manufacturing Festival, the event saw a nine-strong panel of employers and apprentices from some of

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Written on October 7, 2019Marketing. Published in apprenticeships, Education, Leeds, Manufacturing, News, Skills

Leeds looks ahead to Manufacturing Festival highlights

Leeds Manufacturing Festival, set up to showcase the range of careers on offer across Leeds’ diverse manufacturing sector, moves up a gear from the beginning of October with a series of high profile events in the city. Kicking off with the Skills Yorkshire careers convention on 2-3 October, expected to be attended by thousands of young people, festival organisers aim

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Written on September 16, 2019Marketing. Published in Education, Leeds, Manufacturing, News, Skills

Recruitment appetite still strong, says BCC survey

The latest Quarterly Recruitment Outlook from the British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with Totaljobs, finds that recruitment intentions strengthened in the second quarter of 2019, while difficulties finding suitable staff eased, but remain high by historic standards. 60% of businesses attempted to recruit in the previous three months, up from 53% in Q1. 64% struggled to find the right

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Written on July 29, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Skills, York

Engineering apprenticeships on display at Leeds Welding

A group of Leeds students has visited laser cutting and metal fabrication firm Leeds Welding Company as part of the Leeds Manufacturing Festival, to see for themselves the careers and apprenticeships on offer in a modern engineering business. The festival includes a programme of events running up to October which showcase job and training opportunities available for young people with

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Written on June 20, 2019Emily Gibson. Published in Chamber News, Education, Leeds, Members news, Skills, Skills & Education

Apprenticeship grants available

Looking to recruit more talent into your business? Grants of up to £2,500 are available for businesses with 249 or fewer employees to recruit an apprentice. If you’re based in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield or York you can apply for the apprenticeship grant for employers (AGE) from Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP). A core grant of £2,000 is on

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Written on April 16, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in apprenticeships, Bradford, Business support, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Skills, Skills & Education, York

Help with the EU Settlement Scheme

The Government has issued an updated version of the employer tool-kit that helps EU citizens and their families applying to the EU Settlement Scheme. The link below will take you to a government web page with link to the tool-kit.  That page also has links to other guidance, including how to communicate the facts of the Settlement Scheme with your employees.

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Written on November 2, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Brexit, Business support, EU, Leeds, News, Policy, Skills, York

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