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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

Live event will address region’s engineering and manufacturing skills shortage

Manufacturing employers and young people from across Leeds will come together at a live event this week to address the chronic skills shortage facing the manufacturing sector. Leeds Manufacturing Festival Live!, which takes place from 8.30-9.30am at specialist engineering and manufacturing college UTC Leeds on Friday 4 October, will see a ten-strong panel of bosses and apprentices from some of

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Written on October 3, 2019Marketing. Published in apprenticeships, Chamber News, Education, Leeds, Manufacturing, News, 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

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

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, 2016Marketing. Published in apprenticeships, News, Skills