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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

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

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

Survey: Businesses are cautiously confident

Evidence that companies are looking to manage their costs more closely has emerged from a new survey. West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, which surveys its members every three months on economic trends, says that more companies have decided to hold onto their cash in recent months. The Chamber says that, although sales growth remains strong in both domestic

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Written on August 8, 2018Marketing. Published in Chamber News, Infrastructure & Transport, Lobbying, News, Policy, QES, Skills & Education

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