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“The best way to create a market is by empowering the employer” The Director-General of the CBI Business Lobby Group
Employers are understandably concerned that the cost of apprenticeships will rise with the Government’s commitment to create 3 million new positions my 2020. Businesses are still struggling in this time of austerity and there are further cuts to come from central government.
So the question is will the Government be asking all employers to subsidise the training costs AND will the current £1.5bn public spend on apprenticeships, stay the same, be reduced or increase?
Currently, a Hairdresser (retail or hospitality) employer was taking on an apprentice will not have to contribute to the training costs i.e. the Government will pay the full College training bill. However, if an Engineer takes on an apprentice, they must currently part-fund the training.
The proposed scheme will see all employers contributing to the cost of training.
The Government has stated that the increase to 3 million apprentices by 2020 will be partly funded by:
- A Sum of £255m raised from a reduction in the annual welfare cap
- Placing a Visa Levy on Businesses that choose to use foreign labour
- Using Libor fines on Banks
- Business and Education Departments that fund apprenticeships being incentivised to come up with a new model that can save an extra 5% this year.
Do we have answers?
The Government will expect all sectors to contribute and has been pushed to at least maintain the £1.5bn spend. Business Leader are advising the Government should not use the new joint funding scheme to try and increase the employers share.
Don’t be deterred from taking on an apprentice.
Apprenticeships remain an excellent way to invest in the future and boost the local economy. You can reduce unemployment and build a skilled workforce by just taking on one young person and giving them an opportunity. If you are a Business wanting to take on an apprentice, please contact Tameside College on 0161 908 6608 or click here for more information.
Ashton Town Hall has closed its doors until its reopening in summer 2016. This is part of the on-going Vision Tameside transformation. This will allow works to commence to delicately separate the grade II-listed building from the Tameside Administrative Centre. It will remain closed for health and safety reasons during the demolition of the office building.
The Tameside Administrative Centre will be replaced by a new state-of-the-art building, which will used by Tameside MBC, Tameside College and a retail store. The new building will be significantly smaller than its predecessor, but will be more energy efficient and cost effective.
In the midst of Ashton Town Hall’s closure, all local authority meetings, including the full council meeting, will be held at Dukinfield Town Hall.
If you would like to read more about Vision Tameside, please click here – http://www.visiontameside.com/
Tameside’s Charity/Business Speed Networking Event
Tameside Council’s Employment and Skills Team, along with Businesses in the Community and Tameside 4 Good, held Tameside’s first Business/Charity Speed Networking event.
The event took place on Tuesday 19 May 2015 at Brother UK’s Audenshaw site. It was an opportunity for local businesses and charities to meet likeminded individuals and create beneficial business connections.
In the ‘speed dating’ nature of the event, each charity was partnered with a business for a total of 5 minutes at a time. In this time the business/charity had the opportunity to discuss ways in which they could work together to help each other succeed.
We had the pleasure of welcoming Dennis Phillips, the Ambassador of the Timpson Foundation, as a keynote speaker. He gave an insightful account of how businesses and charities can work and develop together. He also shared the inspiring work The Timpson Foundation is carrying out with young offenders and their success in turning so many lives around.
The event was a huge success, with a number of matches being made. A number of attendees stated that they were proud to be involved and would recommend the event to their business colleagues.
Due to the success of Tameside’s first Business Charity Speed Networking event, another is due to be scheduled in the future.
If you are a Business or Charity interested in taking part in the next Speed Networking Event, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
4C Community Centre
“Most enjoyable event. Well organised. Met some great people”
“Very busy morning. Harder than expected, but very enjoyable”
East Manchester Community Boat Club gathered:
“Contacts and ideas for marketing, fundraising and sponsorship”
Bardsley Construction Limited and many other Business and Charities rated the event as:
The offer for SMEs
Boost your bottom line with a £3,000 grant to get superfast broadband for your business.
About the broadband grant
A Broadband Connection Voucher is a grant of up to £3,000 for small or medium sized businesses to upgrade to a faster, more reliable internet connection.
The grant pays for the installation costs, that is the capital and equipment costs, of upgrading your broadband connection. You pay any VAT charged and the monthly line rental to your service provider. Over one third of SMEs who have received our connection voucher are paying only £40 per month line rental.
If you are unsure what kind of broadband connection you should choose for your upgrade, check the broadband guide on our website which explains the options to work out what’s best for your business.
Benefits for SMEs
Faster, better, broadband is essential for businesses wanting to boost their bottom line.
With faster, better broadband, you can:
- Grow and access new markets through better communication with customers and suppliers
- Increase security through fast, secure back-up of data
- Increase your productivity, whilst attracting and retaining the best staff
- Improve customer service by sending or uploading large files quickly and reliably
- Increase your bottom line by improving your customer satisfaction ratings
- Futureproof your business to equip you with the digital challenges of tomorrow.
Who can apply?
To apply for a broadband grant you must be a small or medium sized business, or a registered charity, social enterprise or sole trader located in one of these 50 cities. A voucher can be claimed by an individual organisation or alternatively, several organisations can apply as a group, through a landlord of agent in multi-tenanted properties or trading estates.
How to apply
Applying is simple, just follow the steps below:
- Visit connectionvouchers.co.uk and use the eligibility checker to make sure you can apply. You can then either:
- Option 1 – Choose an Off the Shelf deal from the list of suppliers online. No forms. No fuss.
- Option 2 – Get a bespoke quote from a broadband supplier in your area and complete an application.
Full details are listed on the Connection Vouchers website – www.connectionvouchers.co.uk
Call to action
Apply today for your grant of up £3K. This offer expires in March 2016 (subject to availability).
The Hyde Prince’s Trust Team want you!
Are you a young person aged 16-25?
Are you currently unemployed?
If the answer is ‘yes’ to both of these question, there is an exciting opportunity available to you. Why not get involved in the Hyde Prince’s Trust Team programme? This is a 12 week course that gives young people, between the ages of 16 and 25, the chance to develop a range of skills and experience. Better yet, you can gain the following nationally recognised, accredited certificates:
- Manual Handling/Health and Safety Certificate
- Level 1 Food Hygiene
- First Aid at Work
- Personal, Employability, Achievement and Reflection for Learning (PEARL)
- Prince’s Trust Level 1 Certificate in Team Work and Community Skills.
Some key benefits of the programme:
- Benefits not usually affected.
- Young person provided with an anyday, any bus, bus pass if accepted onto the programme.
- Families of those aged 16-18, with income under £16,190 can apply for financial support for lunches.
For more information please contact:
Emma Sercombe – Team Manager on 07973 966 407 or email@example.com
Simon Brierley – Team Leader on 07581 476 157 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries for this year’s Pride of Tameside Business Awards 2015 are already rolling in and with the gala presentation evening just a matter of months away businesses have until 5pm on the 15 May to submit applications via the website for any of the 9 award categories. 28 local businesses have already stepped up to the mark and agreed to sponsor the event – but there is still time to get involved.
If your company wants to become an official sponsor, it costs £500.00 which then includes the following:
· 2 x Tickets to the Pride of Tameside event on 3rd July 2015 (and first offer of addition tickets if available)
· Name and company logo in event programme and online activity (website etc)
· Full involvement in the marketing plan including all social media activity
· Access to a reduced room rate at £75.00 B&B per room (including full access to leisure facilities) at Village Ashton Moss on the night of the event
Most importantly, by sponsoring you are supporting other businesses in the Tameside community get their company the recognition they deserve.
If you want any more information about sponsorship please contact Nicola Kirk at Nicola.Kirk@brother-uk.com
Are you a Tameside business? Are you a local apprentice? Are you a young person setting up a Trade business?
There are two Employment and Skills Grants that are now open for applications. These are the Trade Grant and the Enterprise Grant.
Tameside Businesses, the Enterprise Grant is for you. If your company is based in Tameside, and can offer a work placement/traineeship/apprenticeship to a young local person, you may be eligible to apply for a grant of up to £1,500.
Trades apprentices and young trade entrepreneurs, the Trade Grant is for you. If you are an apprentice in a trade industry, or are aged 16- 24 and are setting up a trades business within Tameside, you may be eligible to apply for a grant of up to £1,000.
If you would like more information, or to apply, please look online at: http://www.tameside.gov.uk/TamesideJobsPledges
Did you know that you may also be eligible for the Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (GM AGE)? This grant supports Greater Manchester businesses to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment through the apprenticeship programme that would otherwise not be in a position to do so. The grant of £1500 for GM employers who recruit an apprentice where you haven’t employed an Apprentice in the previous 12 months. If you would like to read more about GM AGE, please click here – http://neweconomymanchester.com/stories/2050-gm_age__greater_manchester_apprenticeship_grant_for_employers
Please be aware you can apply for both the Tameside and Greater Manchester Grants, subject to eligibility.
The BBC have developed an 8 week unpaid traineeship for the digital and creative industry. This involves a mixture of work experience and trainer led based training. The work placement could be based in a variety of environments, be it a large corporate business or a small enterprise.
If you are aged 16-24, unemployed and interested in developed real life skills, why not look into the BBC ‘Make it Digital’ Traineeship?
For more information or to apply, please contact one of the following job centres;
- Hyde Job Centre, Beech House, Clarendon Street, Hyde, Cheshire SK14 2LP
- Ashton Job Centre, 101 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire OL6 6BJ
- Stalybridge Job Centre, 15 Waterloo Road, Stalybridge SK15 2AX
Or contact the Job Centre on 0845 604 3719.