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Skills Review Service for Small Businesses
- Free service
- Target group are businesses that employ staff and have between 2 and 49 employees
- The Chamber Skills Team will engage with the companies & undertake a detailed Skills Review/Training Needs Analysis
Please contact Ted Kruszyna who is the GMCC Business Skills Advisor for Tameside, to arrange a meeting.
Mobile No: 07841 080890
Summer Apprenticeship Fair – 26th June 2015 – Stalybridge Civic Hall
The Employment and Skills Team at Tameside Council have organised a Summer Apprenticeship Fair for year 9 and 10 students in Tameside. The event was a huge success in 2014, with over 1,200 students attending. This year, the event will be held at Stalybridge Civic Hall on the 26th June between 9am and 4pm. It will act as a platform for companies that offer apprenticeship opportunities. There will be a range of companies and learning providers at the event.
This is a great opportunity for businesses. Not only can you source your next potential apprentice, but you could share experiences with other businesses, or speak to learning providers to see how they can help your business grow.
If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact Nicola Barton either by phone (0161 342 3951) or email (email@example.com).
The Tameside Breakfast Summit which took place on the 18th March was a huge hit with local businesses. The event was oversubscribed, with around 80 companies and 100 delegates attending. The event allowed local businesses the opportunity to learn about apprenticeships and also to learn more about the Leader’s business grants.
Executive Leader Councillor Kieran Quinn outlined the new business grants which aim to help young unemployed people, growing businesses and also Tameside veterans. The Enterprise grant offers businesses up to £1,500 for creating jobs, apprenticeships and traineeships within Tameside. The Trade grant offers up to £1,000 and aims to help young people and apprentices get kitted out for work. This includes, specialist uniforms, tools or even to put towards a deposit for a work van.
This is the first of two business summits this year.
If you would like to learn more about the grants or sign up for more information, please look online at; http://www.tameside.gov.uk/TamesideJobsPledges
On Saturday 14th March 2015, the Employment and Skills Team at Tameside Council co-ordinated a Drop-In Apprenticeship Information Event. The event aimed to provide information to 16- 24 year olds who may have been considering an apprenticeship or wanted information on what to do after school. The Council partnered up with Positive Steps, Age UK, Tameside College, Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network and Key 103 to make the event possible.
As part of the event, Tameside College put on several demonstrations, from; an electrical wiring demonstration, a plumbing demonstration and a reaction sports activity. Two apprentice chefs’ gave a cooking demonstration and cooked up tasty treats like mushroom stroganoff and flambéed mushrooms. Jenny, a local Apprenticeship Ambassador, and a qualified careers advisor were both on hand to give advice. The feedback from those who attended was extremely positive, several of which, have already signed up to learn more about apprenticeship vacancies and courses in their area.
Due to the success of the event, there will be a larger scale apprenticeship event scheduled for the summer. Year 10 students will be invited to learn more about the apprenticeships that local Tameside businesses offer at the Careers and Apprenticeship Fair Exhibition.
The Tameside Health Improvement Service is delivering health checks in workplaces and community venues across Tameside.
Anyone aged 40 to 74, who lives or works in Tameside, is eligible for a full NHS Health Check, if they have not already had one at their GP practice and if they do not already have cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or diabetes.
NHS Health Checks include measurements of blood pressure, body mass index and cholesterol levels, as well as questions about certain lifestyle aspects such as diet and alcohol intake. The checks are confidential and can help identify those who may be at risk of potentially developing heart disease or having a stroke over the next ten years.
The team from Tameside Health Improvement Service, which is part of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, regularly offer free health check sessions at community locations across Tameside and can visit work places to deliver dedicated sessions for employers and staff.
Employers can arrange a visit from health check staff, regardless of the size of their organisation, using an appointment system which enables staff to be seen promptly. All eligible staff receive a free gift bag and information on free local services available to them.
Claire Devy, Pennine Care’s Health Check Co-ordinator for Tameside, said knowing the risk factor is important for everyone, regardless of their current health.
She said: “Most people have no idea of their cholesterol level or what their risk of developing heart disease might be. Even those who are very physically active can sometimes be at risk of developing future health problems so it’s a good idea to get checked.
“Our staff can give you all the information and support you need to make healthy lifestyle changes, if required.”
To find out where you can go for a health check or if you’re an employer looking to arrange health checks for staff, please call 0161 716 2000 and ask for the Health Check Team or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This week sees the launch of the Pride of Tameside Business Awards 2015 at Brother UK in Audenshaw. Along with the launch of the awards, new branding and fantastic new website that will allow online entries to the awards for the first time.
The awards are an important chance for the businesses of Tameside to be recognised for the good work that they do and for Tameside to show how proud it is of all the businesses in the area. This year’s categories will be:
Business of the Year Award
Outstanding Employee Engagement Award
Outstanding Community Engagement Award
Retailer of the Year Award
Richard Nash Start-Up Business Award
Manufacturing Business of the Year Award
Service Provider of the year Award
Construction Business of the Year Award
Digital, Creative and Technology Business of the Year Award
Trading Standards – Buy with Confidence Award
Louise Marshall, Chair of the Awards, said, “We hope that once again local businesses, regardless of what they do, and whatever their size or turnover, will come forward in their droves to apply. We had a record number of applicants last year, and we’d love even more this year.
I’m delighted to say that Tameside business remains as vibrant and innovative as ever and these awards are about celebrating the strength and diversity of our local economy. Never has it been more important for us to highlight local business success stories and allow us to showcase what our borough has to offer.”
For more information about the awards and to apply online please visit www.prideoftameside.co.uk
BESPOKE FABRICATORS ARE IN THE PINK!
Local wrought iron company Garcia & Sykes Ltd of Stalybridge are used to manufacturing bespoke and individual products for their customers. But their latest project is something very different even by their standards!
Garcia & Sykes Ltd are great supporters of Tameside 4 Good who are a charity initiative from Community and Voluntary Action Tameside, designed to help local good causes through the giving of time and skills, money and resources. Previously the company have given time to assist in local Enterprise Challenges at Tameside College, donated materials free of charge to The Wooden Canal Boat Society and helped repair fencing at The You Can Youth Community Centre in Stalybridge. However when they heard of the latest campaign to raise funds they wanted to do something a little different.
On Friday 13 & 14 February Tameside 4 Good invited people to “Paint It Pink” and fundraise by wearing something pink and/or making something pink. Then you could pledge your support by text donating, all you have to do is, text ‘TAME44 £2’ to 70070 and share your activities on social media #paintedpink
When Garcia & Sykes thought about what they could do to help they quickly got the pink hi viz waistcoats on order to wear on the day but they wanted to do something else. So they made this…
A 7’ high galvanized garden arch painted bright pink!
A big thank you should go to Kenyon Specialist Coatings of Oldham who provided the paint
Tameside 4 Good and Garcia & Sykes are asking people and businesses to donate via https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/garciaandsykes and you will be entered into a prize draw to win the bespoke garden arch! Also raffle tickets are available to purchase via Amy at Tameside 4 Good, Anne from BITC or Karen at Garcia & Sykes. The prize draw will take place on Monday 23rd March
So not only are you giving to a great cause but you could also be the proud owner of this arch. (PS. Garcia & Sykes have offered to the winner that they will deliver locally within Tameside and respray if you wish!)
All monies raised going directly to Tameside 4 Good which funds activities for disadvantaged young people and Tameside community group projects that alleviate poverty, improve people’s health and wellbeing, and develop skills, education and employment
For more details on the Paint It Pink campaign please visit www.tameside4Good.org
More information on Garcia & Sykes can be found on their website www.garciaandsykes.co.uk or you can follow their progress on social media via Facebook www.facebook.com/GarciaAndSykes and on Twitter @GarciaAndSykes