Facebook - Shropshire Business Twitter - Shropshire Business LinkedIn - Shropshire Business
http://www.ucshrewsbury.ac.uk http://www.morlandpotter.co.uk

Business leaders urged to join skills debate

Business leaders across Shropshire are being urged to help tackle some of the key skills issues facing the county’s employers at a special round-table event on Friday. 

Shropshire Business Board says the Bridgnorth meeting will pull together business representatives from across the county to discuss how to shape the future of training in the region. 

The May 25 breakfast meeting – which is being staged in partnership with the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership – will cover key areas including apprenticeships, current training opportunities and skills shortages. 

Mandy Thorn (pictured), chair of the Shropshire Business Board, said the meeting would help put businesses in the driving seat when it comes to developing future training and make sure their voices were heard over a vital issue. 

“Both the business board and the Marches LEP have been working with employers to try to find out exactly what they need from training in the years ahead, and this event is a vitally important part of that process.

“We want to find out where the skills gaps are, the challenges faced by local businesses and how they view the apprenticeship system, particularly with regard to the Apprenticeship Levy. 

“These discussions will feed directly into the LEP skills plan so that we can ensure everything we do is focused on helping businesses with their skills’ needs in the future.” 

The meeting will include a screening of a special apprenticeship video put together by the LEP and the Marches Growth Hub, explaining just how vital apprenticeships are to the future of their businesses. 

Currently only one fifth of companies in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Telford and Wrekin have apprenticeships, despite figures showing that each apprentice is estimated to deliver an average net gain of £1,637 a year to their employers. 

A Government drive to recruit three million apprentices by 2020 is already being supported by the Marches LEP, which has secured £3million funding to develop three Advanced Manufacturing Hubs in the region, creating 2,700 apprenticeships. 

The meeting – at the Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology (MCMT) on Stanmore Industrial Estate – will also hear from Shropshire Partners in Care chief officer Nicky Jacques on some of the training issues facing the care sector. 

And Matthew Snelson, of Bridgnorth-based Grainger and Worrall, will talk about how a group of local businesses joined together to create the MCMT to support and develop apprenticeship opportunities. 

To sign up for the event – which starts at 8.15am and is expected to last two hours – visit https://bit.ly/2L11S8j

http://www.fbcmb.co.uk

Call to support Lingen Davies

Mandy urges business sector to get behind cancer charity

9th October 2017

Care operator shortlisted for prestigious award

Marches Care in running for National Care Home of the Year

8th November 2016

£2.5m investment in skills training unveiled

Workforce of the future set to benefit from LEP commitment

7th June 2018

Employers urged to help shape bid

Hopes for new construction skills training hub

13th August 2018

Construction issue at heart of discussion

Big BIM Debate set for General Election polling day

25th May 2017

College signs up to aviation skills charter

Campaign will train new generation of engineers

12th September 2019

Care home celebrates survey results

Uplands scores well above average in national report

19th April 2018

Maths and English training on the menu

Food manufacturer joins forces with Telford College

30th October 2019

Search is on for college governors

Corporation board is looking for new recruits in Telford

20th February 2019

£1.5m boost for workforce skills

Marches LEP behind new training project

31st January 2017

Get Growing campaign launched by Marches Growth Hub

Launch comes after awarding £1.2m in grants

27th July 2017

Buildings boost for businesses

Grants available to help fund improvement of commercial premises

7th February 2017

Bite size courses available at academy

In-Comm to host upskilling opportunities

3rd November 2017

New construction hub to train 400 workers

Consortium secures £650,000 Government grant

21st November 2018

Filtermist invests in skills training

Employees will receive minimum of 50 hours of training per year

10th June 2019