Worcester City Council Apprenticeship Grant

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Worcester City Council is launching a new Apprenticeship grant programme to support small and medium size businesses looking to hire an Apprentice. Businesses based in the Worcester City Council area can apply for a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of hiring an Apprentice. Priority will be given to businesses operating in Advanced Manufacturing and… Read more »

5 Steps To Taking On An Apprentice

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1. Choose an Apprenticeships framework or standard for an Apprenticeship in your industry and at a suitable level. https://findapprenticeshiptraining.sfa.bis.gov.uk/   2. Find a training organisation that offers Apprenticeships for your industry (they will handle your Apprentice’s training, qualification and assessment). https://findapprenticeshiptraining.sfa.bis.gov.uk/   3. Check you’re eligible for a grant and apply. https://www.gov.uk/take-on- an-apprentice/employer- grants-apprentices  … Read more »

Visit to Yamazaki Mazak

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I recently visited Dave Barnett – Learning and Development Manager, and Engineering Apprentices Steven and Mo (pictured above), at Yamazaki Mazak UK. Yamazaki Mazak are manufacturers of CNC machines, they are leaders in the manufacture of advanced technology solutions including Multi-tasking, 5-axis, milling, CNC controls, and automation. Developing engineers of the future is something Mazak… Read more »

Levy Payers – New SFA Legal Agreement to Enable Spending

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This agreement gives employers the authority to access the funds in their account to manage their Apprenticeships. They must agree to all the terms and conditions in this agreement and the funding rules; before funds can be used to pay for Apprentices. Once they sign this agreement they’ll be able to authorise SFA to pay… Read more »

Registration NOW OPEN for Online Apprenticeship Service

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Large employers are encourage to register for an online Apprenticeship service before the launch of the Apprenticeship Levy on the 6th of April. The Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) are from today (13 February 2017) encouraging large employers to sign up and register for the Apprenticeship service, in readiness for the… Read more »

SEMTA Skills Awards

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I’ve only been interviewed on film once in my life. That was a case study for my Training Provider – Herefordshire and Worcestershire Group Training Association. If you search hard enough you’ll probably find it. At the time, being filmed did not come naturally to me. I guess for many other people it does. SEMTA –The… Read more »

Visit to Matthews Construction

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I recently had a meeting with Jenny, Rob, and Sue at Matthews Construction. Last year they won Worcestershire’s Small Employer of the Year. Through this blog you will definitely be able to see why this was the case, and the ambition that this family run company has for the future development of young people in… Read more »