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Apprenticeships: A cost effective route to obtaining and retaining a skilled wor...
Potentially a fully funded path to hundreds of apprenticeship qualifications.
April 2019 is approaching - Have you used your levy funds?
Apprenticeship levy payers will see funds start to expire in April 2019, this article provides some tips on how employers can spend their levy pot and...
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SMEs & Apprenticeships: Recruiting a Balanced Approach
Navigating apprenticeships from an SME perspective in Swindon & Wiltshire.
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Has staff retention been a problem in January?
How to keep staff following the festive period.
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University Level Learning in Wiltshire – An Evolution
The latest insight into the evolving Higher Education landscape across Swindon and Wiltshire and what is available to you as a business and as an indi...
The Apprenticeship Levy Across Swindon & Wiltshire – Beyond Year One
Looking at the impact of the Apprenticeship Levy in Swindon & Wiltshire.

Resources

Engineering Employers Federation (EEF), The Manufacturers' Organisation

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A membership organisation the EEF is the representative voice of British manufacturing, both in the UK and Europe With free access to industry experts, in addition to bespoke business support and industry information. Their in-house team of policy experts produce highly respected research papers across all areas of manufacturing, from skills to economic growth. They also have a commercial business which offers tailored support services – HR and Legal, Health and Safety as well as skills training packages. We operate a state-of-the art Technology Training Centre in Aston, Birmingham which has been designed to provide hands-on training on the very latest equipment and machinery found in manufacturing and engineering environments. There, EEF offers manufacturing apprenticeships up to degree level, with a residential option so companies across the UK can benefit.

eef.org.uk
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Utilities

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Better Connected is a practical guide to utilities for home builders

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Visiting a School

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Information for employers visiting a School

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Six weird and wonderful ways to boost your team's morale

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From chasing down pygmy goats to yacht racing, Britain's managers have some inventive methods of motivating their staff. Article from Management Today

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Training, development and business support

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CITB Training, apprentices, grants and funding

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Guide to apprenticeships in Wiltshire (Work Wiltshire)

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A comprehensive guide to all apprenticeship information relevant to Wiltshire including types of apprenticeships, industries, current vacancies and links to further information

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Work Experience

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Guidance for employers on work experience

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Documents

News

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What support is available for my small business?
Our modern Industrial Strategy is helping to support small businesses and improve productivity acros...
Community News
Ros Trotman to chair Women in Property South West
Associate solicitor and expert in planning matters at Thrings, has been appointed.
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Training success for young accountants
Accountants Daviod Owen announce the recent exam results of many of its employees.
Grant to support disabled people in the workplace ...
Disabled employees will be able to benefit from almost £60,000 a year to assist them at work.
Royal Agricultural University to deliver cultural ...
The Royal Agricultural University will deliver a new postgraduate and professional training hub in S...
New guidance to help employers close gender pay ga...
Two new pieces of guidance published to help employers identify potential causes of the gender pay g...

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Insights

The best Christmas activities for businesses
Although it may seem an age away, Christmas is fast approaching, and we are certainly well into the festive planning season.
SWLEP's Higher Futures launches Digisheds to tackle the digital skills gap
Higher Futures are delighted to announce the launch of Digisheds in Swindon this summer. Employers and potential learners are now invited to get invol...
Putting self-development at the top of your to-do list
With the dawn of new technology, you would expect to have more time on your hands but in reality many people are reporting feeling "time-starved". How...
Blog – Degree Apprenticeships – A New Route
Over the last few days the press has been full of news on tuition fees and the associated repayment. Whilst the combined impact of freezing fees and a...
Blog – Building Bridges In Work Support
Following on from our first blog describing the support given to individuals to help them address the challenges that may have impacted on their readi...
Is that just a rumble or are the wheels coming off?
Being too busy to plan, turning a blind eye to communication problems or not having the support of your team are serious risks. Here are some proven...
Think your business is too small to hire an apprentice? Think again!
Bristol-based Dial A Geek is one of a growing number of small businesses in the UK expanding their team through apprenticeships.
Wiltshire College - Courses for Businesses
Wiltshire College offer a wide variety of courses for your staff from management to health and safety.
Wiltshire College Apprenticeships
Wiltshire College offer apprenticeship provision in more than 30 areas across Wiltshire and neighbouring counties.
Dyslexia and design - Article from The Design Council
Is Dyslexia a weakness or a strength? Designers discuss how they feel dyslexia enables them to think differently
Essential Business Skills
Successful business leaders care for their people, providing opportunities to grow and develop. Successful business leaders need to know those skill s...
Higher Futures now offer free, short, online courses with leading Universities t...
Future learn offer free online courses on hundreds of different subjects! Join other learners online from around the world and meet educators from top...
Blog – your opportunity to help develop the hidden workforce
Building Bridges ~ your opportunity to help develop the hidden workforce
Blog – employers how are you supporting the parents in your workforce?
A recently released article by People Management reveals that 34% of working parents feel that balancing work with family life takes a toll on their m...
Blog – Apprentice Stories
During recent weeks the Routes to Employment team at Wiltshire Council have been out and about meeting young people from businesses across the county ...
Why Businesses use Coaching and Mentoring
The uses of coaching and mentoring to support business owners

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