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New opportunities for architects to grow their own talent
Architects can now offer progression opportunities to their existing workforce or employ new recruits via degree apprenticeships with funding from the...
Higher Education Strategy
See the latest updates on the SWLEP Higher Education Strategy and access the downloads
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Apprenticeships for Small Business
This guide provides an overview of apprenticeships for small business and describes the benefits to business and apprentices.
CDI Certificate in Careers Leadership
New qualification for teachers in schools and colleges to support young people in career development
£80million fund to help SMEs engage in apprenticeships
A short article about the Chancellor's Spring Statement around funding for small and medium sized businesses to help them engage with apprenticeships.
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Higher Futures, Learning and Development, using a love of the past to go forward...
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Resources

Be Involved

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Be Involved is a Swindon & Wiltshire initiative enabling employers to support the employability of our young people and the future workforce.

workwiltshire.co.uk/beinvolved
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Enterprise Adviser Network

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The Swindon and Wiltshire Enterprise Adviser Network helps create powerful, lasting connections between our local businesses, schools and colleges.

enterprise-adviser-network
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Women in Rural Enterprise

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WiRE Networks (Women in Rural Enterprise) provides the opportunity to share knowledge, ideas, expertise and generate business growth through referrals.

wireuk.org/networks
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Apprenticeship Information For Employers

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Information on Apprenticeships for Employers

Workwiltshire.co.uk/information-for-employers/apprenticeships/
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Skills Support for the Workforce

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Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a programme developed to upskill employees within SMEs in Swindon & Wiltshire.

serco.com
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Higher Futures Skills Hub

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Higher Futures is our free and impartial skills service providing advice and support as well as training and learning analysis for employees.

HigherFutures.co.uk
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Young Roots

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£10k-50k to help young people aged 11-25 to explore their heritage

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UCAS - At the heart of connecting people to higher education

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UCAS is an independent charity providing information, advice, and admissions services to inspire and facilitate educational progression. UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry to higher education.

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Documents

News

Business West offering business advice in Swindon
One-to-one mentoring sessions with a business adviser
All employers in England to have better access to ...
Businesses, who don’t pay the Apprenticeship Levy, will take full control over apprenticeships in th...
£2.5m boost to Careers Hubs in 20 areas
New networks will mean thousands more young people can access high-quality careers education
Community News
Catalent Pharma Solutions to invest £20m in Swindo...
Up to 100 new jobs expected to be created
Community News
New Business West Initiative Manager
Community News
Swindon falls from top place to find a job
Swindon is now third, behind Cambridge and Oxford

Events

Workshop Community Events Technical Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides
Chippenham £145 plus VAT Hosted by Greenway Training

Insights

So you think you’re a trusted advisor!
Many of us, especially consultants like to think we are a trusted advisor for our clients, but are we, really, and how would we know?
When is your ‘Power Hour’? Optimizing your day to be more productive
Do you struggle to get your brain ticking in the morning, or just find that you’re most productive after you’ve gulped down your first coffee of the d...
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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