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Small businesses in Swindon and Wiltshire urged to take advantage of £4m free training pot to develop employees’ skills

Small and medium sized enterprises across Swindon and Wiltshire are being urged to take advantage of £4m of free skills training for their workforce before the deadline to utilize the funds in July 2018 The training is available as part of the programme Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW), which Serco’s Employment, Skills & Enterprise […]

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From college to university

When: Wednesday 21 June 2017 at 8.00am – 9.30am Where: At UWE Frenchay Campus The new Apprenticeship Levy now enables companies to support apprentices from lower levels right up to degree and masters level qualifications. UWE Bristol invites everyone to join them for breakfast, see their facilities and hear about the degree apprenticeships they will be offering. Their partner Further Education colleges will […]

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Free HR seminar for new and small employers

When: Wednesday, 14th June 2017 Where: Best Western Plus Angel Hotel, 8 Market Place, Chippenham, SN15 3HD Two leading organisations, Peninsula and Working For Carers have teamed up to deliver a free seminar for new and small employers. Peninsula has unrivalled expertise in HR and you will receive practical advice on how to: – Ensure documents […]

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Tackling Swindon’s skills gap – Article by Andrew Wells, Initiative Manager at Business West

A recurring theme that Swindon businesses raise is the trouble they have recruiting highly skilled workers. Whilst the local colleges and training providers are striving to deliver higher skills and improving each year, Swindon remains the only Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area in the country without a university campus, and it’s a concern that with […]

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Skills Support for the Workforce Fully Funded Training for Swindon & Wiltshire

Level 4 Leadership & Management  When: 27th June, 5th,17th & 24th July Where: Chippenham area – TBC At Level 4 we enter the strategic tier of Leadership and Management. Managers who are established in post and who have a firm grasp of operational people management will find these Level 4 modules to be the natural next step in their […]

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I’m a Scientist / Engineer / Astronaut – Get Me out of Here!!

When:  Thursday, 16 June 2017      Where: Swindon College When:  Monday, 26 June 2017        Where: Wiltshire College Chippenham Background/rationale This Teach Too Development Project is funded nationally by the Education Training Foundation and the project is in its third stage with an emphasis on collaboration. The free STEM Masterclasses being held […]

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Sport leadership and management techniques for business ‘Insight Session’ – Review

Taking your business to the top of the winner’s podium Higher Futures in partnership with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) recently ran the third in its series of ‘Insight Sessions’.  The session looked at the benefits of harnessing the sport leadership and management techniques developed for the Olympics and using them to address […]

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Developing workforce opportunities on our doorstep

With the current geo-political uncertainty in the world, the number of EU citizens working in the UK saw its largest drop in 5 years by 50,000 in the last quarter of 2016.* Therefore, now more than ever, we need to build even more robust local talent pipelines and develop employees within the workplace to a […]

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National Apprenticeship Week 2017

The tenth annual National Apprenticeship Week takes place this week from 6 – 10 March 2017, with hundreds of events expected to take place across England. The Week, which is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy. Closer to […]

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Higher Futures Insight Session – Sport leadership and management techniques for business

When: 22 March 2017, 17:30 – 19:30 Where: Springfield Community Campus, Corsham You are invited to hear from our panel of experts on the benefits of harnessing sport leadership and management techniques developed for the Olympics and using them to address the challenges and behaviours found in the business environment. This event will be led […]

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Making Your Business Greater

When: 23 March 2017, 07:30-12:00 Venue: Wellington Barn, Calne, Wiltshire The Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub is pleased to invite you to its first event for the year- ‘Making Business Greater’ on Thursday, 23 March 2017 at the Wellington Barn, Calne. Making Business Greater isn’t a regular networking event. Funded by the Swindon and Wiltshire […]

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