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20th August 2015

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Broadband Scheme

7th August 2015

Broadband Connection Voucher scheme
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22nd January 2015

One of the main priorities of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (BCLEP) is to raise skills levels in the Black Country, with apprenticeships at the forefront of that agenda.

Collaborative working

The Black Country Skills Factory (a BCLEP project) is working in partnership with the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to achieve the target of a 50% increase in the number of Black Country apprenticeships.

We are holding two breakfast meetings in February to help businesses take full advantage of apprenticeships and to gain impartial information and advice.

The event is FREE to attend and will run for approximately one hour on two dates as detailed below:

Tuesday 10 February 2015
7.45am for 8am start, The Village Hotel, Walsall

Thursday 12 February 2015
7.45am for 8am start, The Village Hotel, Dudley

Further details and a final agenda will be circulated soon. The event is open to employers from any sector of the Black Country. The session will be introduced by Stewart Towe, Chairman of the BCLEP, and will cover:
•    Presentations from SME employers, with best practice advice on how apprenticeships have impacted their company
•    The business benefits of apprenticeships

Engineering Skills Employer Ownership Fund

20th January 2015

Engineering Skills Employer Ownership Fund

The government has recently announced a new phase of funding to support training for engineering careers in smaller companies over a 3 year period. We encourage you to apply for this funding as it looks like a potentially good scheme for SMEs in the Black Country.

Purpose & Aims
• The funding is open to any small or medium sized company which directly employs people in engineering occupations. Its aim is to help companies grow and become more productive through investing in the skills of its current and future engineers.
• Government will contribute 50% of eligible costs to firms who have projects to provide extra training to employees. You will need to spend £20,000 over 3 years on eligible training of which you will get 50% support (£10,000 net cost to you).
• The training must lead to skills that are transferable and can be used in other companies and occupations which support career progression and conversion training.
• Training should target employees from skilled operators through to engineer associate professionals and those on pathways through to professional status.

• Organisations must be registered as a private company ...