TBF Business Breakfast

TBF Business Breakfast

Torbay Business Forum are proud to be holding an Apprenticeship Takeover for this month’s TBF Breakfast at South Devon College.

The event will include an apprenticeship overview, information on the exciting new Fisher apprenticeship, a guest speaker slot from the Chair of the South West Apprentice Ambassador Network (SWAAN) who will be announcing the new South West Apprentice Ambassador County Lead for Devon and a panel discussion featuring apprentices and their employers from Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue and Landall Baton Pines.

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Torbay Apprenticeships Fair

Torbay Apprenticeships Fair

Torbay Apprenticeships Fair returns on Wednesday 8th February 2pm to 7pm at the Riviera International Conference Centre.

The FREE event being is delivered in partnership for Torbay by TDA, with Devon & Cornwall Training Provider Network, Heart of the South West LEP Careers Hub, South Devon College, DWP, South West Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, and the Torbay Business Forum.

Why Attend?

Fill your live Apprenticeship vacancies at the Torbay Apprenticeships Fair with a free business stand.

There will also be space for employers to host informal interviews. Help learners match their skills and interests with local businesses and start their careers! We welcome businesses from all sectors.

Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to have a flexible, structured training programme that meets your organization’s needs. They also provide a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages from 16+, they can be new or current employees who are looking to upskill.

Additional support will be available on the day including CV and interview preparation, careers advice, coaching and a parent’s area providing information. The Heart of the Southwest Careers Hub will also be attending providing information, advice, and guidance to schools on implementing their Careers Strategy.

Torbay Apprenticeship Fair – Exhibitor Booking Flyer

Torbay Apprenticeship Fair – Attendees Flyer

Book Now

To book your free business stand please REGISTER HERE The event is free to attend. Please promote this event to your networks. 

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the event or require further information, please contact connor.conneely@tda.uk.net 01803 926334

We look forward to seeing you at the Torbay Apprenticeships Fair.

Business & Education Stronger Together (BEST)

Business & Education Stronger Together (BEST)

Remember your very first day at work? Nervous? Excited?  Remember the person who welcomed you and put you at ease in this scary new world? Would you like to do the same for someone else? Do you have a passion for inspiring young people?

The Torbay Business Forum together with Brixham and Paignton Chambers of Commerce want to support employers make connections with their local schools and colleges to help build a bridge between education and business and develop the future workforce.

By just giving a little time, you could make a massive difference to someone.There are 10 ways you could help from as little as 1 hour, so why not complete the ‘BEST’ form ie ‘Business and Education Stronger Together’ and let us know which activities you may be able to contribute and the age range you are happy to support.

Life is a learning experience for us all – new experiences for you, your business and your future staff! Win, win, win. 

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Torbay Apprenticeship Fair

Torbay Apprenticeship Fair

The first Torbay Apprenticeships Fair on Wednesday 10th July, 2pm-7pm at the Riviera International Conference Centre.

Following the successful National Apprenticeship Week campaign in March, this free event gives employers the opportunity to showcase Apprenticeship vacancies at all levels.

Why Attend?

  • Fill your Apprenticeship vacancies, for people aged 16+
  • Free stands to businesses/ training providers who have live Apprenticeship vacancies in the Torbay area.
  • Hold informal, first stage interviews on the day.
  • All sectors are welcome. We are particularly keen to see employers from STEM sectors, as well as tourism, construction and engineering.
  • Additional support for learners will be available on the day including CV and interview preparation, careers advice and coaching, as well as a parent’s hub.
  • Supporting Disability Confident Employers

Learners, schools and parents don’t need to book, just turn up with your CV and questions to ask.

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The value of apprentices

The value of apprentices

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has stepped up its campaign to encourage more businesses to highlight the value that apprentices bring to their company – in an all-out bid to urge more firms across the UK to hire them.

Demand from young people for apprenticeship places continues to outstrip the supply provided by employers. In some recent surveys, demand outpaces supply by a rate of 12 to one.

With youth unemployment still unacceptably high at 917,000 in the UK, the leading business group is campaigning to get more companies to recognise the benefits of apprenticeships – and to increase the supply of places available.

The BCC is also calling on the government to make it more attractive for companies to take on apprentices, urging the Chancellor to use his Spring Budget later this month to announce:

  • A two-year extension to the successful Apprenticeships Grant for Employers (AGE) scheme, which would boost the supply of apprenticeship places and spur on-going business investment in young people; and
  • A new £1,000 time-limited payment to businesses that hire a 16-to-24 year-old in 2014 – challenging companies to take on and train more of the 900,000 young people looking for work at a critical point in Britain’s economic recovery.

Companies tell the BCC that apprentices are an important part of their workforce, as they are committed, dynamic and willing to learn. Incentives to increase apprenticeships would benefit the economy too: the government’s own research has shown that for every apprenticeship created through the Apprenticeships Grant for Employers (AGE) scheme, the Treasury would collect at least £31,360 in additional tax over that person’s working life.

Nora Senior, President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Many businesses recognise the unique contribution that younger workers can make to their business. Apprenticeships give young people the opportunity to learn a new skill, and give businesses the opportunity to teach them a trade that is specific to their business.

“However, hiring younger workers without a track record is a large commitment for a company. Training them is resource and time intensive. Our message to businesses is ‘take a chance and see for yourself the contribution that young people can make. Chambers of Commerce across the UK stand ready to provide advice and support to your company if you’re unsure about the process and the potential benefits to your business.’

“There are also things that government can do to encourage businesses to invest in someone who is less experienced – starting with a commitment to extend the successful Apprenticeships Grant for Employers scheme, which is set to end in December 2014 if ministers don’t act now.

“Making the transition from education to work is challenging for both employers and employees. Schools and colleges need to improve academic rigour, but they also need to improve careers advice and promote apprenticeships as a viable route to a great career. They should be bending over backwards to inform their pupils of the apprenticeship opportunities available in their local area.

“Businesses, too, have a vital role to play. Their investment and their openness to taking on apprentices will determine whether the workforce of tomorrow is adequately trained up today.”

Ayla Uzunhasan, 20-year-old social media apprentice at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Too many people think that apprenticeships are only about traditional trades, but that’s simply not the case. Working as a professional apprentice has allowed me to help boost my organisation’s digital profile, and it is really rewarding when I get to teach colleagues new things about the likes of Twitter and Google Plus.

“Being able to learn on the job and gain valuable work experience will stand me in good stead for my future career, and makes me feel confident about my prospects.

“More businesses need to take a chance and hire their first apprentice, and see for themselves that apprenticeships can deliver real benefits not just to young people starting out in their working lives, but also to their business’s success.”