10 February 2017
The management of apprentices was in the spotlight as the Chamber’s Growth Through People campaign continued with an event in Sutton Coldfield.
Around 70 delegates were in attendance at Harvest Fields Centre for a discussion on how to effectively manage apprentices.
Paul Thomas, Emily Mahoney, Mitchel Dixon and Marcel Richards from professional services firm WSP delivered a presentation, before a panel discussion featuring Jennifer Appleton (ISO Quality Services), Christine Tolley (Hydraforce hydraulics), and Julia Higginbottom (Rebel Uncut).
A lively discussion covered the apprenticeship levy and upcoming reforms, the importance of communication between businesses and training providers for successful apprenticeships, the benefit of apprenticeships in terms of long term planning and skills development within organisations and the opportunities for SMEs to get involved in shaping apprenticeships within their sector.
GBCC chief executive Paul Faulkner said: "Apprenticeships are an extremely hot topic right now for the business community with the government's apprenticeship reforms fast approaching.
“It was really rewarding to work with our partners to raise awareness of apprenticeships and the benefits they can bring to a business.
"It was also great to be able to share practical guidance and expertise from the GBCC network and discuss effective apprenticeship management with the diverse range of business leaders in attendance.
"We will continue to work hard in the coming months to make sure that local businesses are kept up to date with the latest apprenticeship reforms information so that they can navigate them effectively and make the most of the opportunities available.”
Check out GBCC’s apprenticeship levy briefing document here.