Business briefing on apprenticeships

ESSEX FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) is inviting businesses from across the county to a special briefing meeting with civil servants from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills to feedback details of how the apprenticeship scheme can be improved to help SMEs.

Essex FSB Chairman, Iain Wicks, said: “Essex FSB has been asked by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills to organise this special briefing which will take place on Wednesday 07 September 2011 at Harlow Enterprise Hub.

“This is an ideal opportunity for businesses which have apprentices working for them to share their experiences – good or bad – with senior Government officials responsible for developing the skills policies for young people.

“In addition there will be the opportunity to suggest improvement which can be made to the scheme to make it more attractive to small businesses so that more apprenticeship places are created.

“Last year in Essex there was a 44 per cent increase in apprenticeships with 3,229 young people choosing an apprenticeship largely thanks to the success of the Essex Apprenticeship Scheme run by Essex County Council with strong support from Essex FSB.

“Essex FSB has also been working with partners and submitted a bid to the Regional Growth Fund to provide support for SMEs creating new apprenticeship opportunities and we are hoping that this bid will be successful when the decision is announced in September.

“We hope businesses will be able to join us for this free to attend event and places can be booked athttp://bisapprenticesbriefing080911.eventbrite.com/ “

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