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Staff training investment – key to productivity boost

The British Chambers of Commerce organisation is calling on businesses to invest in workforce training as a key driver for economic success and improved productivity performance. The national Chamber body has published further findings from its 2014 Workforce Survey: Training and Skills. Results show that 92% have identified a skills shortage among staff in at least one key competency. The most

Written on 11th November 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Employment, Lobbying, News

Pay and growth going in right direction, says survey

Findings from a national Chamber survey show that many businesses have increased employees’ pay over the last year, and most remain optimistic about growing their workforce over the next 12 months. The survey of almost 3,000 businesses revealed that SMEs and those in IT, energy and construction are most positive about creating new jobs.  Also, small firms are more likely

Written on 29th October 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Employment, Lobbying, News

BCC: Job figures remain strong but still signal a modest slowdown

In the three months June to August 2014, employment rose by 46,000 compared with the previous three months, the smallest quarterly increase since spring 2013 Unemployment fell by 154,000 compared with the previous three months The unemployment rate for June to August 2014 was 6.0%, the lowest since late 2008 Youth unemployment fell to 16.0% down from 17.7% in the

Written on 15th October 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Employment, News

Tour of Skills Yorkshire and the Humber event

Prospects is inviting local businesses to an exclusive tour of Skills Yorkshire and the Humber with a chance to: Meet and hear from Prospects’ new Chief Executive Nick Bell Find out from Barclays about its award-winning LifeSkills programme and the launch of a regional campaign to boost employment for 18 to 24 year olds – ’18 Works’. The event runs

Written on 7th October 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Employment, Members News, News

The BCC publishes ‘Workforce Survey’

Young people need more support to make transition from education to work, says BCC The BCC’s Workforce Survey suggests that stronger links must be formed between educators (schools, colleges and universities) and business to better prepare young people for work More than three-quarters (88%) of businesses think school leavers are unprepared for the workplace, while over half (54%) think graduates

Written on 3rd October 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Employment, News

Consultation on development plans

Bradford Council (via DTZ) is seeking views on viability for the District’s development plans. While this consultation is probably quite specific to the property- and construction-based sector, it is still a key piece of work for Bradford’s future prospects and economic success. Bradford’s Core Strategy and likelihood of creating a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is at the centre of this

Written on 9th September 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Employment, Environment, News

First tenants secured for new Baildon Business Park

Work has commenced on the new £15m Baildon Business Park. Three units are are expected to be complete early next year, allowing a 28,000 sq ft facility for precision-engineering firm Produmax, a 15,000 sq ft unit for surgical equipment manufacturer Anetic Aid, and a speculative 14,000 sq ft unit.  A new road is to be included for the development. Produmax

Written on 19th August 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Employment, News

Call for businesses to help promote science and technology

Businesses are being encouraged to promote technology, innovation and science to young people at a festival in Bradford in October. Bradford Science Festival includes a month-long programme of activities, centred around a cluster during 15-17 October, and an appeal has gone out for businesses to get involved to demonstrate the attractions to young people. Businesses particularly involved in the digital

Written on 19th August 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Employment, News

Over 900 students agree! The Bradford Skills Show Experience is resounding success

The Bradford Skills Show Experience welcomed over 900 young people through the doors on Thursday 3 July 2014. The event has been hailed as a resounding success by organisers E3 Bradford and has already received reams of positive feedback from individual attendees, schools and exhibitors alike.  Funding providers Calderdale College were also delighted by the turnout and the content describing

Written on 8th July 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Employment, News

Ahead Partnership seeks businesses to support Aspire2Work programme

The Ahead Partnership is seeking new buisnesses to support its Aspire2Work programme in Bradford. Aspire2Work supports young people aged between 16-19 who find it difficult to engage with employment. The programme aims to give these young people the opportunity to talk to local businesses and gain a better understand of the world of work whilst working towards improving current skills

Written on 10th June 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Employment, Members News, News