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Monday 25th January

Following on from the success of their first Account Managed skills service project, Birmingham City University is pleased to announce the official launch of the Higher Level Skills Match (HLSM) Extension and the new ground-breaking STEM-Up project on 27th January. Both projects are part-funded by the European Social Fund.


Independent retailers and businesses are being offered free help to build digital skills in light of Covid-19

Monday 25th January

Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership is funding 120 places to bridge the digital skills gap for small independent retailers and businesses, including hospitality and leisure. The Digital Skills for Business training will be delivered by Clockwork City and will include 1 to 1 training sessions via zoom, mentoring and phone and online support. Businesses will be able to gain better understanding of how to use social media to promote their services and how to increase online discoverability and visibility.


New virtual work experiences launch in Greater Birmingham and Solihull during lockdown

Friday 22nd January

Speakers for Schools will be working with GBSLEP to bring new opportunities to businesses and schools.

2021 is kick-starting with exciting opportunities for young people in Greater Birmingham and Solihull. Thanks to a joint venture between GBSLEP and Speakers for Schools, employers can now offer virtual work experience to the young people of Greater Birmingham and Solihull. The virtual work experience programme addresses the need for high-quality work experience, despite restriction or lockdowns now or in the future.


Regional survey: Incentives and drivers for connecting with skills programmes

Thursday 21st January

Your opportunity to help inform future Ministerial submissions to DfE and HM Treasury, this survey seeks your insight and observations as an employer on a number of issues. Responses will help the Government to validate a ‘pulse check’ of what employers and stakeholders are thinking; as well as understand what is influencing business decisions on technical education topics.


Skills to Screen Midlands

Monday 11th January

For individuals affected by redundancy or at risk of losing their job, and looking for a career change in 2021. This free to attend Skills to Screen Midlands course will introduce participants to the range of in-demand roles in the screen sector and how transferable skills will add value to these creative teams.

Application deadline: 17th January 2021.


Government grants available to help businesses take on apprentices

Friday 11th December

If you hire an apprentice that with you between 1 August 2020 and 31 March 2021, you can claim up to £2,000 as an incentive payment if the apprentice is under the age of 25 or you can claim £1,500 for those aged 25 and over. As an additional benefit, these cash incentives for employers will stand in addition to the existing apprenticeships levy - which rewards businesses with a £1,000 payment for new 16-18 year old apprentices, and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan.


On Wednesday 25th November the chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled his one-year spending review for 2021-22

Wednesday 25th November

The spending review includes an additional £83m funding for surge in 16-19 college places, changes to apprentice minimum wage and incentives, cash for T Levels and more.


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