Skills and training

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships provide young people and adults with the opportunity to earn while they learn in a real job and to gain a real qualification. Apprenticeships develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce and businesses that offer apprenticeships view them as beneficial to their long term development. Apprentices can be new or current employees so can be used to recruit and train new staff or to develop existing staff.

Apprenticeships are available to businesses of all sizes and in all sectors, can last from 12 months to 4 yours and can provide training from GCSE up to degree level. They are linked to job roles or occupations so are relevant to your business needs.

From April 2017, all UK employers with an annual pay bill of over £3million will pay a levy of 0.5% of their paybill. They can re-claim this in the form of digital vouchers which can only be used to pay for training apprentices. Employers with an annual pay bill of less than £3million will also be able to access money from the levy to pay for training apprentices. For more information on how the levy will work and how to access funding to pay for apprenticeships please go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/apprenticeship-changes

Basingstoke College of Technology offer a wide range of apprenticeships. For information and to view their current list visit their BCoT for Business webpages. If the apprenticeship you are interested in is not listed, contact the team on 01256 306237 or business@bcot.ac.uk to see how they can help.

Basingstoke ITEC offer apprenticeships in Information Technology, Telecoms, Software & Web, Business & Administration and Customer Service. For more information visit the Basingstoke ITEC website.

The University of Winchester has developed one of the first digital and technology degree apprenticeship programmes in the country. Whether a multi-national company or a Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME), this is a great opportunity for you to recruit new talent and/or encourage progression from the existing Level 3 Apprenticeship Programme.

For more information, visit the University of Winchester's webpage Degree apprenticeship in digital & technology solutions or contact Stella McKnight on 01962 826478.

Business and education working together

Links between business and education inspire, motivate and inform young people about the world of work and help ensure our future workforce develop the skills businesses need.

Basingstoke Consortium provides a number of opportunities for businesses and individuals to work with colleges and schools to provide workshops, business talks, work experience placements and other activities.

If you would like to find out more about how to get involved contact them on 01256 840710, email info@bas-consort.org.uk or visit their website: http://www.basingstokeconsortium.com/index.php

Developing your employees

As well as apprenticeships, Basingstoke College of Technology also offer a range of work related courses and can offer bespoke training on request. Please see the Work-related Training pages on their website for more information or contact the team on 01256 306237 or business@bcot.ac.uk

Graduate recruitment

Destination Basingstoke has developed a brochure to help local companies attract university graduates to the area. If you’re a a business with career opportunities in the area, email Destination Basingstoke or call 01256 461167.

Basingstoke Employment and Skills Zone

The Employment and Skills Zone brings together a number of agencies who support people into work, provide skills and employability training and offer work experience opportunities. The partnership aims to avoid duplication of services and increase the range of services available to those looking for work.

A regular e-bulletin is sent to around 40 local agencies working with potential job seekers. If you have a vacancy in Basingstoke you would like to promote via this bulletin please forward the details to partnerships@basingstoke.gov.uk.

As well as promoting vacancies, the partnership can also offer companies help with the recruitment process and has provided pre-employment training, interview space and candidate selection to companies relocating to Basingstoke or expanding their workforce. If you would like to know more about the partnership, please see the Basingstoke and Deane Employment and Skills Zone webpages or contact partnerships@basingstoke.gov.uk.

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