The next meeting of the NWBLT’s Forum will take place at the Bolton Octagon Theatre on Thursday 19 October at 5pm for 5.30pm. The event will be a panel discussion focusing on how culture and creativity can contribute to learning and skills. The panel will include Fiona Gibson (past NWBLT member from Accenture and now Business Director at the Octagon), Robin Kemp (Ex BBC and now Head of Creative Development at Liverpool City Council) and Liz O’Neil (CEO of Z arts the NWBLT’s Lever Prize winner for 2017).
Increasing numbers of senior business leaders are choosing to give back to education by volunteering as non-executive directors (NEDs) or trustees of school academy chains. The not-for-profit Academy Ambassadors programme today announced that it had made its 600th appointment to an academy trust.
NWBLT are keen to support the Academy Ambassadors who provide a free, bespoke service matching business people and professionals with multi-academy trusts. The not-for-profit programme is funded by the Department for Education and was founded in 2013. The financial year 2016-17 saw an increase of 122% in the number of NEDs appointed to boards through Academy Ambassadors – 319 appointed in FY 2016-17, compared to 144 in FY 2015-16.
BT today announced it is creating about 180 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs in the North West in its drive to equip young people with the skills and training needed to meet the challenges of a changing jobs market.
About 180 apprentices and graduates will be recruited in locations such as Manchester, Stockport, Liverpool, Warrington and Accrington. This year’s BT apprentice and graduate recruitment, which includes mobile operator EE, will see the new employees work in a variety of roles, ranging from customer service, vehicle maintenance and billing to cyber security and software development.
Leading business organisations – the North West Business Leadership Team, the Institute of Directors and the CBI – have come together to agree what good looks like in the world of education and skills, in an attempt to help move this vital agenda forward.
During a full day workshop, senior leaders from some of the region’s leading employers came together with skills and policy specialists from the CBI and IoD in order to use their combined expertise to create a Skills Charter, written from the ‘demand side’. This Charter sets out not only what these organisations need from the world of education and skills, but also – crucially – what they (and other organisations) can do to help bring this change about.
The North West Business Leadership Team have launched #NWBLTBusiness Matters campaign which highlights some of positive contributions our members make to the region and the country. The campaign uses a cartoon characters to highlight the facts in a lighthearted manner – printed copies of the cards are available from the NWBLT office.
The next NWBLT Forum meeting is taking place on 23 January 2017 at United Utilities, Lingley Mere, Warrington and will be a panel discussion titled “‘Apprenticeship levy – tax on business or golden opportunity?”
The panel members will include:-
• Geoffrey Piper, Chief Executive, NWBLT (in the Chair)
• Professor Lawrence Bellamy, Deputy Provost, Warrington Campus, University of Chester & Chair of Birchwood Forum Enterprises Ltd
• Elaine Billington, Head of HR Operations, United Utilities
• Sandy Lindsay MBE, Founder and Chair, Tangerine and the Juice Academy
• Lois McClure, Studio Delivery Co-ordinator in the Co-op Studio (Intermediate Apprentice of the Year 2014)
• Sir Howard Newby, Board Member, 3 aaa Apprentices
Productivity through People (PtP) is a unique collaboration of three world class manufacturers who have co-designed this innovative programme with a leading Business School. The objective is to support and invest in the manufacturers of tomorrow. To give them access to the latest techniques, thinking and research. To give them a framework to improve upon the competitiveness and efficiency of their business through developing leadership and management capability to transform working practices. To help them increase productivity through the empowerment of their workforce.
A half day preview session is being run for key decision-makers in Advanced Manufacturing SMEs who are interested in finding out about the full 12 month programme. This event is taking place at Lancaster University on Monday 16th January 2017.
Join Teach First’s Local Area Director for the North West Colin Ferguson, and Head of Corporate Partnerships Jessamy Gould, at the upcoming NWBLT Forum Meeting on Monday 14 September at Hill Dickinson in Liverpool, to learn more about Teach First’s work in the North West, and how the charity works with business to ensure that no child’s educational success is limited by their socio economic background.
At the meeting you will also have the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the issue of educational inequality in the North West through an interactive journey, and hear from a Teach First teacher about their experience of teaching in some of the toughest classrooms in the country.
The meeting will also feature a presentation from a Liverpool John Moores University student on promoting STEM subjects to year 7 and 8 pupils at local schools.
The North West Business Leadership Team held a lunch for the newly elected North West MPs today. The event took place at United Utilities Head Office at Lingley Mere and was kindly hosted by their Chief Executive, Steve Mogford. The discussions at the event focused on current issues facing the North West region including skills, transport, science and its natural resources especially water. There was also an interesting discussion on the productivity puzzle and the NWBLT made a commitment to carry out some work around this issue.
The event also featured the North West Energy Squared Model – a large, interactive, computer controlled relief map of the North West region. The model aims to highlight the diversity of both existing and proposed sources of energy in the North West. It also introduces and promotes the concept of the tidal energy and road link scheme, its proposed location and key benefits.
In order to raise the profile of key issues facing the North West Region the NWBLT has hosted two events in the House of Commons. A well-attended luncheon took place for all the North West MP’s which heard from Juergen Maier, NWBLT’s Chairman and MD of Siemens Industry, on current business issues. Mike Blackburn, NWBLT’s Deputy Chairman and Chair of the Great Manchester LEP, updated all attendees on the current thought leadership work the NWBLT is carrying out. He focussed on the draft Transport Report, “The North West on the Move”, and got an interesting debate going with NWBLT members and the MP’s round the table.