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NORTH WEST BUSINESS LEADERS COME TOGETHER TO HELP REDUCE SKILLS GAPS

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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.

NWBLT calls for ‘complete overhaul’ of UK skills infrastructure

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The North West Business Leadership Team has today called for a set of radical proposals to simplify Britain’s fragmented skills infrastructure. It has produced a report ‘Skills for Industry – Bridging the Divide’ which makes a number of critical policy recommendations to Government. Please click here to download full report NWBLT’s Skills Report “Skills for Industry – Bridging the Divide”

The proposals will help employers and especially SMEs identify the most appropriate providers to meet their specific needs through one single signposting body with either an overarching alliance or the selection of one of the 17 Sector Skills Councils to take the lead. This body would work closely with UKCES, Ofsted and Ofqual, monitoring overall standards and quality.

North West BAe Apprentice wins National Award

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Jenny Westworth, a 23 year old former apprentice from Morecambe, beat off stiff competition at The Skills Show, held in Birmingham NEC in November 2012 to be named the first ever national Apprenticeship Champion of the Year. Now a Manufacturing Engineer at BAE Systems, Jenny won after polling the highest number of public votes from a shortlist of 12 regional winners. The award was presented at the ninth National Apprenticeship Awards ceremony held at The Skills Show in Birmingham.

Sponsored by City & Guilds, the Apprenticeship Champion of the Year award recognises the significant impact apprentices make to their employer’s business development and growth and the former apprentices’ role in championing Apprenticeships to schools, young people and the public at large.

Pupil Shortlist for Science Competition announced for event on 5th December at Catalyst

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The shortlist of pupils hoping to win an ipod touch at the presentation night at Catalyst on 5th December has now been announced:-
Year 7
Joe Howitt, Chetwynde
Chloe Briggs, Neston
Abdurrahman El-gindy, William Hulme
Hooriga Mahmood, William Hulme
Jada Robertson, Priestnall
Britney Nhumaio, William Hulme

Year 8
Tom Norburn, Stockport
Lauren Dover, Stockport
Joseph Howard, Our Lady Queen of Peace
Nathan Bentley, Helsby
Iona McGarvey, Knutsford Academy
Jack Foley, Helsby

Engagement with Schools and Communities

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The North West Business Leadership (NWBLT) has undertaken an appraisal of its member companies’ involvement in local schools and communities and how the companies are managing current and future talent.

Win an iPod Touch and cash prize for your school

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The NWBLT has launched a school science competition with support from the Catalyst Science and Discovery Centre. The competition is open to pupils in Year 7 and Year 8 in North West England (Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside). Pupils are invited to email NWBLT on “Why I want to be a Scientist” and should write no more than 500 words. The winner will receive an iPod Touch and cash for their school.

NWBLT COMMITMENT TO BUSINESS SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

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The North West Business Leadership Team has announced its new ‘Skills for Business’ policy with a commitment by its members to promoting the development of business skills throughout the region’s schools, colleges and communities. As a group of leading employers in the region, NWBLT is undertaking and supporting a number of initiatives aimed at helping people of all ages and abilities to maximise their potential whilst contributing to an increasingly competitive regional economy.

Enterprise and Education Group visit New Heys School

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The North West Business Leadership Team’s Enterprise and Education Group met recently at New Heys School in Allerton. The meeting included a tour of the facilities and members of the group were very impressed with the school’s approach to teaching enterprise and working with local businesses. NWBL Forum member, Manweb, had worked closely with the school for many years and were delighted with the partnership that had developed with the school.
After the visit the group were delighted to hear that New Heys is taking part in the first ever trial of “payment by results”. This was recently announced by Alan Johnson, Education Secretary, and is based on the experience of 20 schools where children have made dramatic strides forward after closer tracking of their development.