Over the past year we have been successful in winning five contracts that support organisations and employers across the Leeds City Region. In addition, we have introduced a dedicated apprenticeship reform team which has developed our response and solution for employers to maximise the investment required of them through the forthcoming apprenticeship levy. And so earlier this month we hosted a Business Conference to raise awareness and generate referrals across these programmes. Chaired by our Employment Services director, Andrew Johnston, the conference had speakers from all of the new programmes including;

  • Absolute Apprenticeships; our impartial information, advice and guidance package on all things apprenticeships
  • LIFEGOALS; our engaging provision to help young people not in education, employment or training who need additional support and training to meet employer’s skills gaps
  • Open Doors; our specialist skills support aimed at those at risk of, or recently made redundant and unemployed local residents

Speakers from each programme explained the services available to local training providers, colleges and employers that they can benefit from and which ultimately will support and enhance the lives of people from across the Leeds City Region. Our Head of Regional Sales, Kelly Bailey, also discussed the upcoming apprenticeship levy and what this will mean to small and medium-sized enterprises, with one of our supplier parnets and employer customers, Proco, speaking about what it’s like to be that SME ahead of the levy when training is fundamental to what you do, telling the audience of its Proco SPARK initiative.

Interserve apprentice and South Yorkshire and North Midlands Apprentice of the Year finalist, Kairon Flowers, also discussed her apprenticeship journey and the success she has had with the support of Interserve Learning & Employment. The fundamental aim of the day was to encourage collaborative working and sharing best practices amongst local key stakeholders, to up-skill people across the region. Strong relationships are being built amongst over sixty local stakeholders who attended the day, alongside twenty members of staff from Interserve Learning & Employment.

Feedback from delegates identifies that learning about the various Interserve programmes and meeting with various staff members were the most valuable parts of the day. Sponsors, Proco and Involved Learning, also said it was worthwhile to meet and interact with stakeholders of our services, to fully understand the needs of the region and how their businesses can adapt to meet the market.

We look forward to hosting our next business conference in the West Midlands, which we will be publicising over the next coming months. Should you wish to register your interest please e-mail us.

Take a look at all of the photos from the event on Facebook too!