Growing your business with apprenticeships (webinar)

Thursday 19 July 2018, 14:00 BST

Hiring an apprentice is a productive and efficient way for any business to cost-effectively recruit and upskill their workforce, ensuring they can grow their own talent and develop a motivated and qualified team.

This Personnel Today webinar, in association with the National Apprenticeships Service, will look at how apprenticeships can help grow your business.

Thousands of SMEs benefit from apprenticeships and employers that have an established apprenticeship programme report a wide range of benefits as a result of training apprentices, with 78% stating that productivity has improved and 86% of employers saying that apprenticeships developed skills relevant to their organisation.

Other benefits that apprenticeships contribute towards include:

  • increasing employee satisfaction
  • reducing staff turnover
  • saving on recruitment costs.

Employers can access significant funding: if you have a pay bill of less than £3 million a year then you could get 90% of your apprenticeship costs paid and if you have fewer than 50 staff, you could get 100% of your apprenticeship costs covered.

Register now to find out how an apprenticeship can help grow your business.

In this 60-minute webinar, Personnel Today’s editor Rob Moss is joined by Clare Bonson, head of intermediary engagement at the National Apprenticeships Service, and Claire Bennison, head of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in the UK.

This free webinar includes a live Q&A session where our speakers will answer any questions about funding, recruitment, ROI and support.

Register now to reserve your place

About our speakers

Clare Bonson is head of intermediary engagement for the National Apprenticeships Service. Clare joined the National Apprenticeship Service at its inception in 2009 as the Learner Services Director in Yorkshire and the Humber. After a period working nationally on key policy developments she became the national lead on relationships with intermediaries in 2016. She provides in-depth support to intermediary organisations to facilitate their positioning as experts and utilise their connections to extend the reach of apprenticeships into new business sectors and regions.

Claire Bennison is head of ACCA UK and works with finance leaders and their training functions in the UK and beyond to build world-class finance capability. Her team ensure that partners choosing ACCA get the best return on their investment, recognising the value of the breadth and depth of knowledge and experience of ACCA qualified professionals across the finance value chain. Before joining ACCA in 2011 as its head of employer relationships, Claire was organisational effectiveness and development adviser at the CIPD.

Seven ways video can transform your company culture (webinar)



While the use of online video outside the workplace continues to rise, many businesses are not using video to its full potential.

This Personnel Today webinar, in association with video platform provider Panopto, looks at creative ways in which video can be used to enhance company culture and solve HR problems.

Editor Rob Moss is joined by Sam Crumley, vice president of employee experience at Panopto, who will reflect on his previous roles in HR and L&D at some of the world’s biggest blue chip companies.

Sam addresses some of the challenges many people professionals face on a daily basis, ranging how to effectively manage organisational change to how to best deliver ‘Just-In-Time’ learning at the point of need.

Seven ways video can transform your company culture (webinar)

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He focuses on seven specific projects he worked on during his career and how, using his experiences with video at Panopto, he would now tackle these projects if he faced them again.

These real-world examples will showcase the role video can play in transforming company culture for the better. If you’re tasked with finding innovative solutions for HR and L&D in your organisation, or you’re tasked with boosting company culture, this is a must-see webinar.

Watch this free webinar and find out about:

  • real-world examples showcasing the role video can play in transforming workplace culture for the better
  • innovative, scalable and cost-effective solutions that tackle some of the most common L&D and HR challenges
  • the use of video in organisations beyond straightforward training and recruitment.

This live webinar will include a live Q&A session where you can submit questions to our speaker.

Available on-demand now

About our speaker

Sam Crumley is vice president of employee experience at Panopto, the fastest-growing provider of video software for training, teaching and presenting. In this role, Sam has broad responsibility for talent planning, recruiting, learning, compensation, HR administration and work environment. Before joining Panopto, he led the talent management consulting practice at PeopleFirm with a particular focus on talent strategy, HR transformation, performance management and HR technology. Prior to that, he was global manager for HR outsourcing at Accenture and has a background as a US federal agent.

This webinar was originally broadcast Wednesday 27 June 2018, 16:00 BST

Almost half of manufacturers concerned about post-Brexit hiring

Around a fifth of manufacturers are accelerating their automation plans, said the EEF

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Almost half (47%) of UK manufacturers are worried about accessing skills once Britain leaves the EU, according to a report by trade body EEF and law firm Squire Patton Boggs.

Nearly a fifth (17%) of companies surveyed saw a drop in applications from European citizens, and 13% experienced an increase in EU workers leaving their business.

Manufacturers were confused as to how they could support their existing EU workforce – four in 10 felt they needed greater clarity on how they could help employees gain residency or settled status, and 68% wanted more guidance on what post-Brexit changes would mean for employers.

Navigating Brexit: The Migration Minefield looks at ways employers are dealing with these recruitment challenges. Almost half (47%) are increasing the amount of training they provide to existing employees, 20% are improving pay and benefits for all employees, and 16% are introducing policies or schemes to retain older workers with specialist skills.

In terms of bringing in new skills, 37% of companies are increasing apprenticeship or graduate programmes, and a small number (3%) are working with JobCentre Plus to bring in more candidates. Almost a quarter (23%) are considering investment in automation, and 21% are accelerating their automation strategies.

One of the key issues cited by respondents was posting workers to Europe, with 71% regularly sending employees on assignments to EU member states – even if this is just a day at a trade show. Many were concerned that even short trips to Europe will become problematic after March 2019.

Tim Thomas, director of skills and employment policy at EEF said: “Skills shortages are endemic in manufacturing and engineering and companies are becoming increasingly concerned about their ability to access the skills they need post-Brexit.

“While the slump in job applications from the EU has slowed, there is still much to be done to make sure UK businesses are still able to attract the very best talent from Europe over the coming months as we proceed towards our exit from the EU as well as retaining that talent after Britain leaves the EU.”

Annabel Mace, partner and head of immigration at Squire Patton Boggs, urged the Government to confirm there will be a “light-touch post-Brexit immigration policy” that is not as complex or costly as the current points-based system for non-EU workers.

She said: “With less than two years to go before the end of the proposed transition period and the possibility that a new immigration system may take at least another year to be decided on, let alone implemented, it is difficult for manufacturers who rely on EU workers of all skill levels to make meaningful contingency plans.”

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