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Training and development is vital to any company, whether you are just starting up or looking to expand there are opportunities for you and your staff. Investment in your workforce to ensure their high level of skill and efficiency is vital for business competitiveness, professional development and ultimately provides the foundation for growth.

There are also a number of other benefits linked to training your staff:

  • Your employees’ motivation is likely to improve, which has its own benefits linked to increased productivity.
  • Training may also reduce the time your employees take off work.
  • It’s a cost effective method of developing your business’s skills, as opposed to externally recruiting.
  • Developing your employees’ portfolio of skills will ultimately give you an edge of your competitors.

What’s Available?

Businesses in Essex can also take advantage of a variety of opportunities for part-funding of training programmes. More information on securing funding for training can be found on the Essex County Council Funding for Business website.

Find out more information on hiring an apprentice to fill a skills gap. Alternatively, find out more about hiring a graduate intern:

To find out what training opportunities are right for your business, please contact our Business Navigator Team.

Industry Placements

T Levels are a key part of the Government’s plans to improve technical and vocational education. T Levels are new 2-year, post-GCSE courses being rolled out from September 2020. Designed in collaboration with business, they aim to provide a pipeline of young people with relevant skills and knowledge to help businesses thrive.

The Department for Education’s has announced a new package designed to support industry placements and encourage more businesses to get involved. This follows an extensive pilot and consultation with other industry bodies, employers, education providers and students.

Why should my business get involved?

  • Address current and future skills shortages in your industry
  • Strengthen your recruiting pipeline and increase diversity
  • Give your employees the opportunity to develop management and mentorship skills
  • Bring a fresh perspective into your business
  • Inspire the next generation to work in your industry

Unlike a traditional two-week work experience, students on industry placement are expected to do ‘real’ work and add value to the organisation they work with. They also allow students to really understand the world of work so they enter the workplace knowing what to expect, what is expected of them and with skills they have already applied.

For more information about industry placements and how to get involved visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/industry-placements  or contact the National Apprenticeship Service on 08000 150 600 or email tlevel.placement@education.gov.uk.