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Training People



Identifying training needs
 

Visit the following link to obtain a useful factsheet from the CIPD website.

You may have to register your details but the factsheet can be read free of charge. 

https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/fundamentals/people/development/learning-needs-factsheet

 

Training and study at work
 

1. Who can and can't ask for time off to train

Staff may have the right to ask for time off work for training or study.

To ask for training or study:

- staff must be classed as an employee
- they must have worked for their employer for at least 26 weeks
- training must help staff do their job better
- at least 250 people must work in the organisation

Time off is usually unpaid unless the employer agrees to pay it.

Check someone’s employment status.

Who can’t ask for time off to train

Staff can’t ask for time off for training or study if they’re:

- an agency worker
- in the armed forces
- of compulsory school age (‘school age’ in Scotland)
- a young person who’s already got the right to take paid time off for study or training
- aged 16 to 18 and already expected to take part in education or training

2. Asking for time off

Employees should follow their organisation’s rules to ask for time off. If there aren’t any they can write to their employer saying it’s a request ‘under Section 63D of the Employment Rights Act 1996’ with the following details:

- the date
- the subject matter of the study or training
- where and when it would take place
- who’ll be providing the training
- the name of the qualification they could get - if any
- why they think this study or training will help them do their job better and help their employer’s business
- if they’ve made a request before and when

An employer doesn’t have to consider the request if all this information isn’t included.

Employees can only make 1 request a year.

If the employee changes their mind

The employee must tell their employer if they:

- don’t start the agreed training or study
- don’t finish the training or study
- do a different course or plan to do a different course from the one agreed

3. Employer's decision and responsibilities

The employer has 28 days to:

- accept the request
- hold a meeting with the employee to discuss it

This might be longer if the person who deals with these requests is off when the request is sent in.

The employee can take a trade union representative or colleague to the meeting. They can ask for the meeting to be postponed if this person can’t make it.

If the employer decides to hold a meeting about it they must make a decision within 14 days of it, unless the employee agrees in writing to extend this time.

Turning down the request

The employer can only turn down a request if:

- the training wouldn’t benefit their business
- they would run up extra costs for the business
- they wouldn’t be able to meet customer demands
- they can’t re-organise the work among other members of staff
- they can’t recruit extra staff
- it would damage quality and business performance
- there wouldn’t be enough work for the employee to do at the times they intend to work
- it conflicts with planned structural changes

Paying for the training

The employer doesn’t have to pay for the training or study. They can choose to pay all or part of the fees if they think it will benefit the business.

4. Appealing the decision

Employees have the right to appeal if their employer refuses a request to take time off for training or study.

This must be made within 14 days of their employer’s decision.

The appeal must:

- be in writing
- be dated
- set out why they’re appealing - the grounds for the appeal

The appeal meeting

The employer has to arrange a meeting with the employee to discuss the appeal within 14 days of getting the appeal.

The employer must give their decision in writing within 14 days of the meeting.

If the problem isn’t resolved

If an employee isn’t satisfied with the result of an appeal they can phone Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) for help and advice or raise a grievance.

Acas
Telephone: 0300 123 1100 

If this doesn’t work the employee could go to an employment tribunal if the employer:

- didn’t follow the procedure properly
- refused the request based on the wrong facts

Employment tribunal claims must be made within 3 months of an appeal decision.

Choosing an apprenticeship training provider
 

Find apprenticeship training

For employers looking to take on apprentices.

Use this service to:

search for apprenticeship training by job role or keyword
find training providers who offer the apprenticeship training you choose

https://findapprenticeshiptraining.sfa.bis.gov.uk/

Choosing a training provider
 

Choosing a university
 

Working with schools
 

The Enterprise Adviser Network is our route to equipping our City Region's young people with the employability skills they need to support and inspire their career aspirations. We do this by connecting senior leaders in business to senior leaders in schools, to influence and develop the school's career and enterprise strategy, giving students regular and relevant access to employers.

http://www.the-lep.com/what-we-do/skills/enterprise-advisers/

Providing volunteering opportunities
 

Contact the following organisations to find out how you can provide volunteering opportunities. 
Find volunteering opportunities on the:

Do-it website
Volunteering Matters website for young, older and disabled volunteers
VSO website for overseas placements
local Volunteer Centre website - Volunteering Kirklees
Reach website for volunteers with specific skills - like accountancy, marketing, law, management, mentoring or IT website for volunteers aged 50 or older

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Ex-offender entrepreneur Jacob Hill takes rallying cry to Westminster

Thursday 26 July 2018

Jacob Hill – a Yorkshire entrepreneur and founder of ex-offender employment specialist Offploy – has urged MPs to be more aware of the need to work with people who have convictions. He travelled to Westminster last week to meet Justice Secretary David Gauke and his peers, as well as a number of employers including Greggs, DHL and Sodexo. And his speech acted as a rallying cry for the Government and business community to do more to find jobs for those who have served time. The rehabilitation plea is one that is close to Jacob’s heart, following his own integration back into society after serving a nine-and-a-half-month sentence. He spoke openly to his Portcullis House audience about his career, which notably began with him establishing a festival camping brand that attracted £300,000 of investment as well as support from Sir Richard Branson. But as his business spiralled, so too did the debts he became unable to repay. Jacob shared how he made the regretful mistake of selling drugs, which led not only to his criminal conviction but also the birth of Offploy. And it was whilst serving time in prison that he met – and has since started to represent – others who need to overcome the sense of hopelessness they feel when rebuilding their life upon release. “I hope it wasn’t just my personal journey that struck a chord with MPs,” explains Jacob. “I talked about one young man we have helped for example – someone who came to Offploy after 10 years inside. A fight over a girl turned into murder, and he was fearful that he would never get a second chance. But he developed many new skills in prison, which meant we could place him with a local construction company keen to fill their talent gap. “Admittedly it hasn’t been plain sailing, and the employer deserves praise for the open-minded attitude of their entire workforce. However, with peer mentoring and employer support, this ex-offender is approaching his 16th month in the same role.” In the two years since Jacob’s release from prison, Offploy has grown from a one-man-mission to a nine strong team that has placed 60 people with convictions into meaningful, mentored and sustainable work. But more needs to be done, he insisted during his Westminster visit. And the answer could lie in the voluntary sector. “We know that employment – coupled with flexible wrap-around support for the individual and organisation – is one of the biggest factors in the reduction of reoffending,” he elaborates. “Changing societal stigma surrounding this topic represents a mammoth task, but the recent Ministry of Justice policy direction emphasising training and employment through the CJS, is a sign that phenomenal progress is underfoot. “As a social enterprise, we’ve established a commercially-viable business model that I know we can sustain. However, we want our voluntary sector to be encouraged to bid for employment contracts and develop partnerships that will get more ex-offenders back into the world of work. The whole community benefits from their rehabilitation, in both the immediate and long term.” Justice Secretary David Gauke said: “I have been clear that I want prisons to be places that propel offenders into employment, ultimately reducing reoffending and protecting the public. “As stories like Jacob’s show, securing work can turn ex-offenders lives around and make a positive contribution to the workforce, society and the economy.” This speech comes at a time when Offploy is within the final 12 months of its social mission to place 250 people with criminal convictions into employment. In addition, the company is undergoing expansion and has just launched projects in Hull to double the team size and support over 200 other people into employment. Commenting on last week’s event, Jacob said: “Offploy has already made contacts with businesses present on the day, that have agreed to hire people with convictions for their organisations – it was a great success.”
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Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday Winners!

Wednesday 25 July 2018

We are delighted to be been recognised by Theo Paphitis and his Small Business Sunday initiative #SBS. Theo has set up a support network for small businesses and selects 6 winners each week to join his "clan". We look forward to meeting the man himself in the near future!
Posted by Pennine Business Partners
New Starter - Welcome Aboard Elizabeth!

Friday 20 July 2018

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Aben to our team, she joins us as an HR Consultant. Elizabeth is a CIPD qualified senior HR professional with a strong commercial focus which has been gained in the Blue Chip business environments of Ernst & Young and PWC. Having started her career in general management before moving into (and up the career ladder) in Human Resources, so like the rest of our team, Elizabeth has the practical experience to apply her HR skills in the real world. Key areas of her expertise are employee relations; compensation & benefits and recruitment.
Posted by Pennine Business Partners
Examiner Business Awards 2018

Friday 20 July 2018

Pennine Business Partners are again sponsoring the Employee of the Year category at this year's EBA. Entries close on 18th August and the winner will be announced at the award ceremony on 1st November. For more information on the awards and to download an entry form follow this link: http://www.eventsnorthwest.co.uk/examiner-business-awards/examiner-business-awards-entry-form/
Posted by Pennine Business Partners
Phew it's a Scorcher - but can we knock early?

Monday 25 June 2018

That capricious thing the British Summer looks set to shine on us and send temperatures soaring in the coming days. We often hear it said that there’s no better place to live and work than the UK when the weather is nice. But, that doesn’t stop many of us asking – is it too hot for work? Or, Can we knock off early? As a business owner, you may have the answers because you can decide how to proceed. Studies have shown that punctuality and absence levels deteriorate in sustained periods of hot weather as staff try to extend their weekends or lack motivation when it comes to battling a hot and sticky commute. Our advice is to remind them of their obligations to you and the business, but also be flexible if you can to make being at work less of a chore. Things you may want to consider are more flexible working, relaxed dress codes or accommodating short notice holiday / unpaid leave requests. However, this needs to be communicated clearly to avoid creating a precedent that you may not want. You should also stress that any relaxation of dress code does not apply to any PPE that employees are obliged to wear for their own safety and security. There isn’t a legally defined maximum temperature for working indoors or out. The .GOV website states that employers must keep indoor temperatures at a comfortable level and provide clean, fresh air (https://www.gov.uk/workplace-temperatures). Whether indoors or out, employers do have obligations under Health and Safety legislation and it is advised they conduct risk assessments on work places to ensure temperatures are reasonable. If you have employees working outdoors in extreme temperatures you should take heed of the HSE report on the death of two Army reservists who died on a training session in 2013 which concluded that there had been a failure to plan, assess and manage risks associated with climatic illness during the training. Had the incident involved a business and not the MOD there may well have been prosecutions. If it is a long hot summer (fingers crossed) our advice is to enjoy sensibly. Remind staff to hydrate (drink lots of water), protect themselves from excessive exposure (hats and sun cream) and try to make their working environment a good place to be.
Posted by Pennine Business Partners
Kirklees TV Interview

Saturday 02 June 2018

We recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by Liz Hey from Kirklees TV as part of their series of business programmes. We were delighted to be able to discuss how important using the Objective Management Group sales evaluation and sales candidate assessment tools can help improve sales performance in companies with sales teams. We also had the opportunity to discuss how we use the tools of one of other partners Sales STAR to help develop sales managers into super coaches. Enjoy watching the interview. http://bit.ly/2JlyThB
Posted by Ventas Sales Ltd
Kirklees’ Biggest Business Conference Returns

Tuesday 06 February 2018

Following on from the huge success of the 2017 Conference, the Mid Yorkshire Chamber is delighted to be hosting their 2018 Kirklees Business Conference (KBC) at John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield on Wednesday 21st March. The free, one-day conference has become an unmissable event in the local business calendar which is dedicated to helping businesses to connect, learn and grow. Attracting over 600 business people and 50 exhibitors, KBC includes a fantastic programme of engaging seminars, a discussion panel, surgery sessions and open networking throughout the day. This year the Mid Yorkshire Chamber is proud to announce an official partnership with Google bringing a Digital Garage to KBC as part of the seminar programme. Running alongside the four seminar sessions, more surgery sessions will also take place following their success last year. Held by local businesses located in the stadium boxes, the surgeries will provide the opportunity for companies to run their own seminars, workshops or one to ones. Rory Bourke, Events & Sponsorship Co-ordinator at the Chamber said: ”Kirklees Business Conference is definitely shaping up to be a day not to be missed. The conference is a fantastic opportunity to raise your profile, make new contacts and learn from other experienced professionals. There are many opportunities for local businesses to get involved through sponsorship, exhibiting or attending as a delegate.” Confirmed conference sponsors and partners include; AD:VENTURE, The John Smith’s Stadium, The Design Mechanics and Social Progress. Delegate tickets are free but registration is essential, significant interest is anticipated therefore early delegate booking via www.kirkleesbusinessconference.co.uk is advised to avoid disappointment. For further information about the conference follow @MYBizConfs and #KirkleesConf on twitter. To find out more about sponsoring or exhibiting at the event please email events@mycci.co.uk or call 01484 483679.
Posted by Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
Around Town In the Huddersfield Live Hygge Tipi

Wednesday 15 November 2017

What better time to get together than Christmas? Around Town believe that connecting the business community of Huddersfield in its iconic locations and organisations is a brilliant way to share ideas, hear inspirational stories and have some FUN. Organised by Oli Smith, Michelle Crowther and Chris Buckley Around Town create memorable events every 3 months. 2018 plans are already underway; “as well as meeting at some amazing businesses we are walking Around Town in Spring - a fantastic way to get to know each other whilst experiencing some award winning locations and scenery in Huddersfield “ says Michelle And with Huddersfield Live December promises to be a memorable Around Town event. Hosted in the Hygge Tipi in St Georges Square, hear Sam Watt and Poppy Stahelin tell of the fabulous work the team at Huddersfield Live are doing and some of the stunning events planned for next year. Laura Drury sets the backdrop of how she formed the The Hygge Tipi and how it creates a convivial atmosphere for Huddersfield folk to mingle, drink mulled wine, and keep the winter night out in front of the log fire. All In the heart of Huddersfield. Tickets are limited and can be reserved FREE here. Chamber members old and new are very welcome. Around Town Events for 2018 confirmed. March 1st - Valli Opticians May 17th - Owen Scott Tailors May 25th - (Walk) Around Town - 15miles (approx) Breakfast Sarnies, The Kirklees Way, Finish in a Brewery!
Posted by The Alternative Board
Develop and Prosper - Free HR Seminar

Thursday 26 October 2017

In the third and final of our Autumn Seminars we explore the link between staff development and company strategy. We look at the important role that line managers have to play in building an effective team and how providing training opportunities can improve performance as well as increasing motivation and commitment. https://goo.gl/WgJGE6
Posted by Pennine Business Partners
Social Progress at 2017 Chamber Business Awards

Monday 23 October 2017

Social Progress, a Social Media & Digital Marketing Agency from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, has been crowned one of the winners in the Yorkshire and Humber heats of the Chamber Business Awards 2017. Now in their 14th year, the Awards are a highlight of the business calendar, recognising the key role that local businesses play in driving the UK economy. The Best Use of Social Media award winner, Social Progress will now go forward to represent the Yorkshire and the Humber region in the national finals, which take place in London in November. Janet Bebb, Owner & DM of Social Progress said: “The announcement took us completely by surprise. We entered but never thought we’d be selected as Regional Winners. “The entry showcased the interactive social media software we’ve developed called Big Screen Social that can be used at events. It’s a highly visual Twitter & Instagram Wall which, because of the unique visual presentation, is designed to encourage delegates, sponsors and exhibitors to post throughout the day or evening using the event’s specific hashtag. This gives added media exposure to the event. “Big Screen Social is going down a storm at conferences, award evenings, etc. Mid Yorkshire Chamber have used the software at two of their events this year, the Kirklees Business Conference and the Wakefield Business Conference. Francis Martin, President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said: “Businesses are the backbone and driving force of the UK economy. Even in the face of uncertain times, they continue to show their resilience and strength – creating opportunities for employment, investment and growth. “Our judges are always impressed by the high standard of submissions, and the calibre of entries this year was no different. The finalists in the Chamber Business Awards represent the best of this country’s entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and hard-work. “The Chamber Business Awards are the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate our business communities’ achievements, to take stock of the outstanding performances of UK businesses over the past year, and to encourage and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.” Social Progress is a Yorkshire based Social Media Agency specialising in social media strategy, social media training and social media content management on behalf of clients. Our client base stretches from micro-businesses to large corporations and all training and services are tailored to suit their requirements. We ensure training is suitable for the individuals involved and tailor the teaching to suit their skill-level and learning pace to ensure they make the most of the training and feel confident enough to go away and have a go themselves. We offer Content Managed Packages for clients who wish to out-source their social media management ranging from low-level to detailed social media strategy and support. All packages can also have additional training bolted onto them to ensure the client is confident to manage their own social media after a time. Social Media Strategy Packages help to focus business owners and marketing department on the what, why, how and when of using social media for business. We help give them a purpose to using social media and help them to use if more efficiently and effectively. We also strive to encourage authenticity and to show their personality through their social media channels/activity. We’ve also developed a highly interactive and visual Twitter & Instagram Wall called Big Screen Social which is designed to enhance any event. Be that conferences, exhibition stands, award evening, charity functions, festivals, music concerts, weddings & parties. Big Screen Social can be purchased to use for a day or on an ongoing basis by event planners, social media agencies, PR agencies, advertising and marketing agencies and AV technicians. The display posts using a given hashtag. It can be moderated and customised to suit the branding of the event.
Posted by Social Progress
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