WHERE LOCAL BUSINESS GROWS

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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Objective Management Group (OMG) wins Gold Award for 8th Year running

Friday 18 January 2019

Our business Ventas Sales is delighted to be a UK partner of @Objective Management Group and be able to bring the world class sales assessment and evaluation tools to growth-minded businesses in the UK, who are looking to grow sales. Yesterday, 2018 Top Sales Awards were announced and for the 8th year running Objective Management Group (OMG) won the Gold Award for the Top Sales Assessment. In addition, Dave Kurlan, CEO and Founder of OMG, also won 2 further awards. Thank you to all our clients and partners who are using the OMG tools to help better understand their sales teams, hire great salespeople and to help support the growth of their sales team. We look forward to working with you again in 2019. http://bit.ly/2R8sA54
Posted by Ventas Sales Ltd
New client services director for graphics specialist Leach

Wednesday 16 January 2019

Graphic display specialist Leach has appointed a new client services director as the team prepares for further 2019 growth. Suzanne Pitcher joins the Huddersfield-headquartered firm with more than 15 years of design, print, brand marketing and project management experience. Previously business development manager at Service Graphics, she has a wealth of knowledge of the digital signage industry coupled with print management expertise from her time at a Leeds-based B2B agency. With £500,000 of additional investment and 20% expansion forecast for Leach over the next 12 months, Suzanne will be working alongside the sales and account management team to offer a wider range of products and services to clients, plus greater penetration of markets including sports, property and retail. She will also be responsible for maintaining customer service levels across the business, during this ongoing period of change. Commenting on her new role, Suzanne said: “I’m delighted to be joining Leach at such an exciting time for the business – the product portfolio is growing each day and with the level of knowledge and expertise we have in-house, we’re able to offer a consultative and innovative approach to working with clients in the UK and across the globe. “We’re widely acknowledged as a leading visual communications partner, with the ability to offer an end-to-end service, across markets ranging from retail to events, and everything in between. This is a great platform on which to make my own impact.” Having worked with major global brands including Manchester United and Adidas, Suzanne brings a high degree of design acumen to the already-robust Leach team. Managing director James Lavin elaborated: “Suzanne’s appointment as client services director represents the first in a number of key hires for Leach, as we continue to expand our product offering and client base throughout 2019 and beyond – watch this space for new additions to our marketing, R&D, sales and account management teams. “With a 127-year history we have a strong foundation on which to grow, but our service levels will remain paramount during the next chapter of the story.” Leach began life as a one-man photographic studio in 1891. In April 2018, the 100-strong business was acquired by French-owned global manufacturing and services group Chargeurs, to help fuel the firm’s global expansion.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
HR Consultant Appointed - Welcome Aboard Leonie

Thursday 13 December 2018

We are delighted to add Leonie Whittaker to our team. She has over 15 years HR and management experience gained in the manufacturing and finance / professional services sectors during which time she has gained extensive operational and business knowledge. In addition to being a CIPD qualified professional, Leonie is a trained Mental Health First Aider. Having worked with Lynn previously at Car Care Plan, Leonie said that she was thrilled to be joining Pennine Business Partners. “I have kept in touch with Lynn and admired how the business has grown, so when I had the opportunity to join I jumped at the chance”. Lynn and her team have a real connection with their clients which will make it a special place to work.”
Posted by Pennine Business Partners
One-time intern returns to The Engine Room as senior designer

Thursday 06 December 2018

Growing brand consultancy The Engine Room has appointed Nathan Bolton as the team’s new senior designer. But Nathan is no stranger to the company, having first worked for the business as an intern back in 2013. Nathan – who graduated with a graphic design degree in 2014 – undertook a number of work placements whilst studying at what was then Leeds College of Art. The Engine Room – which was based in The Media Centre at the time – was so impressed with his talents that they offered him a permanent position. Following 18 months in the designer role, he left to further his career in non-agency positions, working at both the University of Leeds and Huddersfield-headquartered Mamas & Papas. But fast forward to the winter of 2018 and he has gone full circle, returning to the place where his career began. Commenting on his new role, 26-year-old Nathan said: “I was always impressed with The Engine Room’s strategic approach to brand, and the collaborative exercises they carry out with clients to get to the heart of their purpose and vision. I learned a lot when I worked with the team the first time around, and I’m excited about the chance to supercharge my knowledge even further. “I’ve always enjoyed the culture here too, so it’s a great time to come back on board, now that we’re in our vibrant new workspace in Mirfield. It almost doesn’t feel like an office!” Nathan’s appointment coincides with The Engine Room’s move to the newly-converted York Mills – a 19th century piggery which business owners Darren Evans and Lesley Gulliver purchased in January 2017 and began renovating in March of this year. Expanding on the timeliness of the appointment, founder Darren Evans said: “Nathan has always had a first-class attitude and an extremely strong understanding of the role of brand. His expertise and client-centric approach align perfectly with the direction of our growing business, and further bolster our brand credentials.” Managing Director Lesley added: “It was important for him to pursue varied opportunities to widen his experience, but we’re naturally delighted that he’s decided to come back to advance his career with us – and armed with an even richer skill-set too. Finding great people isn’t always easy, but it’s a testament to the whole team that he was eager to return.”
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Don't let your Christmas party leave your business with a hangover

Friday 30 November 2018

The ‘Christmas Work Do’ Strikes Again!!!! Most staff look forward to the office party all year and why not!! The tradition of the “Christmas party” is a chance for you to thank your staff for all their hard work and efforts during the year. However, with spirits running high, you may find yourselves managing Christmas Party HR issues, well into the New Year. Whilst you should be encouraging staff to enjoy themselves, preparation is key to avoid any HR issues arising and knowing how to cope when they do. Here are a few things to consider: • Before the party, you may want to send out a clear statement about acceptable behaviour and the consequences of inappropriate actions. Remind staff of HR policies and that any inappropriate behaviour on the night will be treated the same way as during working hours. It is a work event and they are still expected to act in a professional manner however you expect them to have fun, after all it is a party. • You should encourage responsible drinking, try to limit the amount of free alcohol available and ensure the bar staff are instructed to refuse alcohol where appropriate. • Remind staff of the dangers of drinking and driving. After a bit of merriment, some people can get over zealous and distasteful jokes, remarks and colourful language can often be a problem. Jokes can often single out one specific characteristic for example women and this can lead to a potential discriminatory claim. Sexual harassment claims are one of the biggest risks you can encounter as an employer, when the alcohol is flowing. What one person may see as harmless flirting, another may view as unwanted sexual attention. Employers can be held accountable to the behaviour of staff as tribunals view the office party as an extension of the normal work environment. Although staff are responsible for their own actions, you have an obligation to provide a healthy and safe environment and could be liable for the actions of staff at a party, if you have not taken reasonable steps to prevent inappropriate or unacceptable behaviour.
Posted by Pennine Business Partners
NCS Graduate from Huddersfield Represents the Region at National Training Programme

Tuesday 13 November 2018

Huddersfield NCS Graduate and HGCT Education first-year student Ben Roberts has successfully represented the region at NCS’ National Graduate Training Programme, ‘KICKSTART’. Currently studying towards his BTEC Level Extended Diploma in Performance and Excellence, Ben is also an aspiring professional rugby player. The KICKSTART programme is an extension to the NCS programme, designed to prep NCS graduates that are going to be representing their Regional Youth Board (RYB) in the year ahead. The week-long event took place in Milton Keynes and involved a series of sessions designed to help the young people get to know each other and hear about the varied NCS experiences they have had so far. The event also included an appearance from popular actor Will Poulter. Ben commented, “My long-term goal with NCS is to become a leader in either the summer programme or the Regional Youth Board programme. I hope to progress on to the National Youth Board and make a bigger difference worldwide and help people understand the struggles some people are facing on a daily basis.” NCS Graduate manager Ben Quinn commented, “Ben has been given the opportunity of a lifetime to be able to participate in the KICKSTART programme, only a select few get this privilege in our region. Ben was a fantastic individual on the NCS programme through the summer and a well-mannered, polite young man who I look forward to working with on the graduates' programme. Together, amongst others we strive to make the Huddersfield NCS graduates programme the best it can be, taking into account the ideas of a previous young person in Ben.” NCS Manager Katy Stockdale commented, “It was such an exciting day when we received the details of Ben being selected for the National KICKSTART programme, graduates have to independently apply for this scheme and applications are cross-examined nationally. It is great to hear how impactful the programme was for Ben, and how inspired he is to take his NCS journey further by representing Huddersfield. He will now have further opportunities to make a change, generate ideas and will hopefully be part of empowering the NCS programme nationally. A huge well done and I am excited to see what Ben achieves over the next 12 months”. If you are interested in taking part in the NCS summer programme, the NCS team will be visiting local schools in the upcoming months. In the meantime, you can sign up online by clicking here, or call 01484 442242 for more information.
Posted by Huddersfield Giants Community Trust
Trio of new appointments for rope access specialist Access North

Monday 12 November 2018

Huddersfield-based work at height specialist Access North has almost doubled its headcount in recent months, making three new business appointments following several new business wins. Working from Access North’s HQ at Brooke’s Mill in Armitage Bridge, the number of office team members has grown from five to eight as a result of this latest recruitment drive. Danielle Lohan has joined the team as operations coordinator, working alongside senior operations manager Richard Knight and facilities and operations manager Diane Basnett. Danielle will streamline the internal logistics and procurement processes, with a focus on developing strong supplier relationships. Rachael Howard is the specialist’s second appointment and has come on board as a project assistant, working alongside the project engineer. With a wealth of management-level experience, Rachael has previously worked in the rail and construction industries. Her duties will include procurement, prospecting, health and safety, customer relations and project planning. A further appointment sees Matthew Wilson joining the growing team as a project engineer. Coming from a new-build background, Matthew is well-versed in ETFE, glass, steel and construction. He brings plenty of international experience with him to his new full-time role. With some incredibly exciting new projects and challenges for Access North on the agenda over the coming months, it was imperative that the right people were in place to fulfil rising demands for the company’s specialist services. Managing director Berenice Northcott explained: “Once it became clear we needed another pair of hands in the office, we took a step back as a team and thought about what the company required. We interviewed Danielle and Rachael for the same position, and we were so impressed by each of them that we decided to create a role for them both. Luckily, we had just won a big new contract and could justify the expansion! “As we continue to grow, we’re constantly on the lookout for great people who fit with our ethos and attitude. We’re delighted to have our three new faces on board for this next chapter.” Access North Structures provides specialist rope access, ETFE, tensile fabrics and fall protection services to sites across the UK.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
KC Communications enhances PR & Marketing Account Team with two new appointments

Friday 12 October 2018

Huddersfield-based marketing consultancy KC Communications team has gone from strength to strength, with the appointment of two new PR & Marketing Account Managers, Kirstie Wilson and Anna Goddard. Their appointment comes after a year of impressive growth for the company, which has seen KC Communications increase turnover by 41% and gross profit by 76%. The growth is a result of increased client retention and winning a number of key accounts including boutique hotel and restaurant Manor House, accelerator hub Elmwood LaunchPod and veterinary medical specialists Orthomed. Kirstie and Anna will be heading up a number of key B2B and B2C accounts with responsibility for marketing, PR, design services and social media. With a Professional Diploma in Direct and Digital Marketing from the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing, Kirstie is able to provide innovative ideas and has her finger on the pulse of the industry. Previous account management experience in telecoms, tech and retail has enabled Kirstie to work with a range of industries and organisation types, from multi-national banking corporations to local takeaways. With 15 years’ marketing and communications experience in both client-side and full-service agency backgrounds specialising in online/digital projects and customer relationship management (CRM), Anna has helped public and private sector organisations - from local farm shop to blue chip - build successful brands that deliver maximum return on investment. Katrina Cliffe, Managing Director of KC Communications said: “Kirstie and Anna join KC Communications at a very exciting time. "Aside from the recent account wins, we have a number of new business opportunities in the pipeline and a strategy to grow the business further over the next 12 months, which they will both be a key part of”.
Posted by KC Communications
Doozy Vape Co continues growth with double recruit

Thursday 11 October 2018

Specialist e-liquid manufacturer, Doozy Vape Co, has recruited Myles Jensen as Head of Marketing and Bradley Jensen as Head of Social as the company continues its rapid growth. With over 3 years’ experience in the marketing industry, Myles Jensen’s role will include taking all marketing plans from concept to execution, as Doozy Vape Co looks to continue its growth within the FMCG market. He’ll also be tasked with drawing up brand-building strategies to excel in the international markets, bolster and complement existing marketing activity, and develop brand identity in such a way that it resonates with mass UK and international consumers. Having worked with a number of prestigious brands on various high-profile campaigns, Bradley Jensen will be tasked with curating fresh, innovative marketing plans that challenge the industry and Doozy Vape Co’s competitors, whilst also managing the company’s global influencer network. Bradley worked with Nike on their famous “Nothing Beats a Runner” campaign this year, and was named as O2’s Go Think Big Digital Leader of the Year. Doozy Vape Co’s CEO, Imran Ismail, commented on the appointments, “We are delighted to have Myles and Bradley working for us. It’s a huge step in the right direction as we try to broaden our reach within the FMCG market. "With experience outside the vaping industry, we hope that Myles and Bradley will be able to release a new breath of life with the use of disruptive innovation. "Having an outsider’s perspective brings a whole new dimension and angle that many of our competitors fail to incorporate, thereby meaning they remain stagnant.”
Posted by KC Communications
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.”
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
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