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Wiltshire schools step up their STEM game
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The Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative was recently involved in helping the Engineering Development Trust - a not for profit organisation that encourages school pupils to get into science &...
Mike Godfrey
Mike Godfrey
Posted on: 19.06.18
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Institute of Technology on the cards for Swindon?

In light of the announcement that Swindon College is on the Government’s Institute of Technology shortlist I am delighted at how Swindon’s bid is shaping up. First announced in 2016, the Government...
Ian Larrard
Ian Larrard
Business West
Posted on: 05.06.18
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Skills within our workforce need to be drastically improved

Skills shortages is one of the most frequently reported barriers to business growth in the West of England according to the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership. This statement is backed up...
Fay Daniels
Fay Daniels
Business West
Posted on: 21.05.18
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JobFest at STEAM - a runaway success

Last Tuesday, as part of National Apprenticeship week, Business West and West Berkshire Education Business Partnership helped bring together over 60 Swindon & Wiltshire employers and 850 young...
Andrew Wells
Andrew Wells
Business West
Posted on: 14.03.18
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More part-time apprenticeships needed to reduce gender inequality

Apprenticeships are available to all ages, across a variety of disciplines and in a range of different sectors. But does a shortage in flexible and part time programmes mean that people who are...
Fay Daniels
Fay Daniels
Business West
Posted on: 09.03.18
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Is your staff’s morale being affected by the lack of skills in your industry?

With a skills shortage across the West of England, is your staff's morale being affected by the lack of skills in your industry? Read more about how you can tackle this potential issue.
Nicky Williams
Nicky Williams
Business West
Posted on: 09.03.18
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Apprenticeship Case Study: One Year On

We caught up with Holly a year on to find out how her apprenticeship is going and to ask about the progress she has made in just 12 months.
Fay Daniels
Fay Daniels
Business West
Posted on: 08.03.18
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"I'm proof that apprenticeships offer a rewarding career path" - Ian Mean

Gloucestershire Chamber director Ian Mean reflects on how training as an apprentice put him on course for a long and succesful career in journalism. Two undisputed highlights of which were his run-...
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Business West
Posted on: 06.03.18
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Why did I choose an apprenticeship?

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, we asked Abi, an apprentice in Business West' Skills Team, why she chose the apprenticeship route and why she would recommend it to others.
Fay Daniels
Fay Daniels
Business West
Posted on: 05.03.18
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