Apprenticeships, Funding and Marketing at Workshops
13th November 2012
Like Lord Alan Sugar and his famous BBC 1 show, businesses across Lincolnshire are now cottoning on to the benefits of taking on an apprentice – but it isn’t always easy to know where to start.
A free workshop being offered as part of the Lincolnshire County Council-led onlincolnshire project will address this issue and more at Lincoln Drill Hall on Tuesday 20th November.
During the session, which starts at 8.30am, Mike Crosby from the National Apprenticeship Service will give advice on getting involved in the scheme while the different resources and organisations which are available to help businesses develop their staff will be outlined by Avanti Knowledge Network.
The following Tuesday (27th November) Doo Marketing will deliver a tutorial on getting the right business messages out to your clients. CDI Alliance, which is helping to run the courses, will also offer advice on different pots of funding available for businesses in need of a cash injection.
The workshops are part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme (ERDF).
Stuart McFarlane from CDI Alliance, which is also offering free one-to-one business support as part of the onlincolnshire project, added: “These sessions are aimed at providing practical advice in areas where people have told us they could really do with help.
“This is a chance to talk to some top experts in their field and ask all the questions you want about staff training, how to get access to funding, different marketing strategies and apprenticeships.
“The workshops are also about finding out how to make the most of the Internet for these areas. This could be things like using the Internet for marketing campaigns or applying for grants online. The sessions are a great free resource for any business.”
The talks are run through the Digital Business Cluster, which the county council has helped to create to support businesses in East Lindsey, Boston and Lincoln.
Angela Driver from the onlincolnshire team said: “One of the key aims of onlincolnshire is to demonstrate what can be achieved with superfast broadband and how important it is to the future of the Lincolnshire economy. We want to demonstrate the benefits that the Internet and digital technology can provide and help businesses get ready for superfast broadband when it arrives.
“The idea is to leave behind a legacy which positions Lincolnshire as a hotspot for creative and digital businesses.”
All the Tuesday Breakfast Talk sessions will take place between 8.30am and 10.30am at Lincoln Drill Hall in Free School Lane, Lincoln. To book a place visit the News and Events page on www.onlincolnshire.org
Notes to Editors:
- The workshops are part-funded by the East Midlands European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013 and are managed by Lincolnshire County Council as part of the £57 million council-led onlincolnshire project which aims to provide broadband speeds of at least 24 Megabits per second (Mbps) for 90% of homes and businesses in the county, and a guaranteed 2Mpbs for the remaining premises by 2015.
- Some Internet users in rural Lincolnshire experience speeds of less than 1 Mbps. The UK’s average broadband speed is 7.6 Mbps, according to Ofcom.
- The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit www.communities.gov.uk/erdf
- For more information visit www.onlincolnshire.org