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Addressing Skills Gaps through STEM Apprenticeships – Weds 15th March 2017

Addressing Skills Gaps through STEM Apprenticeships -Wednesday 15th March 10am – 2pm
in the Desborough Suite, Maidenhead Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF

The Government has committed to creating 3 million apprenticeships by the end of 2020. The UK Commission for Employment and Skills has identified that 43% of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) vacancies are hard to fill. This is due to a lack of skilled applicants. These skills can be addressed by employers investing in apprentices. The Apprenticeship Levy being introduced in April 2017 will provide additional opportunities for employers to take on apprentices at higher levels or to train existing staff to a high level.
Local businesses are invited to join key local employers, business representatives and training providers to discuss how we can address future skills gaps by employing apprentices with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills.

AGENDA

10.00am – 10.25am – Registration and tea & coffee

10.25am – Welcome from Cllr Simon Dudley, Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

10.30am – Preparing young people for STEM careers.
East Berks College, The Edge Foundation, UTC Reading, Berkshire College of Agriculture & the Careers and Enterprise Company

11.15am – How apprenticeships are benefiting local employers & the Berkshire STEM Strategy
IBM, GSK, Adviza and Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

12.00am – How to engage with SMEs to offer STEM apprenticeships
Kontax Engineering, Maidenhead Chamber of Commerce, Optimity & Federation of Small Business

12.45pm – Closing comments and observations

13.00pm – 14.00 pm – Complimentary networking lunch

Please RSVP to business@rbwm.gov.uk by Monday 6th March. Please note that space is limited to 100 businesses so please reply early to guarantee a space at the free event.

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