The Bradford Economic Partnership and Bradford Council will be hosting their next free Invest in Bradford Enterprise Network Event in Keighley.

This second event gives businesses the opportunity to find out about the workforce development support, training and apprenticeships that are available in the Bradford district.

The event will take place at Keighley College on Thursday 28 February from 7.30am to 9.30am.

Businesses will be able to find out about the skills agenda, workforce development and how funded training can help their business to increasing productivity and effectiveness and allow for future growth. The event will also provide an opportunity for businesses to network and meet experts in people and skills development.

Business Advisers from Bradford Council will also be available to give information and answer any questions with regards to business support, expansion and growth, as well as about the grant funding and finance available to the business community.

Attendees will be welcomed to the event by Nick Garthwaite, Managing Director of Christeyns UK Ltd followed by a short speech from Mike McColgan the Managing Director of Ex-Pressed Steel Panels and the Bradford and Airedale Manufacturing Alliance steering group.

Mary Ridyard from Produmax Ltd will talk about apprenticeships and workforce development in the workplace. Also speaking at the event will be Heather Whitehead and Joanne Stark from Keighley College who will give a presentation on apprenticeships and the introduction of ‘T Level’ qualifications, which are new technical study programmes that will sit alongside apprenticeships and A Levels.

Jas Hayre from the Skills Service at West Yorkshire College Consortium will also be there to speak about workforce development support and part-funded training as well as skills development across the Leeds City Region.

Coun Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “The first event in January was very successful with lots of business people from across the district attending and I hope this event in Keighley will prove just as popular.

“The ability for businesses to be able to improve their workforce development and training and offer people apprenticeships is vitally important to our economy, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to make the most of their potential and our businesses continue to grow.

Coun Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Education, Employment and Skills, said: “A strong skilled workforce is essential for Bradford’s continued economic growth and having these events for our local businesses to be able to find out about the support that is available will help them to build their business, increase productivity and effectiveness.”

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