PROSPER MAGAZINE: DIGITAL EDITION
NEWS IN BRIEF
COLLEGE URGES EMPLOYERS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF INCREASED APPRENTICESHIP FUNDING
Businesses across the West Midlands can get advice on how to access increased government funding for apprenticeships from the staff at the City of Wolverhampton College.
Under the scheme – announced by The Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Budget statement on March 3rd – eligible employers will receive an incentive payment of £3,000 for each new apprentice they take on from April 1st to September 30th, 2021.
This is a change to current incentives which are paid on a sliding scale depending on the age of the apprentice, and in addition to the existing £1,000 payment employers receive if they take on apprentices aged 16-18. The college offers over 40 apprenticeships in 15 industry sectors – including automotive, business administration, construction, customer services, digital marketing, early years,
engineering, hairdressing, hospitality, IT, leadership & management, polymer processing and teaching assistant - and can assist employers with advertising vacancies, screening applicants and shortlisting candidates for interview.
Employers interested in finding out more about apprenticeships and the additional funding available can email or call 01902 837163.
HEAD OF STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT JOINS NARROW AISLE
Following the recent announcement of a significant investment in its operations serving the USA and Canadian markets, Narrow Aisle Ltd – manufacturer of the Flexi range of articulated forklift truck-based space-saving intralogistics solutions – has appointed Stephen Astbury as the company’s new Head of Strategic Development.
As a key member of Narrow Aisle’s marketing management team, Stephen will oversee the delivery of sales and commercial and customer strategy across a number of key territories – including the USA and Canada.
Stephen joins Narrow Aisle from Translift Bendi, where he reached the position of sales and marketing director in a career spanning almost 20 years with that company. He has also held senior roles with Linde and BT Rolatruc.
SAFETY SUCCESS FOR NATIONAL EXPRESS
National Express West Midlands is celebrating recognition for its continued commitment to safety.
The region's largest bus operator has been awarded a top five-star result from the British Safety Council - for the fifth year running.
Organisations from over 77 countries across the world put themselves forward for a gruelling Health & Safety Audit by an external assessor. The challenging tests go beyond legal health and safety minimum requirements to judge companies on absolute best practice in safety culture, leadership and wellbeing.
A company must score 92% and above to get five stars. National Express West Midlands achieved a result of 96.14%.
The report identified ‘a very high standard of occupational health and safety management across the organisation, excellent and compliant systems in place for the management of significant hazards and a good health and safety culture’.