26 March 2015 – Apprentices & Training – Brockholes

Join us at the first Lancashire HR Exchange of 2015 which is taking place on Thursday 26 March at Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston.

Event Details

The event will focus on Apprentices & Training. Following on from the National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from 9th to 13th March, the event will look at how your business could benefit from an apprentice; what an apprentice training contract should cover and how to deal with HR issues that may arise with apprentices so that your business is fully prepared to deal with those situations.

Did you know that 96% of employers who take on apprentices report benefits, whilst 72% report improved productivity as a result of employing an apprentice? If you’re considering hiring an apprentice, then come and learn of the advantages it could bring to your business, And if you already have apprentices in your organisation, we’ll give you the advice and guidance you need on how to manage them as part of your workforce.

Our first guest speaker of the morning will be Gordon Birtwistle, the Member of Parliament for Burnley, but also the Chair of the Lib Dem Committee on Business, Innovation & Skills and the Government’s Apprenticeship Ambassador. Gordon is one of only two former apprentices that hold an office in the UK Government and he will give you a brief insight into the Government’s approach to apprenticeships and their place in today’s workplace.

The second guest speaker for the event will be Lisa Whiteoak, Co-Founder and Director of TrainingStation who will talk about the benefits that apprentices bring to your business. TrainingStation was established in 2010 by Lisa and her Co-Director, Andrea Fielding, who wanted to provide a first-class skills and training service to both businesses and apprentices across the North of England and are now a well-recognised and award-winning training provider. They pride themselves on building effective working relationships with businesses who want to invest in apprenticeships, as well as supporting learners in achieving their qualification and skill-based learning. Both Lisa and Andrea have worked in training  and development for 25 years having worked for large national training providers and colleagues. Their client range from SMEs to large PLCs.

We will then look at the topic from a legal perspective; hiring an apprentice, getting the contractual documentation right and managing an apprentice through a training contract and career expectations afterwards.

There will also be an extended employment law update to bring you up-to-speed on key Tribunal cases from the end of 2014 and what they mean to your business, as well as focusing your attention on forthcoming developments, which you’ll need to build into your business plans and strategies for 2015.

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Event Agenda

8:30 – 9:00am – Registration and networking

9:00 – 9:15am – Gordon Birtwistle MP, Chair of the Lib Dem Committee on Business, Innovation & Skills and Government Apprenticeship Ambassador

9:15 – 9:45am – Apprenticeships for your business – Lisa Whiteoak, Co-Founder & Director, TrainingStation

9:45 – 10:15am – Apprenticeships & training – the legal angle - Emma Swan, Employment Partner, Taylors

10:15 – 10:30am – Break & refreshments

10:30 – 11:30am – Extended Employment update – Emma Swan

11:30am – Close

 

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Event Location

 

Brockholes

Brockholes

Junction 31, M6 Samlesbury, Preston, PR5 0AG

Web: www.brockholes.org

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By Car

From Preston:
At the roundabout of the M6 J31and A59 go straight over under the motorway signed A59 to Blackburn. Stay in the left hand lane. Just before the traffic lights, take the FIRST exit signed “Brockholes Nature Reserve” heading north over the river (adjacent to the off-ramp slip road). Follow this road left, round doubling back and under the slip road bridge to the site entrance.

From M6 North Bound:
As you come off the motorway get in the middle lane. At the roundabout turn right, signed A59 to Blackburn. Stay in the left hand lane. Just before the traffic lights, take the FIRST exit signed “Brockholes Nature Reserve” heading north over the river (adjacent to the off-ramp slip road). Follow this road left, round doubling back and under the slip road bridge to the site entrance.

From Samlesbury and South-bound off the M6:
From Samlesbury –  At the roundabout of the M6 J31and A59 you need to go all the way round the double roundabout as if you where going to head back along the A59 towards Samlesbury. As you come round the roundabout past the Tickle Trout  Service Station stay in the left hand lane. Just before the traffic lights, take the FIRST exit signed “Brockholes Nature Reserve” heading north over the river (adjacent to the off-ramp slip road). Follow this road left, round doubling back and under the slip road bridge to the site entrance.

From M6 Southbound:
As you come off the motorway turn right at the roundabout towards Preston. Stay in the right hand lane and continue around the roundabout, As you come round the roundabout past the Tickle Trout  Service Station stay in the left hand lane. Just before the traffic lights, take the FIRST exit signed “Brockholes Nature Reserve” heading north over the river (adjacent to the off-ramp slip road). Follow this road left, round doubling back and under the slip road bridge to the site entrance.

By Bus
Brockholes is about caring for the natural world and for the environment.  One way of protecting that environment is to reduce your carbon footprint so why not come to Brockholes by frequent local bus and on foot, enjoying an easy, level walk along the Ribble of less than a mile – about 20 minutes – to the reserve entrance.

If you are coming from Preston Bus Station catch either Stagecoach-in-Lancashire bus 59 or Transdev Lancashire United  Ribble Valley Express service X80/280 and alight at the Tickled Trout Motel, just before the M6 junction.

In the other direction Bus 59 provides a direct service from Blackburn or Accrington (half hourly weekdays, hourly Sundays) whilst the Lancashire United Ribble Valley Express X80/280 serves Skipton, Barnoldswick, Clitheroe and Whalley, (connections from Burnley). hourly on weekdays, two hourly on Sundays.  For downloadable X80/280 timetables log onto www.lancashirebus.co.uk.

If you are coming from Preston, alight at the bus stop at the Tickled Trout and walk back over the river bridge, taking the first track on the right by a metal crash barrier fence. Walk 50 metres along the track, before going through the metal kissing gate on the right which leads onto the cycle track, now the Guild Wheel Cycle Way.

If coming from the Blackburn or Clitheroe direction, alight at the first bus stop past the M6 which is the Tickled Trout. Either cross the A59 carefully at the refuge, turning left to cross the river bridge to the track on the right, or cross the river bridge to locate steps leading to an underpass, left, under the A59 which joins the cycle path as below.

Follow this level tarmac track which soon goes alongside the river and under the concrete arches of the slip roads, motorway and along the vehicle access road to the main entrance to the reserve.  You can follow this drive to the Visitor Centre, but a metal kissing gate on the left 20 metres before the entrance gives access to a traffic free walking route parallel to the drive which lead to the Centre.

 

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