HTEA panel praises training schemes with Kirklees College Date: 29/09/2015

Companies across the region attended the latest Huddersfield Town Enterprise Academy event hosted by Kirklees College to hear about the successful partnerships flourishing among employers and the college.

The employers also picked up tips on how to access the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) funding for training staff.

Huddersfield Town and the college welcomed 68 guests to dine on a healthy breakfast before taking part in a panel-led discussion. The panel included:

• Peter McCann, principal of Kirklees College and chair of the Skills Network,
• David White, skills engagement manager at Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership,
• Peter Sleigh, director of Sleigh and Story Accountants,
• Ben Crowther, operations manager at Videcon Ltd,
• Jeff Monks, managing director at Fisher Plastics.

The panel talked about opportunities for small to medium sized businesses to train their staff through Apprenticeships or using the LEP’s Skills Service funding to help meet up to 50 per cent of the training bill.

Ben Crowther, whose company Videcon believes in investing in the current workforce has recently secured Skills Service funding towards staff training. He said, “We got in touch with Kirklees College and the LEP to help us basically fund internal training and internal development. It was simple!”

VIDEO -hear what Ben had to say about the LEP funding helping Videcon’s staff development

Peter Sleigh of Sleigh and Story Accountants currently has three apprentices who train at Kirklees College. He said, “We have a great relationship with local schools so we have handpicked our apprentices and then we’ve arranged with Kirklees College for them to study at Kirklees College and we’ve been delighted with what’s happened.”

VIDEO – hear what Peter had to say about his Apprenticeships with Kirklees College.

Jeff Monks says his work with Kirklees College has helped them to think about taking training seriously. He said, “We’re need to recognise that as employers we’re not trainers. For the company that I run which is Fisher Plastics, we’re very good at plastic injecting moulding, but we’re not trained to be trainers and it’s a different skill. So we need to tap into the skills that they have at the college.”

VIDEO – hear what Jeff had to say about working with Kirklees College.

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