February 2019

Combined Authorities Back InnovateHer Programme to Tackle Inequality Issue

National initiative InnovateHer is pledging its commitment to assisting more than 55 schools and reaching over 1,000 girls by 2020, to help improve equality in tech and address the digital skills gap, with the help of new partners. The social enterprise, which has launched in 26 schools across the North West in 2018, will work with Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to deliver an eight-week after-school programme in the region. The programme is designed to encourage greater equality and diversity in technical roles by giving girls aged 12-16 access to the skills, self-belief and confidence to pursue a career in technology. InnovateHer has worked with over 240 girls in 12 schools to date, enabling them to interact with leading employers and industry role models, alongside providing careers coaching.  Specialising in technical education for girls, the company is on a mission to make a significant impact on gender inequality in tech globally. Other private sector partners...Read More >

University of Liverpool Mock Interview Exercise – Company Participation

Each spring, the University of Liverpool’s Careers & Employability Team, embark on a mock interview exercise with a cohort of 1st year Management School students.  The mock interview forms part of a module supporting preparations for a year-in-industry that they will undertake following their 2nd year.   The mock interviews provide students with a very valuable opportunity to experience a core recruitment practice, but we also see the exercise as an opportunity for companies to raise their profile amongst our students and to engage with prospective future candidates, for graduate employment. The interviews are being scheduled on the following dates and we still have a number of time slots to fill, so would welcome company involvement for as little, or as much time as they would like to contribute: Tuesday 19 March 10am –12pm, 3pm-5pm Wednesday 20 March 9am – 1pm Friday 22 March 10am – 12pm, 1pm – 5pm We are recommending that as many interviews as possible, take place at...Read More >

Facebook Digital Skills Training

InvestSefton are pleased to offer Sefton businesses the opportunity to attend a Facebook-accredited training course. The training will cover: Facebook and Social Media – Marketing Campaigns and Audience Insights Innovation – Design Thinking and Building Prototypes – develop your own app on the day Web Presence – Search Engine Optimisation, UX & Analytics The Extraordinary Club are delivering the training as part of a Europe-wide initiative lead by Facebook, to help businesses grow and equip staff with the digital skills they need.  The course is interactive, and delegates will not need to have knowledge of the subjects covered to participate, but you will need to bring a smartphone or tablet with you on the day. There is a choice of 2 dates/venues- Wednesday 13th March, 9.30-1 at Formby Hall or Thursday 14th March 1.30-5 at Hugh Baird College. To book your place, please call Sharon or Dominique on 0151 934 3452 or email investSefton@sefton.gov.uk.  

How will Brexit affect your business?

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, there may be changes that affect your business. Gov.uk have published guidance on different aspects of how Brexit may affect your business, including importing and exporting, employees, regulations & Standards and trade associations.   Read the guidance here.

LCR Skills Show 2019

The Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Hub are delighted to introduce The Skills Show 2019 Programme, supported by the European Social Fund/Education and Skills Funding Agency. These free, one day events will take place at various locations throughout the city region during February and March. More information about the events can be found here If you have any questions or would like to book a place as either an attendee or an exhibitor then please email jan@ allaboutstem.co.uk

Growth Catalyst Leadership Development Programme

Growth Catalyst is an innovative seven-month leadership development programme designed specifically for owners and senior managers of SMEs in the Liverpool City Region, to help the business grow.  The programme is uniquely designed to provide both personal and business growth.  The programme includes; A 2 day overnight leadership residential. 6 hours of coaching. 7 masterclasses. 4 x three hour Action Learning set meetings. A Business Exchange 2 Consolidation/ skills workshops. There is no charge for attending the programme, however there is  an application and selection process to ensure that places are awarded to businesses that have plans for growth and whose participants are committed to meaningful change. If interested,  businesses need to complete and return the application form to richardh@liv.ac.uk by Friday 15th February 2019. Participants must be available on the 9th and 10th May and be able to commit to attend 90% of all activities.

Organisations urged to register for Horizon 2020 funding

Organisations that currently receive or have successfully applied for Horizon 2020 grants are being urged to register with the Government to secure their funding in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Organisations must register with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) via an online portal, using their grant agreement number and identification code. Once registered, they will receive regular update emails from UKRI. Read more about registering at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-businesses-urged-to-register-for-continued-horizon-2020-research-funding