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Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) Retraining Scheme

CPCA would like to hear from employers who need employees training in the fields of engineering, healthcare, ICT, construction, life sciences and logistics. These employers would be part of the pilot programme or may simply be interested in taking on some of the newly retrained employees to meet a skills gap.

The scheme is similar to an apprenticeship or graduate programme but applies to adults who have transferred from other industries due to redundancy. Employer partners will pledge an agreed number of new roles for jobseekers to join the retraining scheme. Education partners deliver training based on the skills needs identified by employers, with funding for training provided by the scheme.

Details of how to get involved can be found here

Consultation on changes to apprenticeship funding 

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has launched a consultation on its new model for setting funding bands for apprenticeship standards. Register here to attend a virtual consultation event in September. Respond to the consultation by midnight on 6 October 2020.

Points Based Immigration System - supports for business

The UK government has published an updated introductory guide and explanatory animations to help employers understand the new points-based immigration system (PBS). From 1 January 2021, businesses who want to recruit skilled workers from outside the UK must be a Home Office licensed sponsor. Organisations who are not already a licensed sponsor can apply here.  

Customer logging toolkit for business

An updated customer logging toolkit for businesses in England is now live on the Public Health England (PHE) campaign resource centre. The assets include a refreshed overview and messaging document for businesses that collect customer details along with a range of posters and digital assets.

Contact the Chamber

01223 237414 •
Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce

Clifford House • 2 Station Yard • Oakington • CB24 3AH • United Kingdom