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Ayrshire employers and employees are invited to attend a special partnership event, promoting the benefits of developing workforce skills.

The Engage. Develop. Grow conference will take place at Ayrshire College, Kilwinning Campus, on Wednesday 11 October from 8.30am-12.30pm – forming part of the official programme for Ayrshire Business Week.

The Council is joining forces with its partners including Ayrshire College, Skills Development Scotland and Developing Young Workforce to provide Ayrshire business owners and employees with this free event.

On the day, attendees will hear from a variety of businesses who are reaping the rewards after investing in and developing the skills of their staff.

Guest speakers include Ashleigh Construction who will be highlighting the results following their decision, four years ago, to develop their young workforce.

James Frew will be explaining their relationship with the Ayrshire College which has provided a number of Modern Apprentices with on the job experience.

And Booth Welsh will be providing details on the new work-based Graduate Level Apprenticeship and the positive impact it has had on their staff and the business.

Other speakers include GE Caledonia, Scottish Enterprise, Opus Couture, Ayrshire College, David Smith (Chairman of Developing Young Workforce) and Ardrossan Academy.

The Council and its partners will also be giving advice on the support and recruitment incentives that are available to employers to develop their employees’ skills. 

Councillor Alex Gallagher, Cabinet Member for Economy, said: “This event will be a great opportunity for employers to discover how beneficial it is to invest in and develop the skills of their workforce.

“By doing so, they can equip the staff they want with the skills the business needs, while providing staff with opportunities to grow. It makes a lot of sense.

“There’s also a great deal of support and incentives available to businesses that choose to develop the skills of their staff. 

“I’d encourage local businesses – of all sizes and from all industries – to come along and find out more.”

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Posted on Tuesday 3rd October 2017