Skills Round Table

September 13, 2017

In association with the Telford Business Board there will be a Skills Round Table event held at the University of Wolverhampton on October 4.
0900 Arrival, registration & refreshments
0915 Meeting starts


Introducing & setting the scene – Paul Hinkins, Chair of Telford Business Board & Vice-Chair of the Marches LEP
Graham Guest, Principal Telford College
Graham will talk about the recent merger between TCAT & New College and the newly formed Telford College’s vision including how to increase employer engagement
Professor Ian Oakes, Vice-Principal University of Wolverhampton
Ian will to talk attendees about the offer available from the University for both students and employers and how they can both engage.
Case Study:
Paul Onions, Managing Director – McPhillips
McPhillips are one of our highly successful key local manufacturers and Paul will provide a case study on how apprenticeships can be beneficial for both employer and employee
Apprenticeship Video – Marches LEP
Gill Hamer, Director of the Marches LEP
Break out Groups:
When it comes to recruitment, retention and training, what are the biggest opportunities and challenges for your business?
Apprentices, how can your business benefit?
Each table will have a lead who will ensure each business attending has the opportunity to share their skills issues
The Apprenticeship Levy
Dan Leech, M.D of Cadcoe (Construction & Design Centre of Excellence) & TDS Midlands
Dan has many years’ experience of working with Apprentices and creating opportunities for them, and will talk about how the Apprenticeship Levy will work for employers and issues around this
Round up and What Next? – Paul Hinkins
Close of Event – 1130 (please note timings are approximate and may change slightly on the day)
Click here to register to to attend.

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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

The Marches Growth Hub will continue to support businesses and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Each of the three Local Authorities will also continue to provide direct business support locally. Details of this support will be available through the Marches Growth Hub website and from the Local Authorities directly. Website: | email:

The Marches Careers Hub will continue to be delivered and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford & Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Website: | email:

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The solvent liquidation of the Marches LEP is being managed by the Evelyn Partners Limited. For any matter related to this please contact:

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