It appears the recession is now behind us and as the economy grows opportunities for increased business and new markets will develop. The question is how to meet the challenge of growing the business and the additional demands this makes on production or services? Answer, we have to examine all aspects of the business, become more efficient and probably employ additional staff. This meeting will address the various processes involved in growing your business.
This meeting will address the various processes involved in growing a business - taking on experienced employees, trainees, interns, part-time or temporary staff.
We start with an excellent case study presented by Ian McLeod, Production Director of Hawick Knitwear. Early in 2011, in spite of the recession, the future generally looked bright for the knitwear and textiles companies in the Scottish Borders. Many companies were looking at growing their business. However, there was a serious problem developing. A high proportion of employees were due to retire within five years and there was no plan in place to deal with the issue. To make matters worse there were no obvious replacements due to a skills shortage in the industry. Ian will tell us how the managing directors came together to tackle this very serious issue and how this lead to a groundbreaking and very successful Modern Apprenticeship scheme being introduced – one that has been closely monitored and applauded by the Scottish Government.
The knitwear and textile sector will not be unique in facing such issues. Thankfully there is a great deal of support available to assist us in making decisions to help grow our businesses, as we will hear from speakers representing Skills Development Scotland (SDS), JobCentrePlus and SBC.
Our second speaker will be Pam Ralston of Skills Development Scotland (SDS) who can advise us on Modern Apprenticeships and accessing the Employability Fund, the Flexible Training Opportunities Funding and Skills for Growth scheme.
Next we welcome Jackie Turner from JobCentrePlus who will bring us up to date on Work Experience and Wage Incentive schemes, as well as Sector Based Work Academies.
Our final speaker is Jim Johnston of Scottish Borders Council who will tells us all about the Youth Employment Scotland Fund.
To round of the evening we hope to welcome a few Modern Apprentices who will tell us how the scheme is working for them, as well as interns and students currently working with Scottish Borders companies. Members will, of course, be invited to speak about their own experiences as regards business growth and solutions.
This promises to be an extremely informative evening that should be of interest to all directors, owners and senior managers.
As usual, Scottish Borders Exporters Association events are open to anyone whether they are involved in international trade or not. Manufacturers, IT, designers, service providers, everyone is welcome. The presentations will be followed by a finger buffet giving everyone the opportunity to exchange views and news with the speakers, members and guests. We look forward to welcoming you.
The cost to non-members including the buffet is £12