Lifelong Loan Entitlement scheme: SME Workshop

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  • Friday 25 March 2022
  • 10:00 – 12:00 GMT
  • Watershed, BS1

You are invited to a consultation workshop to explore future plans for the government to fund training and up-skilling of potential staff, as part of the levelling-up agenda.

The outcome of the workshop will be to inform a pilot run by UWE Bristol on the Lifelong Loan Entitlement scheme, influencing the terms and conditions which the government will put on the scheme in time for the nation-wide launch in 2025.

Topics for exploration:

  • Lifelong Loan entitlement – a government scheme that enables individuals to access University short courses, funded through the Student Loan Company.
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeships – a mentoring system and funding mechanism for employees on certain professions, where they complete a degree part-time and obtain a separate professional qualification such as chartership.
  • Skills Bootcamps – short intense training courses aimed at giving potential employees the basic skills they need to join the labour market.
  • Education delivery methods – exploring the different types of education delivery and the opportunities and barriers that they may pose to employers. This includes day-release, block-release, evening classes, blended, hybrid and on-line.
  • Recruitment of people from low participation neighbourhoods and low participation demographics.
  • Green & Zero Carbon skills – the pilot for the Lifelong Loan Entitlement short courses will be on the subject of Zero Carbon buildings and sustainable development. So there will also be an opportunity to discuss the content of these, although this is not the main focus of the workshop.

Catering is provided and each participant will receive a sustainable gift for their time.

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