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Business Booster thrusts skills support into the spotlight


Skills support for businesses is the topic of the latest in the Business Boosters series organised by Aberdeen City Council.

Roddy Innes, employer engagement advisor for Skills Development Scotland (SDS) in the North-east, will lead the seminar.

Roddy will give an overview of the services available to employers from SDS and explain how they can now benefit from more direct support and advice to help recruit and develop the skills they require in today's competitive environment.

The topics discussed will include:
•Our SkillsForce - a web service developed by SDS and partners to support Scotland's employers;
•Modern Apprenticeships - a work-based training opportunity for new or existing staff designed around the needs of your business;
•Flexible Training Opportunities - Scottish businesses with 100 employees or less can apply for up to 5,000 towards employee training costs;
•Employer Recruitment Incentives - employers can receive a 1,500 grant payment for taking on a Modern Apprentice;
•Certificate of Work Readiness - designed in response to employers' requests for work-ready young people. Certificate signed off by employer to show that a young person has reached an employer-defined standard
•Skills for Growth - a fully funded programme in partnership with Investors in People Scotland targeted at businesses with ambitions for growth and which have five to 250 employees.

The Skills Development Scotland- Skills Support for Businesses seminar will take place in Marischal College on Wednesday, 10 September. It runs from 12 until 2pm and is fully-funded. Light refreshments will be provided.

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The Business Booster seminars cover a diverse range of topics and are designed to help companies realise their full potential.