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Current news

Modern Slavery Free Workshop

A free one day Modern Slavery workshop will take place on Friday 10 January 2019. Its aim is to raise awareness of modern day slavery among employees at local businesses - particularly factories, banks and recruitment agencies – as well as offering advice on how to spot possible victims and report any concerns.

The workshop has been organised by Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s Victim and Witness Hub. Speakers at the event include police officers, representatives from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), the Stronger Together initiative, registered charity Stop the Traffik and company auditor Verisio Ltd.

Brexit business advice

Brexit4Business are offering Cambridgeshire businesses free advice and workshops on preparing for Brexit. Upcoming events include:

  • Import and Export Workshop, Huntingdon, 15/01/2020
  • EU Settlement Workshop, Wisbech, 21/01/2020
  • EU Settlement Workshop, Cambourne, 11/02/2020
  • Import and Export Workshop, Cambourne, 11/02/2020

If you'd like to speak to an adviser you can complete an online form.

Skills training for employees

Fully funded bespoke training for employers and their employees is available to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) across Greater Cambridge & Greater Peterborough.

The Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) programme run by Serco focuses on upskilling employees in the following key priority sectors:

  • Agriculture & Food
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Life Sciences
  • Logistics
  • IT & Digital
  • Health & Social Care
  • Construction

The training is flexible and businesses can select full qualifications or mix and match individual units that are directly relevant to their work. Training could cover subjects such as IT and digital skills, leadership and management or more vocationally relevant courses.

Previous SSW programme participants have benefited from increased employee confidence, motivation and productivity and improved employee loyalty and retention.

Support for business to employ apprentices

The new Greater Cambridge Apprenticeship Service (GCAPPS) supports companies who are looking to employ apprentices. The service will support any type of apprenticeship but especially in the much sought after STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths.

If you are interested in taking on an apprentice, Cambridge Regional College will support you by helping you to establish how your skills gaps could be filled with apprentices, to find the right training provider, and to understand charges, grants and other considerations.

Procurement workshops

South Cambridgeshire District Council is offering workshops that will provide a chance for local businesses to:

  • Talk to our Procurement Officer
  • Hear from him what makes a good tender
  • Understand how social value can add value
  • Work through our forms to help you to successfully quote for work in future

 If you would like to attend our next workshop on 22 January 2020 let us know at

Upcoming events

The following events are taking place in our area during the next couple of months and may be of interest to you. South Cambridgeshire District Council does not recommend or otherwise endorse them. They are shown in date order.

Optimisey Search Engine Optimisation Meet-up

Whether you’re a Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) expert looking to meet up with like-minded people to learn from, bounce ideas around with or just geek-out on SEO; or a business owner, entrepreneur or marketer who wants the elusive answer to that oft repeated question: “How do we rank higher in Google?” or even “Why aren’t we number one on Google?” you can attend a free Optimisey Meet-up. The next event will be focused on video content and SEO for video. The speakers will be Mark Pirrie from Breadcrumb Media, talking about 'How to Make Great Video Content' and Aleyda Solis talking about 'How to Rank Great Video Content'.

18:00 - 20:00, 16 January 2019

The Bradfield Centre, 184 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Milton, Cambridge CB4 0GA

Menopause and the Workplace

Menopause is a natural phase in every woman’s life, however there is still a stigma attached to it.

With menopausal women now the fastest growing demographic in the workplace, it’s more important than ever for employers to have a good understanding of the menopause and how they can support colleagues through the transition.

This event looks at the symptoms and misconceptions surrounding the menopause, as well as the legal position and support available for both employees and employers.

9:15 – 13:00, 30 January 2019

Holiday Inn - Cambridge, Lake View, Bridge Road CB24 9PH

If you are interested to find out about other training, workshops and events, there are plenty of other opportunities in the Greater Cambridge area. These can be found on the following websites and in our Open For Business newsletter.

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