BCC Employment and Skills Bulletin - April 2018

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April 04, 2018

MAC Interim Report
The Migration Advisory Committee has published an interim report on its inquiry into EEA workers in the UK. It summarises the evidence received, and highlights where there is commonality across issues and regions. The MAC’s full report and recommendations will be published in September.


EU Citizens - Stay Informed Campaign
EU citizens in the UK will see digital adverts pointing them towards official sources of information on GOV.UK about how the UK’s withdrawal from the EU affects EU citizens. The activity is part of an ongoing effort by the Government to build awareness about an agreement in December between the UK Government and European Union to protect EU citizens’ rights, which will enable them to continue to live their lives as now. The agreement also covers family members. EU citizens will need to go through a simple, digital application process which will confirm their status in the UK for as long as they want to stay. The process will begin later this year to get everyone through in good time.

Low Pay Commission Consults on National Living Wage - Closes 1 June With the support of Chambers, BCC will give evidence to the Low Pay Commission on the 2018 increase in the National Minimum Wage, the National Living Wage and the Apprenticeship Rate. Our response will be based on the results of the Workforce Survey together with views and case studies from the network. This year the LPC will also consider a higher NLW rate for people in insecure work. There are some key questions we need to ask to shape our response, and a survey will be issued to chambers within the next couple of weeks. We know that the LPC pays attention to case studies so please send us anything you have received from your members. The LPC consultation can be found here. The closing date is 1 June 2018.

Taylor Review
BCC will be responding to the 4 consultations covered by the Matthew Taylor Review and would welcome views/case studies from you and your members. More information on the Knowledge Hub and from Jane Gratton
  • Employment status
  • Increasing transparency in the labour market
  • Agency workers
  • Enforcement of employment rights
  • Read the related press release.

Apprenticeship Levy
BCC has written to the BEIS minister asking for the restrictions on the Apprenticeship Levy and SME co-funding to be relaxed. BCC, EEF, IOD and FSB have also written a joint private letter to the Apprenticeship Minister.

Quality of Apprenticeships
In February, BCC gave oral and written evidence to the HOC Education Select Committee on the quality of apprenticeships and the need to relax the Levy restrictions.

T-Level Implementation
In its response to the consultation, BCC welcomed the focus on technical education and called for support for SMEs offering work experience.

Careers and Enterprise Company Implementation Plan
Responding to the consultation on the draft plan, BCC called for a closer relationship between CEC Co-ordinators and Chambers to maximise resources and avoid displacing existing good practice and quality services.

Education and Skills Podcasts
BCC is recording a series of podcast interviews with key influencers in the Education and Skills sector. The first was recorded during National Apprenticeship Week with Sir Gerry Berragan, CEO of the Institute for Apprenticeships. This month we will be speaking to Ofqual and Ofsted. More information from Jane Gratton


Sign up to the Social Mobility Pledge Accredited Employers initiative
BCC is a partner in the initiative, led by Justine Greening MP, to encourage businesses to become ‘Social Mobility Pledge’ accredited employers. The Pledge (see website) asks employers to:
  • Partner with a local school to help young people gain knowledge and experience of the workplace (this can be via Young Chamber, CEC Enterprise Advisers, or Speakers for Schools etc)
  • Provide work experience and/or apprenticeships
  • Adopt open recruitment practices to provide a level playing field
We hope Chambers will sign up to the Pledge and encourage your members to do the same. More information on the Knowledge Hub and from Jane Gratton

T Level Panel Recruitment – Open Until 8 May
The Department for Education is recruiting to its employer panels for the following T level routes that will be delivered from 2022:

- Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care;
- Business and Administration;
- Catering and Hospitality;
- Creative and Design; and
- Hair and Beauty.
Experienced practitioners, managers/trainers of practitioners, or members of professional bodies or trade associations with direct experience of occupations in these routes are sought. Applicants should be employed or self-employed, and actively working in their industry or sector. More information here


DFE and the Institute for Apprenticeships Regional Roundtables
DFE and IFA are visiting chambers in the regions to hear SME views on apprenticeships, standards and technical education (T Levels). Contact Jane Gratton if you would like to host a roundtable or add these speakers to an existing event.

BCC Employment and Skills Policy Group
The next meeting is at 11.00 am, on Thursday 31 May, at Petty France.

Bridging the Gap Business and Education - Young Chamber Practitioners Group – 5 July at 11.00 am
This group shares best practice around business engagement with schools and the network’s interface with the Careers and Enterprise Company

For more information visit www.britishchambers.org.uk

Jane Gratton
0207 654 5806


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