Oct 10 2017 17:30

Vale4Business is pleased to host its inaugural bi-annual business forum – a time to network and focus on skills, a key theme of our new 2017 to 2020 Action Plan. Employees are vital for a business’ future growth but hiring a new employee can be an expensive exercise: from advertising the vacancy and your time to review applications and interview through to the cost to purchase equipment, National Insurance and pension costs and training.

Businesses have told us of the difficulties attracting, retaining and training skilled employees, particularly young people. For some, these difficulties could intensify post-Brexit. Whether you are looking to hire your first employee or have difficulties attracting suitable candidates and then retaining them, this forum provides an opportunity to discover ways to help find, train, and retain employees who are right for your business. The forum will present three practical approaches to addressing skill and workforce issues, and the cost to your business. You will hear from leading experts about practical and meaningful ways to engage with students and how to deal with staffing matters from recruitment through to termination.

As well as networking with local businesses and the Vale4Business Ambassadors, Cllr Matthew Barber, Lead of the Vale of White Horse District Council will officially launch the V4B Awards. Agenda 5:30pm Registration and networking 6:00pm Welcome – Cllr Matthew Barber, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council Short overview of the Business and Innovation Strategy Action Plan 2017 to 2020 Introduction of the Vale4Business Ambassadors Launch of the Vale4Business Awards 6:30pm Michelle Smith, Chief Executive, Education Business Partnership Business and education: achieving together 6:50pm Ali Adams, Partnership Manager, UTC Oxfordshire UTC Oxfordshire: working with businesses to create successful routes to employment 7:10 pm Kate Benefer, Senior Associate, Royds Withy King Top tips on the legal issues relating to recruitment and retention 7:30pm Q & A session with the panel Chaired by Cllr Matthew Barber, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council. 8:00pm Networking opportunity 8:30pm Close

For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/v4b-business-forum-attracting-and-retaining-staff-tickets-37001251740

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