Bridging The Gap Conference

The BCFA is working with The Furniture Makers’ Company to organize a one day conference taking place at the Furniture Makers’ Hall, in London, on Thursday 18th May 2017. The conference will inform the UK furnishings industry on the implications of the forthcoming Apprenticeship Levy and wider educational issues affecting the sector. The Apprenticeship Levy comes into effect on 6th April 2017, and is part of the government’s commitment to creating 3 million apprenticeships in England by 2020. The levy requires all employers operating in the UK with an annual pay bill of more than £3 million to spend 0.5% of the total to help fund apprenticeships.

Chaired by Gary Baker, Managing Director of CD UK, the Bridging the Gap conference will feature expert speakers from the industry to demystify the levy and educate businesses as to how they can access the levy’s funding to develop and train their workforce by working with recognized training centers and colleges. Other sessions at the conference will focus on promoting the industry to young people, including what businesses can do to attract the best university graduates into employment within the furnishing sector.

The event will also update industry on the development of the Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard- an initiative spearheaded by the Employer Trailblazer Group led by Senator International.

Tickets to the Bridging the Gap conference will cost £45+ VAT and are available to purchase from Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bridging-the-gap-conference-tickets-31964777510  More information about the sessions and speakers at the conference will be available at www.furnituremakers.org.uk/bridging-the-gap/

The BCFA is also working with other stakeholders to set up a new Furniture and Furnishings Education and Skills Forum. The aim of the Forum will be to identify, highlight and seek solutions for key education and skills issues within our sector, and to work with the British Furniture Confederation to resolve these issues with Government. The new forum will be launched during the second half of 2017.

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