Monday, July 1, 2013

News: Local businesses benefit from expert knowledge at college conference


A large number of employers from across the region, in a variety of sectors, attended Dearne Valley College's conference event recently, which featured two industry guest speakers on the itinerary, as well as updates from the Wath-based College's Business Development team about the services available to them.

Martin Harrison, CEO and principal of the college, began the event by introducing the college. The vocational specialists have doubled the number of apprentices that they have supported into local businesses and are looking to double that amount again. The college is also working on a £10m government contract to tackle unemployment and are expanding its support for enterprise and work experience amongst its students.

Svend Elkjaer, social media expert and managing director of the Sports Marketing Network delivered an entertaining presentation on the importance of a viable and vibrant business and how to utilise social media to make it visible.

Dearne Valley College's own business development manager, Nikki Collier also gave a talk on the services available for businesses, such as Apprenticeships and work-based training, whilst also providing a funding update.

Chief executive of People United Against Crime, David Ransom, used shock statistics regarding business crime, with an emphasis on cybercrime and fraud, whilst informing the attendees on how to best use the free resources available at the Business Crime Reduction Unit. This European-funded project, in collaboration with South Yorkshire Police, aims to help businesses avoid and prevent crimes from happening within and around their companies.

Nikki Collier, business development manager, at Dearne Valley College (pictured above, centre, with attendees from local business, Direct Hoses), said: "Dearne Valley College welcomed a number of local businesses to it's business conference event, which aimed to tackle issues relevant to today’s businesses, whilst also strengthening the partnerships that we have already established and forming new ties with others. We hope that the success of the conference will lay the foundations for further business-facing events. It was a great day for everyone involved; we received some very positive feedback."

Organisers are already planning another conference to follow up this successful event.

Dearne Valley College website

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