Will The Apprenticeship Reform and Levy Bring You Beta Business? Our Initial Thoughts…

Apprentices have the potential to develop skills specific to the employers needs and bring with them fresh ideas, and we at Beta Futures have always advocated the advantages of hiring an apprentice and the myriad of benefits they bring with them! We believe the Levy can provide an opportunity to bring together both the theoretical and practical application of skills that businesses require, whilst creating career pathways for talented individuals.

With the Apprenticeship Levy coming into effect as of April 2017, we hope more employers will be able to see ours (and the governments) vision that an apprentice is a valuable asset to an organisation (rather than a liability which can often be the perception amongst some employers). The programme doesn’t trade quality for quantity but instead helps an organisation to develop their workforce in a simple and bureaucracy free manner!

All employers across all sectors will have access to The Levy, allowing improvement in training quality. Because hiring an apprentice is a positive step for businesses, the government has acknowledged that businesses should have control in finding and hiring a candidate, what kind of training they would like and choosing a training provider. Businesses can then pay for the apprentice training through the government funds available. Employers will get out more than they put in by having their levy payments topped up if they chose to invest more in apprenticeships and training.

A lot to take in? Not sure where to begin planning? We’re here to help! Beta Futures Consultancy can help employers create apprenticeship programmes. We tailor our services to exactly what employers want! That being internal training and development programmes specifically mapped against the national apprenticeship standards. Furthermore, we will ensure your business is taking the correct steps to be eligible for government funding.

For those employers in scope for payment of The Levy we can help maximise your return on the investment. For smaller organisations (on less than £3million payroll per year), we will consult with you on developing the skills your organisation needs -because after all, great performance doesn’t depend on size, right? It’s not just about finding you the right apprentice, but we believe in developing your business, training existing staff and breaking down barriers to growth. Recruit, retain, retrain is our mantra for Beta business!

It’s never too soon to start planning ahead. Call us and let’s start discussions today on how we can improve your workforce!

Putting Your Best Foot Forward – Walking for Health!

The 50+ Skills Exchange Club has teamed up with Crawley Wellbeing to bring you the ‘Every Step Counts’ Walking for health project!

For 12 weeks starting from the 31st of August 2016, members are welcome to the short walks across Crawley. Not only are they a great way to improve your health, but also fantastic way to meet new people; all whilst enjoying nature and the sites of stunning Crawley!

Physical activity still remains crucial to your health even when your body does not remain as energetic. The weekly walks are an easy way to incorporate a bit of simple fitness into your routine. Not only is walking a proven method to reduce the likelihood of illnesses such as cancer and diabetes, but just as importantly, studies show walking and/or light exercise has a positive impact on one’s mood, reducing feelings of depression and anxiety and for older people in particular it can reduce the risk of developing dementia.

The best part is that the walks are completely free for Club members! Becoming a Club member is also a cost-free and simple process, with just a straightforward registration form that needs completing. The Crawley Club runs every Wednesday morning from 10.30-12.30 at the Civic Hall and registration for the Club can be done there before the 9.30am walks! Members will be back in time for the Club sessions, where they can enjoy a hot drink, socialise with other Club members and participate in the variety of actives that take place and listen to the host of speakers that come along!

With so much to gain and nothing to lose but a few extra pounds, we look forward to walking with you!

If you require more information or would like to register for the Club please do not hesitate to contact us on – 01293 817227.

 

Thinking of Starting a Business? Some Top Tips…

We’ve all had an idea at some point we’ve contemplated turning into a business. It can be a daunting thought to take the first step –  especially if it requires forsaking a secure and paid job.  However, with the right guidance and plenty of ambition it can turn into a great success.

Here are some top tips for starting up a business…

  1. Set goals

It may seem obvious, but first and foremost know your goals. You may have an idea, but a vision of where to take that idea is crucial. Can your idea be turned into a business? And what will the end goal be of that business? Jot down your thoughts as they come so you can start structuring your ideas into a coherent manner and turn them into a definitive concept.

  1. Research

Do your research!  Research as much as you possibly can.  Market research will give you information of how viable your idea is and tell you whether there is demand for your product or service.

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  1. Know your target audience

Analyse your market research.  Determine who your audience is and target your marketing to attract that audience, which may relate to age, interest, demographic etc. and will help give your business better direction.

  1. Take your time

Remember that nothing happens overnight. Some of the initial start-up process and research may seem tedious, however the benefits in the long-run will make the business a success. A thorough plan, and well timed start up structure will ensure great results!

What’s next?

If you’re ready to take the plunge, the next stage would be to make a business plan and arrange finances. That’s where we come in! Beta Futures specialises in writing business plans, matching your business objectives to funding criteria and bid writing.

An outstanding business plan will also make the process of allocating funding much easier as it will state start-up costs and highlight long term costs and revenue, this will give possible funders a clear indication of what they will be investing into. Furthermore, as your business grows we can help you with training and resourcing.

Beta Futures will take you through the step by step process from business planning to funding. Contact us and let’s accelerate your growth!

Beta Futures and Designing for the Future Launch Intergenerational Project

Beta Futures has recently teamed up with The Future Perfect Company to work on an exciting intergenerational project. Beta Futures aims to keep the lives of the 50+ in our society vibrant and worthwhile, making use of their skills and expertise they have gained over a lifetime. However, with the ageing population at its highest in record, there seems to be an ever-present generational gap.

The Future Perfect Company, a company which champions innovative thinking around the ageing demographic, has been engaging with design students at the College of Richard Collyer and the University of Brighton for the past 6 years with their Designing for the Future competition, working with A level students to create valuable products for the older population and deconstructing social barriers and stereotypes that exist between generations.

Beta Futures run the 50+ Skills Exchange Club and saw this as a perfect opportunity to engage some of its members directly these students at the beginning of their design careers; bringing together both young minds and those with years of experience under their belt to start a much needed conversation between the baby-boomers and the millennials. Members from the 50+ Skills Exchange Club visited the College of Richard Collyer to help launch Designing for the Future 2016/17. The members worked with the students, participating in discussions about the pros and challenges of ageing and the stereotypes surrounding older people.IMG_9298

Philippa Aldrich, Founder of The Future Perfect Company and Designing for the Future said: “We are absolutely delighted to be joined this year by members of the 50+ Skills Exchange Club who as expert older users can inform the students’ Designing for the Future projects with real life experiences and expertise”.

Margaret Williamson, 50+ Skills Exchange Club member, said: “I found it very interesting to hear the views of the younger generation. It was an enjoyable session and it was great to see that the students were very engaged in our discussions”.

Beta Futures hopes that this newly formed alliance with The Future Perfect Company will provide a platform upon which ages from either end of the spectrum can find common ground to discuss the challenges which face us all. In doing so Beta Futures fulfils one of its fundamental principles of social equality. Furthermore, the club members can use their valuable experiences to provide the younger generation with ideas and information that can be used to enrich their projects and some new and perhaps otherwise unlikely friendships can be established.

Apprenticeship Vacancies!

2 fantastic opportunities to start your career with a growing SME based in Nutfield:

Business & Administration Apprentice
Desired Skills –

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate
  • Effectively be able to manage own workload and prioritise
  • Ability to switch between projects when required
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines

Personal Qualities –

  • Enthusiastic, ambitious, self-motivated and inquisitive
  • Ability to follow detailed instructions and work accurately
  • Conscientious and diligent
  • Effective team member
  • Ability to work on own initiative.

 

Apprentice Fabricator
Desired Skills –

  • Good dexterity
  • Attention to detail and tidy worker
  • Ability to follow instructions/manuals/procedures
  • Ability to see projects through to completion

Personal Qualities

  • Enthusiastic accurate team player
  • Show initiative and be interested in how things work
  • Self-motivated with a methodical and disciplined approach to work Good communication skills

Contact Beta Futures on 01293 817227/ marketing@betafutures.com or Sigtahttp://www.sigta.co.uk/ if you are interested!

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#MENU4SUCCESS

Beta Futures is delighted to launch #menu4success : bitesize business briefings for start-ups, micro and small businesses… 

 

 

The initial taster sessions will include a session on each of the following topics and run from 9.15 – 12.30 am:

  • Business Planning & Finance Development for SMEs – Derek Parlour from DJA Solutions
  • Start Up Guide to Employment Law – Ruby Dinsmore from Workplace Ready Training
  • 8 Steps for Creating an Effective Marketing Plan – Emma Pearce from Pearce Marketing
  • How to do ”Sales’‘ – Mike Monk from Monk MarketingBeta Futures Logo

DATES & VENUES

  • BRIGHTON – Wednesday 22 June 2016 – Malmaison, Brighton Marina, Brighton BN2 5WA
  • HAILSHAM – Wednesday 29 June 2016 – Now Charity Hailsham, Unit13-15 Station Road Industrial estate, Station Road, Hailsham BN27 2EW
  • CRAWLEY – Thursday 7 July 2016 – Premier Inn, Manor Royal, CrawleyBusiness Quarter, Fleming Way, Crawley RH10 9DF
  • DITCHLING – Wednesday 20 July 2016 – Mid Sussex Gold Club, Spatham Lane, Ditchling BN6 8XJ

Reserve your place!

Tickets are £65 +VAT. Places are limited, so book now via info@betafutures.com or call 01293 817 227.

Come along for some great insights and business tips to takeaway. 

Main course Master Classes coming soon for more in depth knowledge (September 2016).

 

The 50+ Skills Exchange Club to launch in Horsham

Beta Futures, working in partnership with Horsham District Council and DWP, is pleased to announce that they will be launching The 50+ Skills Exchange Club in Horsham on Thursday 28 April at 10.30am at the Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham, RH12 1JF.

The 50+ Skills Exchange Club aims to bring people together on a weekly basis to socialise and learn new skills. It also supports individuals who are wishing to get back into work or pursue volunteering opportunities in the local community.

The 50+ Skills Exchange Clubs in Redhill and Crawley have benefitted from a variety of sessions including first aid, photography skills, computer skills and social media training. They have also welcomed a range of speakers from local charities such as Chestnut Tree House and Rocking Horse, pension advice groups and wellbeing groups. Social events including theatre trips and Christmas lunches have also been enjoyed by club members.

Cabinet Member for the Local Economy Cllr Gordon Lindsay commented:

“The introduction of this skills club for the over 50s will contribute to improving local residents’ employment prospects and general business growth for the district. It will also do much to encourage local community spirit and I would urge as many eligible people as possible to come along and benefit from the many opportunities on offer.”

Gaby Aldrich, The 50+ Skills Exchange Club Manager, said:  “Beta Futures is really excited to work with the council and  have this opportunity to engage with the 50 plus age group in Horsham, offering opportunities to share and develop personal skills, receive further training and not least, to have some fun!”

The whole community is warmly invited to the Horsham launch. Come along for some light refreshments and learn about The 50+ Skills Exchange Club from club members themselves. RSVPs to gaby@betafutures.com or visit their website: http://www.betafutures.com/newsite/club.html.

 

PR & Marketing Assistant 10-Week Internship

 

*Applicants must be second year University of Sussex students on the First Generation Scholar programme*

ABOUT BETA FUTURES

Beta Futures is a social enterprise that aims to help small businesses break down the barriers to growth by removing bureaucracies and creating jobs. We provide business services to the SME market, these include: bid writing, training, business planning and strategy, web hosting and consultancy.

The 50+ Skills Exchange Club is the vehicle by which the company delivers its social mission. Beta Futures’ social mission is to harness the experience, knowledge and skills of older people ensuring that they continue to actively engage within their local communities; thus reducing the risk of social isolation.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Maintaining and growing social media platforms
  • Copy writing blogs and press releases
  • Designing marketing and promotional materials
  • Providing administrative support
  • Organising and managing events
  • Representing the company at business meetings and networking events
  • Market research

IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL HAVE:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to work on multiple projects at one time
  • Good attention to detail
  • Strong IT skills
  • Creative and organised
  • Office experience
  • An interest in Corporate Social Responsibility and the Third Sector

Subject to the success of the internship, there may be further opportunity for ongoing employment at Beta Futures. This may suit a student hoping to do a Placement Year.

Please contact Molly at molly@betafutures.com  with your CV and Cover Letter.

Deadline for Application: Friday 8th April 2016

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT VACANCY

An exciting opportunity has arisen with one of our clients based in Redhill, Surrey.  Due to the success of the business and substantial growth they are looking for a number of people to join their team.  Currently they are keen to recruit 2x Production Assistants –  office based positions with structured training and development within the Apprenticeship standards.

If you are looking for a career and not just a job, then contact us in the first instance for more information.

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