Lets Talk – SME Advice & Guidance on taking on Apprentices

Date: Tuesday, 23rd April 2024

Time: 09:00 - 12:30

Location: Ramside Hall Hotel

Cost: Free


A sure sign of growth for SMEs is having what can be a nervous conversation around taking on your first employee.


Deciding what type of employee will work best for you and your business can be daunting for many and with this workshop we look to provide tangible advice and support on considering an Apprentice.


Advice and guidance on the following will be included:

When is the right time?

Who do you talk too?

Where do I go for advice & guidance?

What apprenticeship level do I consider?

What apprentice subject will support my business growth the most?

How do I access funding support?

Am I eligible?


This event is for ALL Industry Sectors across the County Durham region including land based industries, pharmaceutical & life science, Equine, Engineering, Hospitality, Leisure, Construction and more

So if your business is looking for key information on taking on an apprentice and you have questions you need answers too, come along and talk to the team from East Durham College.

This event will also provide you with networking opportunities with other County Durham Businesses too.



9.00-9.30am Beverages & networking

9.30-11.00am East Durham College Presentation – Why Recruit and Apprentice.

11.00-11.30am Q&A session

11.30-12.00pm Networking

12.00pm Event Close


Durham Business Growth and Productivity Programme is a comprehensive initiative designed to elevate productivity and foster growth within businesses located in County Durham. Being part of the programme allows you access to workshops, 1-1 advisor support and grant funding to support revenue and capital investment in your business.

For businesses in County Durham, the benefits of engaging with the Durham Business Growth programme are manifold. Through its dedicated initiatives, the fund offers access to financial resources, expert guidance, and networking opportunities that can fuel growth and expansion. Whether you're a budding entrepreneur or an established company, this UK SPF programme equips you with the tools necessary to succeed in an ever-evolving market.

If you have not already registered for the programme, please use the link below.

East Durham College

Emma Norbury – Emma has been a Businesses Development Consultant at EDC for 9 years and has been in the apprenticeship and training space for 11years. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of specific sectors such as Engineering, Manufacturing , Science and Education. She has supported countless smaller business to navigate the apprenticeship landscape with huge success.


Hayley Clifton – Hayley’s first day at EDC was 17 years ago – she has EDC in her veins. In Hayley’s role as Business Development Consultant she vast knowledge within the Land Based sector, notably delivered at our Houghall College campus where she looks after apprenticeships and commercial training but also her talents run into the Construction sector too.


Sara Jolly – Sara heads up the Business Development Team at EDC – She has a passion for connecting businesses with relevant training and upskilling opportunities. She has over 20 of commercial led experience alongside 10 years in education. She believes opening the conversation with businesses is key to finding the right training opportunities.

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