‘Liftoff’ Event

10th September 2020

This Friday’s Gloucestershire Jobs, Skills and Apprenticeship 'LiftOff' event will take place at Gloucester Rugby Kingsholm and online.  This is a difficult time for jobseekers and this event will showcase some of the great local opportunities available with businesses from across Gloucestershire attending, as well as useful sessions on how to improve your CV, interview skills, and much more. 

Employment Minister Mims Davies will launch the event, encouraging the county’s employers to take on new ‘kickstarters’ - unlimited numbers of six month work placements that the government will fund 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

For jobseekers this is an amazing chance to talk to leading employers in sectors like cyber, steam technology, energy transmission and supermarkets, insurance, soft drink manufacturing, care homes, nuclear energy as well as the NHS, all the Armed Forces, Glos Constabulary, the County Council and all our County Universities and Colleges - starting with the 100 plus jobs offered by Gloucester Rugby itself.

Panels include:

- How big is the cyber opportunity in Gloucestershire? (chaired by Alex Chalk MP) with representatives from BAE and Raytheon.

- The Future of Aerospace in Gloucestershire (chaired by Richard Graham MP), with Airbus, Safran, GE Aviation & Darchem

- Upskilling opportunities in Gloucestershire (chaired by Siobhan Baillie MP) with SGS College, GlosCol, University of Gloucestershire and Cirencester College.

- Why an apprenticeship can be the best start in life (chaired by Business West’s Ian Mean)

- What makes a great CV? (chaired by former Gloucester Citizen Editor Jenny Eastwood) with the National Careers Service, Gloucester Rugby and Poetons.

- How to win a job from an interview (chaired by Punchline publisher Mark Owen)

- How to start a business (hosted by the Growth Hub) and How to digitalise your business (chaired by Rod Horrocks, GFirstLEP)

For more information, including the programme, sponsors, and for any slots available still to join, please visit www.glosliftoff.co.uk

The Livestream can be viewed on Friday at www.glosliftoff.co.uk/livestream

The event is co-hosted by Richard Graham MP and Gloucester Rugby.

Gloucestershire Jobs, Skills and Apprenticeship 'LiftOff' event



An opportunity for residents of Bledington, South Cerney, Cerney Wick, Siddington, Cirencester, Fairford, Lechlade and Moreton-in-Marsh to hear and ask questions of the continued flood resilience work taking place and to speak with officials from the County and District Councils, Parish Council, Thames Water and the Environment Agency about ongoing issues.  


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Please email Bettertonj@parliament.uk if you wish to participate in the call and also include any questions or concerns you would like to have discussed.  I will then forward the Zoom invitation.

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Planning White Papers

I have submitted my responses to the two planning consultations: “Changes to the current planning system’ and “Planning for the future’.

These planning changes are one of the most significant events to affect the Cotswolds since WWII. I think that both papers contain positive proposals, in our case commitments to protect the AONB. The proposal to abolition Section 106 and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) should speed up the planning process and it is important that the money is retained locally so that the infrastructure can be built at the same time as the development. 

Too often we see a development being built long before the supporting infrastructure, which I know can cause significant issues for existing residents. The proposals to simplify and speed up local plan-making and retaining neighbourhood plans where possible are welcome, in that design codes can be specified so it should be possible to protect our unique Cotswolds vernacular.   

I spoke in the planning backbench business debate on the 8 October and called for a change to the algorithm the Government uses in its planning White Paper which fails to take account of local variations and concentrates all new house building in the south-east and central south of England. 

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