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Lithuania Bound

Monthly Archives: March 2016

Lithuania Bound

Business Development Midlands Ltd (BDM) continued with their international training crusade ,ably supported by UK Trade and Industry, by visiting Lithuania. Keith Fielding, one of BDM's most experienced tutors attended a number of meetings to both network and explore training opportunities. With BDM having recently joined the prestigious British Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania, Keith attended their Annual General Meeting to network and make important contacts.
Further education institutions were also on the itinerary and a very positive meeting took place with the International School of Law and Business followed by a meeting with the Vilnius College of Political Sciences.
Keith certainly got the most out of his visit because he was even able to take in the Vilnius Trade Show at the Airport on his way home..no rest for the wicked!
The upshot of the visit is that BDM are hoping to launch a pilot Leadership and Management module scheme in the Autumn.

Keith Fielding (BDM Tutor) attending the AGM of the British Chamber in Lithuania

Update on SSW

Everybody knows about the proposals for the apprenticeship levy although, despite the plethora of well meaning seminars and events, outlining the changes, the devil is in the detail and it seems that things are being thought through a bit 'on the hoof ', at present.
However, when BDM were delivering training in Worcestershire to upskill the local workforce, short, accredited courses always proved popular with businesses going through busy periods whilst recognising the need to bring out the full potential in their staff.
Yet it appears that there's a question mark behind the government (and their agencies) commitment to Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) initiatives. Let's hope that the powers that be realise the need for this sort of flexible funding. Calls for SSW tenders are starting to appear in different parts of the country but so far ( if you'll excuse the mixing of metaphors) there's been a blinding silence for the West Midlands area.