Skills, Workforce Development & Apprenticeships at February’s 1stuesday Event

Skills, Workforce Development & Apprenticeships at February’s 1stuesday Event

It was a time to recognise and applaud apprenticeship success stories across the Borough at Halton’s Number One Breakfast meeting our ‘1stuesday’ Breakfast Networking meeting held on the 4 February.   

As Halton businesses have identified some significant skills gaps, an aging workforce and it was Apprenticeship Week, Halton Chamber decided to go ‘on the move’ and hold February’s ‘1stuesday’ meeting at Riverside College, Cronton Campus. 

With over 60 local business leaders attending, we heard from several local award-winning apprentices, met current students searching for their next role and heard from local organisations that are currently using the Apprenticeship Programme to secure new talent, support succession planning and develop the skills required to meet future demand. 

A Vibrant Business Network

Joe Keegan from the Growth Platform sponsored the event talked and presented the support available to businesses around Apprenticeships. 

Guests also had the opportunity to take a tour of the college’s impressive vocational resources and admire their newly opened, extremely impressive Playhouse. 

If you would like to learn more about Apprenticeships might help support workforce development at your business please call 0333 358 3480 or email

Support for Apprenticeships

Val Allen, Chair of Halton Chamber and Governor of Riverside College, hosted the event: ‘It was great to be joined this morning by so many, enthusiastic students; most of whom experienced business networking for the first time.’  Val explained, ‘This is a great network, always well attended, open and ready to do business.  I’ve seen a lot of connections being made here today and a number of businesses are now looking at Apprenticeship having gained a better understanding of how they can be used to address skills gaps and an ageing workforce.’

This vibrant network is open to all businesses, Chamber members and non-members, with more details available on Halton Chamber’s web site

Meet Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region’s Metro Mayor

Next month’s 1stuesday event is at The Heath on 3rd March and welcomes Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region’s Metro Mayor. Join us to discover more about the regional development plans and see how these will help support and address the issues faced by Halton based businesses and residents.  Booking is now available online: or ring 0333 358 3480 to reserve your place over the phone. 

We look forward to welcoming you on the 3rd March.




13th February 2020

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