22nd May 2020

South Devon College recognises that it’s more important than ever for the local business community to reach out and stay connected. Rising to the challenge, the Employer Engagement and Apprenticeships team have been developing innovative ways to keep in touch and continue to provide fantastic opportunities for local employers.

Emily Tucker, Head of Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement at the College, has launched the ‘South Devon Business Community’ – a platform to provide Torbay businesses with support, advice and key updates during lockdown. A number of the businesses that work with the College will need to reach out for moral support or a helping hand and this series of webinars will be the perfect place for them to do just that.

Emily has been hosting a series of webinars using GoToWebinar featuring key panel members. Speaking about the interactive element of the webinar series, Emily Tucker said:

“The team at South Devon College is really pleased to be able to offer support to our partners in the local business community via this series of webinars. We will be encouraging employers and businesses to give us their feedback on each session so that we can continue to tailor the content to meet your evolving requirements as things develop over the coming days and weeks.”

The way businesses thrive is by working together. Utilising the unique strengths of yours and others’ businesses is key to success. Even more so in these current circumstances. But what if you’re new to networking with other businesses? How can you make the most of social media to form new connections? What opportunities are available to grow your network? That’s just a few of the many questions that the next webinar in the series will answer for you.

Emily and the South Devon Business Community presents their third webinar titled ‘Business Prospecting and Networking’. There’s an exciting panel of speakers lined up for the webinar.

  • Olly Harrison – Associate, Sandler Training, worldwide leader in sales training – Success in Business Prospecting
  • Benson Campbell – Executive Director, BNI and Master Franchise Partner for ActionCoach in the Baltics – Making the most of LinkedIn and BNI online
  • Stephen Reynolds – Chair, Torbay Business Forum – Key to Networking
  • Neil Hext – Senior Customer Account Coordinator, SDC – Opportunities at SDC

The webinar is taking place on Tuesday 2nd June from 10:00am-11:00am and is open to register your attendance now.

The South Devon Business Community’s webinars so far have been well attended by a range of businesses from across the region and has helped a lot of business find some clarity in how they can perform at their best during these challenging times. If you missed it, you can watch the webinar on Apprenticeships and what you should do if you employ an apprentice here. The most recent webinar focused on working digitally, highlighting a range of new ways of working that could your business operate at its best. If you missed that one, you can watch the recording of it here.

If you are interested in signing up for the South Devon Business Community webinars or have any questions about them, email Emily’s team at employers@southdevon.ac.uk.

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