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Employment News

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with apprentices from the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
    Article: Mar 5, 2014

    This week is National Apprenticeship Week, with a range of events going on around the Borough to promote the benefits to individuals of seeking apprenticeship opportunities, and to employers of providing those opportunities. In January Mayor Dave Hodgson announced the Apprenticeship Challenge: "2016 in 2016". This followed an apprenticeships summit Mayor Dave convened where the Council, training and education providers and employers sat down and agreed to set an ambitious target to reflect the ambition they all have for increasing high quality apprenticeship opportunities for young people and adults. So, while we have already seen huge growth in apprenticeships in Bedford Borough recently, the Apprenticeship Challenge sets the shared challenge of achieving the annual figure of creating 2016 new apprenticeships in 2016.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson outside the Town Hall office block following commencement of demolition works
    Article: Jan 28, 2014

    Yesterday, Monday 27th January, saw two major projects delivering real regeneration to Bedford Town Centre get underway. At Bedford Bus Station, where regeneration is already underway in the form of a new surface car park, public toilets and ongoing multi-storey refurbishment, the old bus station is being pulled down, to be replaced by a brand new facility which will open this year. Meanwhile, the Town Hall office block and annex (and the Riverside House Office Block) are also being demolished to make way for a large new public square by the river, opening up the riverside to the town centre.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Jan 20, 2014

    Following dramatic growth in the number of apprenticeship places provided in Bedford Borough in recent years, an ambitious challenge has been set following an Apprenticeships Summit convened by Mayor Dave Hodgson: 2016 in 2016. Mayor Dave brought together key employers, training and educaction providers at the summit, which achieved a shared commitment that Bedford borough would see at least 2016 apprenticeships created per year by 2016. challenging themselves and each other to deliver a further dramatic rise in annual apprenticeships in Bedford Borough, or '2016 in 2016'. With dramatic growth in apprentice numbers already having been achieved in recent years, the '2016 in 2016' target would represent a further increase of 50% against current figures.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with Ben Daley, Manager of the new Bedford Morrisons Store
    Article: Aug 23, 2013

    Earlier this week I attended the opening of the brand new Morrisons store on Ampthill Road. The store is on the former Camford Works site, which had been derelict for many years, including all the way through the so-called 'boom' years.

    Ampthill Road is obviously a major route into town for vast numbers of people each week, and it is fantasitic that this large, prominent site has been brought into use with a store providing new jobs, investment and of course greater choice for local shoppers. Just as that other high-profile gateway to Bedford, the bus station area, is now undergoing regeneration and improvement including a new bus station building itself, the new Morrisons sends another clear message out that Bedford is open for business and is a vibrant, attractive place to visit.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson and Jobs Hub Staff celebrate the 2013 Municpal Journal Award for 'Delivering Better Outcomes'
    Article: Jul 5, 2013

    With the Bedford Borough Jobs Hub nearing its first birthday, this pioneering partnership project has received a welcome boost with the award of a national accolade for the innovative approach we are pursuing to support local residents into employment, training and enterprise.

    The Jobs Hub won the 'Delivering Better Outcomes' category at the Municipal Journal Awards 2013, beating nationwide competition after impressing the judging panel with its clear strategy, commitment to providing a first-class service and formidable record of delivering real customer outcomes. Since opening in July 2012, the Jobs Hub has seen a footfall of over 7000 customers and worked with a significant number of residents - into work, training and self-employment.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson talks to residents who have received help and support at the new Bedford Borough Jobs Hub
    Article: Sep 7, 2012

    Yesterday I was at the new Jobs Hub on Greyfriars for its official opening. The Jobs Hub is an innovative project, which we believe is the first centre of its kind in the country, to help people into work, training or enterprise. Its town centre location, open-door drop-in approach and unique capacity to link people with the services or support they need is designed to make a real difference for residents during these difficult economic times.