UK-ASEAN Joint declaration

Joint Ministerial Declaration on Future Economic Cooperation between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK).

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Policy Exchange speech: Liz Truss sets out Britain’s new trade policy

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss delivers her speech at Policy Exchange, setting out Britain’s new trade policy of moving from ‘defence to offence’.

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Plan for Jobs in action: hundreds of thousands of jobs supported in record £650 billion infrastructure investment

A record £650 billion infrastructure investment will support 425,000 jobs a year, according to a new Infrastructure Pipeline launched today (Monday) alongside the Government’s latest Plan for Jobs Progress Update.

  • 425,000 jobs a year to be supported over the next four years in the most ambitious programme of infrastructure investment on record.
  • This comes as the Government publishes its new jobs update which sets out the support provided to millions of people since the pandemic began and how the Plan for Jobs will continue supporting people into work and develop the skills they need to thrive as we emerge from the pandemic.
  • Prime Minister and Chancellor to meet with new apprentices in the Midlands

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Road haulier: HGV driver shortage survey

The Department for Transport (DfT) is carrying out this survey to better understand the current situation with HGV driver shortage, which has impacted quite a few sectors including aluminium. This will provide direct evidence to DfT about the issues sectors are encountering and would help develop mitigations.

Closing date is Friday 27th August.

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Flexi-jobs apprenticeship fund

Last week, the government launched the £7m Flexi-jobs apprenticeship fund along with the response to their consultation which closed at the end of May. This is an important part of their wider changes to apprenticeships, making them more flexible in response to the changing world of work.

Flexi-job apprenticeships will help employers overcome structural barriers to making greater use of apprenticeships. They will support businesses in all sectors to make a sustainable investment in the skills they need to grow, and build a diverse talent pipeline for the future.

In sectors where flexible or project-based working are the norm, new flexi-job apprenticeship agencies will bridge the gap to help employers realise the benefits of apprenticeships for their business.

We are inviting sector bodies, groups of employers and other interested organisations to register as Flexi-job apprenticeship agencies, giving them access to the £7m fund to support new agencies with their start-up costs. Prospective agencies need to be able to demonstrate that they understand the skills needs of their sector or region, can work towards financial sustainability in the coming years.

More information on the flexi-job apprenticeship offer and how to make apprenticeships work in your sector: