Fully funded qualifications improve staff knowledge and competencies at Simco External Framing Solutions
  • Training Provider AS Training
  • Region Black Country
  • The Challenge

    Walsall-based Simco External Framing Solutions has established itself as a leading supplier to the construction industry, particularly in fast-track building methods.

    The company has developed a strong reputation for high standards of excellence in the sector and has an ambitious strategy focused around innovation and expansion into new markets, requiring them to scale-up rapidly in a sustainable manner.

    Jolie Taylor, SHEQ Coordinator for Simco External Framing Solutions Ltd, commented: “We strive to meet the demands of the industry to constantly achieve great things. We have a strong workforce, however finding workers with the right skills is often a challenge and presents a huge barrier for us.

    “One of our key objectives in our business plan was to multi-skill employees. This was to help increase the productivity and flexibility of the workforce, as well as reduce our reliance on sub-contract labour.”

    The Solution

    The Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) project offers fully-funded training courses to employees of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). As well as helping businesses bridge their skills gaps, training also boosts productivity and fuels growth. Co-financed through the European Union’s European Social Fund and the Education and Skills Funding Agency, the project is open to SMEs seeking non-compulsory, work-based training to support their business growth plan.

    Fully Funded Training

    Through Skills Support for the Workforce, Simco’s employees undertook a programme of training to upskill its workforce, reducing their reliance on sub-contracted labour and raising the knowledge base and professional competencies of staff.

    “The training has helped us to achieve these aims and our site operatives now hold nationally-recognised qualifications which have helped us to progress the development of low carbon homes, helping to fill the housing gap in the Black Country,” Jolie added.

    After seeing the positive effects of the training, the firm plans to offer further employees access to training through SSW.

    Ebrahim Dockrat, External Funding Director of Calderdale College, the main contractor for Skills Support for the Workforce, highlighted the benefits of the project: “We offer a range of flexible, bespoke training plans designed to help your business grow. By training your staff, you can improve your ability to adapt to a rapidly changing business environment, nurture a leadership team for the future and make you an employer of choice for emerging talent.

    “As this training is funded with European money, this is the last project of its kind. This funding is only currently available until July 2018, so it’s a case of get it whilst you still can.”

    For more information on the Skills Support for the Workforce project and to see if your business is eligible for fully-funded training, please click here

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