An exciting opportunity for employers to access fully funded training is playing a huge part in upskilling businesses across England, thanks to the £33 million Workplace Learning programme.
The programme has now been running for over 2 years and has been proven to have a positive impact on boosting skills across the country. So far over 25,000 individuals from the North of England, Yorkshire and the Humber and the Midlands have been able to access training through the fund and over 5,500 businesses have benefited from the project.
Calderdale College managing the project on behalf of its subcontractors, has been instrumental in supporting people to improve their skills, increase their employment prospects and undertake further education, all through the funded training provided. Through the programme they support employed individuals aged 19+ with low skills, focussing on those who are most vulnerable to future unemployment and who have barriers to achieving sustained employment. Providers both within further education and private businesses are now taking advantage of the opportunity to deliver fully funded training and feedback from subcontracting providers has been hugely positive. A satisfaction survey found that 89% of providers rated the way we encourage collaborative partnerships and sharing of good practice as good or outstanding, and 81% see our promotion of equality of provision as good or outstanding.
Employed individuals are raising their level of attainment, improving their employment status and progressing to higher levels of training. They are also provided with continued personal and developmental support on a more long-term basis, ensuring participants within the Yorkshire and Humber are equipped with the best possible tools for success in future employment and education.
Workplace Learning is Funded by the European Social Fund and co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency. Calderdale College are the accountable body for the Workplace Learning programme on behalf of West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges.
The training provided through this innovative project is also available right throughout the North of England and the Midlands, making the Consortium the largest provider of European Social Funded training, managing over 50% of provision within the UK and raising the profile of West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges across the country.
Joanne Patrickson, Director of External Funding at Calderdale College said “the Workplace Learning programme has been shown to be a real asset to the national skills base and the economy by equipping employed individuals with the skills needed to succeed in work. This is an important time for businesses with many poised for growth and it is therefore essential businesses invest in upskilling their workforces to meet the challenge. The project is an exciting and innovative way to raise the levels of achievement of individuals in the workplace enabling them to improve their employment prospects and undertake further training and skills development.”