600 businesses in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding benefit from free skills training

Over 600 businesses in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding benefited from free skills training this year through a programme to support businesses in the region, to raise productivity and boost business growth by upskilling staff.

The latest figures show that over 2,000 employees in the region, working in organisations across a range of sectors, have benefited from the training scheme to date.

The programme offers fully funded training designed to address skills needs in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding specifically in agriculture and agritech, voluntary, community and social enterprise, construction, bio renewables, health and social care, food manufacture, visitor economy and engineering.

The scheme delivers courses through a network of colleges and local training providers, offering bespoke training planning and a range of courses to suit different business needs.

Funding was made available to businesses through Skills Support for the Workforce, which is being delivered by Calderdale College, at the start of the year.

“We offer a range of flexible, bespoke training plans designed to help your business grow,” explained Ebrahim Dockrat, Director of Calderdale College, the prime contractor for the project. “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 available until July 2018 and so it’s a case of get it whilst you still can.”

Not only can training help increase productivity and the services that businesses can offer, it also motivates and engages the workforce and, as a result, improves employee retention.

Research has found that employees that undertake non-compulsory, work-related training do their jobs better and are more satisfied with their work. However, a lack of time and potential costs act as a barrier to accessing training, challenges which Skills Support for the Workforce is designed to tackle.

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

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