Over 6,000 UK businesses benefit from free skills training

Over 6,000 businesses across the country have benefited from free skills training this year through the Skills Support for the Workforce programme.

Since the start of the year, the Skills Support for the Workforce scheme has provided fully funded training to over 9,000 employees across the Black Country, Greater Lincolnshire, Leicester and Leicestershire, Tees Valley, York, North Yorkshire and East Riding, Cheshire and Warrington and Greater Manchester.

The training, which is co-financed by the European Social Fund and the Education and Skills Funding Agency, is specifically designed to help SMEs upskill their workforce to fill each region’s skills gaps.

Ebrahim Dockrat, Director of External Funding Calderdale College, the prime contractor delivering the project, said: “It is hugely encouraging to see what has been achieved this year and that over 9,000 people have had the opportunity to develop their skills.

“To hear how businesses of all types have benefited, from food manufacturers to retailers, highlights not only the UK’s diverse business landscape but also how much appetite there is from companies to invest in the skills of their staff to promote growth. We hope this appetite will continue in 2018 as we reach the final phase of the project.”

Skills Support for the Workforce has been delivered by Calderdale College – one of the country’s largest providers of European Social Fund funded training - through local providers, the training is for businesses based in the Local Enterprise Partnership area, employing fewer than 250 people with an annual turnover of less than £50 million.

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