Almost 300 employees in Cheshire and Warrington’s health and social care sector benefit from free training

Almost 300 employees working across Cheshire and Warrington’s health and social care sector have benefited from a programme to support SMEs in the region, to raise productivity and boost business growth by upskilling their staff.

In the last year, the Skills Support for the Workforce project has engaged with over 80 employers in the region to deliver fully funded training for employees.

Up to £4 million in funding has been made available by the European Social Fund to support SMEs in a range of sectors, including health and social care.

Skills Support for the Workforce’s Relationship Manager, Helen Rice, explains: “The health and social care sector in Cheshire and Warrington has huge growth potential so it’s important that we capitalise on this. Over the next 10 years demand for skills is forecast to rise significantly and this includes sector specific skills, such as end of life care, dementia care and autism, along with general skills required across a range of sectors like bespoke management training. It is hugely encouraging to see that we have supported almost 300 employees in health and social care over the first year of this project."

Upskilling staff is advantageous to the whole company, as it will provide employees with the technical and managerial skills to raise productivity and increase growth. Skills Support for the Workforce offers a range of flexible, bespoke training plans designed to help businesses in the health and social care sector.

Delivered by Calderdale College, a wide range of training courses are available to SMEs through the Skills Support for the Workforce project, helping them to meet the cost of non-compulsory, work-based training to support their business growth plan.

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