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£6 million available to provide free training to SMEs

Posted by Social Change on 2017-04-10 00:00


Small and medium-sized businesses across Greater Lincolnshire can now access fully funded training to help fill their skills gaps, raise productivity and boost business growth.

Greater Lincolnshire’s economy contributes over £16 billion to the national economy; it has the busiest ports in the UK, a manufacturing sector worth £1.8 billion and a low carbon sector worth £1.2 billion. The region also has 41,000 SMEs.

However, businesses face challenges finding the right skills within the local labour market, with business leaders stating that their businesses would grow if they could access the right skills and training, with skills programmes tailored to their needs. The Skills Support for the Workforce project is ideal for these businesses.

Skills Support for the Workforce is a free service providing SMEs with professional support to create a workforce development and training plan, plus giving access to a wide range of fully funded (free) training courses and qualifications.

In addition to filling immediate skills gaps, the service seeks to support businesses to proactively address their long term skills needs in alignment with their growth plans and the changing business environment.

Through the SSW programme businesses can:

  • Develop their staff at no cost
  • Develop a flexible, bespoke training plan designed to boost business growth
  • Access a range of fully funded training courses and qualifications.

This service is funded by the European Social Fund, and co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency.

To be eligible for support businesses must:

  • Be based in Greater Lincolnshire
  • Have 249 employees or fewer
  • Be seeking skills training to support a business growth plan

Find out more about Skills Support for the Workforce here.