£1.5m project to boost workforce skills in the Marches

January 25, 2017

Thousands of employees are to be given the chance to develop their knowledge, skills and career prospects as part of a new project supported by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Businesses will be able to access free training for their staff from training providers which are part of the Marches Skills Provider Network.
The £1.5m Employees Support in Skills project, funded by the European Social Fund, will be led by Riverside Training and delivered in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.
Marches LEP Skills Board Chair, Professor Ian Oakes, said that as well as giving employees a chance to further their training, the project will support those who are under notice of redundancy to develop the skills they need to secure further employment.
“The LEP’s activity is focused on tackling skills shortages and overcoming the barriers to getting and keeping a job.
“We have skills gaps in emerging sectors and an ageing workforce. This project is an investment in tackling those issues. Small businesses, in a variety of sectors, such as construction, food & drink, health & social care and business and professional services will be able to benefit from the project and access this training for their staff.”
Training available includes apprenticeships at all levels; support to improve English, maths and IT skills; support for learners with disabilities and development of leadership and management skills.
Roddy Christie, Managing Director of Riverside Training, added: “Riverside Training is proud to be leading this project on behalf of the Marches LEP. For the Marches region to remain economically competitive the upskilling of the workforce is vital and SMEs are the key to success in this respect.
“We’ve engaged with the very best trainers across a wide range of disciplines in order to deliver the training that these businesses need to succeed and flourish. We’re very much looking forward to watching employees and employers benefit from this.”
The Employees Support in Skills project contract was awarded by the Skills Funding Agency to be delivered in the Marches LEP region.
More information is available from Riverside Training

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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

The Marches Growth Hub will continue to support businesses and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Each of the three Local Authorities will also continue to provide direct business support locally. Details of this support will be available through the Marches Growth Hub website and from the Local Authorities directly. Website: www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk | email: enquiries@marchesgrowthhub.co.uk.

The Marches Careers Hub will continue to be delivered and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford & Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Website: www.marchescareershub.co.uk | email: info@marchescareershub.co.uk

For any queries about Getting Building Fund (GBF), Local Growth Fund (LGF) and Marches Investment Fund (MIF) projects supported by the Marches LEP please contact: gary.spence@shropshire.gov.uk

For any finance queries please contact: michelle.hodgkiss@shropshire.gov.uk

The solvent liquidation of the Marches LEP is being managed by the Evelyn Partners Limited. For any matter related to this please contact: Camilla.Mulholland@evelyn.com

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