Extension to Employees Support in Skills project

July 25, 2018

ESF Skills Support for Employees project extended to March 2019

The Skills Support for Employees project providing fully funded workforce training for micro businesses and SMEs has been extended until the end of March 2019. An additional £750k has been awarded to continue the contract with £500k for Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.
The training, part funded by ESF and co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, is delivered by a consortium of colleges and training providers in the Marches Skills Provider Network, with Riverside Training as the lead contractor.
The project has already supported over 566 businesses across a wide range of occupational sectors and skill levels including engineering, construction, hospitality, health and social care, ICT, team leading and management. Over 1,500 employees have enrolled on courses, varying from one-day courses to full qualifications from basic to level 4.

The Marches Skills Provider Network commented:

“Key to success has been to be able to provide training in a flexible way to meet the needs of small businesses. A variety of approaches have been taken including day and evening courses, on-site training and on line learning. As well as gaining qualifications and some progressing on to full apprenticeship training, employees have made a difference in the workplace by taking on new roles which in some cases has led to promotion.

“This project is proving successful in supporting SMEs who are fundamental to the economic well-being of the Marches. Organisations employing fewer than 250 people who are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should contact the local Growth Hub or Riverside Training.”
For information contact hello@riverside-training.co.uk or call 01432 359244

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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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