Extension to Employees Support in Skills project
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.”
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