Greater Manchester is the biggest city economy outside London. With a working age population of 1.7 million, two thirds of whom are educated to NVQ Level 2 or above, the city region is well placed for future growth.

However, the challenge remains to ensure skills are relevant to the employer. Training is essential to make sure employees have the relevant skills for their future and for the future growth of business in the region.

Research has found that employees who undertake non-compulsory work-related training do their jobs better and are more satisfied with their work, but a lack of time and possible costs can act as barriers to accessing training. The Skills Support for the Workforce project is designed to address these challenges.

The Skills Support for the Workforce project offers fully funded training to help SMEs fill skill gaps, raise productivity and boost business growth.

It is co-financed by the European Union’s European Social Fund and the Skills Funding Agency and delivered by Calderdale College, the country’s largest provider of European Social Fund funded training, through local providers.

It’s available for SMEs seeking non-compulsory work-based training to support their business growth plan in the following sectors : advanced manufacturing and materials; business, finance and professional services; digital and creative; construction; logistics; health and social care and health innovation; retail; hospitality and tourism; and low carbon and environmental goods and services.

“We offer a range of flexible, bespoke training plans designed to help your business grow,” says Ebrahim Dockrat, director of Calderdale College.

“By training your staff you can improve your ability to adapt to a rapidly changing business environment, nurture a leadership team for the future and make you an employer of choice for emerging talent.

“As this training is funded with European money this is the last project of its kind. This funding is only available until July 2018 and so it’s a case of get it whilst you still can.”

For more information and to see if your business is eligible for fully funded training click here.

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