Almost 6,000 employees benefit from skills training in Greater Lincs

UK facing ‘looming skills crisis’ as workforce training drops
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A free skills training programmed aimed at businesses has helped more than 5,900 people in Greater Lincolnshire upskill themselves.

Since the £9 million Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) fund was made available last year, over 1,000 businesses have taken advantage of the opportunity for their staff to gain professional training across a range of skills and sectors.

The fund is designed to specifically give businesses in Greater Lincolnshire the chance to upskill their workforce, to fill the region’s skills gaps and provide employees with valuable expertise and knowledge to enhance business success.

“It is brilliant to see our programme help even more businesses following the extension of the project earlier this year,” said Nigel Brough, Regional Development Manager of the SSW project in Greater Lincolnshire.

“Businesses from all sectors in the area are benefiting from upskilling their staff, including increasing staff motivation and improving productivity levels – all as a result of engaging their employees through challenging but rewarding training.

“Funding is only available until March 2019, so we would strongly encourage other businesses to take advantage while it’s there.”

Working with the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, SSW’s local training providers have courses covering a wide range of employability skills across several industries, as well as specific courses to help support the LEP’s six priority sectors: agri-food, health and care, manufacturing, visitor economy, ports and logistics, and low carbon.

Clare Hughes, Skills Manager at the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, said: “There is still funding available but there’s not a lot of time left, so we would really like to reach out to all employers across the area and encourage them to take advantage of the opportunity.

“Research shows that only a third of employees are highly engaged at work and the fully-funded training can assist with this by increasing motivation and general productivity.

“It is a very exciting time for Greater Lincolnshire and we look forward to continuing to support the growth we’ve already seen.”

Delivered by Calderdale College through local providers, the training is for businesses based in the Local Enterprise Partnership area.