Hull College Group secures £3m to boost skills

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Hull College Group has secured £3 million in funding to boost skills in Humberside.

The funding, secured by the Group’s HCUK Training, was secured from the European Social Fund.

It will be used to deliver the Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) and Skills Support for the Unemployed (SSU) programmes in Humberside from 1 April 2019 until 31 July 2021.

It’s the third time HCUK Training has been awarded the Humber SSW programme to provide fully funded training, qualifications and business support to SMEs in priority growth sectors identified by the Humber LEP.

And it is the first time HCUK Training has been awarded the SSU programme. The programme is managed by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and provides individualised training and learning plans for unemployed Humber residents facing barriers to getting back into work.

Victoria Isaac, Director of Contracts and Employment Services at HCUK Training said: “The first two SSW programmes we delivered made a significant impact in the region, providing training to 12,000 employees and benefiting over 2,000 Humber based businesses.

“We’re delighted to have secured the Humber SSW contract for the third time and in addition the SSU contract. We’ll be working closely with our partners to enhance employee skills, career prospects and boost the local economy, by delivering bespoke training plans for eligible businesses at a time and location that is suitable for them and meets their needs.”

Teresa Chalmers, Executive Director, Employment and Skills at Humber LEP, said: “The Employment and Skills Board is pleased to see the provision for employers continuing following the success of SSW 1 and 2. Training is designed to improve productivity in SMEs which is vital to drive the Humber economy.

“The new Skills Support for the Unemployed programme will assist many residents back into work, assisting with individual’s skills needs to build confidence to gain employment.”