New project to help local businesses upskill their workforce for free

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New project to help local businesses upskill their workforce for free

18 April 2017


Bracknell & Wokingham College in conjunction with a group of training providers, led by East Berkshire College, has secured a £900,000 contract from the European Social Fund (ESF) to help small to medium sized businesses across Berkshire to upskill their employees for free.


Businesses with less than 250 employees* and operating in Berkshire will be able to access the fully funded training for employees aged over 16 (and resident in the UK/EU). Training will be delivered on a flexible, modular basis, tailored to the needs of the individual business and its employees. 


The Skills for the Workforce programme is being delivered in partnership with Newbury College, Reading College, TESS Group and West Berkshire Training Consortium. 


Sarah Bradshaw, Business Development Manager explains:


“The training programmes are fully funded and therefore cost free to the employer. We can offer flexibility by delivering training at a time and place to suit the company. Whether your organisation is looking to develop their senior manager’s skills or offer employees with no formal qualifications the opportunity to attend a formal training course, we can deliver a programme to suit you. All training partners in this project are highly skilled and experienced in a range of sectors to ensure businesses receive high-quality training.”


The Skills for the Workforce project, which runs until June 2018, is designed to boost the skills of the local workforce and help local businesses to be more productive and competitive. Employers can access training for their employees in a range of areas including management and team leading, innovation and business development, IT and specific industry-related skills to meet the requirements of their business. Other key sectors include IT, administration, science, health and care, nursing, engineering and hospitality.


Employees can gain accredited units, certificates or diplomas as well as non-accredited training to enhance their knowledge and skills. They will then have the opportunity to go on to complete a full, industry-recognised qualification, such as an apprenticeship.


The Skills for the Workforce programme is part of the Employees Support in Skills project, which is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency.


For information on the project and how your business can access free training, contact Sarah Bradshaw on 01344 766432 or email to arrange a free consultation.


*Businesses who have less than 250 full-time equivalent employees.

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