Employers across Lincolnshire and Northern Lincolnshire are being encouraged to take advantage of a free Training Needs Analysis programme now as it is due to finish in March.
The programme recognises that businesses can struggle to access the training they need because it is too far away or because they lack sufficient numbers of trainees for it to be viable. It can also be difficult for employers to understand the training and skills available. Forecasts show that future job vacancies will require practical and technical skills at a higher level than those currently held by the local labour market. There is also an ageing workforce and employers need to ensure skills are not lost as people retire.
The ‘Specialist Skills Advisor’ programme was developed by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership and funding came via the Skills Funding Agency and European Social Fund. A team from Bishop Grosseteste University led by Head of Careers and Employability Allison Webb (Pictured) has been working with businesses (mostly those with under 150 employees) to look in depth at their future skills and training needs with business growth in mind.
The programme has access to specialists for skills advice in fields such as health and care, manufacturing, engineering, low carbon, ports and logistics and the food industry. Advisors are ‘impartial’ and strive to support employers to access the training that they need. Where training does not currently exist, they will work with the employer and training/skills providers to identify solutions, supporting employers to form skills networks where a need is recognised.
Bishop Grosseteste University is also running the ‘Specialist Industry Educator Programme’ which is about increasing the number of employers with teaching skills, helping to make courses and training relevant for business. These employers can then, in turn, support colleges and training organisations to enhance course delivery and the curriculum. Employers who sign up will receive short teaching courses free of charge.
To benefit from either of these programmes contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the Skills Advice Helpline on 01522 563865
For the ‘single gateway’ to funded business support for Greater Lincolnshire just visit www.businesslincolnshire.com