Businesses in Greater Lincolnshire are being urged to take advantage of fully funded training that is being offered to help upskill staff, raise productivity and boost business growth.
A total fund of £6m has been made available for businesses through the ‘Skills Support for the Greater Lincolnshire Workforce’ project, but employers only have until spring next year to apply.
The scheme, which is funded by the European Social Fund, launched last year to give small and medium enterprises (SMEs) the chance for their staff to gain professional training across a range of skills and sectors.
According to the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, employers in the area estimate that six per cent of their workforce have no qualifications and in key industries such as agri-food, manufacturing and engineering this rises to ten per cent.
Ebrahim Dockrat, External Funding Director of Calderdale College, the prime contractor responsible for delivering the project, explains; “Based on the region’s specific skills gaps, we have developed a range of flexible and bespoke training plans, designed to help SMEs in Greater Lincolnshire grow their businesses.
Not only can training help increase productivity and the services that businesses can offer, it also motivates and engages the workforce and as a result, improves employee retention. Research has found that employees that undertake non-compulsory, work-related training do their jobs better and are more satisfied with their work. However, a lack of time and potential costs act as barriers to accessing training. This funding scheme is designed to tackle those challenges.”
For more information, engagement instructions and to see if your business is eligible for fully-funded training please visit http://ssw.fundingunit.org.uk/areas/greater-lincolnshire/.