Myerscough College is offering the opportunity for businesses in Lancashire to improve the skills of their employees, thanks to an innovative new scheme.
Backed by the European Social Fund, the UpSkilling Lancashire project supports Lancashire based SMEs and micro businesses to increase the skills and capability of their employees, through advice, short courses, and information and access to apprenticeships, traineeships and work placements.
The idea of the programme is to assist businesses to identify, design, develop and implement work-force education and training programmes linked to the strategic needs of the business. The project also offers advice and guidance regarding networks for business support services.
What are the benefits?
The UpSkilling Lancashire project can benefit your business by providing support in the following areas:
- Business-needs analysis
- Strategic planning
- Skills reviews
- Mentoring and leadership development
- Networking opportunities
- Information and advice on accessing Levy support for education and training
- Identifying areas for capacity building and development for your workforce
To qualify for the UpSkilling Lancashire project, a business must be based in Lancashire, employ 250 employees or less, and have either an annual turnover that is equal to or less than 50million Euros or a balance sheet total that is equal to or less than 43million Euros.
Siobhan Griffiths, Myerscough’s Project Co-ordinator, said: ‘’With Brexit filling our news feeds, we could all be forgiven in thinking it’s all doom and gloom with regards to European Social Funding. However, the case is very different for us here at Myerscough College, and with UpSkilling Lancashire, we’re looking to provide new SMEs with free advice and consultations on training needs, through occupational analysis within the Lancashire area.
‘’In addition to training the upcoming young stars of the future, with our own traineeships and apprenticeships, we also consider businesses current workforce and upskill them by utilising short courses and training both here at Myerscough and via our key partners.
“Effective skills development and learning programmes are a tried and tested way to increase staff loyalty, retention and engagement, improve productivity and customer service, and reduce employee turnover.
‘’Therefore, over the course of the two years or so, we hope to explore all aspects of this project.’’
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by Dave Salmon