Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Coventry and Warwickshire are urged to take advantage of a £4,500,000 skills training fund to upskill their workforce.
The training is delivered as part of a programme called Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW), which Serco’s Employment, Skills & Enterprise business is managing across Coventry and Warwickshire. Under the 28-month programme which launched in April, Serco will work in partnership with the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) to provide skills development that focuses on upskilling employees in key priority sectors as identified in the CWLEP’s strategic economic plan;
- Advanced manufacturing and engineering
- IT services and digital creative
- Culture and tourism
- Health and social care
Through SSW, eligible businesses can benefit from funded training, tailored to their specific needs. Training is flexible and businesses can select full qualifications or mix and match individual units that are directly relevant to their work. Previous SSW programme participants have benefited from increased employee confidence, motivation and productivity and improved employee loyalty and retention.
Business participants will each benefit from a bespoke Training Needs Analysis that identifies requirements for upskilling or skills gaps in their workforce. Training for participant businesses could cover subjects such as IT and digital skills, leadership and management or more vocationally relevant courses.
The SSW programme in Coventry and Warwickshire also offers support and training for individuals at risk of redundancy or those who have been made redundant within the last three months.
To deliver the programme, which is co-financed by the European Social Fund and the Education and Skills Funding Agency, Serco has partnered with expert training organisations to offer local businesses recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses, aiming to enhance employees’ skills and increase the competitiveness of the businesses.
Rob Matts, Head of Skills Support for the Workforce at Serco, said: “I am delighted that Serco has been selected by the Education and Skills Funding Agency to manage the SSW programme in Coventry and Warwickshire in partnership with the CWLEP. We have already supported more than 20,000 learners through our SSW delivery across England with more than 7,000 businesses benefitting from this important service.
“I would urge businesses or, individuals that may be facing redundancy, to get in touch with our team and take advantage of the funded training on offer. We look forward to enabling many more businesses to take advantage of SSW training to upskill their staff and grow their businesses.”
Gemma Gathercole, Productivity and Skills Executive Officer at the CWLEP, said: “Growing our talent is one of the key priorities for the CWLEP to improve skills levels across all sectors to help businesses to grow which, in turn, boosts the economy.
“This training fund is an ideal opportunity for SME businesses to improve the skills of their workforce to provide them with the expertise they need in the short and long-term future.
“The other benefit of this programme is that it can help people who have recently been made redundant or are under threat of redundancy to learn new skills which will be to their benefit to find a new job.”
Serco also delivers this programme in Black Country, Derby & Derbyshire, Dorset, Greater Birmingham & Solihull, Greater Cambridge & Greater Peterborough, Heart of the South West, Hertfordshire, Leicester & Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire, South East Midlands, Stoke on Trent & Staffordshire, Swindon & Wiltshire, West of England and Worcestershire.