Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire SMEs encouraged to take advantage of free staff training

Small to medium sized enterprise businesses in Lincolnshire are being urged to take advantage of free training on offer to them.

Businesses have until Spring 2018 to apply for the training after a £6 million fund was made available for the Skills Support for the Workplace project.

The scheme was launched last year and is funded by the European Social Fund, which aims to give staff training across a range of skills and sectors such as upskill staff, raise productivity and boost business growth.

Some employers have reported that they have had difficulty recruiting people due to a lack of academic qualifications.

Ebrahim Dockrat, external funding director of Calderdale College, the prime contractor responsible for delivering for the project, said: “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 business.

“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.”

For more information, visit the Skills Support for the Workplace website.