Over 1,500 employees in Greater Lincolnshire have been given free skills training this year.
The training is part of a programme to support businesses in the region, to raise productivity and boost business growth by upskilling staff.
In the last eight months, the Skills Support for the Workforce scheme has provided fully funded training to over 500 businesses in the region, across a range of sectors.
The training, which is funded by the European Social Fund, is specifically designed to help SMEs in Greater Lincolnshire upskill their workforce to fill the region’s skills gaps.
The funding was made available to businesses through the Skills Support for the Workforce at the start of the year, with almost £4 million remaining for businesses to apply for.
Ebrahim Dockrat, Director of Calderdale College, the prime contractor delivering the project, said: “It is hugely encouraging to see what has been achieved in the first phase of this programme and that 1,500 people across the region have had the opportunity to develop their skills.
“To hear how businesses of all types have benefited, from manufacturers to creative agencies, highlights not only the diverse business landscape of the region but also how much appetite there is from companies to invest in the skills of their staff to promote growth.
“The funding is only available until July 2018 and so it’s a case of benefiting whilst businesses still can.”