‘Skills Made Easy’ is a Sheffield City Region-wide programme, funded with £72m from the City Deal, which puts control over training directly into the hands of employers.
Between March and September 2013, it created more than 400 apprenticeships and negotiated training for 280 employees.
The City Deal handed local businesses and partners more say over how money is spent on skills and transport.
A key element of the scheme is job creation and skills, with a target of 4,000 new apprenticeships and training for 2,000 adults to help the local economy grow.
The Government agreed a three-year investment plan with the Sheffield City Region’s Skills and Employment Partnership. This enables a joint investment scheme with £44.4m of local public and private sector investment plus £28m from Government.