Companies across South Yorkshire are being urged to apply for a share in a £240 million fund, designed to help them create tailored training programmes that address their specific skills needs.
The Employer Ownership Pilot – EOP - covers projects ranging from pre-employment training designed to help young people into work, to extending apprenticeships and training to supply chains.
Projects that won backing in the first funding round include The Glass Academy, spearheaded by the Sheffield-based industry confederation British Glass.
The Academy will provide industry-related training starting with school pupils and including higher vocational and academic education and training for people involved in research and development.
Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: “For British businesses to succeed and compete in the global race, they need a highly-skilled workforce that can meet the challenges of the future.
“The Glass Academy is a fantastic example of businesses working together with government to help their industry to thrive, while also giving thousands of young people the opportunity to forge their careers in an evolving and growing sector.”
British Glass chief executive Dave Dalton said: “We are delighted that EOP round two will enable more initiatives such as The Glass Academy to flourish, as well as providing round one bidders with the opportunity to build on their successful bids.
“We look forward to applying along with our like-minded partners so we might build the Glass Academy into a real force for learning now and in the future.”
Applications for the second round of funding will close on March 28.