Training boost for region’s SMEs

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A £12 million training drive that aims to help small and medium sized firms boost the skills of their workers and increase productivity is being rolled out across the Sheffield City Region.

The initiative, financed by the European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency will be delivered by Learning Unlimited, a part of the Chesterfield College Group.

It will provide training for employees aged 19 and above working in industries identified as priorities by the Local Enterprise Partnership, including retail, health and construction.

The training will be tailor-made to suit the needs of individual employers, but at no cost to them.

LEP board member Nigel Brewster said: “Supporting businesses to train their workforce is a major priority within the Sheffield City Region.

“Training of the workforce has a major impact on the prosperity of the wider economy in addition to local businesses that are more likely to succeed and grow.

“We are pleased to support the work of Chesterfield College and partners in leading this programme for businesses.”

Chesterfield College principal Trevor Clay added: “The main thrust of this offer is to provide employers with something extra to the skills and training they normally access, therefore giving them a competitive edge.

“For example a business would benefit from increasing customer service skills across their workforce.

“The training is at no cost to the employer, flexible and we make sure it’s delivered in a bespoke fashion to suit each employer and the demands of their business.”

For more information, contact Learning Unlimited, tel: 0845 850 1055 or visit