Employers urged to benefit from city region Skills Bank

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A series of professional courses has been launched by The Sheffield College, as part of a regional scheme to support business growth.

The College has been chosen as an approved training provider with Sheffield City Region Skills Bank. Now it has announced its range of courses for the scheme, and employers are being urged to sign up.

Businesses are eligible for up to 70 per cent off the cost of training their staff to either gain new skills or refresh existing ones. Bespoke courses can also be designed and delivered by the College’s employer engagement team to meet the specific training needs of individual businesses.

Andrew Hartley, business development director at The Sheffield College, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as an approved provider for the Skills Bank which will support investment in skills and expertise, and business growth. We also have the capacity to work with businesses to identify their skills development needs and deliver bespoke training.”

Courses available include accountancy and finance, business administration, customer service, health and safety, human resources, law, leadership and management, marketing, social media, project management and public relations.

Nigel Brewster, vice chair of the Sheffield City Region’s private sector Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The SCR is leading the way nationally on designing local solutions to skills issues – in October 2016 we became the first LEP area to secure a commitment to full devolution of the Adult Education Budget. SCR has nationally significant vocational education assets, including the AMRC Training Centre. Altogether we are working very hard to support skills for business in this region.”