The Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) programme, delivered by Serco, has taken the bronze award at the 2019 Walsall Works Partner Awards which recognised Serco as a socially minded employer.
The awards, held on the 5th September, were part of the Walsall Works Expo – the borough’s largest jobs fair. Presented by Walsall Council, the award recognised the Skills Support for the Workforce programme for its commitment to help Walsall residents increase their skills, access opportunities and contribute to community.
The SSW programme, which Serco’s Employment, Skills & Enterprise business manages across 15 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) regions, provides business participants with funded skills training, tailored to their specific needs in order to upskill and progress their workforce. The programme also offers support and training for individuals at risk of redundancy or those who have been made redundant within the last three months.
Since Serco began delivering the Skills Support for the Workforce, the programme has supported over 30,000 Learners and more than 7,000 businesses across England.
Laura Johnson, the Serco Partnership Coordinator for the Black Country collected the award on behalf of the Skills Support for the Workforce team. Laura said:
“We are delighted to have been presented the bronze award which recognises the work we have done through SSW within the borough. SSW continues to support employers to access bespoke training and we encourage more businesses to benefit from funded skills training.”
To deliver the programme, which is co-financed by the European Social Fund and the Education and Skills Funding Agency, Serco has partnered with expert training organisations to offer local businesses recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses, aiming to enhance employees’ skills and increase the competitiveness of the businesses. Serco’s regional, skills delivery partners; PTP, XYRIUS & Pathway, Protocol were present at the Walsall Works Expo 2019.
Serco also delivers this programme in Coventry & Warwickshire, Derby & Derbyshire, Dorset, Greater Birmingham & Solihull, Greater Cambridge & Greater Peterborough, Heart of the South West, Hertfordshire, Leicester & Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire, South East Midlands, Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire, Swindon & Wiltshire, West of England and Worcestershire.