Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a programme developed to upskill employees within small and medium-sized businesses in Dorset.
We provide recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance your employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy. SSW is co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund.
Skills Support for the Workforce is all about progress. We can help you progress your career, education and business.
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Leadership and Management (a variety of courses from First Line Team Leading to Senior Management)
Health & Social Care (short courses with specific subjects to full Level 2 Care qualifications
Digital IT (Microsoft Office courses for beginners to intermediate levels, WordPress, Digital Promotion for Business and other similar topics)
Catering & Hospitality (courses within Hospitality Services to Catering courses)
Wellbeing (a variety of courses from Mental Wellbeing & Resilience, Fitness Instructing to Active Leisure & Wellbeing)
HR, Business and Marketing (Managing Performance, Policies and Compliance for Small Businesses alongside other courses)
*subject to availability
Further courses are also available. Please contact us to find out more.
SSW is co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund. This means you can access a wide range of training at no cost* to your business. *subject to eligibility
Serco delivers the SSW programme in partnership with Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The LEP have identified the following key sectors for skills support in the area:
Other sectors are also eligible to access funded training. Please see below for eligibility criteria.
The following eligibility criteria apply for anyone accessing support through Skills Support for the Workforce in Dorset:
Founded by Cheryl Hadland, who also founded Tops Day Nurseries, Cheryl has been working in the adult training sector since 1980 and in the childcare sector since 1990.
Cheryl is totally dedicated to enabling and supporting people who work in the ‘caring’ sector. Having developed a great team of experienced, knowledgeable and qualified assessors and tutors to train and lead the qualifications and training on offer to you.
Kelly Russell is now the director for Aspire Training Team and together the team are proud of their achievements; The ‘Investors in People’ recognition as well as the Beacon Award for Training Excellence, Outstanding OFSTED grade, Matrix Standard and top grades from external inspectors from City & Guilds, Cache and Pearson’s. Working closely with each employer as well as individual apprentices to ensure everyone achieves the goals each ‘aspire’ to.
Aspire continue to progress with their own training and development. Many of the staff started years ago as apprentices or unqualified nursery staff themselves, and have experienced first-hand the challenges of working, raising a family and training in order to achieve their goals.
Whether you are seeking an apprenticeship or other staff qualification, the Beacon award-winning Aspire Training Team gain results that are higher than the national average and are in OFSTED’s top 10 in the country.
Approved by City & Guilds, Cache and Pearson’s to offer a range of courses to staff working within the care or business sector. Fully understanding that every person and every company work differently, which is why Aspire tailor courses to meet learner specific requirements.
We deliver training within Early Years up to L5, Health & Social Care up to L5, Leadership and Management up to L3, Business and Administration up to L3 we also deliver short courses within all the sectors just mentioned.
Locomotivation is an established independent training provider with 18 years’ experience of delivering a variety of training programmes including skills and apprenticeships. Locomotivation have held and successfully managed a direct contract with the government agencies since 1999. We currently deliver Apprenticeship training to between 800 and 1000 apprentices per year. Locomotivation hold a skills training contract funded through European Social Fund and work in partnership with other providers to deliver the local priorities identified by the LEP.
We deliver all our training direct to the employer in the workplace through 1-2-1 meetings and group workshops. Areas of delivery include Sport and Leisure, Gym, Aviation, Hospitality, Health and Social Care, Retail and Sales, Business Administration, Contact Centre, Customer Service and Leadership and Management programmes through ILM.
Locomotivation holds the Matrix standard for Information Advice and Guidance (IAG). Locomotivation has been rated as good by Ofsted for the past 9 years. Locomotivation works with a number of Awarding Organisations and are a low risk Centre, holding direct claim status for all qualifications offered.
Locomotivation are part the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Dorset and Somerset Training Provider Network as well as attending meetings with the local LEP and Employment Skills Board.