Skills Support for the Workforce

Skills Support for the Workforce in Heart of the South West

Funded training to help your business progress

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a programme developed to upskill employees within small and medium-sized businesses in the Heart of the South West LEP area; Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. 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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What’s on offer?

  • A training needs analysis for your business, identifying the skills you need to support your business ambitions
  • Flexible training – pick full qualifications or mix and match individual units to suit your business
  • On-the-job vocational training to meet individual and business needs including taught learning, workplace assessment, distance learning and online learning
  • Learning pathways for your employees enabling them to progress within your organisation onto higher level qualifications or apprenticeships
  • Recognised accredited qualifications and training courses to enhance your employees’ skills

Distance and online learning now available in the following areas*:

  • 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)
  • Construction, Marine and Engineering (a variety of technical qualifications)
  • 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. 

How could you benefit?

  • A more efficient business with improved profitability
  • A highly skilled workforce delivering quality outputs for your customers and improving business performance
  • Improved staff satisfaction and motivation, reducing staff turnover
  • A wider appeal to new recruits
  • Competitive advantage in your marketplace and improved chance of winning new business

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

Further information

Serco delivers the SSW programme in partnership with Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The LEP have identified the following priority sectors for skills support in the area: 

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (incorporating Marine, Nuclear and Aerospace)
  • Agri-Tech (including Food and Drink:
  • Health and Social Care
  • High Value Tourism
  • Digital Technologies
  • Environmental Futures; and
  • Construction

Other sectors are also eligible to access funded training. Please see below for eligibility criteria.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply for anyone accessing support through Skills Support for the Workforce:

  • The learner has to be employed by the organisation (or self-employed).
  • The learner has to be eligible to work in the UK – evidence will be required
  • The learner must be aged 16+ (no upper age restriction)
  • The training has to be delivered within the LEP region and by one of the contracted SSW Training Providers

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Find out if you are eligible for SSW and apply for fully funded training.

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Aspire Training Team

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.

Education + Training Skills (ETS)

Education + Training Skills (ETS), established in 1965 and gaining charitable status in 1984, is a leading, highly successful independent work based learning provider. As a long standing South West training provider we have the knowledge and understanding of how local businesses operate.  We:

  • Work with you to identify knowledge and skills gaps, and provide tailored accredited and non-accredited training solutions; 
  • Deliver Apprenticeships, Vocational Training, Functional Skills (English, Mathematics and ICT) and Continuous Professional Development courses across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset;
  • Provide bespoke training across all business sectors in Coaching and Mentoring, Team Leading, Leadership and Management, Accountancy, Education and Training, Business Administration, Customer Service, Digital, Advice and Guidance;
  • Use highly skilled tutors to facilitate the acquisition of new knowledge, skills, and behaviours and provide opportunities within the workshops for learning to be applied in practice;
  • Help to deliver long term tangible benefits to your staff and your business.

 

> To find out more contact us on 01392 445444 or email help@etsgroup.co.uk

Focus Training SW Ltd

Apprenticeships and commercial training in Retail, Hospitality, Care, Sales, Warehousing, Business Administration, Management, Team Leading and Customer Service. Focus also offers, Traineeships and themed courses for the Unemployed in these sectors.

GHQ Training Ltd

GHQ Training has over 25 years of working alongside businesses in Devon and Cornwall delivering training that enables individuals to stimulate their natural talent and aid their personal development. Established in 1992, we are a private training provider, recognised for delivering high quality training across a wide range of business sectors. GHQ recognises the potential in people and works with them to develop their skills within the workplace. We specialise in work based training, short courses and Apprenticeships that cover a range of vocations including Hairdressing, Childcare, Teaching, Business and Management, Beauty Therapy and Nail Services. Many of our courses are accredited through either: City & Guilds, ILM, NCFE or VTCT.

GHQ has been a direct contract holder for apprenticeships and other adult education with an excellent track record for working closely with employers and individuals to develop skills and raise confidence and knowledge. The company is also Matrix approved and has been consistently assessed by Ofsted as a Good Provider.

Our staff are always happy to provide information, advice and support on all our services, whether it be nationally recognised courses and qualifications or bespoke courses tailored to suit your individual or specific business needs.

Richard Huish College

There is a wide range of training opportunities available through Huish that ensures there is an appropriate way that you and your staff can engage in learning.
To decide the most suitable approach to training for you, our advisers will work with you to develop a training plan.
A range of Distance Learning options are provided allowing your employees to complete work at their own pace and in their own workplace or at home. Typically these programmes are around 12 weeks in length and are supported by nine hours of individual tutor support. Learners can gain qualifications, whilst minimising disruption to the workplace.
Bespoke Training may meet specific requirements raised in your training needs analysis carried out by our Business Development Advisers in partnership with you. These courses do not always lead to qualifications but will help to develop skills and knowledge of yourself and your staff.
Training and developing your employees can help your business stay ahead of the competition. This could be through mastering new technology, maximising the use of IT, improving customer service or working towards professional qualifications.

South Devon College

At South Devon College, we provide training for businesses and sole traders throughout the South West, and our tutors deliver high-quality training across a variety of areas. These include a wide range of vocational delivery covered by classroom and/or remote methods in; automotive and marine, fitness instructing, management and leadership, accounting, human resources and much more.

We offer:

  • Flexible start dates to suit your business
  • Bespoke training to match your needs
  • Highly qualified instructors and tutors
  • Quality-assured advice and guidance

South Devon College sits at the heart of its employer and local community and has received external recognition in the form of exceptional employer feedback and through accreditations such as; Investors In People Platinum and TEF Gold.

The Construction Skills People (CSP) Ltd

Construction skills People is the largest provider to the UK’s construction sector, established in 2008, we deliver a wide range of vocational qualifications and commercial training courses specifically for the construction sector. Our in-depth industry knowledge allows us to advise our clients through the complex minefield of Health & Safety legislation and regulation. We are the UK's leading provider of construction-related work-based qualifications and offer a broad range of NVQs that help our clients ensure they are CSCS and CPCS compliant.

We enjoy working with over 75% of the UK’s top 100 construction companies as listed by the industry’s Construction News magazine. We look to foster robust relationships with our clients, built on our concept of putting our clients’ needs first. As you would expect from an industry-leading training provider, we practice what we preach, and our staff's Continual Professional Development is an ongoing process that ensures our staff have the knowledge and expertise to offer industry the correct advice.

Vocational delivery rangeAll qualifications in construction including Civil Engineer, Construction Plant, House Building, Off-Site Manufacturing, Infrastructure, Utilities, Environmental and major projects. All of CSP’s qualifications are delivered on site to reduces disruption and employee downtime.

Accreditations - Matrix accredited, Disability Confident, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 18001

Somerset Skills & Learning (SS&L)

Somerset Skills & Learning (SS&L) makes positive changes to people’s lives, through learning. We work across Somerset, providing adult education, apprenticeships and traineeships. As well as offering skills and qualifications, we also invest heavily in community projects to help disadvantaged groups to improve their lives through learning. 

SS&L is one of the highest rated providers in Somerset, with 87.2% of learners recommending us to friends and family in a recent FE Choices survey.

Our work based learning team specialise in training for business & administration, customer service, team leading & management, childcare and teaching assistants. Whilst our qualifications team can support computer & digital skill

Somerset Skills & Learning (SS&L) makes positive changes to people’s lives, through learning. We work across Somerset, providing adult education, apprenticeships and traineeships. As well as offering skills and qualifications, we also invest heavily in community projects to help disadvantaged groups to improve their lives through learning. 

SS&L is one of the highest rated providers in Somerset, with 87.2% of learners recommending us to friends and family in a recent FE Choices survey.

Our work based learning team specialise in training for business & administration, customer service, team leading & management, childcare and teaching assistants. Whilst our qualifications team can support computer & digital skills, as well as maths, English and ESOL.

We offer flexible and blended learning models with on-line support and delivery across our 5 Somerset based centres in Taunton, Bridgwater, Yeovil, Frome & Wells.

SS&L is accredited by Matrix and is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. 

s, as well as maths, English and ESOL.

We offer flexible and blended learning models with on-line support and delivery across our 5 Somerset based centres in Taunton, Bridgwater, Yeovil, Frome & Wells.

SS&L is accredited by Matrix and is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. 

Ignite Academy & Training

A leading provider in Health & Fitness, IT and Beauty Education and Training, Ignite Academy & Training offer a unique chance to study for accredited qualifications, where learners gain an internationally recognised certificate and the opportunity for personal and professional growth.

Established in 2016, Ignite have experience in delivering funded training through the European Special Fund, Education & Skills Funding Agency and the Department of Work & Pensions.

With a purpose built training centre in Plymouth which includes an IT suite, a Beauty Studio and a Treatment Clinic and as well a satellite site in Taunton, Ignite offer a range of courses that are delivered by qualified and experienced tutors in a classroom environment. We are also able to deliver workplace training on-site if required and suitable.

Ignite are committed to supporting adult learners who are passionate about furthering their knowledge and career prospects; enabling the public and businesses to access high quality education and training in order to achieve their goals.

Ignite Academy & Training are accredited with a number of awarding organisations including:

  • Focus Awards, VTCT, British Computing Society (BCS), The Guild, City & Guilds, Highfield, CompTIA

SSW3 Courses

  • Focus Awards Level 3 Individual Eyelash Extensions, with more in development

Mission Statement 

  •  To provide quality training that is meaningful, inspirational and value-for- money.
  • To promote the love of learning, encourage the pursuit of excellence and to establish the concept of education as a lifelong process both inside and outside the workplace.
  • To enable people to thrive in their careers, communities and personal lives

Petroc College

Petroc is committed to raising the aspirations, knowledge and skills of individuals, communities and businesses in Devon and beyond. Through SSW, we can offer your business:

  • An assessment of your staff training needs;
  • Bespoke training to meet those needs;
  • Recognised accredited qualifications and a supportive learning environment for your staff;
  • The opportunity to increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy.

Petroc has a wide range of industry specific training courses that will ensure you stay ahead of the game. Courses can be delivered in-house or at one of our North or Mid Devon campuses.

Cosmic

Cosmic is an ethical IT business which specialises in website development, IT training courses, business consultancy, tech support, digital marketing and search engine optimisation. Cosmic are experts at delivering digital skills programmes and workshops and aim to let everyone know how technology can change and improve lives. 

Cosmic regularly run a wide range of digital skills sessions and workshops in the South West. All levels are catered for, from switching on a computer for the first time through to advanced social media and search engine optimisation.

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