Skills Support for the Workforce

Skills Support for the Workforce in Solent

Fully funded training courses to help your business grow

The Skills Support for the Workforce programme (SSW) helps support small & medium businesses in Solent to upskill their employees with training courses & qualifications to help their business grow and boost the local economy.

We can work with you to develop a bespoke training programme relevant to your business needs, and as the SSW programme is co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), a wide range of training can be accessed at no cost* to your business.  *subject to eligibility

We have a network of expert training providers who can deliver 100s of fully funded and accredited training courses covering a range of subjects such as: IT & Digital Skills, Leadership and Management, Engineering, Manufacturing, Construction, Health and Social care, Customer Service, Business Administration, and many more.

Get in touch

If you would like to talk to us about the training on offer and how it might be able to support your business and employees you can contact our Partnership Coordinator for Solent, Lisa Hutchings.

Lisa will have a conversation with you about your business training needs and how the programme can help your business to grow

What’s on offer?

  • A training needs analysis for your business, identifying the skills your team need to support your business goals
  • On-the-job vocational training to meet individual and business needs including taught learning, workplace assessment, distance learning and online learning
  • Recognised accredited qualifications and training courses to support employees to upskill or even learn new skills
  • Progression pathways for your employees enabling them to take on more responsibilities and move up in your organisation, or progress onto higher level qualifications and apprenticeships

How could you benefit?

  • A more efficient business with improved profitability
  • A highly skilled and engaged workforce with up-to-date skills
  • Improved staff morale and motivation, therefore reducing staff turnover
  • Become an ‘Employer of Choice’ which will improve your business’ image and attract new talent
  • Competitive advantage in your marketplace and improved chances of winning new business

More information 

Serco delivers the SSW programme in partnership with Solent Local Enterprise Partnership. The LEP have identified the following key sectors for skills support in the area: 

  • Marine and Maritime
  • Engineering Advanced Manufacturing
  • Technology
  • Aerospace and Defence
  • Construction
  • Life Sciences  
  • Health
  • Digital & Information Economy
  • Digital & Creative Industries
  • Clean Green Tech

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 in Solent.

  • 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 Solent LEP region and by one of the contracted SSW Training Providers
  • The business can also be based in one of the following areas partially in the Solect LEP region: 
    • Hampshire County Council
    • East Hants District Council
    • Winchester City Council
    • Test Valley Borough Council
    • New Forest District Council

Skills Support for Redundancy 

We also offer support to business owners facing the prospect of making hard decisions about redundancy, and to individuals who have recently been made redundant through the Skills Support for Redundancy programme.

Contact the team for more information.

Make an enquiry

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

Make an enquiry

Our Training Providers

HIT Training Ltd

HIT Training is the leading specialist training and apprenticeship provider in the UK’s hospitality and catering industry
At HIT Training we know the positive impact of work-based apprenticeships for employers, employees and the wider economy. This investment in your people and their skills makes your business more efficient and profitable, and ensures your people improve their life chances.
HIT Training delivers Apprenticeships from Level 2 to Level 5 in Hospitality, Management and Adult Care through over 400 skilled training staff operating from 35 offices countrywide giving us a keen local knowledge. We train through remote onsite and classroom based depending on the qualification.
Some of our accreditations include:

  • People 1st Gold Accredited Training Provider
  • Grade Good by OFSTED 2017
  • 93% Employer Satisfaction

At HIT Training we know the positive impact of work-based apprenticeships for employers, employees and the wider economy. This investment in your people and their skills makes your business more efficient and profitable, and ensures your people improve their life chances.
Helping people become the best they can be makes good business sense.

Training Event Safety Solutions Ltd (TESS)

The Tess Group are a learning and development provider established in 2009; delivering qualifications including Apprenticeships, Diplomas, Traineeships, Adult Learner Loans and ESF – SSW funded training. Since the moment we started we have been working on changing the way everyone finds their future & delivering inspirational learning that has a measurable impact on people’s lives.

We are rated Ofsted Grade 2 February 2017, Matrix Accredited and an Investors In People Gold Employer. We have won several awards in recent years including Business Of The Year 2015, Enterprising Organisation 2016, Apprenticeship Provider 2016 (Apprenticeship Awards). We were a finalist at the Investors In People Gold Employer awards.
Our vocational delivery range include Customer Service, Team Leading, Management, Sales, Business Administration & Recruitment. We provide learning that is needed to support learners or businesses to their steps.

We are able to bespoke programmes specific to the needs of business, delivering a blend of workshop training sessions, one on one coaching sessions or remote training.

Locomotivation Ltd

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.

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

Logistica Training

Logistica Training Limited was set up to specialise in delivering Health and Social qualifications to SMEs. The directors, managers, and all staff have considerable expertise in this field and saw an opportunity to deliver high quality training in a niche market where, at the time, there were considerable gaps in the market place.​

Logistica deliver high quality training in a manner that adds value to the employer, enthuses and motivates the learner and our staff feel valued and respected. ​

We believe that with our continued repeat business from employers, high achievement rates, excellent employer and learner feedback and low staff turnover, we have gone a long way towards achieving our goals. 

SB Skills

SB Skills Solutions Ltd are a second generation, family run construction, logistics and health & safety training provider that has been delivering high quality training since the 1990’s.We delivery training to in-excess of 10,000 learners per annum across the range of core delivery divisions, including Apprenticeships, Commercial and Funding Projects.

We deliver a mixture of onsite training and NVQs and hold accreditations for CPCS, NPORS, CABWI, C&G, HABC Award, GQA, PROQUAL, ITSSAR, MATRIX.

Our qualifications range from Level 1 through to Level 7 NVQS and include (not limited to ), Roofing, Construction Operations, Plant Operations, Lift Supervisor, Site Supervisor, Warehousing & Storage, Performing Manufacturing Operations, Lean Principles, Business Administration, Team Leading, Lifting Operations, Forklift Truck.We work alongside a number of the UK top 100 construction companies, offering a complete one stop shop for training from full cost commercial work, funded projects and apprenticeship provision.Our funding provision currently extends as North as Tees Valley and now through the Serco SSW provision all the way down to the Solent.

All our training is delivered with the learner at the heart of what we do under the mantra, “We help learners achieve to their full potential” whilst with SB Skills Solutions.

Trade Assessments Ltd

Trade Assessments Ltd (TAL) was established with the express aim of delivering high class training, education, and assessment across an extensive range of construction and associated provision, both in the workplace and off the job at their well-equipped and accredited civil engineering training centre.

Since its beginning, in 2003, TAL has established itself as a Leading Hampshire based Training Provider. They have extensive experience of working independently and in partnership with Government Agencies and Colleges to deliver an outstanding training, education and assessment service to an extensive range of Major Contractors, Home Builders, Independent businesses and Sole traders.

Their philosophy of supporting the employer and putting the learner at the heart of all we do has helped us gain awards and a reputation of the region’s ‘go to’ provider.

Their provision includes:          

  • Construction and Civil Engineering NVQs from level 2 to 7
  • NPORS
  • CPCS
  • New Roads and Street Works Act) Training & Testing (NRSWA)

Register Your Interest

How We Use Your Personal Information – This privacy notice is issued by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Department of Education (DfE). It is to inform learners how their personal information will be used by the DfE, the ESFA (an executive agency of the DfE) and any successor bodies to these organisations. For the purposes of the relevant data protection legislation, the DfE is the data controller for personal data processed by the ESFA. Your personal information is used by the DfE to exercise its functions and to meet its statutory responsibilities, including under the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 and to create and maintain a unique learner number (ULN) and a personal learning record (PLR). Your information will be securely destroyed after it is no longer required for these purposes. Your information may be shared with third parties for education, training, employment and well-being related purposes, including for research. This will only take place where the law allows it and the sharing is in compliance with the data protection legislation.The English European Social Fund (ESF) Managing Authority (or agents acting on its behalf) may contact you in order for them to carry out research and evaluation to inform the effectiveness of training. Further information about use of and access to your personal data, and details of organisations with whom we regularly share data are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/esfa-privacy-notice