Skills Support for the Workforce

Skills Support for the Workforce in Swindon & Wiltshire

Funded training courses to help your business progress

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a programme developed to upskill employees within small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Swindon & Wiltshire. 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

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 Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Swindon & Wiltshire LEP has identified the following priorities for the SSW programme to focus on:

  • Providing support for lower skilled people to progress into apprenticeships and lifelong learning
  • Improving the digital capability of the workforce
  • Providing leadership and management training

Please see below for eligibility criteria.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply for anyone accessing support through Skills Support for the Workforce in Swindon and Wiltshire:

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 Swindon and Wiltshire 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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Our Training Providers

HR Champions Limited

HR Champions Ltd have been delivering Management Development training since the business was established in 2000. We achieved ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management) accredited status in 2002. Since then, developing managers to become outstanding leaders has been our niche.
Management Development training is our specialism; focussing on the key skills that improve productivity through more effective management.
We have courses and workshops for all levels; from growing effective teams to enabling your rising stars to transition to a Supervisor or Team Leader role through to First Line Manager. Our Senior Team and Director level training takes a strategic approach to people management.
Training is largely classroom based and delivery encompasses a range of methods such as individual and syndicate work, games and exercises to match people’s individual learning styles.
Courses are of two, three and four days, usually spread over a period of several weeks to minimise the impacts of having staff out of the business but more importantly to enable delegates to gradually and effectively implement their new skills and knowledge in the workplace.

Geason Training

Flexible progressive learning from Geason Training

We are a leading construction training organisation with training centres throughout the UK and pride ourselves in the design and delivery of apprenticeship programmes from Level 2 through to Degree level. These are provided in the workplace and tailored to suit our clients' individual needs.

Our approach is to work in total partnership with the employer, and in doing so we become an extension to your business by providing you with an all-inclusive training and development solution. Our organisation wide training needs analysis will identify and map existing and potential new job roles across all levels to relevant apprenticeships.

We will manage your funding options through our free dedicated Apprenticeship and CITB Levy consultation and support service for employers, enabling you to maximise the return on investment from the Levy. As we keep our ear to the ground when it comes to changes in Government funding we are able to regularly communicate government directives in an accessible way.

The Construction Skills People 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

Wiltshire College

Wiltshire College & University Centre is the largest provider of education and training in Wiltshire with campuses in Salisbury, Trowbridge, Lackham and Chippenham.

In 2018/19 we won the coveted Association of Colleges national Beacon Award for excellence in the practical delivery of technical and professional learning. We combine a commitment to academic quality and success with a determination to develop a leading, world-class college environment where students learn and progress.

The College takes pride in being at the forefront of technical vocational education and skills. Ofsted rates us as ‘Good’ with 92% of delivery observations rated Good or Outstanding. We have 3,300 full time students, 6,000 part time students and around 450 teaching/assessing staff.

We offer over 70 different apprenticeship programmes in various disciplines, ranging from customer service to land-based, engineering to HR and construction to Project Management. We currently have around 1,300 apprentices on programme. Our overall success rates are above national average; our business and management success rates are currently 92%. Delivery takes place both in the workplace and at College with flexible options of attendance. All apprentices receive a structured and individualised training programme, tailored to employer needs.

WISE Ability

WISE Ability has a proud history of supporting those in our communities who are disadvantaged or have a disability, to find and keep employment.  Our mission is “Guiding and Inspiring people to realise their potential and achieve fulfilling vocational goals”.

We assist customers to develop important life skills, work ready skills, strategies and confidence to overcome their challenges and barriers, as a means for achieving positive outcomes in education, training, employment and personal well-being, and supporting employers to enable this.

Through our contracts we help a wide variety of businesses and employers in the UK to recruit the right staff. All our tailored employment services, including the recruitment process, are free to eligible businesses.
For us, it is crucial that we understand the needs of employers and the labour market. We work with thousands of employers who rely on our no cost recruitment service to meet their staffing requirements, and connect employment opportunities to customers.

We make sure customers are equipped to meet the needs of employers, and provide appropriate in-work support to employers and customers to stay in work and progress in work. With our partners we are able to positively change the lives of many customers through employment.

WISE Ability has been working very closely with companies such as Serco over the years to deliver programmes and services. As well as working with some key organisations within the sector, we have a variety of important partnerships with government agencies, local enterprise partnerships, local authorities, community services, and support groups etc. without which we would not be able to achieve our mission.

Skills Ladder

Our specialism is in IT training and creating E-Learning resources. We have previously worked on the SSW2 programme in partnership with Serco.

We typically deliver on-site at the employers, but external training can be arranged. We bring a suite of laptops so any candidates without one can still participate.

Skills Ladder ltd deliver training from level 1 to level 3 in all things IT. This covers a wide variety of topics such as Spreadsheets, Word Processing, PowerPoint, Outlook, Windows 10, Internet Security, Social Media.

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