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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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.

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.

The Construction Skills People Ltd

CSP are an experienced and proactive company working to meet the training needs of employers and the unemployed.  We work with different client groups including funding partners, the ESFA, JCP, employers, LEPs and DWP Back to Work Providers.  We offer qualifications which meet the CSR requirements of employers and deliver programmes to meet the needs of unemployed people.

Delivery of QCF NVQ programmes to employed learners would take place at the learner’s work location, delivery of workplace learning activities are undertaken on-site at the learners place of employment through On Site Assessment and Training (OSAT) – where all training and assessment is undertaken whilst the learner is working thus minimising downtime for the employer and learner.

Our primary focus is the delivery of Construction qualifications at Levels 2 to 6, covering diverse programmes such as Construction Operations, External Work Insulation, Formwork, Occupational Work Supervision and Controlling Lifting Operations. Our offer enables employers to upskill their workforce and gives them additional benefits such as complying with Section 106 agreements, developing a careers path for their workforce and planning staff development activities for fur future Managers and Supervisors.  We work with construction employers ranging from micro business up to large international companies, our staff have delivered training to learners on my many key projects such as Crossrail, Hinkley Point C, housing developments and infrastructure projects.   In addition we also offer a range of programmes in the Adult Social Care sector  with the opportunity to progress onto an Apprenticeship, we also offer programmes in Logistics focussing on the Warehousing and Storage sector.

We also deliver programmes to unemployed people, we would arrange a course based on a specific need that has been identified by an employer/employers and target individuals from JCP and Back to Work providers to promote the training opportunity with a guaranteed interview.

In addition to the delivery of NVQ programmes, we can offer Apprenticeships in Adult Social Care, Management, Administration and Logistics.  We also deliver a number of compliance programmes such as CDM Regulations, Safe Handling of Medicines etc.

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.

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