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

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

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  • Construction
  • Manufacturing and Warehousing
  • Engineering
  • Leadership and Management
  • Information, Advice and Guidance
  • Health and Social Care
  • Digital, Marketing and IT

*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 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.

Gateway Training Solutions

Gateway Training Solutions has been in operation since January 2008, initially setup to help provide training, advice and guidance to SME’s. Since then we have delivered over 10,000 qualifications nationwide, engaging with over 900 employers across 30 different cities.
 
We believe in working with employers and learners to ensure that both parties gain from the learning experience. Gateway has achieved its growth by putting learner at the heart of the business, by focusing on developing our learners we are able to help them achieve their qualifications.
 
We deliver Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Pre-employment training, Standalone QCF’s, Functional Skills as well as ESF provision.
 
We have worked with a number of mainstream colleges including Walsall College, Stoke on Trent College, Calderdale as well as a number of consortiums and have spent over £10m worth of Train to Gain, ASB, ALR and ESF funding during this period.
 
Our specialist sectors include Transport & Logistics, Warehousing & Storage, Hospitality & Catering, Retail, Tourism, Education & Business and Financial Services.

We base our delivery around the needs of employers and Learners which includes classroom and work based delivery. We schedule delivery of training around the working schedules of learners providing minimum disruption to work.

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.

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 (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

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

Here at WISE Ability our vision is to enrich the communities we serve and empower people through employment.

We provide a wide range of services covering skills and training, employment, offender rehabilitation and mental health across the UK and if you would like to find out more call our dedicated team on:

Call :0300 303 3777  |  Email: info@wiseability.co.uk

Since our launch in 2009 at the heart of everything we do here at the charity are our customers and we’re proud to have been able to support thousands of people over the last decade. We always put our customers first to ensure that every individual enjoys a positive and beneficial #WeAreWise experience.

We believe it’s essential that during your time with us you feel welcome, respected, safe and supported. We will listen and provide you with the quality information, advice and guidance to enable you to make the right choices.

We will also ensure that we make our services easy for you to use, while also providing you with a positive and inspiring place to learn and develop.

We want you to be successful in whatever you choice to do and we will empower you to achieve your individual goals and celebrate your success together.

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.

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. 

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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