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Business skills set to develop thanks to funding boost

Published Wednesday, 01 March 2017

Coventry and Warwickshire companies are set to benefit from over £1million worth of supported skills training thanks to a grant from the European Social Fund.

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Over the next three years, more than 1,700 people are set to benefit from the project by gaining accredited qualifications according to the skills needs of the local economy.

Coventry & Warwickshire Skills 4 Growth will be managed by Coventry City Council and will work in partnership with Warwickshire County Council and the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Growth Hub alongside other major stakeholders to deliver accredited training ranging from leadership and management through to robotics. In addition to the European money, the project also receives funding from both Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council.  

Cllr Jim O’Boyle, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, said: “Skills 4 Growth will do exactly what it says on the tin, it will give local businesses and their employees the skills that they need to expand and develop.

“We have a fine tradition of skilled people in our city and this cash means we can use it to help ensure that we have a more highly-skilled, better-equipped and therefore more competitive workforce in the future. Its really good news for the area.”

The scheme will enable eligible small to medium sized enterprises from the area to access different kinds of skills support for their workforce to enable their businesses to grow.

To be eligible, companies must employ no more than 250 people, have a registered address in the Coventry and Warwickshire area and be registered as a company working in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector or service sector industries such as health and social work and transportation and storage.

The focus will be on the needs of the company, with customised packages developed to address business requirements. 

Companies who think they might qualify can contact Anne-Marie Tranter at the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub on 02477 719782 or by emailing anne-marie.tranter@coventry.gov.uk

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