Monday, March 11, 2013

News: £77.3m plan to support apprenticeships and training


An ambitious new £77.3m plan to boost skills and create thousands of new apprenticeships and other training opportunities in the Sheffield city region has been launched, just as Apprenticeship Week begins.

Financial Secretary to the Treasury Rt Hon Greg Clark MP launched the "Skills Made Easy" programme in Rotherham on Friday.

Part of the City Deal secured between the Sheffield city region and the government, the funding is made up of monies from a host of bodies including local authorities and the government to boost skills and increase jobs.

The programme aims to create 4,000 new apprenticeships and courses to up-skill more than 2,000 adults and is set to be employer-led, putting businesses in the driving seat to secure the training programmes and apprenticeships they want.

A skills for growth partnership has been established – accountable to the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) – where businesses will decide where cash can be best spent on training to boost the local economy.

Also in the pipeline as part of this three year skills spending plan is an apprenticeship and skills hub where trained account managers will specifically work with employers and colleges. The staff will build contracts with employers, procure the services of providers, process training funds and manage funding streams for apprenticeship schemes.

Nigel Brewster, LEP Board Member and Private Sector Skills Lead, said: "This important event launches one of the country's most significant skills programmes which devolves almost £30 million from Whitehall to Sheffield City Region.

"The Skills Made Easy programme will ensure small and medium sized businesses can access financial support for apprenticeships and accredited training.

"Business leaders will work closely with councils and education providers to ensure that our workforce has the skills that Sheffield City Region businesses need for future growth and economic success."

Sheffield City Region LEP website


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