Thursday, February 26, 2015

News: LEP launches new skills website


Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched a new website to help local businesses to find the skills training they need to grow.

The website has been designed to put employers in touch with skills information which is tailored to their needs as quickly as possible. The website asks employers to input basic information about their company size and sector and then suggests suitable training providers, colleges or government initiatives to meet their needs.

Nigel Brewster, managing partner of Brewster Pratap Recruitment Consultants and a board member of the LEP, said: "As a local business person, I understand that employers don't have time to spare to get to grips with the all the skills providers and courses on offer. However, thousands of local businesses in the Sheffield City Region know that they need a better skilled workforce to grow and want to get their staff the skills they need.

"This simple new website starts to address this by giving local businesses who find skills initiatives difficult or confusing faster access to information about training and apprenticeships that are appropriate to their business needs.

"The Sheffield City Region LEP is passionate about growing businesses and getting them the skills they need to compete nationally and internationally. This new website is just the start of this and we'll be rolling out more services later this year."

Skills, employment and education were key issues discussed at the recent LEP business conference held in Rotherham earlier this year where Nigel explained the desire for the skills system to become demand led and driven by what businesses actually need. He said: "Existing provision is good but it is often offered irrespective of your actual needs. It is about making it responsive, at a pace to match businesses and the economy, and understanding that it is the business that is the customer, not the person who is funding it.

"We are not trying a land grab of all skills funding. We are trying to influence how the millions in skills funding is spent in the Sheffield city region. We are doing it in a holistic way too by getting the two government departments, education and BIS, around the same table."

Examples of LEP skills initiatives include Skills Made Easy, Ambition SCR and the Skills Bank.

The LEP is working with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to host a series of skills events in the city region to give businesses advice about how they can grow their companies by taking advantage of the training and apprenticeship opportunities available.

Grow through training website
Sheffield City Region LEP website

Images: Sheffield City Region LEP


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