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Cheshire & Warrington businesses urged to take advantage of free training to help upskill staff

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A fund of £4 million has been made available for businesses in the region through the Skills Support for the Workforce project, but businesses only have until spring next year to apply.

The scheme, which is funded by the European Social Fund, launched last year to give SMEs the chance for their staff to gain professional training across a range of skills and sectors.

There are around 795,200 people of working age living in Cheshire and Warrington, an area which offers particularly strong industry knowledge and skills in engineering, energy and business services sectors.

However, over the next ten years demand for skills in Cheshire and Warrington is forecast to rise significantly, driven by economic growth, the delivery of major projects and replacement demand.

External funding director of Calderdale College, Ebrahim Dockrat, the prime contractor responsible for delivering for the project, said: “Based on the region’s specific skills gaps, we have developed a range of flexible and bespoke training plans, designed to help SMEs in Cheshire and Warrington grow their business.

Not only can training help increase productivity and the services that businesses can offer, it also motivates and engages the workforce and, as a result, improves employee retention.”

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