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Free online training to support businesses in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding during lockdown

Skills support for the workforce

  • 22 May 2020
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The Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) Programme upskills employees in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across York, North Yorkshire and East Riding and is cofinanced by the European Social Fund. Delivered by Calderdale College and working through a network of locally based, professional training providers, the programme has expanded its offer to include a variety of remote and online training courses to help businesses grow and improve during lockdown. SSW provides fully funded qualifications and training courses tailored to help meet individual business’s skills needs, in order to increase productivity and encourage growth. The programme has already experienced success in the region, having funded training for over 250 businesses and up-skilled over 800 employees. In addition to training in areas such as Customer Services, Logistics, Business Administration, Team Leading and many more, the SSW programme has also added training and development to specifically support the current situation for businesses, including Resilience and Recovery in Business, Digital Productivity, Promotion and Growth, and Health Care courses including Coronavirus (Covid-19) and Pandemic Awareness. Helen Howland, Head of Skills Support for the Workforce programme in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding, said: “This online training could make a real difference to the businesses and people who live and work across the region. “During this period of uncertainty, training can help to keep staff engaged, and ensure that they come back to their role, whether from home-working or furlough, with a higher skills level. “At a time when there is already general skill shortages across most sectors, this fully funded training means we can provide residents in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding with the right qualifications to stay in work, whilst meeting the needs of businesses to have a workforce with multiple skill sets.” Support is also available for employed staff who have been furloughed under continuous professional development. Employers are encouraged to contact the SSW team for a free skills needs analysis. To find out more about the support available and to see if your business is eligible for fullyfunded training please visit:

ENDS For more information please contact: Alice Sanderson at Calderdale College, 01422 357357 (ext. 9935)