Skills Support for the Workforce in Greater Manchester

Supporting small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Greater Manchester.

Delivered by Calderdale College and working through a network of locally based, professional training providers, Skills Support for the Workforce offered fully funded training to help SMEs fill skill gaps, raise productivity and boost business growth.

There is currently no funding available in this region for Intermediate and Higher Level Skills. However, please do visit our website again as this may change.

What is available?

Professional training for your workforce, delivered at no cost



Flexible, bespoke training plans designed to help your business grow



Range of courses to suit most needs


If you’re an SME based in Greater Manchester, you may be eligible for free training through the Skills Support for the Workforce project. Training is funded by the European Social Fund and the Skills Funding Agency.

Did you know, upskilling your staff can…

Reduce absenteeism

UK businesses are losing 6.3 days a year per employee due to absenteeism.



Improve productivity


Reduce the time your employees are spending working inefficiently.

Increase staff motivation

Only a third of employees are highly engaged at work.



Who’s eligible?


Small to medium-sized businesses in Greater Manchester operating in one of the sectors listed below, seeking training to support a business growth plan.

  • Business, Financial & Professional Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Digital and Creative
  • Construction
  • Logistics
  • Health & Social Care and Health Innovation
  • Retail
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Low Carbon and Environmental Goods & Services

How does it work?


After you’ve completed the enquiry form below, a member of our team will contact you to discuss your eligibility.
If you’re eligible, one of our skills solutions designers will visit you to carry out a training needs analysis. We’ll then get to work designing and delivering your training plan.