Busting the myths around online training through Skills Support for the Workforce

There are a lot of misconceptions about online training, especially from those who are used to receiving their training in-person. However, what the pandemic has shown us is that online training can be effective across a range of sectors, including some sectors that you wouldn’t expect, such as retail and hospitality. Some of the training […]

Over 800 businesses across Tees Valley look to the future following free training boost

The Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) Programme is celebrating having upskilled a total of 838 businesses and 2,961 employees across Tees Valley, including in Middlesbrough and Stockton, since it began in April 2019. The programme has been extremely successful since its launch and received an additional £3.4m of funding in March 2020, meaning businesses […]

How can skills training create new opportunities for SMEs across the region as we come out of lockdown?

Nationally, almost one quarter of all businesses temporarily closed or paused trading due to the pandemic in April 2020. This caused the economy in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding to drop by 7.6%,[1] with the Tees Valley region’s GDP also falling by up to £2bn.[2] The recent national lockdown forced many businesses to temporarily close again, causing further economic uncertainty. […]

Free training extended for businesses in Tees Valley to boost skills

Following the successful upskilling of employees at hundreds of businesses in Tees Valley, the Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) programme has secured a further £3.4m of funding to support employers to empower their staff and turn their business growth plans into reality. The 50% increase in the contract means businesses and their employees in […]

Take advantage of free training to seize digital opportunities

With 3,000 extra jobs predicted in the digital sector in the next six years*, and recent research from DMS Research & Consulting recognising the increasing demand for basic digital skills across all industries, businesses in Tees Valley are being urged to look ahead and seize the opportunities. Not only this, but more than half of […]

How can SMEs identify their skills gaps… and fill them?

Despite Tees Valley being home to more than 17,000 businesses generating a £13.1bn economy, the area’s business base has been described as under-developed compared to the size of the population. By 2024 there will be 17,000 new jobs and 116,000 replacement jobs available, and it’s important that there is a skilled and available workforce to […]

Tees Valley Tackling the Skills Shortage

Tees Valley are tackling the skills shortage. By 2024, 17,000 new jobs will be available in Tees Valley. 50% of jobs created will require higher level technical and digital skills.

Free training on offer for SME staff development in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding

Over £4.7 million is now available for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding for training. The Skills Support for the Workforce project offers fully funded training to help SMEs fill skill gaps, raise productivity and boost business growth. Staff development through professionally delivered training, offered at no cost […]

Free training on offer for SME staff development in the Tees Valley

Over £2.1 million is now available for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Tees Valley for training. The Skills Support for the Workforce project offers fully funded training to help SMEs fill skill gaps, raise productivity and boost business growth. Staff development through professionally delivered training, offered at no cost to a business, […]