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Enterprise M3 invites businesses to take up exciting Skills Support for the Workforce Programme

Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership is working with businesses to help develop and up-skill their workforces through its Skills Support for the Workforce Programme, which is offering fully-funded training to firms with under 250 employees - including sole traders and self-employed workers.

Skills Support for the Workforce is a programme, funded by the European Social Fund that offers businesses in the Enterprise M3 area fully-funded training and qualifications to help lesser-skilled employees improve their career opportunities and their existing skills and knowledge through work-based learning.

In order to be eligible, businesses must employ less than 250 employees and be based within the Enterprise M3 area. Employees must be aged 19+ years or over, have no formal qualifications or who have achieved GSCEs at grades D-G and work an average of 8 hours or more per week.

Kathy Slack, Executive Director of Enterprise M3 commented: “Skills Support for the Workforce is a funding stream available for businesses in the Enterprise M3 area. It will give businesses within the area an excellent opportunity to both develop the skills of their workforce and improve their bottom line. Ongoing skills development within the Enterprise M3 workforce is a vital if we want our area to remain prosperous and competitive in this rapidly-changing economic market place.”

To find out more about the Skills Support for the Workforce programme and to check the eligibility of your employees, contact Marian Sexton at Chichester College on 01243 786321 (ext 2625) or email marian.sexton@chichester.ac.uk

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Skills Support for the Workforce Programme

‘Skills Support for the Workforce’ is an ESF-funded programme for small and medium sized (SME) businesses in the Enterprise M3 area. It offers fully subsidised* training and qualifications to support lesser-skilled individuals improve their career opportunities and their existing skills and knowledge through work-based learning.

The Skills Support for the Workforce programme is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) so training is free to both the businesses and their employees.

In the Enterprise M3 area, this programme is being delivered by Chichester College, in partnership with local public and privately funded training providers in the area.

*There may be some cases where training and qualifications cannot be fully subsidised.