Skills Support for the Workforce

Could your employees benefit from funded training?

If you’re an employer with fewer than 250 employees, you could benefit from funded training to help your business progress.

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a programme designed to upskill employees of small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) based in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay with the skills required to grow the business.

Weston College are part of Serco’s network of expert training providers chosen to deliver the SSW service in the West of England area.

SSW supports people aged 16 or over and focuses on the following sectors:

  • Advanced engineering and aerospace
  • Construction
  • Creative and digital
  • Distribution
  • Health and life sciences
  • High-tech
  • Low carbon
  • Professional and financial services
  • Retail
  • Rural and food economy
  • Visitor economy

The programme is co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund.

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How does SSW training work?

Your business will receive a ‘training needs analysis’, to identify the skills it needs to grow.

We will then develop a flexible training package for your employees. This might include full qualifications or involve mixing and matching employees to aspects of a course depending on the needs of your business.

Employees then receive ‘on-the-job’ vocational training, which might include taught learning, workplace assessments, distance learning and online learning.

How could your business benefit?

SSW will help your business become more efficient, profitable and competitive. It will enable you to develop a highly skilled workforce, which delivers quality outputs for customers and improves business performance.

It also boosts staff satisfaction and motivation, while reducing staff turnover.

Does SSW get results?

This is what the owner of a manufacturing business had to say about SSW training:

"Everything was well organised from the start and we had a mixture of on and off-site training, so we could upskill our key staff with minimal disruption to production. Two staff members have since been promoted to more senior positions. Attending a bespoke management course gave them confidence to move forward in their careers.”

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