£5.6m Lancashire training programme’s flying start

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More than 850 employees have already benefited from a £5.6m workforce training programme aimed at businesses in Lancashire – just a month after it was launched.

Lancashire Skills Support for the Workforce aims to support 3,817 employees aged 19 and over who are working in the county’s small and medium sized businesses.

So far the project – which is being delivered by Lancashire County Council with support from 14 education and training providers in the county – has seen 195 businesses receive a free training needs analysis.

A total of 868 people have started receiving training.

Training has been completed in areas including team leading, management, accounting, marketing, sales, health and social care, engineering, customer service, manufacturing, catering and hospitality. Owen McLaughlin, chair of the Lancashire Skills Board and vice chair of the Lancashire LEP, said: “Lancashire Skills Support was our response to businesses across Lancashire telling us that skills gaps were the biggest barrier to their growth.

“We only launched the project in September, but the reaction so far has been overwhelmingly positive with hundreds of employees receiving training and gaining new qualifications.

“Businesses should view this as a real opportunity to upskill their workforce to achieve their growth plans.”

Businesses qualifying for LSS receive a free training needs analysis with eligible employees then accessing free accredited training from leading providers based on their individual skills requirements.