Thousands of businesses and employees across Lancashire are set to benefit from free workforce training after Lancashire County Council launched a new £5.6 million programme which will be delivered by some of the county’s leading training providers.
Lancashire Skills Support for the Workforce (LSS) aims to support 3,817 employees aged 19 and over who are working in the county’s small and medium sized businesses.
Businesses qualifying for the £5.6m scheme will receive a free training needs analysis. Eligible employees within the business can then access free accredited training from leading providers based on their skills requirements.
Training available through the scheme will include a mix of basic and higher level skills, leadership and management skills, as well as technical and industry specialist qualifications.
The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership is particularly keen to attract businesses in the following growth sectors: Aerospace; Advanced engineering & manufacturing; Energy, environment and low carbon; Financial and professional services; Creative and digital; Leisure, tourism and visitor economy; Health occupations;and Professional, scientific and technical occupations
Owen McLaughlin, chairman of the Lancashire Skills Board and vice chair of the Lancashire LEP, said: “The need for skilled staff is shared by all businesses regardless of their sector. This ambitious programme allows us to help the county’s businesses to address any ‘skills gaps’ that could be holding back their growth potential.
“We are committed to ensuring that Lancashire residents are fully equipped to succeed and have the skills to help our local businesses to be profitable and competitive.”