Lancashire Skills Support for the Workforce (LSS) aims to support thousands of businesses and employees across Lancashire who 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. It 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.
Owen McLaughlin, chair of the Lancashire Skills Board and vice chair of the 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 in the workplace and have the skills to help our local businesses to be profitable and competitive on a national and global scale.”
Accrington & Rossendale College are one of the main delivery partners in the programme and would be happy to talk to any business about the funding available and work with you to produce training packages supporting your skills and business growth.
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