Lancashire Skills Support for the Workforce

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.

For more information please contact:


T- 01254354424

Rossendale Business Awards: Nominations Update

The following businesses have been nominated for the Valley at Work Award recently:

  • Rossendale Physiotherapy
  • Rossendale Computer Tuition
  • Maguire Gas Services
  • Big Tank Productions
  • C&B Coal
  • R&D Footwear
  • Tufties Hair & Beauty
  • Hod and Hoe Building & Gardening
  • Holistic Inspirations
  • Dawn Rose Contemporary Jewellery
  • Hear First Training & Development
  • Bride Sew Beautiful
  • BETA Group
  • Beverley Alexandra
  • Autopoint Rawtenstall
  • The Scallywag Rossendale
  • Tozer Associates
  • Matt Knott Design

Continue reading “Rossendale Business Awards: Nominations Update”

Veteran Aids Recovery by Carving Walking Sticks

VETERAN Dave Almond had devised his own therapy to cope with the after effects of a brain haemorrhage – he creates stunning bespoke walking sticks.

The snake sticks, called My-Stic, are all individually hand-crafted by recycling walking sticks he picks up at car boot sales and charity shops; no two are the same.

Dave, 49, has recently joined Haslingden-based charity Veterans In Communities where he is making use of their arts and crafts room and, once a workshop is built in the rear yard, he will be teaching others how to carve the sticks. Continue reading “Veteran Aids Recovery by Carving Walking Sticks”

Join the Firewalk Challenge!

Firewalk  Challenge – The shortest, hottest sponsored walk is coming to Rossendale – 10th October!! 

Rossendale Hospice is looking for Rossendale’s most fearless to take on this nerve-shredding challenge which they hope will help raise much-needed funds enabling the Hospice to reach even more of the local people who need its services. This one is definitely not for the faint-hearted, in fact nerves of steel are essential! Continue reading “Join the Firewalk Challenge!”

Dementia Friends

Within Rossendale the ‘Developing a Dementia Friendly Rossendale’ Team are keen to increase the number of Dementia Friends in the area.

They would like to hear from individuals or groups who would like to undertake the training to become a Dementia Friend. The trainng takes just over an hour and gives a practical insight into what living with Dementia is like and how having Dementia Friends is so important.

A training session could be arranged to take place at your workplace or at a convenient location in Rossendale.

If you’re interested in becoming a Dementia Friend in Rossendale please contact Andy Laverty on 01282 644919 or