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CSW Group has been successfully awarded £3.4million from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for training the Solent workforce.

The money available will be used to provide skills training at no cost to employers or employees.

The training will take place in the areas of New Forest, Southampton, Isle of Wight, Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Portsmouth and Havant.

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Available until July 2021, the project is working with a host of training providers & colleges to deliver the programme. The training can be delivered flexibly on business premises according to individual needs.

Nicola Bailey from the Federation of Small Businesses says:

“Relevant training is a key element to business growth and this Skills Support programme does just that – gives staff and management the skills training they need to develop and ultimately, grow the business.”

The training is open to all Solent employers and can be used to support current staff, including those who are facing redundancy or have recently been made redundant.

Toby Brown from the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce adds:

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“I am delighted to support this initiative led by CSW and funded by European Social Fund. Upskilling the workforce can have a significant impact on a business but sadly, is often ruled out by SME’s due to the costs involved. This new project can help reduce the financial burden by absorbing the cost of training. This exciting development can only be good for businesses and employees and I urge you to get involved”.

There will be a key focus on the Solent LEP’s priority sectors. The list below is not an exclusive list and flexibility towards businesses is at the heart of the project.

  • Marine & Maritime
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Aerospace & Defence
  • Construction
  • Life Sciences
  • Health
  • Digital & Economy
  • Digital & Creative Industries
  • Oil & Gas
  • Clean Green Tech
  • Visitor Economy
  • As well as enabling sectors such as Transport & Logistics

 If you are interested, contact Rocky Moore on 07909 998 450 or email [email protected]

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