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Lancashire County council has finalised a huge contract to deliver workplace training to local businesses. The multi-million-pound investment will help employees within these businesses to acquire vital skills to encourage businesses to grow.

The £6,319,000 funding has been awarded by the European Social Fund ESF and is aimed at supporting employees aged 19 and over in small or medium sized businesses with a workforce of up to 250 employees.

The two year project will run until July 2015 and will operate across the Lancashire Economic Partnership area, which consists of Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen local authorities.

Lancashire County Council will work with businesses and local providers to deliver training to address essential workforce skills and identify other areas suitable for training and development, such as specialist technical skills to meet the demands of growing businesses.

Training will be flexible to suit business needs. It will include a mix of basic and higher level skills, leadership and management while also offering technical, specialist qualifications to help boost the county’s strengths in the following growth sectors;

  • Aerospace
  • Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing
  • Energy, Environment and Low Carbon
  • Financial and Professional Service
  • Creative and Digital
  • Lancashire growth sectors including Health Occupations and Professional, Scientific and Technical Occupations

Over 4000 people will be supported through this programme which will be run in partnership with a range of local organisations, including further education colleges, Work based learning providers, third sector organisations and other specialist providers to engage with employees and key employment sectors.

Jennifer Mein, leader of Lancashire County Council, said:

“Making sure that our local residents are fully equipped to compete in the workplace and have the skills to help our local businesses to be profitable and competitive, is one of our highest priorities.

“The signing of the Preston City Deal on September 12 illustrates the importance of having a highly-trained and well-skilled workforce in Lancashire. This ESF funding will enable us and the organisations we’re working with to ensure the training courses meet the needs of the county’s employers.

“There’s enormous potential in Lancashire which this contract will help us to develop further. I’d like to thank and congratulate everyone who was involved in the hours of detailed work in preparing and submitting the bid.”

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