Apprenticeships with EnginE

EnginE is an initiative designed to boost the skills of Lancashire SMEs by bolstering the advanced engineering and manufacturing sector.

Funded by the European Social Fund, the project is designed to signpost the opportunities and initiatives on the doorsteps of local SMEs to help them tackle common challenges such as recruiting and retaining staff, cost-effective training and development, and making apprenticeships work for their business.

In a recent apprenticeship evaluation report (Apprenticeships Evaluation 2017: Employers Research Report, IFF Research), 78 per cent of businesses say apprentices improved productivity in their business; 74 per cent say they have improved product or service quality; and 65 per cent believed they had brought new ideas into their business, yet many businesses are still not maximising the benefits they can bring.

The project aims to encourage AEM SMEs to access apprenticeships and higher level skills, by providing dedicated support to them through free skills planning expertise, taster sessions, masterclasses and skills champions within the SME, so that business leaders can see the impact that improving skills has on profitability and productivity.

Apprenticeships aren’t just for school-leavers and young people, and can now be used throughout the workforce to upskill existing staff.

Lancashire SMEs can find out more about what is on offer and how to get involved through a series of events held in different locations around Lancashire over the coming months.

Can the EnginE project help an established workforce?
Yes. Apprenticeships aren’t just for school-leavers and young people, and can now be used throughout the workforce to upskill existing staff. EnginE will work with each employer to develop a bespoke skills plan which will map out their skills requirements, across all business areas, supporting employees of all ages and all levels of the business.

All EnginE activities are free to attend for Lancashire-based AEM SMEs. Contact us for further information.

T: 01524 510194
W: www.lancaster.ac.uk/EnginE

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT APPRENTICESHIPS, FIND THE FULL APPRENTICESHIP GUIDE IN THE MARCH/APRIL EDITION OF LANCASHIRE BUSINESS VIEW.