Funded workforce skills training available for Lancashire SMEs

Via Training has secured funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) to deliver the Skills Support For The Workforce programme in Lancashire.

The project aims to support SMEs and their employees across the county. Via will work with employers providing free training needs analysis and funded training for its priority sectors, Health & Social Care and the Visitor Economy.

Rebecca Lynch, Via Training says : “By upskilling the workforce we aim to increase the employability prospects of employees and reduce the risk of unemployment”.

To access this funding:

• Individuals must be employed by SMEs which have fewer than 250 staff

• Individuals must be aged 19+

• Employers must be based within Lancashire although there is particular focus on Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire and Wyre areas

• Training can be delivered at Level 2 and Level 3, or at Level 4 for businesses employing fewer than 49 staff Anyone wanting to find out about their company’s eligibility for this free training or require more information, should get in touch with Rebecca Lynch at Via Training on 01772 642400 or email