Skills support that’s engineered for Lancashire’s manufacturers

Lancashire’s manufacturing and engineering sector is beginning to reap the rewards of an economy that’s on its way back to full strength.

LSSBut with fast growth comes the major challenge of upskilling the workforce to ensure your business has the knowledge and capacity to make the most of new growth opportunities.

However, help is at hand in the form of Lancashire Skills Support for the Workforce (LSS) - a £5.6m funded skills programme available to manufacturing and engineering businesses in Lancashire.

LSS offers businesses access to free training and qualifications, delivered directly to eligible members of their workforce by some of the county’s foremost colleges and training providers.

For manufacturing and engineering businesses, training is available for both technical skills and qualifications, but also in other important business areas, such as team leading, finance and operations.

Amanda Melton, chair of the Lancashire Skills Board, said: “Lancashire Skills Support for the Workforce was our response to businesses across Lancashire telling us that skills gaps were the biggest barrier to their growth. The county’s manufacturing and engineering businesses should view this as a real opportunity to upskill their workforce to achieve their growth plans.”

LSS was developed by the Lancashire LEP and Lancashire County Council and is funded by the European Social Fund.

All businesses have to do to apply for support is fill in a short form on the Lancashire Skills Support website or call 0800 488 0057.

Training firmly on track at Thornton engineering firm Thornton-based engineering firm

Allan J Hargreaves has invested in up-skilling its workforce thanks to help from a £5.6m skills programme being delivered across the county.

The firm, which repairs and maintains construction plant machinery and lifting equipment, has received help from Lancashire Skills Support for the Workforce (LSS) to enable 15 of its staff to access on-site engineering training.

14 members of the team have completed training to enable the safe operation and moving of plant equipment, while another staff member is completing a leadership and management qualification. The training was delivered by Myerscough College. Allan Hargreaves, who owns the firm, said: “The training has allowed us to increase our efficiency and increase the number of team members who can safely move and operate various machines. The training received was perfect and conveniently delivered on site to our exact business needs.”