08 April 2021

Devon businesses and residents are urged to take advantage of European Social Funding worth £3.5 million.  SMART SKILLS funding will help Devon based small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) businesses and other organisations to identify skills gaps in their existing workforce and provide the skills training they need to become more resilient during this economic crisis and beyond, the bid aims to support business now for the future.

The bid, led by Plymouth City Council, has developed a skills delivery partnership with a range of quality training and skills providers across Devon; SMART SKILLS partners include: City College Plymouth, South Devon College, Petroc, Focus Training, University of Exeter and Learn Devon.

SMART SKILLS includes a range of services and offers to SMEs including; information, advice and guidance, training needs analysis, a skills brokerage service and skills training.

The range of skills support includes all levels from introductory all the way through to leadership and management.   Industry sectors will be demand led, but a particular focus will be on, Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering, Digital Technologies (including AI and Data Analysis), Marine, Composite, Environmental Futures, Clean Growth and Renewables, Construction & Hospitality and STEM industries.

The SMART SKILLS service offers comprehensive information, advice and guidance, in order to match opportunities to pathways into education, training, apprenticeships, employment, work experience, volunteering and self-employment.

Our experienced and talented SMART SKILLS HUB Advisers are on hand to guide you through the skills and training options available to your business and link you with the relevant training options for your organisation.

Contact our SMART SKILLS HUB team today on:- 07789 878751 / 07881 551970 or email us on SMARTSKILLS.HUB@cswgroup.co.uk

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