Serco’s Employment, Skills & Enterprise business has been selected by the Skills Funding Agency to deliver a new Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) contract, providing training, to help upskill the workforce of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Dorset and Somerset.
Serco works in partnership with the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to provide IT, leadership and management training, as well as run vocationally-relevant courses targeting specific areas of improvement. The overall focus is to help support growth in a number of priority areas, helping to boost the wider, regional economies in Dorset and Somerset.
Serco delivers the programme through a network of local expert training providers to offer recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses aiming to enhance employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and boost the local economy. In Somerset, as part of our Heart of the South West Apprenticeship Service we also provide business support to enable employers to take advantage of apprenticeship opportunities that work for their business. This service aims to support people in employment to undertake an apprenticeship.
Because the programme is co-financed by the European Social Fund and the Skills Funding Agency, if eligible, employers can take advantage of skills training and apprenticeships for their employees with no added cost to their business.
Through SSW and Heart of the South West Apprenticeship Service, businesses can benefit from fully funded training, tailored to their specific needs. Businesses can select full qualifications or mix and match individual units that are directly relevant to their work. Previous SSW programme participants have benefited from increased employee confidence, motivation and productivity and improved employee loyalty and retention.