Free Skills Support for Dorset Workforce training initiative goes live at Dorset Training Academy@Weymouth College launch

November 15, 2016

 

Weymouth College welcomed over 120 guests to its HIX Academy on 1st November to launch the new Dorset Training Academy@Weymouth College.

 Dorset Training Academy@Weymouth College

The Dorset Training Academy@Weymouth College has been created specifically to bring the partnership between business and education into the workplace at all levels.  To enhance and provide the knowledge and skills that Dorset’s workforce needs to continue to contribute actively to the economic growth and productivity of the businesses within our region.

Raina Summerson (Agincare), Nigel Evans (Weymouth College), Derek Luckhurst (Agincare), Andrew Johnson (Weymouth College), Sarah Colwell (Weymouth College) and Ian Girling (Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry)

Raina Summerson (Agincare), Nigel Evans (Weymouth College), Derek Luckhurst (Agincare), Andrew Johnson (Weymouth College), Sarah Colwell (Weymouth College) and Ian Girling (Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry)

There are over 75 training courses currently available through the Academy – from simple information seminars for all staff to bespoke training offerings for individual workers – and the range of courses is entirely flexible and constantly evolving.

 FREE Skills Support for the Dorset Workforce

College Principal Nigel Evans was particularly pleased to share with the launch guests news of the Free Skills Support for the Dorset Workforce Training Initiative – part funded through the European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency and delivered by working in partnership with SERCO in the Dorset Local Enterprise Area – which Weymouth College are now in a position to start to deliver.

This initiative has a contract value of £850,000 and free training will be available through local businesses to those in employment within Dorset*.

This funded training must be delivered in Dorset in the 16 months before March 2018 to prevent the funds being allocated elsewhere within the UK or returned to Europe.

Nigel Evans said:

“We need your help to ensure that these funds are allocated and spent within our area before the deadline in just 16 short months.  A strong partnership between education and local Dorset business is an ideal platform from which to secure the best career options for our current students and indeed the future work-based training opportunities of the Dorset workforce as a whole.

“As an employer, industry-relevant workforce training is without a doubt a vital tool in staying ahead of the competition, addressing skills gaps, increasing staff motivation and helping to keep the very great talents of the Dorset workforce firmly based firmly here in the Dorset workplace”.

Photographs– with thanks to Ryan Robbins, a level 5 contemporary photography student at Weymouth College

Photographs– with thanks to Ryan Robbins, a level 5 contemporary photography student at Weymouth College

Raina Summerson – CEO of Agincare – and Ian Girling – Chief Executive, Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry  – were pleased to join Weymouth College’s Nigel Evans, Sarah Colwell  and Andrew Johnson to launch the new Academy.

Mr Girling outlined his commitment to the partnership between business and education in Dorset and offered his wholehearted support for the concept of the Dorset Training Academy@Weymouth College.

Raina Summerson – who together with Weymouth College recently launched the Agincare Health and Social Care Academy – was able to offer first-hand insight into the successful partnership that can be built between business and education.

For further details on the range of course available at the Dorset Training Academy@Weymouth College and the FREE Skills Support for the Dorset Workforce training initiative contact our Employer Training Consultants on 01305 764748 – skillssupport@weymouth.ac.uk

 

*for small and medium businesses with up to 250 employees and an annual turnover of less than 50 million euros.

 

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