College set to share skills-boost cashpot

By Jim Dunton - Wed 25 September 2013, 1:00 pm

Barking & Dagenham College has been selected to help deliver a £16 million programme aimed at improving the qualifications of 9,000 workers in the capital.

The college will work to increase the skills of employees at small- and medium-sized enterprises across London on behalf of the consortium London Capital Colleges Group.

The Skills Support for the Workforce project is being paid for by the European Social Fund, via the Skills Funding Agency.

As part of the scheme, Barking & Dagenham College will visit firms and carry out a training needs analysis, then deliver appropriate free training and support to help staff gain important skills and qualifications to advance their careers and boost business growth.

Jackie Hadley, the college’s head of employability, said the project offered a real chance to help people to boost their workplace skills and gain confidence.

“This is not only good for individuals, it’s great news for employers too as the skills learned by employers will undoubtedly help drive businesses forward, something which is important in order to survive in the current economic climate,” she said.

“This truly is a great opportunity for employers to take advantage of quality training support, for free, and we would urge SMEs to get in touch with us to see how we could help them.”

More information is available by calling 020 3667 0333 or emailing: employer.services@bdc.ac.uk

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