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Chesterfield employers encouraged to take advantage of Skills Bank

Chesterfield Borough Council is urging local businesses to take advantage of funding and training opportunities during Skills Bank Week.

The week, which takes place from Monday 27 March, is being held to highlight the opportunities available from the £17 million Skills Bank Fund.

The fund, available to businesses in the Sheffield City Region area (Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield), has already offered training to 1,029 learners across the region.

Chesterfield Borough Council helps Chesterfield employees and employers identify courses which best meet the skills of the individual and the needs of the business.
Skills Bank will calculate how much funding is available and how much each employer will contribute towards the cost of the training.

So far deals have approved for 15 Chesterfield businesses, benefitting 165 learners to a total value of £145,055, of which Skills Bank has contributed £95,845.

Deals in the pipeline for a further 42 businesses which would allow a further 714 employees to benefit from training.

Chesterfield-based letting agents Pinewood Property is one of the companies to have benefitted from funding for training in digital marketing, human resources and management skills.

Stacey Davies-Bowler, director at Pinewood Lettings said: “Management training for staff would benefit both me and my fellow director hugely. If we had a self-managed team, that would free up more time so we could spend it on business development and trying to bring more business in through the door.

“The better we understand each other, the better we work together, the faster the business will grow.”

Other Chesterfield businesses to have benefitted from Sheffield City Region Skills Bank include, Mitchells Accountants, and Palamatic.

Councillor Tricia Gilby, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for economic growth, said: “Helping local businesses to access the funding available for training is essential to allow them to retain and develop staff as well as to allow them to meet the needs of their customers.

“By putting these skills in place, it offers real opportunities for local people by creating more and better jobs.”

For information on Skills Bank and the training opportunities available, visit: the Sheffield City Region Skills Bank website.

First published on 23 March 2017 Last updated on 07 July 2017