skills support for the workforce

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a programme developed to upskill employees within small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Dorset.

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They provide recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of businesses and boost the local economy. Weymouth College is part of Serco’s network of expert organisations chosen to deliver the SSW programme in partnership with Dorset LEP.

SSW is co-financed by the European Social Fund and the Education and Skills Funding Agency so there is no cost to the business.

Benefits to employees and business:

  • Training is tailored to specific business needs
  • Can be more cost-effective than hiring skilled employees
  • Increases employee confidence, motivation and productivity
  • Improves employee loyalty and retention by making them feel valued
  • Fully-flexible training; businesses can choose full qualifications or mix and match individual units to suit requirements
  • On-the-job vocational training to meet individual needs; including taught learning, workplace assessment, distance learning and online learning
  • Fully funded training – no cost to the business or employees

For further information please visit the SSW website or download the flyer.