In-Comm Training has been appointed as a key supply partner of the £12 million Supplier Skills Program (SSP) in the West Midlands.
In-Comm Training will work on the Birmingham City Council supported project to help 800 people in Birmingham, Bromsgrove, Redditch, Solihull and Wyre Forest train skills by providing access to specialist training that helps SMEs get the most out of the post-pandemic boom and grow the local economy.
The initiative, funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), will provide scholarships for half the total cost of the training, starting with scholarships of £500 and increasing to a maximum of £18,000.
Up to 200 local companies can guide employers through one of 36 accredited courses and the training will be delivered at the employer’s location or In-Comm Training’s technical academy in Aldridge.
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In a statement, Gareth Jones, managing director at In-Comm Training, said: “The Supplier Skills Program is a fantastic opportunity for companies to bridge skills gaps, build capacity in their workforce and future-proof talent for years to come.
“Covid-19 has put a lot of pressure on SMEs and this initiative is helping to ease some of the financial burden on them, especially as many of them want to identify the skills they need to grow again.”
He added: “In-Comm has been allocated over £400,000 in dedicated funding and the great thing about SSP is its flexibility. The employer can access the level of training he needs, from a basic course for beginners to more technically advanced.
“There is a special focus on priority sectors for the region, including advanced manufacturing, digital and creative, life and health sciences, professional services, and low-carbon and environmental technologies.”
The employer-led approach will increase engagement levels for SSP in five key areas, also allowing eligible companies to maximize the many different technologies currently available at the Aldridge engineering academy. This includes CNC machinery, welding, fluid control, metrology, additive manufacturing and automation.