Skills support for business

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Attract, train and retain the right people.

Your people are key to productivity and business growth. In the region, our low unemployment rate often means businesses struggle to find employees with the correct skills. This is where we can help.

Our skills advisers will help to identify and tackle skills gaps in your business. We’ll connect you with local and national training providers to ensure you get the most relevant, quality training.

Whether you’re looking to take on an apprentice, up-skill your existing staff or attract new staff with the right skills and knowledge, we can signpost you to organisations and funding which most businesses don’t even know exist.

Our free impartial skills support provides:

  • advice on new apprenticeship standards and funding, covering 90% of training costs
  • help to identify your skills and training needs
  • advice on the best training solutions for your business
  • access to relevant training providers
  • guidance on how to attract and retain the best people
  • advice on how to raise the profile of your employment opportunities


  • Have a question?

    If you have any specific skills questions or would like to speak to one of our advisers about your business' skills requirements, simply let us know. Call us on 0330 124 4446 or submit your enquiry today.

  • Pledge your support

    Do you want to inspire and develop the skills of people living and working in the region? Find out how your business can benefit by helping to invest in skills and training. Our advisers are on hand to help with any questions you may have.


  • Find out more about skills in your industry

    Gain insight with our 2019 Local Sector Skills Statements which report on the skills challenges in your sector, the priorities and objectives for 2019 and share notable achievements in your industry.



  • Expand your skillset

    Learn new skills with our training workshops. Whether you want to know more about business planning and finance, marketing, social media or crowdfunding, we can help.