Skills Solutions

As part of the UK Shared Prosperity Funding

Introducing our Skills Solutions

As part of the UK Shared Prosperity Funding

As part of the UK Shared Prosperity Funding, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce are delivering free training courses to individuals living in Wychavon*, Worcester City and Wyre Forest. These new training courses will be booked on a first-come, first-serve basis to residents in these districts. Based on the Worcestershire LSIP findings, employers identified two large skills gaps that are both a need and a necessity in the workplace.

*Wychavon residents must have 20% of the training cost subsidised by their employer. 
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We have designed two new training courses based on these needs:

An Introduction to Basic Digital Skills
An Introduction to Professional Skills

Workplace skills are increasingly recognised as critical for success in personal and professional settings, whilst basic digital skills are now expected for most roles in order to navigate and work effectively in a digital society.

Available Training Courses

These two training courses have been designed to support any employees, but in particular those starting work, returning to work, unemployed or anyone with these particular needs identified.

Individuals can attend both training courses, however spaces are limited therefore we’d encourage booking as soon as possible.

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An Introduction to Basic Digital Skills

2 Day Training Course

This course covers:

  • Basic IT Administration
    • Navigating the computer
    • Setting up and managing folders
    • Managing passwords
  • Internet Safety and Security
  • Exploring Microsoft packages
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Microsoft Excel
    • Microsoft Word
    • Microsoft Outlook
  • An introduction to social media

*Course topics subject to change

Date  Time
24-25 April 9:00am – 16:00pm
2-3 May 9:00am – 16:00pm
16-17 May 9:00am – 16:00pm
6-7 June 9:00am – 16:00pm
20-21 June 9:00am – 16:00pm
1-2 July 9:00am – 16:00pm
8-9 July 9:00am – 16:00pm
18-19 July 9:00am – 16:00pm
8-9 August 9:00am – 16:00pm
19-20 August 9:00am – 16:00pm
10-11 September 9:00am – 16:00pm
26-27 September 9:00am – 16:00pm
7-8 October 9:00am – 16:00pm
21-22 October 9:00am – 16:00pm
5-6 November 9:00am – 16:00pm
14-15 November 9:00am – 16:00pm
25-26 November 9:00am – 16:00pm
6-9 December 9:00am – 16:00pm
16-17 December 9:00am – 16:00pm
16-17 January 9:00am – 16:00pm
27-28 January 9:00am – 16:00pm
6-7 February 9:00am – 16:00pm
17-18 February 9:00am – 16:00pm
3-4 March 9:00am – 16:00pm
10-11 March 9:00am – 16:00pm
31 March-1 April 9:00am – 16:00pm
3-4 April 9:00am – 16:00pm
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An Introduction to Professional Skills

2 Day Training Course

This course covers:

  • Assertiveness and Confidence
  • Work Ethics and Professionalism
  • Interview and Presentation Skills
  • Time Management
  • Communication Skills

*Course topics subject to change

Date  Time
18-19 April 9:00am – 16:00pm
29-30 April  9:00am – 16:00pm
9-10 May  9:00am – 16:00pm
20-21 May 9:00am – 16:00pm
13-14 June  9:00am – 16:00pm
27-28 June  9:00am – 16:00pm
4-5 July 9:00am – 16:00pm
11-12 July  9:00am – 16:00pm
1-2 August  9:00am – 16:00pm
15-16 August  9:00am – 16:00pm
5-6 September 9:00am – 16:00pm
16-17 September  9:00am – 16:00pm
30 September 1 October 9:00am – 16:00pm
10-11 October 9:00am – 16:00pm
24-25 October 9:00am – 16:00pm
12-13 November  9:00am – 16:00pm
21-22 November 9:00am – 16:00pm
2-3 December 9:00am – 16:00pm
12-13 December 9:00am – 16:00pm
13-14 January  9:00am – 16:00pm
20-21 January  9:00am – 16:00pm
30-31 January  9:00am – 16:00pm
11-12 February  9:00am – 16:00pm
20-21 February  9:00am – 16:00pm
6-7 March  9:00am – 16:00pm
24-25 March  9:00am – 16:00pm

Local Skills Improvement Plans

In 2022, the government announced that employers must have a bigger say in skills provision, and as a result Local Skills Improvement Plans were created.

Every county in England has its own Local Skills Improvement Plan which will reflect the unique and specific needs of the employers within each county. Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce is leading on the LSIP for Worcestershire. If you are a Worcestershire based employer, we invite you to play a part in this important project and help pave the way that training, and education is delivered within our county.

Skills Boost – Worcestershire

Apply for a SkillsBoost financial grant to support upskilling of Worcestershire employers and employees. Upskill your Worcestershire resident employees up to £12,000 and claim 50% of the costs back (up to £6,000) from the SkillsBoost programme.

All Health & Safety (or other legislative compliance training) is excluded. 

Chamber of Commerce
Helping Employers to Fund Training Needs in Worcestershire:
Grant supports accredited training or non-accredited and bespoke training.
If the business is based outside of Worcestershire the employee must live in: Bromsgrove, Redditch, Worcester City or Wyre Forest
For businesses based in Malvern or Wychavon, the employee can live anywhere
For Businesses based in Bromsgrove, Redditch, Worcester City or Wyre Forest, the employee must live in Worcestershire
All businesses of any size eligible
No one individual can have more than £1,500 funding grant.
Business maximum grant is £6,000.
Grant is available for one year between 1st April 2024- 31st March 2025.

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