Skills Support for the Workforce in Dorset

Skills Support for the Workforce in Dorset – Fully funded training courses to help your business grow.

Small businesses across Dorset are being urged to take advantage of an additional £400k of funding to train their staff, as well as the advice and support on training options available from the Dorset Skills Hub.

The funding for training, available until July 2018, is part of the ‘Skills Support for the Workforce’ initiative which provides support, advice and guidance and fully funded accredited qualifications for employees of small and medium sized businesses in Dorset. To be eligible businesses must operate in the creative industries, finance and banking, health and social care, environmental, tourism, engineering and food and drink sectors.

‘Skills Support for the Workforce’, managed by Serco Vocational Services on behalf of the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), is supporting business growth which will allow the Dorset economy to prosper and compete on a national and international level. The project has already enjoyed considerable success with over 700 staff from 200 businesses taking up the support since its launch in autumn 2013.

Director of Dorset LEP, Lorna Gibbons, said:

“Up-skilling our county’s workforce is one of the top priorities of the Dorset LEP. We encourage SME’s to take advantage of this great funding opportunity, which will help and support the growth of both their enterprise and the Dorset economy as a whole.”

Dorset’s Skills Hub has been instrumental in signposting employers in Dorset to the funding options available to them to train their staff. The Skills Hub provides advice and information to Dorset’s businesses on the range of training options available to them. Norco GRP Ltd, a Poole-based company specialising in the manufacture of composite mouldings for end users all over the world, linked up with the Skills Hub which provided advice on the funding available from the ‘Skills Support for the Workforce’ initiative.

Mark Northey, Managing Director of Norco GRP Ltd said:

“At Norco we really believe in looking after our people. Working with the Dorset Skills Hub has meant that we have been able to find out about funding and take advantage of what is available. This has resulted in our workforce having increased their skills and knowledge.”

Skills Support for the Workforce and the Dorset Skills Hub are both funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Skills funding Agency (SFA).

To find out more about the funding available and the training options for your business contact Dorset Skills Hub on 01202 633246, email or visit