Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) offers fully-funded training to help fill skills gaps, raise productivity, and boost business growth. Over £10.3m of funding is available to help small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Tees Valley to take advantage of free training for their employees.

If you’re an SME and you’re looking for training to help support the growth of your business, SSW might be for you.

Training on offer includes:

  • construction
  • customer service
  • digital marketing and social media
  • healthcare
  • leadership and management

Some of the industries which have benefitted from the free training include:

  • advanced manufacturing and engineering
  • business services
  • construction
  • digital
  • energy
  • life sciences
  • retail
  • service sector

Businesses in Middlesbrough are already seeing the benefits of upskilling their staff. R C Ayres, a construction business which provides building and roofing services, took advantage of the SSW training offer.

Courses are delivered by local training providers, including Evolution Training and Consultancy Services.

Not only has the training helped their staff to maintain R C Ayres’ excellent reputation by delivering work at a high standard, but their qualifications also give their clients confidence in the quality of the company’s staff, so enquiries and workload continue to be consistent.

They’ve also noticed a significant boost in morale in the team, which is also having a positive impact on client satisfaction.

To find out more about the free training, visit the SSW website.