Skills Support for the Workforce in Heart of the South West

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a programme developed to upskill employees within small and medium-sized businesses in the Heart of the South West LEP area; Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. We provide recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance your employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy. SSW is co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund.


Skills Support for the Workforce is all about progress. We can help you progress your career, education and business.



What’s on offer?

  • A training needs analysis for your business, identifying the skills you need to support your business ambitions

  • Flexible training – pick full qualifications or mix and match individual units to suit your business

  • On-the-job vocational training to meet individual and business needs including taught learning, workplace assessment, distance learning and online learning

  • Learning pathways for your employees enabling them to progress within your organisation onto higher level qualifications or apprenticeships

  • Recognised accredited qualifications and training courses to enhance your employees’ skills

Distance and online learning now available in the following areas*:

  • Leadership and Management (a variety of courses from First Line Team Leading to Senior Management)

  • Health & Social Care (short courses with specific subjects to full Level 2 Care qualifications)

  • Digital IT (Microsoft Office courses for beginners to intermediate levels, WordPress, Digital Promotion for Business and other similar topics)

  • Construction, Marine and Engineering (a variety of technical qualifications)

  • HR, Business and Marketing (Managing Performance, Policies and Compliance for Small Businesses alongside other courses)

*subject to availability Further courses are also available. Please contact us to find out more.

How could you benefit?

  • A more efficient business with improved profitability

  • A highly skilled workforce delivering quality outputs for your customers and improving business performance

  • Improved staff satisfaction and motivation, reducing staff turnover

  • A wider appeal to new recruits

  • Competitive advantage in your marketplace and improved chance of winning new business

SSW is co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund. This means you can access a wide range of training at no cost* to your business. *subject to eligibility


Find out more and apply on the Serco website



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