£1m will boost skills
A £1 MILLION skills boost has been landed by a consortium of Humber companies, with North East Lincolnshire's industry-leading training centre at the heart of it.
The significant match-funding award could directly benefit up to 400 employees of the future.
It has been secured after process, energy and renewable employers from across the area put together a bid based on an ambitious plan to tackle the massive shortfall in skilled workers facing the sector.
The funding will accelerate the roll-out of authentic, on-site training and create opportunities for new apprentices, employees and unemployed people, using the recently expanded Catch, at Stallingborough, as the base for the Skills Enhancement programme.
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Leading the consortium of more than a dozen companies is Immingham-based Fabricom GDF SUEZ, a multi-disciplined engineering firm that undertakes huge projects at home and abroad.
Nigel Carlton, chief executive, said: "Through employer collaboration the pilot will seek to address current skills challenges and will leave a lasting legacy of greater productivity and growth."
Industry will contribute more than £1 million to the project over two years, bringing in £1 million of public funding through the Employer Ownership pilot.
"It will bridge a void that is created through more people retiring than those previously entering the industry.
Managing agent, the public/private sector organisation Humber Chemical Focus, estimates that in addition to the consortium members, 15 manufacturing companies and 25 supply chain companies will also benefit.
Sabine Holmes, skills manager at HCF, is leading the delivery of the programme. She said: "This funding will enable us to provide real solutions to employer needs in skills, training and competency programmes."
The new Skills Enhancement programme aims to help boost apprentice numbers, and improve the work-readiness of new recruits and unemployed people.
Yvonne Day, human resources director at Fabricom, said: "The Catch training centre and its ongoing development are crucial to meeting our business needs for a supply of competent skilled employees. We train all our apprentices at Catch under nationally-approved frameworks and this new funding will help businesses like ours to further enhance the way learners develop and practice their skills."