Resort benefit spin-off as £6m training deal signed

Lancashire County Hall
Lancashire County Hall

County Hall bosses have finalised a £6m contract to deliver workplace training to businesses – which could benefit firms in Blackpool.

The multi-million-pound investment will help employees to acquire vital skills to encourage businesses to grow.

The £6.3m funding has been awarded by the European Social Fund, ESF.

It is aimed at supporting employees aged 19 and over in small or medium-sized businesses with a workforce of up to 250 employees.

The two-year project will run until July 2015. It will operate across the Lancashire Economic Partnership area, which consists of Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen local authorities.

Lancashire County Council will work with businesses to deliver training to address essential workforce skills and identify other areas suitable for training and development, such as specialist technical skills to meet the demands of growing businesses.

It will also offer technical specialist qualifications to help boost the county’s strengths in the following growth sectors – advanced engineering and manufacturing; energy, environment and low carbon; financial and professional service; creative and digital; health and the tourism sector.

More than 4,000 people will be supported through the programme. Jennifer Mein, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “Making sure that our local residents are fully equipped to compete in the workplace and have the skills to help our local businesses to be profitable and competitive is one of our highest priorities.

“The signing of the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal on September 12 illustrates the importance of having a highly trained and well-skilled workforce in Lancashire.

“This ESF funding will enable us and the organisations we’re working with to ensure the training courses meet the needs of the county’s employers.”

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