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Upper Eden businesses set to benefit from funded training

Kirkby Stephen
Kirkby Stephen

[I]nvest in Eden will launch a funded training for business programme for businesses in Kirkby Stephen and upper Eden on 13 June 2017.

The project is designed to upskill the workforce and develop skills to support business growth in the area. The project is being managed by Eden District Council as part of Invest in Eden. Training will be delivered by a partnership of Cumbrian skills and business support providers and will offer funded and part funded training opportunities, focusing on workforce development for small and medium sized businesses in the Upper Eden area.

The first phase of the project included one to one business support, advice and a training needs analysis.

Eden District Council Business and Marketing Officer Paul Walker said: “We recognise the importance of growing the local economy, promoting prosperity, creating higher paid jobs and opportunities for young people. This project is designed to identify and support training requirements to help businesses prosper and grow. We are working with partners from across Cumbria to ensure that businesses have access to the highest quality training which is tailored to their business needs.”

The first funded training course will be Emergency First Aid on 13 June 2017.

Other courses include Social Media for Business, Food Hygiene and Customer Service.

Chair of the Upper Eden Community Interest Company Alex Birtles said: “To be able to provide tailored training locally is a great opportunity for businesses in the area. For many small businesses taking time out of the working week can be difficult. We would like to thank our colleagues at Eden District Council who have worked hard to make sure that the courses are delivered locally, and are as accessible as possible to the business community.”

A number of courses will be funded by The Edge. The Edge is a European Social Fund Project co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency as part of the Employees Support in Skills Project commissioned by Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.

Courses that are not eligible for this funding will be supported with a 50% contribution towards course fees from Eden District Council.

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