York SMEs are also able to access skills support from two Local Enterprise Partnerships and other regional partners – including a range of fully funded training courses, peer to peer sessions and digital training.
York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) – Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW)
If you’re an SME based in York, North Yorkshire or East Riding, you may be eligible for free training through the Skills Support for the Workforce project. Training is funded by the European Social Fund and the Education and Skills Funding Agency.
Cost: Fully funded
Examples of training available: Customer Services, Logistics, Business Administration, Team Leading, Resilience and Recovery in Business, Digital Productivity, Promotion and Growth, and Health Care courses including Coronavirus (Covid-19) and Pandemic Awareness, Customer Service, Logistics (theory), Business Administration and Team Leading.
Eligibility criteria: Small to medium-sized businesses in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding seeking training to support a business growth plan.
Find out more: https://ssw.fundingunit.org.uk/areas/ynyer/
The York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub has also created a new Learning Toolkit to help businesses and employees in York and the wider region access online learning resources during these difficult times.
Find out more: https://www.ynygrowthhub.com/how-we-can-help/coronavirus/coronavirus-skills-community/learning-toolkit/
Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)/Winning Pitch
The LEP is offering a range of webinars and free weekly peer-to-peer sessions – providing business owners across the city region an opportunity to share ideas, raise issues, gain new insights and collaborate.
Examples of training available: Leadership groups, planning for a phased lockdown exit, leading your team into recovery and best practices for marketing during and after COVID-19.
Eligibility criteria: SMEs within Leeds City Region boundaries
Find out more here: https://www.the-lep.com/business-support/events/webinar-peer-to-peer-discussions/ and register to attend webinars here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/winning-pitch-30137500028
In addition, the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges offer a number of part and fully-funded programmes aimed at tackling social mobility and connecting the education and business sectors. Find out more: https://www.westyorkshirecolleges.co.uk/
Local providers who offer services as part of this consortium include:
Harrogate Business Advisors Ltd helps SME business owners increase profit and create more time for themselves.
Cost: Costs vary depending on training required but part-funded courses are available
Subjects covered: Specialists in accelerating growth and increasing sales. A unique training offer based on the aspirations of the business owner and tailored to the individual. The duration of training will depend on the needs of the business and the trainees so it starts with a no obligation ‘discovery’ session where costs and funding will be explained.
Blue Ridge Performance Management Ltd provide learning and development services to help businesses grow through developing their people; building capacity, knowledge, skills, competence and confidence
Cost: Part-funded mental-health courses. Costs of other training varies.
Subjects covered: Specialists in Mental Health Awareness and Mental Health First Aid. Other subjects include: Leadership training, Business Coaching, and Personality Profiling.
Digital Enterprise are offering a range of Digital Knowledge Exchange webinars on a variety of digital topics.
Examples of training available: Customer engagement, business resilience, content marketing and digital marketing strategy – including areas such as getting your website found on Google and finding your target customers on social media.
Eligibility criteria: SME’s within Leeds City Region boundary.
Find out more: https://www.digitalenterprise.co.uk/digital-knowledge/events/. Register here: https://www.digitalenterprise.co.uk/de2/