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Skills for Work

Support and training to boost workforce skills

What is Skills Support for the Workforce?

The Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) programme provides fully-funded workplace training to boost employee skills and help their employers increase productivity. This programme is also suitable for those facing redundancy, or those newly made redundant. We are delivering SSW in the Southeast England Local Enterprise Partnership area (SELEP), which covers Essex, Kent and East Sussex

Why upskill your staff with SSW? 

  • Increase productivity
  • Bespoke engagement to maximise employee benefit
  • Improve staff wellbeing and increase staff retention

The Learner Journey 

Needs assessment - We work with employers to identify their most relevant potential candidates via a Training Needs Assessment. For recently redundant individuals, referrals may come from community-based organisations.  The aim of the initial assessment is to agree on candidates and their appropriate part-time release for training. 

Induction and Skills Assessment - Learner engagement begins with an Information, Advice and Guidance session to identify the employer and employee goals, or those of individuals facing redundancy. An individual learner plan is constructed for participants.

Learning begins

Subject to the planned duration of learning, each individual learner will receive a minimum monthly learning review conducted by their Advisor/Mentor. This review will establish progress made and identify how to continue to improve with the help of the Advisor or Mentor. Learners will also be encouraged to further participate in learning surveys or forums to identify areas of improvement.

Health and Wellbeing Support - Focused on learning to support health, well-being, emotional stability and to provide positive choices and values towards employment, the SSW programme aims to activities to create the best mindset for employees to help them thrive in the workplace. 

Job planning and career advice

Preparation for work is designed to be responsive to each individual and will incorporate ongoing support and advice. Activities use techniques to engage learning and improve understanding, including

  • In work/benefit calculations, including HMRC Advice
  • Advice regarding disclosure of offences
  • CV writing and support
  • Using Social Media to apply for work
  • Interview Techniques and Preparation
  • Support to attend appointments
  • Employers/ industry workshops
  • Career options

Work experience and vocational tasters - Learners will be provided with opportunities to take part in work experience opportunities based on individual need. 

Progression - On completion of the work experience element, all learners will receive further support and career guidance with their assigned Advisor/Mentor. 

Delivery areas and partners 

East Sussex - Twin Employment & Training

Kent, Medway, Essex, Southend and ThurrockGo-Train, Mainstream and The Lightbulb Limited

For more information or further details on how to register for funding, please fill out our Expression of Interest form