The Skills Enhancement Fund
Calderdale College is responsible for managing the regionâ€™s largest business support package, The Skills Enhancement Fund. The ÂŁ50m fund aims to improve the regionâ€™s skills base by providing funding towards training costs for employers and is co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency through the European Social Fund and funded by Yorkshire Forward.
Launched in October 2008, the fund has so far:
- Supported over 9,000 of the regionâ€™s businesses
- Contracted with providers and employers to assist over 50,000 individuals
- Committed over ÂŁ15m to training activity specifically designed to address skills gaps and sector needs
Quote from Chris Jones, Principal of Calderdale College:
"The Skills Enhancement Fund is playing a major role in maintaining and improving business competitiveness in Yorkshire and the Humber. Our role is to support all partners in ensuring business gets the training and skills development it needs."
A recent independentÂ evaluation commissioned by the Skills Funding Agency highlighted the significant impact that the Skills Enhancement Fund support has had on many of the regionâ€™s businesses. More information on the evaluationÂ can be found here.
Further information about The Skills Enhancement FundÂ including case studies can be found atÂ www.enhancementfund.co.uk or contact the Enhancement Fund team on 01422 399339.