Upper Eden traininginitiative under way

Date: Friday 23rd June 2017
Workers who attended the first training session on emergency first aid.
Workers who attended the first training session on emergency first aid.

A FUNDED training initiative for businesses in Upper Eden is under way.

The project, which is designed to develop skills to support business growth in the area, 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. The funded and part-funded training opportunities focus on workforce development for small and medium sized businesses in Upper Eden.

The first training session, on emergency first aid, was provided by SHN Training Services, Kirkby Stephen.

Eden District Council business marketing officer Paul Walker said: “We recognise the importance of growing the local economy, promoting prosperity, and 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.”

Other courses include social media for business, food hygiene and customer service.

Upper Eden Community Interest Company chairman 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, 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 per cent. contribution towards course fees from Eden Council.