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Workforce upskilling is a new year opportunity

BUSINESSES across the Grimsby area are being offered a major boost to the training of their existing workforce.

Workforce upskilling is a new year opportunity

Experts at the town’s Avant Partnership have a pot of apprenticeship training money specifically targeted at firms in North East Lincolnshire, which have staff they want to upskill.

With levels of workplace apprenticeships offered in the 16 to 18-year age group, and 19-plus, the idea is to see existing staff improve their knowledge – enabling them to grow within a company.

The apprenticeships, which range from 13-month to two-year programmes are in customer service, business administration, hairdressing and barbering. Contributions made by individual firms can range from zero contribution up to a maximum of 10 per cent, depending on the level of qualification, the age of the apprentices and the size of the organisation.

Avant’s chief executive, Steve Roe – who has a training background which stretches over two decades on both banks of the Humber – encouraged firms in a variety of sectors to come forward.

“Increasing the skills of your existing staff can increase the productivity of your business, while creating progression opportunities for some of your most promising employees,” Mr Roe said. Avant is looking forward to supporting business leaders develop their customer service and business administration needs. 

While on the hairdressing front, there has also been a surge in the popularity of barber’s shops – either opening in their own right, or specialising with salons. 

This, said Mr Roe, has led to a skills gap in that area of hairdressing – both nationally and regionally.

“Businesses in many areas will recognise members of staff who would really benefit and grow from the apprenticeships that are on offer – for little or even no investment, added Mr Roe, whose company has been offering direct training solutions across North East Lincolnshire for ten years.

Based at Pearl Assurance House in Grimsby town centre, Avant training has been rated “good” in all three of its Ofsted inspections, while also being highly recommended in national employer and learner surveys – with satisfaction ratings well above the national average.

For more information, contact Avant on 01472 470590.

News Courtesy: www.humberbusiness.com

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