Published date 21 September 2023

West skills boost: Mayor’s ‘Skills Connect’ scheme launches

A new “one-stop shop” website for West of England residents who are looking for training to gain new skills has launched.

Skills Connect comes from Dan Norris’s West of England Mayoral Authority and is designed to make it easier for residents who want to find information about upskilling, reskilling, apprentices, and a wide range of other training and career support on offer.

As well as resources available online, there are Skills Connect team advisors available on the phone who cans provide tailored one-to-one support.

Speaking at the launch of Skills Connect at South Glos and Stroud College's Horizon 38 Centre, Metro Mayor Dan Norris encouraged all West of England residents to take advantage of the opportunities available through Skills Connect: “Welcome to Skills Connect. This is a first step in making the jobs and skills training that’s available in our region easier to access.

"I hope this jobs and skills one-stop-shop for workers will make it easier than ever for locals to see what’s available.

“So whether it’s finding out about one of our hands-on training courses in retrofitting, bus driving or other vital West of England sectors, or if it’s a ‘gold-standard’ apprenticeship in construction or something else you’re after, I’d encourage all locals to get online, discover your options, and find the support you need to help shape a brighter future for your career.

“As a Jobs First Mayor, I’m delighted that the Mayoral Combined Authority that I'm so proud to lead has a real focus on helping talented local people get the training they need, and deserve, to access good-quality, well-paid secure jobs across our amazing West of England region.”

Discover skills, training and career support in the West of England today at www.skillsconnect.org.uk.

Related Articles

Count
Metro Mayor Dan Norris and Conal Kelly of Factory Studios behind a drum kit
Published date17 August 2022
Mayor bangs drum for Bristol music studio
Metro Mayor Dan Norris at Bridges Electrical Engineers
Published date22 November 2022
Sparks of success for Midsomer Norton workers
Metro Mayor Dan Norris with Urbane Eco workers Kyle Turner and Tom Armitage
Published date15 June 2022
Metro Mayor visits Bristol retrofit site
Published date14 March 2023
New funding available to upscale
Metro Mayor Dan Norris at a car workshop
Published date24 May 2021
Driving forward Bristol’s skills
Metro Mayor Dan Norris meets Leon and Izzy at Noods Radio
Published date30 March 2022
Metro Mayor gets in the DJ booth
Lady and man at a computer
Published date1 October 2021
Free help to grow your business using tech