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.”

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