Workforce for the Future is a free support service for businesses and individuals in the West of England. The £8m programme helps businesses develop employees' skills, understand how they can meet their current and future skills needs and attract, develop and retain talented people. It also supports local residents to upskill and improve their career prospects. The West of England Combined Authority and the European Social Fund (ESF) co-fund Workforce for the Future.
SMEs can find out more about the benefits of Workforce for the Future and sign up by visiting our dedicated business support service, the West of England Growth Hub.
The programme is open to anyone and not only West of England residents. However, we would strongly encourage the following groups to participate:
The project has received £4m of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit gov.uk.
Our programme helps small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) understand, navigate and benefit from our region’s skills system. We connect businesses to the future workforce through apprenticeships, internships and placements. We also encourage them to consider how they can develop the skills of current employees to achieve business goals.
We work with a range of expert partners who deliver the programme on behalf of the Combined Authority. Our partners have specialist skills and businesses can work with one or more of them, according to their needs.
Workforce for the Future helps our residents to upskill or reskill. Our services are suitable for people at any stage of their career – from those already in employment, to learners in schools and colleges or apprentices.
The programme offers many benefits, including: