£30m training programme delivered in partnership with Cheshire College to take local businesses to the next level

A new £30m training programme is being delivered in partnership with Cheshire College – South & West to support local businesses and develop their employees’ digital skills. ‘Accelerate’ has been designed for businesses to reskill and upskill their workforce, with an emphasis on adopting new technologies and processes for greater efficiency. 

Launched by The Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub, The Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the University of Chester in May, the programme has been partly funded by the European Social Fund. 

Benefitting both individual employees and employers, over the last several months businesses across the region have signed up to the Accelerate programme, taking place across Cheshire College’s three Campuses, to take advantage of the opportunity to develop new technologies, increase productivity and remain competitive.  

Karen Roberts, Assistant Principal – Employer Engagement and Apprenticeships at Cheshire College – South & West, said: “Cheshire College is a key driver in reviving the economy. Accelerate aims to have a transformative effect on the culture of ongoing learning and development across Cheshire and Warrington. As a lead partner of Accelerate, it is the College’s priority to be agile enough to anticipate, innovate and equip people with the tools they need for the jobs of tomorrow.  

“Skills development is a vital component in increasing the level and range of skills across workers and young people, increasing the adoption rate of new technologies and opening up career opportunities, so that residents benefit, and businesses and the economy thrive. 

“This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses and employees to become more resilient and competitive after a challenging year. We want to help businesses go into 2021 feeling more prepared than ever before.” 

Funding can be accessed by businesses and their employees who live or work in Cheshire and Warrington to undertake training across a wide range of subjects. 

  • Businesses employing more than 50 staff can access 40% funding to go towards the cost of training through Accelerate to retrain and upskill their workforce. 
  • Employees of businesses with less than 50 people can access 100% funding towards the training available, which comprises of 40% funding from Accelerate and 60% from the LEP. 

You can find out more about the Accelerate programme by emailing employers@ccsw.ac.uk or calling 01270 654638 (Crewe Campus) / 01244 656455 (Ellesmere Port and Chester Campuses).