Showcasing our skills work at the LEP

European Social Fund  SFA

Back in July we held the LEP’s first Summer Showcase on skills, following on from the Spring Showcase. The event looked at two programmes of work; Skills Support for the Workforce and the Local Response Fund, projects from the European Social Fund.  This was an opportunity to hear how the programmes had delivered skills to more than 3,700 learners across York, North Yorkshire and the East Riding.

Skills Support for the Workforce was a programme for people in work, it was business-led, so that people could get the skills needed for today’s business environment. The courses that were created were flexible and in some cases bespoke for the people participating. The budget for the programme was £1.57 million with 2,215 learners completing courses under the scheme.

The Local Response Fund looked to support the LEP’s priority sectors such as agricultural technology (agri-tech), construction, biorenewables, engineering, health and social care and much more. The scheme involved 12 partners and ended on 31 July with 1,500 learners completing courses.

At the Summer Showcase we held our first Inspired People Awards, there were five winners all of whom had been involved in the Local Response Fund, either through participating in a course themselves or nominating their staff to make use of the opportunities. The winners were:

  • Elaine Pamplin, Magdalen Park, Hedon – who was assessed as outstanding for her Level 3 Greater understanding of Dementia qualification
  • Calvin Dow, the Castle Inn, Skipton – who enrolled his staff on a customer service course
  • Molly Coombes, The Yard – who’s enthusiasm and proactivity are clear to see in the day-to-day running of her self-catering business
  • Andrew Manfield, Precision Decisions – who’s research it precision farming helps his business as well as local farmers
  • Sue Colling, White Lodge Hotel – who achieved her level 2 diploma in professional cookery

You can find more about the work to support our Inspired People priority here. And we’ve written a booklet about the Local Response Fund and it’s achievements, which you can download or view here.