North East Ambition Skills Support for SMEs

Delivered by Education Development Trust

Do you need to upskill your workforce, plug skills gaps, or plan future recruitment?

North East Ambition offers free skills support to SMEs in the North East. You’ll get one-to-one advice from a specialist skills facilitator who will work with you to develop a bespoke skills plan for your business, making sure that you can access the skills you need in your business, now and in the future.

What’s on offer?

Their team of Skills Facilitators provide a free, impartial consultancy service to SMEs in the North East, helping them to understand their skills needs and how to grow their business.

Finding a way through the skills landscape can be overwhelming and time consuming. Their team is available to help local businesses navigate this landscape, identifying the skills needs, training and finance options that will help them grow

Their Skills Facilitators work with businesses to:

  • Understand their skills needs and develop a bespoke action plan
  • Identify the most appropriate skills and employment programmes to support them in hiring new recruits or upskilling their current workforce
  • Find specific training courses and a trusted training provider
  • Advise on available funding options
  • Grow their networks and connect with other local businesses
  • Build partnerships with schools and colleges, enabling access to future talent.

Who can apply to the programme?

The North East Ambition programme is available to SMEs based in the North East. To be eligible, business must meet the following criteria:

  • Be classified as an SME
  • Have not received more than €200,000 of De Minimis State Aid in the last 3 years
  • Be based in a North East LEP area

The programme is part funded by the European Social Fund and is delivered by Education Development Trust in partnership with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.

Get in touch to arrange a free consultation.

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