Skills Bank

Skills Bank is a programme that puts employers from across the region in charge of their own skills and training needs.

Developed by the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, the programme enables businesses to invest in their workforce and improve their productivity.

Private sector investment is matched with public funding to help businesses to deliver bespoke, tailor made training.

To help those businesses who have been directly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, the Skills Bank team are offering two new strands of the programme – a suite of online training programmes and a rapid response offer which is dedicated to securing training and support.

The Suite of online training programmes have been developed for businesses who want to access training to support them through the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic.  This support has been designed to help businesses to make changes to day-to-day working practices. This suite of practical responsive training will help to stabilise businesses as they move to increased online methods to operate and communicate.

The rapid response offer is open to those businesses that are directly contributing to the government’s Coronavirus strategy, for example, for those businesses who have shifted to manufacturing Personal Protective Equipment. Skills Bank can support employers to source and fund training quickly to ensure rapid changes to the business are put in place quickly and safely.

Find out more here.

Kickstart Scheme

The Government’s Kickstart scheme is now available to businesses in the Sheffield City Region. The £2 billion scheme funds employers to create subsidised job placements for 16 to 24 year olds. It will create hundreds of thousands of high quality six month work placements for young people who are on Universal Credit and deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment.

There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded job. The funding for each job will cover 100% of the relevant national minimum wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer national insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

You can apply online if your business is able to offer a minimum of 30 job placements. If you are unable to offer this many job placements, a Kickstart gateway can act on your behalf and apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant for you.

Find out more and check if your business can apply.

If you’ve been offered Kickstart Scheme funding, you can use these resources to show your support for the scheme.

If you need help with the Kickstart Scheme process, you can email: including in the email your company name, preferred contact information (phone number or email), your postcode and the town or city of your proposed job placements. You will receive a telephone call from your local employer contact or the national contact within 2 working days.

Skills Support for the Workplace

Skills Support for the Workplace (SSW) provides fully funded support to boost skills in your business through a wide range of different programmes. The programme offers accredited full level 2 and part level 3 qualifications alongside tailored support for your business.

As a result of the on-going Coronavirus pandemic, SSW are delivering a wide range of programmes remotely, which includes using online technology, posting out the portfolio of work and providing support over the phone. The portfolio of remote learning is increasing and currently available in the following areas:

  • Administration
  • Cleaning
  • Customer service
  • Education and training
  • Health and social care
  • Hospitality
  • Team leading
  • Warehousing

Find out more and apply here.

To find out what other support programmes are available, take a look at the Growth Hub Support Finder. The Support Finder lists all skills and training support projects and initiatives that are currently available that we know of. If you know what training you require, our directory of Training Providers can be filtered in accordance with the type and level of training you are looking for. Feel free to have a browse at the different options available to you.

Online Skills Toolkit

The Government has released a large database of accredited courses in both digital and numeracy subjects to build workplace skills that can be learned by individuals from their home. Participants don’t have to be employed and the only commitment required is a little time. Find out more here.