Last chance to access current Skills Bank before programme moves into second phase

Almost 7,000 learners have already benefited from learning new skills through the flagship Skills Bank programme.

And now businesses across Sheffield City Region (SCR) are being encouraged to get any outstanding applications submitted before the deadline of Friday 8 December 2017, before Skills Bank transitions into its second phase in 2018.

Laura Bennett, board member at the SCR Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: “The first phase of Skills Bank has been extremely successful, with more than 430 deals already approved with SCR businesses, and 6,939 learners being supported to enhance their skills.

“Now we’re putting out a final call for any businesses who want to benefit from our current Skills Bank programme to get their full applications in no later than next week, before the existing programme closes to all applications and we move into phase two.

“This ‘let’s get it done’ work-ethic in the Sheffield City Region harnesses drive and ambition. With everyone pulling together, and a significant sense of community, we are achieving transformational change and building a thriving, super-connected and successful economy.

“This is helping to attract, retain and develop skills in the region which are so important for the SCR’s sustainable growth.”

As the contract for the first phase of the scheme comes to an end on 31 March 2018, a closing date of 8 December has been set for new applications, so that approved learning can be delivered and recorded before the end of March next year. Visit the website to sign up or find out more

Next year (subject to funding), the Skills Bank will transition into its second phase maintaining its core ethos of providing access to funding to support training to promote growth. Further information will be made available on the Sheffield City Region website, with the opportunity for businesses to register their interest.

Businesses wanting to find out about other support available within the Sheffield City Region or to register their interest in keeping up to date with developments on the next phase of Skills Bank should call our dedicated Growth Hub on 03330 00 00 39 or email

Alternatively, businesses can contact their local college or training provider for other sources of skills specific support.