A £7 million support scheme for SMEs in Greater Manchester has launched as part of Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s (GMCA) Skills for Growth investment.
The scheme will be delivered by the Business Growth Hub in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and will help small businesses in the city-region to develop both businesses and its employees. Health and wellbeing will also form a key element of the programme.
The Skills for Growth scheme will comprise three key stages of support, helping Greater Manchester businesses to:
- Access a consultation service to assess current skills and productivity
- Develop a Productivity & Skills Plan
- Implement Productivity & Skills development (including access to skills providers)
The programme’s SME support is fully funded and is tailored for businesses to upskill employees and drive productivity improvements.
Businesses will be assigned a dedicated skills coach to assess current talent and skills, before working to develop bespoke productivity and skills plans to support employees on a one-to-one basis. The Skills for Growth programme will also work with businesses to find the right training provider to deliver the plans.
Further information about eligibility for the programme and how to take part is available from the Skills for Growth SME website.