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13 Nov

Invitation to Tender: ScaleUp360 Programme Workshops and Business Advice

A procurement opportunity has arisen for a bank of high growth business support specialists to supply 1-2-1 business advice and workshops to businesses and entrepreneurs in the Sheffield City Region (SCR).

11 Nov

Flood Support from Nottinghamshire County Council and Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire County Council have announced their support for residents and businesses affected by recent flooding. Both councils are offering emergency payments of up to £300 for small businesses who have been affected by the floods.

30 Oct

Workshops at flagship iHub Innovation Centre achieve full occupancy

The £12m iHub innovation centre on Infinity Park in Derby has scored another success after its state-of-the-art hybrid workshop achieved 100% occupancy.

WEA on track to increase productivity in the Midlands through innovative language courses

The Worker’s Educational Association is piloting a programme to support skilled residents within the Midlands to improve their English bettering their chances of skilled employment. The WEA will be working with Midlands’ Engine and the LEPs to improve employment prospects and productivity in the work place.

The Midlands Engine has ambitious targets for growth, with many employers identifying skills gaps as key barrier. Employers tell us that there is a shortage of soft skills such as self-management, language skills, punctuality, reliability, strong work ethic, willingness to learn and act appropriately which is a significant barrier to recruitment. The recruitment challenge is driving costs and increasing the need to re-design jobs. The WEA plans to support business through providing accelerating work place language skills and identify Midlands’ residents who have the skills or potential to meet the needs of local industry.

Our proposed programme identifies cohorts of ESOL speakers who may have had good levels of education, qualifications and work skills in their home countries but who are unable to find work that reflects their abilities due to their language skills. Our programme is developmental and focuses on identifying these groups and offering intensive non-accredited English classes in small groups to accelerate their learning and work progression and following this with accredited learning to continue to develop work-related vocabularies and writing skills while gaining a recognisable award.

The WEA will be piloting in Leicester, Nottingham and Birmingham and is looking to partner with refugee centres, business and Job Centre Plus to recruit potential students.