Leading Chesterfield SMEs Boost Workforce Skills - For Free

Leading Chesterfield SMEs Boost Workforce Skills - For Free

Three prominent Chesterfield businesses are up-skilling their management teams with thousands of pounds-worth of training - for free, thanks to a government scheme.

The Skills Support for the Workforce Programme supports SMEs to flourish with free courses to boost workforce skills.

Peak Pipe Systems, one of the UK’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of polyethylene pipe, jumped at the opportunity of boosting its workers’ potential.

Along with sister company ControlPoint Ltd, creators of quality assurance systems, it put nine team leaders forward for accredited Team Leading and Management courses.

Delivered by leading provider The Source Skills Academy in Sheffield, with Chesterfield business coach and author Anne Burton at the helm, the training is worth up to £600 per person.

ControlPoint opened its doors to other businesses and hosted the workshops at its Chesterfield Trading Estate site, including Weightron Bilanciai, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of weighbridges and industrial weighing products, software and automation.

Sammy Hodgkiss, Service Team Leader, is one of 65 employees at the 35-year-old company, which develops and builds all its products at the Titan Works on Bridge Way, Chesterfield. She commented: “I want to progress to management at Weightron and this course will improve my leadership skills and give clarity on how to deal with HR issues should they arise.”

Five team leaders from Sheepbridge-based MSK Ingredients are also upskilling.

The company supplies the UK's leading chefs, hotels and restaurants with specialist culinary ingredients and ‘Heston Blumenthal-style’ molecular gastronomy tools.

Laura Chapman, HR Manager at Peak Pipe Systems, commented: “We didn’t know there was free government funding to help us develop our employees until we heard about Skills Support for the Workforce from The Source. We realised it was a fantastic opportunity.

“Investing in our people is a priority but we have to keep an eye on our budgets. A number of talented staff across our shop floor, offices and warehouse had been promoted to team leaders but had not received managerial training. SSW has enabled us to support them in their roles."

“The employee’s voice is very important to us. Upskilling our managers, enables them to provide better support to their staff.”

Laura added: “As Chesterfield Champions, we were delighted to support other local businesses by hosting the training.”

Chesterfield has been designated a priority area in the Sheffield City Region’s delivery of the Skills Support for the Workforce Programme, which is co-financed by the European Social Fund and the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

Dale Robinson, Business Development Director at The Source, said: “We are helping Chesterfield SMEs grow by enabling them to develop their people at no cost"

“Our SSW courses support the Sheffield City Region LEP’s priority to boost the local economy and will be running regularly in different parts of the region.”

Companies who want to develop staff management skills can contact The Source’s business development officer at vernon.tolson@thesourceacademy.co.uk

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