Calderdale College Celebrating the Success of Fully Funded English & Maths Qualifications

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Small companies in the Isle of Axholme have recently taken advantage of fully funded training through English and maths for the employed. The project, which is funded by the European Social Fund and co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency aims to aid workplace progression through a tailored package to build confidence and address wider barriers to learning.

DC Training and Development Services Ltd accessed the funding through Calderdale College and decided to target micro businesses in rural communities that have traditionally found it difficult to access mainstream funded provision.

One of the big issues for micro businesses has been the difficulties caused by qualifications requiring staff to train "off the job". In many cases there is no replacement available and the business has to absorb the financial impact which is often out of the question. English and maths for the employed provided payments which helped to alleviate the financial impact and the response was great in the Isle of Axholme, where 12 companies participated in the programme to improve maths and English in the workplace.

This culminated in a celebratory event held at the Carpenters Arms pub in Westwoodside, who had also participated in the training. Local MP Andrew Percy attended to present certificates to all the participating learners and the event was a great success. John Benson of JMB Decorating was very impressed with the project as he felt that it had helped to develop skills which would help the business while minimising the impact on his bottom line. Adrian Jordan, a self-employed consultant, was also impressed by the project which allowed a flexible approach to learning and compensated for the time invested.

Darren Calow, Managing Director of DC Training, said "We are delighted with the outcome we have achieved working with Calderdale College and the business community in this area."

Mark Lunn, Director of External Funding, Calderdale College stated "The English and maths for the employed project has proved to be very beneficial for companies through Yorkshire & Humber, the response from participants has been overwhelming. The celebration event which DC Training hosted is just one example of the success of the project."

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