Skills and training support

Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire is a place of high ambition. Skills is a huge part of that.

Over, 9,000 people involved in the £75m+ Strategic Skills Programme have gone into work, education, training, or an apprenticeship, or have been upskilled to improve innovation and productivity

The improvement and growth in skill levels is growing faster across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire compared to nationally, with 40,800 more adults having formal qualifications and 58,500 more adults qualified to degree level or higher in just 5 years.

The Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Hub has created a surge in advanced manufacturing, engineering and construction skills. In addition, a further 3,500 people have learnt new employability skills at i54 South Staffordshire alone, one of Europe’s premier business parks.

Staffordshire’s skills gap is also decreasing. We are no longer just the place for traditional skills, the rate at which our skill base is improving is one of the fastest in the UK, with a workforce of over 3 million all within an hour. The Skills Strategy has responded to business need for more advanced manufacturing, engineering and digital skills, and our three main universities will allow us to further develop the skills of residents.

With multi-million-pound recent investment in world class facilities locally, backed by an employer-led curriculum and underpinned by flexible provision through £55m of EU funding, we have a track record of supporting employers.

Make It will offer brokerage with a wide range of partners in recruitment, employment and training to provide a wrap-around approach. This will include links with local colleges and training providers including the current ESF providers offering a range of employability training and in-work training and support. Plus links with the local Growth Hub and Skills Hub.

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