Local Programmes

Local Programmes 2017-07-27T16:13:27+00:00

European Social Fund and Local Enterprise Partnership programmes for residents in the Swindon & Wiltshire area

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Raising Aspiration in STEM
Apprenticeships Service
Employment support for the over 50’s
Skills Support for the Workforce
Building Bridges
Links to Work
Higher Futures
Swindon and Wiltshire Enterprise Adviser Network
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Raising aspirations for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

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Raising aspirations for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

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This programme offers routes into careers, through work experience, internships, traineeships, and apprenticeships, and degree level learning, using a range of innovative techniques to raise aspirations for STEM. The programme brings together local businesses experiencing skills gaps now, and which predict future talent shortages with educational establishments, and young people looking for sustained careers.

The programme is aimed at those aged 16-24 and not in education, employment or training.

If you would like to find out more please email: ceigswindonandwiltshire@cswgroup.co.uk

Apprenticeship Services

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This programme aims at developing/delivering innovative provision tailored to the needs of employers and their employees that will enable effective progression routes for apprenticeships and Higher Education; with the focus of working with employers that have not offered apprenticeship previously or are needing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skilled workers.

Eligible employees must be aged 16-24 and employed.

To find out more information please email: apprenticeships@cswgroup.co.uk

Employment support for the over 50’s

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thumbnail of LD A5 + 50’s Leaflet This programme is aimed at supporting those who are over 50 in making sure that they have the right skills for the workplace and help start the journey to employment, voluntary work or back into education.

Employment support for the over 50’s offers courses and qualifications in: maths, English, IT, confidence & motivation, business and job specific skills, self-employment and job seeking skills.

To be eligible for this programme you must be:

  • aged 50 or older
  • not currently employed
  • eligible to live and work in this country

For more information please visit here.

Skills support for the workforce

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This is a programme aimed at upskilling employees within small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Swindon & Wiltshire. It provides recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of the business and boost the local economy.

Working with SMEs to develop bespoke training programmes relevant to their needs, this £4m programme is co-funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and contracted out to Serco, supporting the workforce at no extra cost to the business.

For more information please visit here.

Building Bridges

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thumbnail of Building Better Oppurtunities Building Bridges is delivered by a partnership of 40 local organisations, who are experts at supporting those furthest from employment and giving them the skills and confidence they need to move forward.

The programme supports people across Swindon and Wiltshire who are facing significant challenges in being able to develop their skills, access education or move towards the world of work. It is aimed at those who are unemployed, economically inactive and those facing multiple, complex challenges and barriers that could affect employability.

Relevant partners work with people on a one-to-one basis to help them address these challenges and develop a personalised plan to help achieve goals at a pace they are comfortable with. Taking part in the programme is entirely voluntary and all advice and support is offered free of charge.

To be eligible for the programme you must be:

  • Not working
  • Not on a zero hours contract
  • Be Aged 15 or Over
  • Have the legal right to work in the United Kingdom
  • Not in Prison

For more information about the project please visit here.

Links to Work

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If you are looking for work then Links to Work employability and health professionals can help. The programme is aimed at helping you find employment by working with you on identifying your strengths, skills and abilities, and any barriers you may have to employment.

To be eligible for this programme you must be currently unemployed, over 16 years old and have one or more of the following barriers:

  • be over 50
  • be a lone parent
  • be an ethnic minority
  • have a disability or are managing a health condition
  • have caring responsibilities
  • have a basic skills needs
  • have mental health issues
  • have a criminal conviction
  • are drug or alcohol dependent
  • have no or low qualification
  • have a language barrier

If you are still not sure, then please register and we will get back to you very soon. To find out more information please visit here.

Higher Futures

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Higher Futures can work with your business to up-skill your employees with locally delivered, bespoke higher level training solutions created in partnership with our nationally based university level providers, saving you time and money.

“Over the next three to five years, more than three-quarters of businesses (77%) expect to increase the number of employees using higher-level skills in their jobs.*”

* CBI education and skills survey 2016.

Find out more about Higher Futures

Swindon and Wiltshire Enterprise Adviser Network

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The purpose of the national Enterprise Adviser Network and the local Swindon & Wiltshire Network is to create strong and lasting connections between local businesses and the schools/colleges in the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership area to help further develop and support careers and enterprise activities. As part of the National Careers & Enterprise Company Programme, this initiative aims to –

  • Support increased business engagement in education and future employability of young people.
  • Create a national network of brokerage between employers and schools, giving greater consistency and coverage.
  • Complement and enhance existing activities, building upon strong provider partnerships and developing a new and innovative approach.
  • Ensure even coverage of impartial, high quality Careers, Education, Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG) exists for all young people to access across the LEP area.
Find out more about the Enterprise Adviser Network