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

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Family and Community Learning
Skills Support for the Workforce
Building Bridges
Community Grants
Higher Futures
Swindon and Wiltshire Enterprise Adviser Network
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Family and Community Learning

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Family and Community Learning offer learners long term, planned programmes with clear progression pathways: Discover – Develop- Achieve, leading to the development of new skills, improved personal achievement and outcomes. Courses can lead to qualifications, employability skills, jobs and volunteering.

Courses are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. Courses are no cost to you if you are 19+, have been a resident in UK/EU for 3+years, have less than 5 GCSEs grades A-C, in receipt of benefits, a service family or you may have other issues that joining a course could help you with.

To find out more/contact the team/sign up for a course, please follow the link below to the Family and Community Learning page.

Find out more about Family and Community Learning

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:

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Building Bridges

thumbnail of Building Better OppurtunitiesBuilding Bridges is a partnership of organisations, led by Community First, that has come together to deliver the Building Better Opportunities Programme across Swindon and Wiltshire.

The project has received up to £6.4M of funding from the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit

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.

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Community Training Grants

The Swindon and Wiltshire Community Training Grants support those furthest from the labour market, targeting the economically inactive. Successful applicants will move individuals either into employment, or establish a route towards employment, by helping individuals through education and training opportunities, advice, guidance and information.

The call for applications for grants is open, with full details, guidance and prospectus available from Groundwork.

Applications for grants can come from social enterprises, community and voluntary groups, charities and small businesses. They should seek to complement the Building Bridges programme and aim to provide support to people whilst meeting the local priorities for help with:

– Enterprise support services to tackle financial exclusion

– Establishing routes towards and into work with employers

– Promoting inclusion through learning and volunteering

For more information about the grants project please visit here.

Supporting NEETS – Swindon and Wiltshire LEP

Programme to support young people (15 to 25) who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) or who are at risk of becoming NEET.

Services will focus on pre-employability support that builds resilience, self-esteem and tackles poor mental health. Often young adults require lengthy interventions that build trust before taking on learning or employment.

Learners will attend for 4-10 weeks, on hours of 10-30 per week. Each programme will be individual to the learner. After initial referral participants will be met by the training provider, receive an informal interview / engagement meeting to ensure that the provider starts to get to know the participant and then this will start to form the basis of the Individual Learning Plan.

The programme should be seen as a stepping-stone to further employment, education and training and not a long-term programme i.e.. Not providing support all year round to pre 16 learners, as provision for this already exists.

For more information please click 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