Businesses Should Act Fast For Training Support

Lifelong Learning says Scilly’s businesses need to act fast to avoid missing out on financial support for staff training.

The ‘Skills for Business’ programme, funded by LAG, has been running since last September and has helped islanders train in everything from marketing and first aid, to asbestos removal and upholstery.

They’ve even supported someone who wanted to be a taxidermist.

Manager, Jo Evans, says the scheme is designed to help businesses ‘up skill’ and support more diversity in the local economy.

But she says the clock is ticking, as any courses will need to be completed and signed off by 2014.

34 islanders, from 20 different local businesses, have received funding so far. Jo says they’ll pay up to 50% of the course fees and plane fare, as well as £40 per night towards accommodation.

They’ll also be able to help find a suitable provider if you know the course you want, but don’t know where it’s run.

Jo said it’s not just mainland training either. They’ve been approached to run a scaffolding course here on the islands, which she says is a very efficient way of targeting several learners at once.

To be eligible, businesses must have less than 10 employees and be full time residents of the Isles of Scilly.

Anyone interested in applying for funding should contact Lifelong Learning at Carn Thomas or see their website.