Scilly’s Skills For Business Training Hailed As A Success

lifelong learning signThe Council’s Lifelong Learning manager says a Scilly business skills training project has been a success.

Jo Evans tells Radio Scilly that Skills for Business has enabled the islands to broaden and strengthen our skills base.

The 2-year scheme ended in December and is currently being evaluated. It offered a range of courses from sea survival to asbestos awareness.

There were 91 of them offered, and that’s almost double the original target number. 49 people from 32 local businesses benefitted from the training, says Jo.

One of the widest benefits of the European Rural Development Fund-backed scheme is likely to come from specialist training which enabled Nick and Bryony Lishman to set up their new Adventure Scilly specialist tourism business.

Their inter-island swimming event is set to boost visitor numbers by at least 150 people over a weekend this September.

Adam and Eve Hairdressers have expanded their beauty salon after training and islands’ artists have also made use of the support.

Vickie Heaney gained taxidermy skills and Scilly Smiths added precious metal clay to their jewellery range.

Jo is meeting with mainland colleagues to discuss future funding for new courses on Monday.

And she’s planning an event which will give islanders of all ages a chance to learn more about skills training, funding and the potential for apprenticeships here. That’s being planned for March.