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Scharmann Heavy Cut 1 Ram-Type Table Floor Borer
Table 2,500 mm x 3,000 mm
Travel X = 5,000 mm Travel y = 2,500 mm
Ram / spindle travel 600/700 mm
Table 2,500 mm x 3,000 mm Travel X = 5,000 mm Travel y = 2,500 mm Ram / spindle travel 600/700 mm ...
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£12 million skills fund to help SMEs post-Covid-19

Posted on 18 Nov 2020 and read 397 times
£12 million skills fund to help SMEs post-Covid-19Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation, is urging SMEs in the West Midlands and Worcestershire to make use of a £12 million skills fund, to help them upskill staff and get on the road to recovery from Covid-19.

The Supplier Skills Programme, which is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and managed by Birmingham City Council, offers businesses the opportunity to access grant-funding to develop their workforce in a range of different skills — grants are available from £500 to £18,000.

Make UK is a strategic partner of the programme, and can assist with the application process for a range of its accredited courses, both virtual and face-to-face. Subjects include: technical skills training, including robotics, welding and HNC/HND; leadership and management, including ILM and CMI; and health, safety and environment courses, including IOSH, NEBOSH and IOA.

The Supplier Skills Programme is open to SMEs which are: based within Birmingham, Solihull, Redditch, Wyre Forest and Bromsgrove; able to match fund training costs (50% by the SME, the remaining 50% by the ESF); all training must be accredited by the Ofqual Framework or recognised by industry and professional accrediting bodies. The programme aims to upskill over 7,000 employees and will run until March 2023.

Stephen Mitchell, director of apprentices and technical training at Make UK’s Technology Hub in Aston, Birmingham, said: “Upskilling workforces has never been more important for business continuity and resilience; the Supplier Skills Programme is a great way to part-fund a range of courses which will help give businesses the vital edge as they negotiate their way to recovery from the effects of this pandemic.”

For more information on the training Make UK can provide, telephone 0808 168 5874 or email: .

For more details of the programme itself, visit the Web site (www.birmingham.gov.uk/ssp).