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DNCC Launches New Skills for the Workforce Programme

©Fotum Dreamstime Stock Photos+Stock Free ImagesWhen the going gets tough for businesses, the first things to go are often marketing and training.

It’s all too easy for firms to look at training as an unnecessary expense, a luxury for better times.

But investing in training can play a major role in addressing the challenges of economic downturn as well as being a cost effective way of helping employees to become more engaged in your organisation’s activities.

The key to success within any business is ensuring it has staff with the relevant skills to do their job.

And in tough economic times investing in bite-size training chunks makes the cost more appetising. A satisfied and motivated workforce is a productive workforce, training increases the wellbeing of employees and reduces absenteeism, mistakes and stress in the workplace, in addition to reducing staff turnover – always beneficial for your business.

Simon Waldram, Blended Learning Business Manager, from Sharpsmart, Castle Donnington, said: “We have found that our staff are successful, driven employees and we attribute this to the adequate training which equips them with the skills to do their roles.

“When times are tough we continue to invest time in our staff because it not only improves their skills, which benefits our business, but they appreciate the efforts to help them develop professionally and that increases their loyalty and their work attitude.

“We find that trained staff feel more empowered to work by themselves thus enabling their managers to free up time for other important tasks.”

The Chamber is working with businesses to help develop and up-skill their workforces through its new Skills Support for the Workforce Programme, which is offering bite-size, fully-funded training to firms with under 250 employees - including sole traders and self-employed workers.

If you would like to develop your staff in customer service skills, leadership and management, teaching and assessing, IT, warehousing and storage, digital media and marketing or business administration, then contact Trudi Davidson, Skills for the Workforce Manager, at the Chamber’s Nottingham office on 0115 957 8757.

We can then discuss how to tailor this bespoke training to your organisation.

When discussing the Skills Support for the Workforce, Simon said: “This is a fantastic programme for ensuring staff stay skilled and produce results.

“This kind of bite-size training towards qualified units will help inspire and encourage staff into further professional development.”

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