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Berkshire Skills Projects

Thames Valley Berkshire LEP received a notional allocation of over £12 million of European Social Fund monies for investment into projects that support employment as well as promoting economic and social cohesion. Our current projects are delivered by a range of partners, contact details for each project are included below

  • Skills Support for the Workforce
    • offers tailored training courses set up to address the skills gaps of those currently employed but requiring skills development. The focus is on addressing the needs identified in the LEP’s Skills Priority Statement. Working across Berkshire, the project delivery partners provide a range of relevant vocational training opportunities in priority skills needs and sectors. For more information contact David Stevenson david@burleighcollege.co.uk
  • Skills support for the unemployed
    • This programme is aimed at unemployed people across the Berkshire region looking to up-skill and move into work. Training is matched to participant job goals. For more information contact David Stevenson david@burleighcollege.co.uk
  • Supporting young people at risk of NEET
    • This programme works particularly with 15/16 year olds in Education but at risk of becoming NEET providing on-going support and mentoring for young people who are at risk of disengaging post 16. For more information contact Lee Teideman leeteideman@adviza.org.uk
  • Berkshire Community Grants Programme
    • The programme provides grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 for small projects, led by citizens’ groups, voluntary and third sector organisations that help people to acquire skills needed to progress towards employment.  For more information contact Martin Petry martin.petry@groundwork.org.uk
  • Industry Specialist and Knowledge Exchange Programme
    • Activate Learning and project partners are, through an ESF funded project, looking to work with 175 Berkshire-based small and medium-sized businesses to help address the local skills shortage in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths industries. They will provide a platform for employers to share current industry methods, ideas, and best practice. By providing teacher placements or delivering master classes, you as employers can help define the skills development for your future workforce. Together, you will shape further education curriculum to ensure young people are “business fit” as soon as they finish their studies.  For more information please call the project hub on 0800 488 0285 or email istkep@activatelearning.ac.uk                                          https://www.activatelearning.ac.uk/for-employers/industry-specialist-teaching-and-knowledge-exchange-programme/