Skills and training

Effective management and development of your staff can help your business improve its performance and achieve key objectives, however, developing your workforce’s skills takes time and can be costly, it is therefore important to plan an effective development programme.

For information on the business training available to help develop your skills and the skills of your workforce, please visit

European Social Fund

The BeInspired European Social Fund/Education and Skills Funding Agency co-funded programme, will provide young people with the skills, experience and qualifications for them to achieve their career and employment goals. 

For information on the BeInspired programme, please visit the European Social Fund - BeInspired webpage.   

Skills Support for the Workforce

Finding it hard to finance training for your team?  Then this newly launched programme Skills Support for the Workforce will help you as an employer, to access fully funded training across all sectors and subject areas for employees aged 19+

For further details, please contact Rosie Foster email: or telephone: 01244 656 300/378.

Please note: To meet European Social Fund eligibility businesses and organisations must be based in the Cheshire and Warrington sub-region and employ less than 250 staff.

Learn Direct

Learn Direct can help you create a structured programme of learning to suit your business. They offer a wide range of online courses that can be completed in small chunks and at a time and place convenient to you and also offer training that can be completed at work.  To find out more, please visit the Learn Direct website or telephone 0800 101 901.

The Manufacturing Institute's Profit Programme

The Profit Programme has been developed and is delivered by manufacturers for manufacturers.

Every manufacturing business faces different challenges. The Profit Programme uses a mixture of on-site consultancy support and optional masterclasses that are bespoke for your business.

There are 3P's in the Profit Programme:

  1. Prepare: Business Review - fully funded on-site business review to prepare a practical action plan to meet YOUR challenges.
  2. Progress: Subsidised consultancy days - option of up to 4 days subsidised on-site support with a manufacturing expert to implement your action plan.
  3. Perfect: Masterclass series - option of up to 6 subsidised masterclasses, giving you the tools to build a clear action plan to sustain improvement!

For more information on the Profit Programme, please visit The Manufacturing Institute website or telephone 0161 875 2525.

Please note: The £2.4 million Profit Programme is funded by The Manufacturing Institute and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). To meet ERDF eligibility requirements companies need to be based in the North West of England, employ less than 250 employees, not be wholly owned by a large group and have less than a £42m turnover.

Chambers of Commerce

Chambers in the Cheshire East area offer Information Technology courses and a wide range of business skills and management training such as `Dealing with Difficult Customers', `First Aid at Work' and `How to Maximise the Potential of LinkedIn'. 

To find out more about the training available, please contact your Chamber of Commerce

Please note: All Chamber courses are open to non-members as well as members, though members can usually expect a discount.

Investors in People

The Investors in People standard provides a flexible framework, which any organisation can adapt for its own requirements. An `Investor in People' develops effective strategies to improve the performance of the organisation through its people.

To find out more about becoming an 'Investor in People' and why it may benefit your organisation, please visit the Investors in People website.

Manchester Metropolitan University

The University has developed a wide range of training and professional development courses, tailored to business needs. 

For further information, please visit the business development section of the Manchester Metropolitan University website.

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