Businesses still have eight months to take advantage of funding that will help train staff to move into management roles. European Social Fund (ESF) funding is available for businesses based in Norfolk or Suffolk, have fewer than 250 employees and wants to enhance their leadership skills.
The funding is available until 28th Feb 2019 and will enable the dedicated support of up to 330 emerging leaders across the New Anglia LEP area.
Some businesses who are benefitting through the Emerging Leaders project include King’s Lynn-based Carousel Café and Munchbox. Sophie Kerr started on the ESF Emerging Leaders course in April 2017 after taking on management duties at the both establishments owned by her father Gary, in King’s Lynn.
Sophie was keen to attend the workshops on developing communication skills, health and safety in the workplace, how to become an effective leader and setting targets and goals. Sophie thought these workshops were helpful and enjoyable, meeting lots of new people from different sectors.
Following this course, Sophie hopes to develop her skills further by enrolling onto a management course to help grow the family business.
The Emerging Leaders project is ESF funded and managed by The College of West Anglia, working in partnership with other general further education colleges in the New Anglia LEP area. The colleges have come together to form the New Anglia Colleges Group (NACG) and will continue to deliver the project as a partnership. The New Anglia Colleges Group has a wide range of operational relationships already in place across the whole geography and currently works with 4,500 SMEs in the New Anglia LEP area.
The European Social Fund can deliver skills training to employees who are aged 19 or over, who have lived in the EU for the last 3 years and who are seen as ‘emerging leaders’ in the organisation.
For more information, please contact the project lead Susie Massen at firstname.lastname@example.org.