Help us understand the SME voice

Published 10th Nov 2014 by Events

The recent Small Business Outlook 2014 Report has found that “Cities with a higher proportion of SMEs investing in training are also likely to have more high-performing SMEs.” Currently, only 35% of SMEs actively engage in training, and report that they are not aware of training opportunities that support their needs.

Do you work for a business or a social enterprise based in the Leeds City Region, Calderdale, Kirklees or Wakefield, employing less than 250 with a turnover under £34m?

Leeds City Region Skills Networkwould like to:

  • Identify the barriers to staff training take up amongst Small Medium Enterprise SMEs in the Leeds City Region 
  • To identify the training needs and gaps in the current offer of training provision for SMEs

The Key purpose of the Leeds City Region Skills Network's research is to identify skills pathways to support high growth areas and skills gaps or deficiencies in current training provision by educational intuitions and providers. They would like to determine the level of demand for flexible provision in terms of place, pace or mode of delivery and identify barriers to accessing training provision. In turn, identifying methods to overcome barriers to accessing staff training as well as current skills development being undertaken by employees, leaders and business owner.

Each participating organisation will be entered into a prize draw to win a brand new Ipad-2, have a chance to win a free employee engagement workshops worth £350 and have access to free courses*. 

Business involved will influence the future of skills development in the region and assist in highlighting any deficiencies in training provision alongside learning and sharing about the developments in the area of skills and training.

*To access the free courses businesses must employ less than 250 staff, have turnover below £34m and be based in the Leeds City Region.

To assist, please complete the online survey.

This research will inform the skills development strategy and training provision to address the training needs and gaps of SMEs in the Leeds City Region.The research will offer opportunities to a larger proportion of SMEs to actively access training for their employees by making them aware of training opportunities that support their needs. 

For further information contact the team. 


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