A new programme aimed at helping small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to up-skill their employees has officially been launched by the Waterford Wexford Education & Training Board (WWETB) at an early morning briefing in The Ferrycarrig Hotel.
Business owners were invited to come along and see how they could benefit from the new Solas initiative 'Skills to Advance'. This new initiative, which is part of a framework to support working lives and Enterprise Growth in Ireland, marks the start of an exciting new development in further education and training provision and affords an opportunity to build stronger links with enterprise.
Essentially the policy enables SMEs to enhance their productivity by developing the skills of their workforce.
It enables targeted supports for vulnerable groups in the workforce, particularly those who have lower skill levels and who require more opportunities to advance their working lives.
'Basically, it gives businesses the opportunity for their staff to be up-skilled, no matter what level they're at or what ambitions they have,' said WWETB Chairman Cllr Jim Moore. 'It helps to develop businesses, by developing the staff and employees can add whatever skills there's a shortage of.'
Cllr Moore said that the WWETB can visit businesses and discuss their needs and if it's a case that they can't provide the training required, they can source it for them. He also pointed out that all qualifications are accredited and are 100% funded up to level 5 QQI with a small fee applying thereafter.
There was a good attendance at the early morning seminar with several local businesses expressing an interest in the initiative and Cllr Moore says that they were very happy with the response.
Further information events are planned for North Wexford and Waterford. More details are available from www.solas.ie/SkillsToAdvance.