Calderdale College Workplace Learning Project gives boost to Economy

Over £795m Generated Back into the Economy thanks to Calderdale College’s Workplace Learning Project

Over 6,000 businesses and more than 29,000 employees across the North of England have accessed fully funded training thanks to Workplace Learning, creating significant benefits to the economy.

Results from an independent evaluation into the £35m project managed by Calderdale College, on behalf of the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges, revealed that training has exceeded employees’ expectations and their confidence in their ability to learn has improved considerably, confirming the project’s extensive success for employees and businesses alike.

Skill levels in the workplace have developed and the day to day running of the businesses has improved, and one of the most staggering findings show that for every £1 of funding claimed, £22 worth of economic contribution will be generated, higher than the national average amount.

Principal of Calderdale College John Rees, comments on the positive findings to come from the evaluation:

“The results of the evaluation show that Workplace Learning has been extremely well received by employers and employees. It highlights the continued importance of investing in skills and builds on the significant results we’ve achieved for the region and beyond over the last 10 years. I am delighted that Calderdale College and our partners were able to contribute to the significant results showcased in these reports.”

The feedback from employers has been overwhelmingly positive. One business that benefitted was Viable SEO, who accessed the funding through Enterprise Made Simple.

Helen Turley, Owner of Viable SEO commented: “The Going for Growth course I undertook has had quite a big impact on the business, primarily with my confidence but also internally within the business; it’s really helped the company thrive.”

Visit www.fundingunit.org.uk to access the full reports.

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