If you're a small leisure and tourism related business owner looking to gain new qualifications for yourself or fill existing skills gaps in your business, or you’re self-employed and want to gain new skills to help you get a step ahead of the competition, you can currently access highly valuable subsidised training and qualifications from local colleges 

The new Dept for Education learning & skills initiative being piloted in Staffordshire, is being led by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and provides up to 100% funding to access 3 and above training and qualifications at colleges across Staffordshire. 

There are lots of courses on offer, many perfect for employees in tourism or leisure based enterprises who are looking to upgrade their skills, or for business owners wanting to expand their own knowledge and qualifications.  

Such as a level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hospitality Supervision and Leadership (QCF), or level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery (Kitchen and Larder) (QCF) or even a fully funded level 3 Certificate in Principles of Leadership and Management (QCF)

There are many other courses on offer too, all with varying levels of subsidy available, up to 100% including

• Hospitality Industry Management

• Professional Cookery

• Business Management & Leadership

• HR Supervision

• Accounting & Bookkeeping

• Childcare and Education

• Fabrication and Welding

• Advanced Engineering

• Construction & the Built Environment

• Electrical Installation

• Computer Aided Design

• Wall and Floor Tiling

• Management in Residential Childcare

• Health and Social Care Leadership

• Plus many many more

Colleges delivering the training include Stafford College, Newcastle Under Lyme College, Stoke-on-Trent College, Burton and South Derbyshire College, South Staffordshire College, Buxton & Leek College AND Acacia Training based in Trentham.

So with a variety of courses to choose from and up to 100% off course fees available, there’s nothing stopping you from growing your skills and your business in Staffordshire. But please note that funded course spaces are limited, and the scheme will be ending soon, so you are urged to act now.

How to find out more 

To find out more please call to speak with one of our local advisors about the funding and course availability.  The Staffordshire Career Learning lines are open Mon-Fri 10am to 6pm.

There are two lines to use, depending on your circumstances:

· If you are self-employed and looking to gain new skills and qualifications to enhance your services CALL 01785 674 148 or visit www.careerlearningstaffs.co.uk to request a call-back

· If you are a small business employer or an employee of a small business,  Call 01785 674 146 or visit www.careerlearningstaffs.co.uk  to request a call-back