Begin your journey of skills development
Businesses in Devon and Cornwall will have the opportunity
to get a free 'skills health check' over the next
couple of months as Business Link's 'Pace Skills
Roadshow' tours business parks in the region. It's
all part of a new approach to help businesses in the region
develop their workforce and ensure they have the right skills
for the future needs of the business.
The first one gets underway at Langage Business Park, Plymouth
on January 10th 2006 before moving on to: Truro in Somar International's
car park on Truro Business Park, Threemilestone, January 11th
and 25th, February 8th and 22nd, March 8th and 22nd.
Experienced workforce development advisers, from Business
Link and Connexions Cornwall, and Devon Ltd's Nextstep
programme, will be on hand in the mobile advice centre in
an initiative funded by the Learning and Skills Council. They
will be able to analyse the training needs of all employees
and build a skills development plan. Critically, they will
be able to identify training solutions and financial support
which will turn the plan into reality. Business Link advisers
will also be able to answer any questions about the day to
day running of a business, covering issues such as finance,
legislation and recruitment.
Business Link are actively encouraging both employers and
employees to visit at any point throughout the day.
Business Link's workforce development manager Rhona
Hope said: "It is well recognised that the quality
and capability of people within an organisation is a major
driver towards business performance. To achieve growth and
maximise the potential of your business, it is essential to
take a thorough look at the skills you already have within
your organisation and visualise those you will need to achieve
"It can be difficult to find the best approach
to take which is why Business Link is initiating this series
of roadshows. We are taking support and advice on-site to
employers and their staff in order to identify what training
skills are required, review training plans, source local training
providers – and all for free!"
PACE roadshow venues and dates around the region: Plymouth
in Martin Luck's car park on Langage Business Park,
January 10th and 24th, February 7th and 21st, March 7th and
21st; Truro in Somar International's car park on Truro
Business Park, Threemilestone, January 11th and 25th, February
8th and 22nd, March 8th and 22nd; St Austell in West Pharmaceutical's
car park on Holmbush Industrial Estate, January 26th, February
9th and 23rd, March 9th and 23rd; Launceston in Martin Cash
& Carry's car park on Pennygillam Industrial Estate,
January 31st, February 14th and 28th, March 14th and 28th;
Holsworthy in Greenfield Engineering's car park on Dobles
Lane Industrial Estate, February 1st and 15th, March 1st,
15th and 30th; Newton Abbot in Prestige Furniture's
car park on Heathfield Industrial Estate, February 2nd and
16th, March 2nd, 16th and 30th.
For further information please contact press officers Maxine
McAdams or Carolyn Daw on 01566 771862 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Learning and Skills Council
through the European Social Fund (ESF). The Programme has
also invested in Business Link through the European Regional
Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Agricultural Guidance
and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).
Anyone considering a new horticulture, food and
land based industries project is advised to speak with Maria
Ford, at Government Office South West on 01752 635015 before
commencing development as there are now only limited funds
available due to the successful uptake of funding by the agricultural
sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Business Link provides a free information and enquiry service
via an information gateway on the web www.blinkdandc.com
and via the telephone on 0845 600 9966 to all businesses and
those considering starting a business. Additionally It provides
impartial business advice and support through a network of
partner organisations, which it co-ordinates, and a register
of independent business practitioners. Business Link for Devon
and Cornwall delivers the national Business Link service to
the region under contract from the South West RDA.
Business Link has received Objective One investment (European
Regional Development Fund and EAGGF) to help companies improve
performance and grow.
Learning Skill Council (LSC)
The Pace roadshows are being funded by the LSC which exists
to make England better skilled and more competitive. They
are responsible for planning and funding high-quality vocational
education and training for everyone. They have a single goal:
to improve the skills of England's young people and adults
to world-class standards. There vision is that by 2010, young
people and adults in England have the knowledge and skills
matching the best in the world and are part of a truly competitive
workforce. Established in 2001 the LSC works nationally, regionally
and locally from a network of offices across the country.
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439