Skills support for the workforce in Lancashire

free business training courses in Lancashire

Developing the skills of your staff

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a new government funded workplace skills programme tailored to the needs of businesses in your area. learndirect is delivering this programme through our network of high quality training providers in Lancashire.

learndirect is working in partnership with the Lancashire Enterprise Partnerships & Boost; Lancashire's Business Growth Hub to provide a range of bespoke training programmes and qualifications. These include IT, leadership and management, as well as a comprehensive range of vocationally-relevant courses targeting specific sectors. Our training programmes are designed to address skills gaps within local businesses, with a focus on the LEPs’ priority sectors to help boost the local economy in Lancashire.

If you’d like to improve your businesses productivity, we can provide you with funded, accredited training to boost the confidence and efficiency of your staff through new skills and qualifications.

Our approach is tailored to meet the unique needs of your business and your people – one of our local experts will visit you to carry out a free consultation, after which they will develop a bespoke training plan designed to tackle skills gaps in your workforce.

Our training is flexible – it can be delivered direct to staff on your premises, at one of our local centres or wherever there’s access to the internet.

Business benefits

  • Increase productivity and save money
  • Improve staff retention
  • Flexible delivery to minimise business impact
  • Employees communicate, participate and contribute more effectively
  • Builds a personalised learning plan to feed into probation and annual review process
  • Linking in with Lancashire LEP business initiatives to support your business
  • Accredited training

What type of courses are available for your organisation?

Diploma qualifications

These qualifications are delivered entirely in the workplace, meaning your staff are assessed on the essential skills and knowledge they need to do their job well. On average they take around six months to complete.


Our programmes are delivered in the workplace and feature a number of units taken from the relevant diploma qualification. They act as a great introduction for your staff to gain the skills they require to succeed in their job, and take around three months to complete. Your staff then have the option to progress onto our full diploma.


Our packages bring together a range of training options that can be adapted to meet the needs of your business. They are flexible and designed to equip your staff with the skills, experience and understanding they need to deliver.

Short courses

We offer a range of short online courses across a number of business sectors which provide specific training for a variety of job roles.

How can tailored training and development improve your organisation?

Investing in the skills of your people is always good for business. For employers across your region striving to improve their productivity while facing multiple skills shortages, it is essential.

Our local experts will complete a full training needs analysis to identify skills gaps in your workforce. They will also signpost opportunities for development which could make all the difference to your business’s ability to thrive in a highly competitive and rapidly changing environment.

Upskilling your staff not only increases productivity and boosts efficiency; it also motivates and makes people feel valued, which research shows improves staff retention. Investing in tailored training and development will also widen your appeal as an employer as you will be able to offer clear career and progression pathways to potential employees.

We can help you to nurture new talent and ensure your business can draw on the right mix of skills. And, because our training can be delivered flexibly, whether at your workplace, from home or at one of our centres, it can fit around the working day minimising the impact of time out for training on your business.

What next?

Call 0345 5210066 now or fill in the form to arrange a callback from our team

workplace skills training delivered in partnership with ESF
workplace skills training delivered in partnership with education and skills funding agency
delivered in partnership with Lancashire LEP
delivered in partnership with BOOST Business Lancashire