European Social Fund Project
Riverside Training are the prime contractor for Marches LEP Skills Support for the Workforces European Social Fund Project. The main aim of the project is to support local employers based within the Marches area (Hereford, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin) with their current and future employee training & development needs. However, there is also scope to support those at risk of redundancy. The project had an initial value of £1,500,000 and was due to finish in July 2017. However, after demonstrating increased levels of performance the project has been granted an extension until the end of March 2019 and secured an additional £750,000 of funding to support further activity. The delivery of the training on the project is facilitated via a network of sub-contracted training providers. The sub-contractors vary in size from small private training providers through to local colleges with the majority being based within the Marches geographical area, although several of the sub-contractors are located further afield. There are currently 15 active sub-contractors on the project, who deliver a diverse range of provision from short one day non regulated courses up to full level 2 diplomas and smaller level 3 & 4 qualifications, which are permitted within the ESF funding rules for this programme. There are a range of sectors covered, including Health & Social Care, Engineering, Leadership and Management to Social Media and Digital Skills. The sub-contractors have the flexibility to develop & offer bespoke courses to meet the specific needs of the employer. All of the sub-contractors are required to be members of the Marches Skills Provider Network (MSPN) as a prerequisite to access this ESF funding. The sub-contractors are performance managed and quality assessed on a regular basis, to ensure that we are minimising the risk to all stakeholders.