The EnginE project is designed to open doors for small and medium-sized businesses to access effective workforce development opportunities and futureproof their business. The project is designed to signpost the opportunities and initiatives on the doorstep of local SMEs to help them tackle common challenges such as recruiting and retaining great staff, delivering cost-effective training, upskilling and development for existing employees, and making apprenticeships work for their business.

Funded by the European Social Fund EnginE is delivered in partnership with Blackburn College, Blackpool & Fylde College, the North West Aerospace Alliance and the Northern Automotive Alliance, and in collaboration with BOOST – Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, which means the support and advice businesses receive is free, and the programmes, masterclasses and resources available are often heavily subsidised.

Are these your business challenges?

  • Need to increase profitability and productivity?
  • Ageing workforce? Difficulties attracting the right staff? No time or skills for workforce planning?
  • Difficulties in upskilling your staff? No time to release them? Unaffordable?

How can my business benefit?

  • AEM-focussed expertise to address your workforce development challenges
  • Make apprenticeships work for your business at very low cost
  • Recruit, grow and retain great staff
  • Curriculum developed by business, for business

Our AEM focussed services are geared to your business:

  • Information Events to understand apprenticeships and make them work for your business
  • Skills Plan for your workforce – dedicated resources to build plans tailored to your business needs
  • Skills masterclasses – build capacity through our workshops in key areas such as productivity, growth, innovation and digitalisation
  • Taster modules – try before you commit, for free
  • Skills champions – bring new skills into your business

“EnginE has dedicated support, tailored to AEM SME’s. Let us work with you to address profitability and productivity challenges through effective workforce development”
Annette Suddes, EnginE Project Manager

Who is it for?

Access to events, workshops, and skills assessment is fully funded, and available to European Social Fund (ESF) eligible businesses within the Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing sectors

Eligibility includes:

  • Based in Lancashire
  • Employ fewer than 250 full-time employees
  • Has an annual turnover less than £40 million
  • Has received less than £160,000 of publicly funded support in the last 3 year

How do I find out more and apply?

For further information about the EnginE project call 01524 510194 or visit

Working with and supported by:

  • ERDF - logo
  • Enterprise Nation - Partner