Funded by the European Social Fund via the UK Skills Funding Agency, the Skills Support in Lancashire programme is designed to deliver workplace learning courses across the whole of the county to meet individual, employer and regional development needs. By upskilling Lancashire’s workforce, the programme aims to increase business productivity by providing skills training to enhance employee skills and career prospects.

What support is available?

The training packages have been devised to meet the specific challenges facing businesses in Lancashire. Across the county there is a strong ambition to grow and to boost productivity. To achieve this, employers need to make sure their existing workforce has the right mix of skills to meet demand and keep up with new technologies, as well as attracting new talent to replace experienced staff who are retiring.

Courses available* include:

  • Hospitality, leisure and tourism
  • Management & team leadership
  • Customer service
  • Business administration
  • Information technology
  • Education & Training Courses
  • Personal Training & Fitness courses

*New training courses are constantly being developed and added. If you do not see what you are looking for, please contact Leandirect who also offer bespoke training courses for businesses in Lancashire.

How can my business benefit?

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

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.

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

How does it work?

learndirect experts work with you to identify your business needs, where your skills gaps are and create a tailored learning and development plan for your organisation. Then they will draw from hundreds of qualifications to create a training package to meet your business needs. Available courses cover a diverse range of specialist technical skills, as well as vital transferable skills including managing and leading teams, business improvement techniques and effective working relationships, essential to the smooth-running of every business.

To find out more and get started, visit or call learndirect on 0345 521 0066.


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