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Lead Partner: Calderdale College.

Aim: This programme aims to provide an employer responsive skills programme to meet business and industry needs and drive up skills levels.

Offer: Accredited and non-accredited delivery across all divisions including for example: Team Leading, Leadership, Customer Service, Telephone Skills, Marketing & Digital Communication, Book Keeping, SAGE, Basic IT Skills, Microsoft Office programmes; Excel, Outlook, Word, Web Development, Social Media, Mental Health Awareness and Dementia Awareness.


SharePoint training for The National Non-Foods Crop Centre (NNFCC) Ltd

York College is delivering Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW), a European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency funded project to help employers meet their business and industry needs, and escalate skills levels.

The project is for Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs); employers with less than 250 employees, in the key sectors of Agritech, Bio-Renewables, Construction, Engineering, Food Manufacture, Visitor Economy, Health and Social Care and Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise located in the York & North Yorkshire East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership area.

 The National Non-Foods Crop Centre Ltd (NNFCC), based at York Science Park, is the first SME to access the funding, with three key managers attending a SharePoint 2013 programme at York College to familiarise themselves with the basics of the SharePoint.

 Established by the UK Government in 2003 NNFCC, based at York Science Park, has grown into a leading commercial bioeconomy consultancy serving an international client base across bioenergy and bio-based products. The company’s initial focus was on the development of the rural economy through the development of industrial crop applications, and has developed to embrace climate change mitigation through biofuel and bioenergy deployment. Further information on the company can be found at: www.nnfcc.co.uk.

 NNFCC undertook the training to support the development of more efficient and effective working practices and to support the cascading of skills across the company. Office Manager, Christine Appleyard commented: “We found the initial IT skills training programmes really useful for our team members and we plan to send more of the team on these and other programmes. As a small business it is vital we support our employees to develop the skills and knowledge needed to ensure the successful operation and ultimately growth of our business. Funding by the European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency allows us to support training that we may not have been able to access. York College has been supportive in assisting NNFCC to access this funding and is working with us to finalise a range of programmes.”

Under this project NNFCC will also access fully funded training in the areas of Excel Intermediate and Advanced skills, Introduction to Marketing, Report Writing and Delegating and Managing Upwards.

In order to access this funding York College has carried out Training Needs Analysis with NNFCC to determine their skills gaps and the type of training and development required to meet the organisation’s business development objectives.

Skills Support for the Workforce can support the delivery of accredited and/or non-accredited units and qualifications in order to develop employees and support employees to progress to higher level skills training or apprenticeship and in-work progression / role developments. This funding is currently available until March 2018.

For further information on SSW funding, or to discuss your organisations training needs, contact the York College Business Development Unit on 01904 770368 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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