The Skills Support for the Workforce project within the Solent area focuses on supporting organisations. The aim is to support businesses with free training needs analysis and higher level skills to upskill the workforce with eligible learners over the age of 16.

The service will support all businesses, including those who are restructuring, with a particular focus on the Solent LEP priority sectors which are:

  • Marine and maritime
  • Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (inc photonics and advanced materials)
  • Aerospace and defence
  • Construction
  • Life sciences
  • Health
  • Digital and information economy
  • Digital and creative industries
  • Oil and Gas
  • Clean green Tech
  • Enabling sectors such as transport and logistics
  • Visitor Economy

A typical offer to businesses consists of:

  • Organisational training need analysis
  • An Initial Assessment of skills within the business
  • Bespoke training for eligible employees
  • Support to help your employees progress in work, further education or an apprenticeship.
  • A range of learning activity both accredited and non-accredited

This service can also support individuals who have recently been made redundant with a range of both accredited and non-accredited learning activity, to help the individual progress into work, education or apprenticeship.

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How does the project work?

SSW Providers

City College Southampton – Business

DA Training – Education, At risk of Redundancy

Fareham College – Business

HIT Training – Health and Social Care, Hospitality, Infection Control in the Workplace

H&SDC College – Business

Kiwi Education – Business, IT

Logistica Training Limited – Health and Social Care, Infection Control in the Workplace

MIT – Automotive, Aviation/ Aerospace, Business, Construction and Civil Engineering

SB Skills Solutions – Construction and Civil Engineering, Warehousing and Logistics

(The) Mentoring School – Business

TESS Group – Business, Visitor Economy

Trade Assessments – Construction and Civil Engineering

Whitehead-Ross Education & Consultancy Ltd – Business, Digital,Visitor Economy

Good News Stories


Holly was made aware of the training opportunities available under the Solent Skills Support for the Workforce project by K & J Construction Ltd, the company she is subcontracting to and was keen to get involved.
Read Holly’s story here.

Luke and Trade Assessments Ltd.

Trade Assessments Ltd met with Luke under the Solent Skills Support for the Workforce project, funded by European Social Fund, to undertake a training needs analysis for the business.
Read more here.

Daisy Wholesale

Daisy Wholesale is an award-winning telecoms and IT services provider. They had identified a need for training in sales, customer service, IT and Management which the TESS Training Group were able to support them with.
Read more about Daisy Wholesale here.


“I would like to thank everyone at Trade Assessments Ltd for helping me secure European Social Funding for training purposes via the Skills Support for the Workforce project (Solent area), and so help me gain my CSCS qualification card.  Having this card is allowing me to secure work on building sites and now I can go forward with confidence and progress to a Gold CSCS card as a L4 supervisor.”

Nick Mckeown
TNT Hampshire Ltd

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