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Beat May deadline to sign up for Accelerate funded skills training


BUSINESSES across Warrington are being urged to make staff future-fit with the help of the Accelerate programme, which concludes at the end of May.

Accelerate is a subsidised training programme that has been successfully supporting businesses to plan ahead with the new technologies, knowledge, skills and business processes that they need.

Partly funded by the European Social Fund, the programme focusses on re-skilling and upskilling individual staff in a range of key areas, from digital technology and IT for business to leadership and management and mental health.

As well as making short courses and key training available from a range of providers, funding is available for up to 40% of the cost for employees who live or work in Warrington and Cheshire, regardless of their size or sector.

The University of Chester, Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub and Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) launched the training programme in 2021 and the region’s businesses are being encouraged to sign up before it comes to an end on May 31 and to plug any skills gaps.

Every business needs to be at the forefront of talent development to increase productivity and take advantage of new technologies and business practices to remain competitive. The Accelerate programme can offer a range of different training programmes to meet the needs of businesses as they adapt in the current economic climate.

Professor Kurt Allman, Dean of Chester Business School at the University of Chester said: “Skills development is a vital component in increasing the productivity and adaptability of workers and young people, assisting in the adoption of new technologies and opening up longer-term career opportunities. These are the building blocks of thriving economies and resilient communities.

“We are pleased to be a lead partner of Accelerate and support a culture of ongoing learning and development across Cheshire and Warrington.”

You can find out more about Accelerate on the Cheshire and Warrington LEP website – or by contacting the Accelerate Team on –


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