Help for employers to prepare for the upturn
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A new service providing employers with easy access to free
advice and support has been launched as part of the Government's
commitment to provide 'real help now' for business.
As part of the Government's Solutions for Business initiative,
the Train to Gain skills brokerage service has come together with
Business Link to provide a comprehensive information, diagnostic and
brokerage service, making Business Link the main route to all
government support for business.
The new service aims to simplify access to information for
employers and offers free, impartial advice to help them improve and
grow their businesses, and encourage them to develop a more highly
skilled and qualified workforce.
By contacting Business Link on 0845 600 9006, employers can
talk to a local broker who will give advice about what specific
training could help that business thrive. The broker can explain where
courses are on offer, direct them to suitable local training providers
and explain how to access funding.
Skills and Apprenticeships Minister Lord Young said:
"We are committed to providing real help for businesses to
help them weather the downturn, and prepare for the upturn.
"The challenging economic climate means it has never been more
important to ensure that employers get access to the support and advice
they need - quickly and easily. The new brokerage service will help
make sure that happens.
"By using the service, businesses of all sizes can receive
free, impartial advice on how they can develop a more highly skilled
and qualified workforce so that they're in a strong position to take
advantage of the upturn, when it comes."
Minister for Business, Ian Pearson, said:
"To succeed in a competitive global environment UK businesses
need ongoing access to help and support.
"That's why the Government is committed to helping businesses
in the areas they tell us matter- in access to finance and skills.
"The Train to Gain skills brokerage service will provide
targeted, free and practical advice for Businesses, helping them to
better develop a highly skilled and innovative workforce. Something
which is even more crucial in the current economic climate."
Mike Carr, East Midlands Development Agency's Executive
Director of Business Services, said:
"The move to further align access to the Train to Gain skills
support package through the Business Link service is good news for
in the region and their employees. It will make it easier for
businesses to identify the learning requirements of their staff,
alongside their wider business needs.
"We believe that the development of employees is a vital part
in ensuring the future of businesses in these challenging times."
1. In October 2008 Train to Gain became part of the Solutions
for Business portfolio, the government's simplified package of business
support products. The integrated brokerage service means businesses
will find it easier to get real help and the advice they need, on
skills and other common business issues, in one place.
2. From 1 April 2009, both Train to Gain Business Link brokers
will come together in a new service under the Business Link brand.
Business Link will be the primary channel to all government support for
business under the Solutions for Business umbrella.
3. Employers can contact Business Link on 0845 600 9006.
Callers will be referred to a local broker who can give advice about
what specific training could help that business increase productivity.
The broker can explain where courses are on offer, and link up with
suitable providers in the area - they know what local colleges offer
the courses that can meet employers' needs. The broker can also explain
how to access funding.
Information on the help available on skills issues is also
available via the website http://www.businesslink.gov.uk
4. For more information please contact Lorna Fletcher in the
DIUS Press Office 020 3300 8927, or Roisin Wilson in the BERR Press
Office 020 7215 5978.
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