The Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA) is beginning to sit up and listen to the business community. And has taken hold of a key message that small businesses have been trying to put across – they don’t want to go on courses they want real help on the job.
A new LSDA report says training providers should respond to the preference of small companies for unstructured and informal learning.
Many businesses said they preferred coaching and mentoring techniques rather than standard courses that led to formal academic qualifications. Assistance with the transitional phases such as hiring new staff, developing new products and changing job roles were areas of particular need.
The Business Forum is currently working with the Learning and Skills Council to deliver on-the-job assistance on employment legislation to small businesses in the tourism sector. The Mentor Project, is being delivered by Nat West Bank and is being offered to small businesses in retail and hospitality with six or more members of staff.
For full details of the project see related stories in the Knowledgebase under Workforce Development or contact Soozie Campbell at email@example.com.
The Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership has started a series of meetings with employers in key sectors to ascertain their needs which can then be fed back to providers. For more information contact Tony Mernagh on 01273 735062
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