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Free courses in the Marches area

Fully funded training in Herefordshire & Shropshire

ESF funded short courses

Upskilling employees to develop knowledge, skills and career prospects

Skills for those facing redundancy

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This project supports Priority Axis 2 for ESF Investment Priority 2.1 enhancing equal access to lifelong learning. The need has been identified in the Marches LEP and European Structural and Investment Fund.

Investment Priority 2.1 supports equal access to lifelong learning for all age groups in formal, non-formal and informal settings, upgrading knowledge, skills and competences of the workforce. It promotes flexible learning pathways including career guidance and accredited qualifications.

There are three themes:

  • Skills Support for the Workforce
  • Apprenticeship Brokerage Services
  • Skills Support for Redundancy

The programme is managed by Riverside Training based in Hereford as the bid lead of the Marches Skills Provider Network (MSPN) who deliver employer training across the whole of the Marches area with a wide range of qualifications and modules to degree level.

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The initial contacts for referral to the project are:


David Meeson (Riverside Project Manager) | 01432 359244 | dave.meeson@riverside-training.co.uk


MSPN  | 07823 464039 |  info@mspn.co.uk


Riverside and partners link closely with the Marches LEP’s Hereford, Shrewsbury and Telford Growth Hubs and the employers engaged with the Growth Hub. Focus on workers, older workers, lone parents, people with disabilities, ethnic minorities and other disadvantaged groups in the Marches area. Recruitment is from referrals from public and private sector employers, relevant local economic partners and the Marches LEP’s Growth Hub.

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The project is delivered in conjunction with rural partners providing innovative ways of overcoming the transport / travel / broadband / outreach issues which face Herefordshire and Shropshire.

The partners have current, successful strategic and operational relationships in place with the skills leads from the three Authorities, JCP, SFA, Chambers of Commerce and National Careers Service and partners are represented on the three Business Boards, LEP and its boards, to deliver the training required by the Marches Employers.

This programme has three themes:
1. Skills Support for the Workforce

2. Apprenticeship Services

The Apprenticeship Service is a single point central co-ordinated training delivery matching service providing 1:1 impartial advice (including the reforms and changes to funding) and brokerage to businesses to simplify recruitment of apprentices and to progress existing apprentices/employees from Level 2 to Level 3 and onto new Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.

The partners work with organisations undertaking similar and complementary support and delivery activities, including the National Apprenticeship Service within the Skills Funding Agency, Careers and Enterprise Company and National Careers Service.

3. Skills Support for Redundancy

The partners are supporting businesses which are undergoing industrial restructuring by providing skills and employability support for their employees at risk of redundancy and newly unemployed individuals where initial contact through previous employers has not been possible.

The aim is to support the retention and retraining of skills workers within the locality particularly by providing them with the enhanced skills required by the LEP’s priority sectors.

The providers are delivering high quality bespoke training opportunities and skills interventions, employment and careers coaching, mentoring, job brokerage along with re-skilling and up-skilling training support, meeting the needs of employers offering recruitment opportunities.

The programme is delivered in conjunction with Jobcentre Plus, employment agencies and other local partners.

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