Fully-funded opportunities encouraging career progression and business growth

Almost 2,000 people working across different industries in Greater Manchester will benefit from fully-funded training thanks to a £1.5m cash boost. Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has awarded contracts to Growth Company and Seetec Outsource as part of its three-year Skills for Growth programme funded through the European Social Fund. Both will deliver bespoke training […]

To level up the country, we need to join up employability and skills services

Yesterday (28 June 2022) at the AELP National Conference, the  ‘Hiding the Join’ report into joining up employability and skills services was launched co-authored by Employment-Related Services Association (ERSA) and Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) The report written by Paul Warner from AELP and by ERSA’s Andrew Morton, ‘Hiding the Join’ comes at […]

Blackpool nursing home staff complete business qualifications

Staff at a nursing home in Blackpool have benefitted after completing a range of qualifications aimed at upskilling workforces. Three workers from New Victoria Nursing Home on Hornby Road have completed courses in Business Administration, delivered by local training providers PHX Training. The Level 2 course teaches staff about the basics of operating a business, […]

Response to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund: Prospectus

ERSA welcomes the release of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund: prospectus and the added details that come with it. As first outlined in the pre-launch guidance, the fund will be split into three investment priorities (communities and place; supporting local business; and people and skills). The People and Skills priority is most relevant to ERSA […]

Linking skills and employability provision

With the support of Shaw Trust and in partnership with AELP, ERSA is working on a piece of research on better linking skills and employability provision. As part of this, we would be grateful for your participation in a short survey of up to 10 minutes, which will help us better establish the link between […]

New research project from ERSA, AELP and Shaw Trust on Employment and Skills

At a time when the skills and job markets are going through rapid change, providers and policy makers need the best available evidence to understand how to improve opportunities for jobseekers and learners alike. While there are clear overlaps between the learning and employability sectors, this new research will bring together the latest data and […]

Select Committee report on adult literacy and numeracy


ERSA welcomes the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee report on Adult Literacy and Numeracy, in particular the Committee’s recommendation to launch a high-profile campaign to tackle low levels of adult literacy and numeracy in England. The Committee found that adults struggling most at English and maths were often not aware of the free training […]

Government publishes Framework for Delivery of Traineeships

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The government has published a ‘Framework for Delivery’ for Traineeships. Traineeships are designed to support young people to develop the skills and workplace experience they need to gain apprenticeships or other sustainable employment. The Framework provides guidance to providers on the aims and future direction of the proposed Traineeships programme and ERSA welcomes this opportunity […]