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HCUK Training (part of Hull College Group) has been awarded the £6m Humber Skills Support for the Workforce and Redundancy contract. Funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), and co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency, the project will deliver responsive workplace learning courses across the Humber region and will aim to enhance employee skills and career prospects as well as reducing the risk of long-term unemployment. This investment forms part of the Humber LEP’s European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) allocation.

HCUK Training, and its specialist training provider network, will deliver the programme until March 2018 and will engage with employees of regional businesses within key employment sectors as identified by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The project will aim to provide funded training benefiting over 5,000 individuals as well as meeting employer needs and boosting the local economy.

Isobel Mills, Chair of the Humber ESIF Sub-Committee and Humber LEP Board Member said:

“We are very pleased to be working with a range of local delivery providers under the management of the Hull College Group to deliver the new SSW programme.

This innovative programme is designed to offer training and support for SME employers to help up-skill their workforce to increase productivity and grow the local economy, aligned to the Humber LEP’s growth sectors.

This announcement represents another key milestone in the delivery of the Humber’s ESIF Strategy and builds on the success of the previous round of this national programme. It is one of a number of investments being made through the Humber ESIF programme providing support to develop the skills and employment prospects of people locally and support our SMEs to grow and thrive.

We look forward to a rewarding and fruitful relationship with Hull College Group who have demonstrated their commitment to managing a high quality and productive employer responsive service.”

Emma Yorke, Managing Director of HCUK Training, said: “We are delighted to be awarded the prestigious ESF Humber Skills Support for the Workforce and Redundancy contract.

“The successful bid is testament to HCUK Training’s strong track record in the delivery of responsive workplace training, including the previous delivery of one of the country’s most successful Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) programmes.

“By awarding the contract to HCUK Training the ESF and Skills Funding Agency has shown confidence in the Group to meet the targets set, to help local employers improve skills in areas that will support future business growth.”

Gary Warke, Chief Executive of Hull College Group, said “The Group is well positioned to secure commissioned areas of work such as the Skills Support for the Workforce and Redundancy contract through our highly successful training arm, HCUK Training.

“The programme will improve the skills of local people and allow them to become more successful in the job market and advance their career opportunities, with the aim of supporting long term growth of the Humber region’s economy and its businesses.

“The award also presents significant opportunities for growth and job creation as part of Hull College Group.”

For further information and to check whether you could access training and development fully funded by the SSW programme contact us via or call 0300 3302010.