Posted on: 29 March 2021

Devon residents and businesses are urged to take advantage of European Social Funding worth £3.5 million. SMART SKILLS funding will help Devon based small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) businesses and other organisations to identify skills gaps in their existing workforce and provide the skills training they need to become more resilient during this economic crisis and beyond. The bid aims to support business now for the future.

The bid, led by Plymouth City Council, has developed a skills delivery partnership with a range of quality training and skills providers across Devon; SMART SKILLS partners include: City College Plymouth, South Devon College, Petroc, Focus Training, University of Exeter and Learn Devon.

Learn Devon and SMART SKILLS

Much in our work life now depends on having a solid foundation of basic skills. They are the building blocks that enable us to reach our full potential at work and perform confidently in a work environment. Having good maths and English skills is essential when it comes to communicating with clients, comparing prices or writing reports to managers, or we need good IT skills to enable us to use computers productively. Learn Devon is offering a mix of free work related courses and workshops that learners can freely choose from. They can participate in the ones they believe would have the most impact on their employment journey.

What are we offering?

We offer practical courses and workshops aimed at adults that are employed and looking for training options, unemployed, recently made redundant or currently on furlough. Learners will be able to recognise personal skills and interests, and find renewed enthusiasm and hidden talents.

Learners will be able to choose from a selection of courses currently on offer:

  • Nationally recognised Functional Skills qualification courses in maths and English
  • Tailored units aimed at filling gaps in maths and English knowledge
  • A selection of practical digital and IT skills courses such as using the internet and email, MS suite and more
  • Employment related skills courses such as interview techniques, team working and communication skills, and more
  • Practical work related skills such as report writing, use of word processing and spreadsheets, and using Team and Zoom

How are the courses delivered?

The free courses and workshops will be delivered online as well as face to face (once government restrictions allow) in small groups of approximately 4 learners per class. We have a dedicated learning support team working across the county for those needing extra support. They are on hand to help learners enrol on our courses and can continue supporting them throughout their learning journey with us.

For more information contact our project team.