SMART SKILLS – improve your skills now ready for the future

Posted on: 29 March 2021

Devon businesses and residents are being urged to take advantage of European Social Funding worth £3.5 million.

SMART SKILLS funding will help Devon based small or medium-sized businesses (SMEs) 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 SMART SKILLS project is also aimed at Devon adults who are employed and looking for training options, unemployed, recently made redundant or currently on furlough.

The SMART SKILLS partnership offers a range of quality training and skills providers across Devon including Learn Devon, City College Plymouth, South Devon College, Petroc, Focus Training and University of Exeter.

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.

What are we offering?

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.


SMART SKILLS also includes a range of services and offers to small and medium-size enterprises including; information, advice and guidance, training needs analysis, a skills brokerage service and skills training.

The range of skills support includes all levels from introductory all the way through to leadership and management. Industry sectors will be demand led, but a particular focus will be on, Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering, Digital Technologies (including AI and Data Analysis), Marine, Composite, Environmental Futures, Clean Growth and Renewables, Construction & Hospitality and STEM industries.

How do I enrol?

To enquire about Learn Devon’s offer email or contact a SMART SKILLS HUB Adviser who can guide you through the skills and training options available to you or your business and link you with the relevant training options. Contact the SMART SKILLS HUB on 07789 878751 / 07881 551970 or email