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New funding for skills, training and employment support in Stoke and Staffs

The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Launch of the ESFA 2019-2021 Opt-in programme is being held on Friday, 7 September 2018 from 10:00am to 2.00pm at Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre, Yarnfield, Stone ST15 0NL. This is an opportunity to look at new funding opportunities for skills, training and employment support in Stoke and Staffordshire.

Call for Delivery Partner

Building Better Opportunities (BBO) is a multi-million pound funding programme which matches money from the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund to to tackle poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England.

Community Buddies - Castle Ward, Tamworth

NEW 12 month pilot  - Community Buddy scheme to support local residents that live in the Castle Ward in Tamworth. 

Support Staffordshire will be recruiting and training a team of volunteers to become community buddies to offer a friendly ear to local residents, signposting and supporting accessibility to voluntary, community and health services.

The purpose is to connect community members with community buddies to enable them to attend local groups and to encourage and assist people facing barriers to access support within their local community.

National Careers Service - delivering Enabling Apprenticeships Workshops in Stoke & Staffs

The National Careers Service will be running a series of Enabling Apprenticeships workshops across Stoke On Trent and Staffordshire between now and the end of March 2018, including their event next Wednesday, 6th December, kindly hosted by Interserve (please see leaflet attached).

These workshops will:

o   Raise awareness of the different types of apprenticeships and their benefits (including traineeships)

o   Help customers choose the best type of apprenticeship for them

o   Inform customers about local opportunities

o   Help customers apply

National Careers Service offer of support FREE OF CHARGE to Voluntary and Community Organisations in Staffordshire

Having recently done some very successful partnership-working to support volunteers at Disability Solutions in Stoke On Trent, National Careers Service is now inviting other Voluntary and Community Organisations throughout Staffordshire to benefit from our free services.


Investment in Stoke and Staffordshire from the European Social Fund (EFS) is starting to have a significant impact on people seeking to enhance their employability, find and stay in a job, and improve their skills. A recent report presented to the Stoke and Staffordshire ESIF Committee showed that 4,142 local people had already benefitted from ESF supported programmes. This figure includes 825 people with disabilities and 1,084 people without basic skills.