A new training team at Dandi and Angus College has unveiled a new fundraiser and plans to give local businesses a “competitive edge”.
The Business Partnership team, led by Economic Partnership Manager Karen Gibson, includes three skills consultants who will enter the workplace to identify current and future skills gaps and training needs.
Once they have established training needs, delivering another group of 17 accredited coaches – each with industry expertise – will ensure that they receive the best possible support.
As sectors and technologies continue to emerge, college staff is adapting new capabilities to cover topics ranging from wind turbines and low-carbon transportation to high-volume manufacturing, insulation and solar panels. Mental health first aid, leadership and digital marketing courses are also being developed.
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The move was welcomed by Dendi and Angus Chamber of Commerce after the college’s principal, Simon Hewitt, told the Sands National last month about the importance of their connection to the business community.
“We are thrilled to see the creation of this new team and the college’s commitment to supporting businesses,” said Allison Henderson.
“Every business needs to understand where opportunities are and plan for the future. Many business leaders tell us that finding talented people can be challenging, so they are determined to invest in their workforce to ensure that their businesses are secure in the future.
We are thrilled to have such an ambitious and forward-looking college at our doorstep to provide this competitiveness to our business community.
After receiving 1 1 million from the Scottish Government Flexible Human Resource Development Fund, businesses can apply for financial assistance through training programs. Businesses that pay this tax are trained for up to £ 15,000, and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) are eligible for training up to £ 5,000.
Work is underway with the Thai Cities Group, and additional funding is needed to support the SME market through additional funding, and the College is leading the way in this with the wider support community.
Starting next year, most of the training will take place between two new centers of excellence – the Mi Michel Lin Scotland Innovation Park (MSIP) Skills Academy and the College’s Advanced Manufacturing Training School.
The college is re-recruiting people to fill the gaps in skills such as digital, manufacturing, energy and renewals to close gaps in skills, such as care and hospitality. As the sector is gearing up for zero-carbon emissions by 2045, the team is working closely with employers in areas where roles such as car mechanics could become obsolete if workers do not develop their skills.
Gibson, who joined the Gateway College of Business in January, said: “Local businesses are slowly emerging from the most challenging times, but there are many more challenges and we must work together to overcome them.
“Coville has created opportunities for some businesses to grow and expand their supply chain, and their business models and future plans have changed.
As a college, it is our responsibility to help them plan for the future, analyze their needs, and identify skills gaps and provide the necessary training.