Green employers set to design training courses for staff of the future
INNOVATIVE projects are set to help build the skills of workforces and create the talents businesses need.
The Employer Ownership Pilot (EOP) will allow businesses to design and develop their own vocational training programmes.
It is set to strengthen the economy and ensure the UK workforce has the skills businesses require.
Siemens is one of the businesses which has successfully bid to design the vocational training programmes they need to grow and create tens of thousands of opportunities for young people.
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Toby Peyton-Jones, director of human resources at Siemens, said: "Siemens is delighted to be part of this pioneering scheme which makes employers the authors for defining and developing the skills they need.
"We are a major employer in the UK and we spend £2.3 billion on our UK supply chain annually securing 25,000 jobs.
"This pilot will help us pass on important skills to our UK suppliers and further strengthen our UK operations."
Siemens is one of the businesses in the first round of winners taking part in the EOP and along with Arla Foods UK and BAE Systems is set to train employees, not just within their own company but also within their supply chains.
The pilot, which is part of the Government's Industrial Strategy, is set to encourage innovation and new thinking to aid growth and success in the economy and aims to give businesses the chance to shape and set their own training agenda.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "This fund underlines our commitment to strengthening the economy and making sure that the UK workforce has the skills that businesses need."
The EOP is funded by the Department For Business, Innovation And Skills and the Department For Education and routes public investment directly to employers, so they can design and deliver more flexible training packages. Employers are expected to provide co-funding.
Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said Britain must have the skills employers need.
He said: "By giving businesses the chance to shape and set their own training agenda, we're giving them the power to enrich their workforce with the skills needed for their future success."
The Employer Ownership Pilot will give businesses access to up to £250 million over two years, with more bidders being announced in October, and a further bidding round to be launched in the autumn.