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Skills for Growth

The £3million Skills for Growth Programme supports Tees Valley SMEs to fill any skills gaps within their team – now, or in the future – to boost productivity, and improve their competitive position.

The Skills for Growth Programme acts as a streamlined gateway to help Tees Valley based businesses with fewer than 250 employees access the skills training and support available locally.

Business leaders can access funded support from a specialist skills development advisor to help identify skills gaps within their business, create a skills development plan, and navigate the complex training landscape across Tees Valley and access the specialist training or support needed to grow.

Launched in February 2021, the programme will further support local businesses to deal with the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic, while helping workers to develop the skills they already have and learn new ones – giving local people real, practical qualifications and professional development to help them advance in their career.

This joint initiative with Teesside University Business School is receiving £1.9million of ESF funding and will also take a proactive research approach to shape and inform future training and development needs of SMEs to be able to more closely meet their ambitions to grow.

Businesses that want to find out more information can do so by visiting

The Tees Valley Collaborative Skills Development Partnership (Skills for Growth) is a joint initiative with Teesside University, and is part-funded by the European Social Fund

About the funding

The Skills for Growth programme is supported by the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.

European Social Fund