Worcestershire company invests in management teams with fully funded training

Housing Partners has recently benefited from Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW), a programme developed to upskill employees within small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Worcestershire.

The programme provides recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of businesses and boost the local economy. SSW is co-financed by the European Social Fund and the Educational and Skills funding agency.

Housing Partners were supported by Business Development Manager, part of Serco’s network of expert organisations chosen to deliver Skills Support for the Workforce Programme in Worcestershire. As part of this initiative, BDM sent out information on the SSW Programme to their large database of Worcestershire firms and were subsequently contacted by Housing Partners.

Housing Partners are a thriving and growing business that develops software solutions for social housing provider organisations. As part of this growth the company have recently recruited more staff.

BDM adviser, Ian White, arranged a visit to the company to carry out a Training Needs Analysis, which is the first step in the SSW programme. The TNA helps companies to review where they have skills requirements to support their business plan.

Ian worked closely with Housing Partners senior management team and helped them to set out a bespoke management training strategy with a particular emphasis on developing their team leaders who play a vital role in the company. Their core complement of team leaders have already completed a Level 2 unit focusing on skills of leading a team, developing a work team and effective team member skills – all made possible through the support of BDM and the SSW programme.

Dawn Churchley, Head of HR and Talent Development at Housing Partners said: “this initiative came at exactly the right time for us as we expand which puts an increasing emphasis on ensuring a robust team ethos with everybody pulling in the same direction. Our team leaders are a critical part of this process and following their recent training we are looking to progress them all onto a Level 3 course to enhance their team working skills even further.The process of undertaking a Training Needs Analysis with BDM was also a really valuable process and I would recommend this initiative to any business who need to develop their management capability.”

To find out about accessing fully funded training for employees through the Skills Support for the Workforce programme, contact Serco by emailing skillssupport@serco.com