28 FEB 2013


Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed further investment to help companies set up the training schemes they need to meet specific skill requirements.

£150 million has been put into the second round of the Employee Ownership Pilot (EOP), a scheme designed to get funding directly to employers so that they can deliver more flexible training packages. Total investment in the EOP has now reached £240 million.

This pilot has already seen £2.9 million committed to projects across the South East. Funded projects include providing pre-employment training, extending apprenticeships to supply chains and increasing the number of female apprenticeships.

Welcoming the announcement, Caroline said:

"Investing in employee training is a smart move for any company that wants to grow and compete. Businesses in Gosport have a hugely talented workforce – and I urge them to apply for this fund to help them offer their workforce the training they want."

As a strong advocate of the learning and skills agenda, Caroline has a long-standing commitment to promoting training and apprenticeship opportunities and regularly champions this issue both nationally and in Gosport.

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