28 FEB 2013

CAROLINE ENCOURAGES APPLICATIONS FOR TRAINING FUND

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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