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Our January 2023 Review

It’s been a busy month and a great start to 2023 as we’ve welcomed more businesses and individuals from across Greater Manchester to the Skills for Growth – SME Support programme.

If you missed our update newsletters, here’s what’s happened in January!

Original Intentions 

Don't Forget Your Original Intentions 

Throughout January, our Original Intentions marketing activity has focused on reminding businesses that the start of the year is the perfect time to invest in skills, training, and the personal development of your team to prepare your business for reaching new heights. Our Skills for Growth SME Support fully funded training can help you to develop a productive, engaged and motivated workforce with tailored individual support from our dedicated Skills Coaches. What do you want to achieve in 2023? Find out more


NEW Fully Funded Courses on the GM Skills Map 

GM Skills Map - Greater Manchester's Dedicated Training Portal 

With over 700 fully funded courses on the GM Skills Map, we added a series of NEW fully funded courses during January. With new courses being added each week, search what’s on offer and encourage your team to do the same. Here’s a selection of courses added this month.  
Level 5 Diploma for Operational or Departmental Managers Open to all sectors, this qualification has been implemented to support candidates who wish to prove the ability and competency at middle management. click hereThe Growth Factory The Growth Factory is an exciting new programme designed to challenge and empower business owners in the Greater Manchester region to realise the full growth potential of their businesses, effectively and sustainably. click here

The Growth Lens Critical Success factors to win more sales 
The Growth Lenses are practical sessions, delivered in small groups to take a look at a specific topic and quickly assimilate it into your business operations. Critical Success Factors to Win More Sales. click here

The Growth Lens Marketing and Planning 
Practical sessions, delivered in small groups to take a look at a specific topic and quickly assimilate it into your business operations. This marketing strategy & planning workshop covers four essential marketing modules click here

1 Day Manufacturing Courses
In response to unique challenges within the Manufacturing industry; these new 1 day courses have been created to meet the demand for shorter more succinct courses. 
1 Day Management Masterclass - Motivation click here
1 Day Management Masterclass - Team Building click here
1 Day Management Masterclass - Leadership Principles click here
1 Day Management Masterclass - Leading and Managing Change click here
1 Day Management Masterclass - Effective Communications click here
1 Day Management Masterclass - Performance Management click here
Journey To Net Zero The course is a fully funded programme exclusively for businesses located in Greater Manchester. The programme is open to any sized business and is ideal for those that want to get on the path to net zero emissions but aren’t sure where to start. Click here


Access Health and Wellbeing Courses Online

Prioritise Wellbeing to Build a Happy, Healthy and Productive Workforce

With Health, Wellbeing  and a positive Workplace Culture being a high priority for businesses in 2023, now is the time to access the resources available to you.

Join our Partnership and Integration Manager Tom Pickford for our online event on Wednesday 15th February 10:00am for.......

A guide of how to access the online health and wellbeing training available from Skills for Growth SME support

Book your place at the webinar - click here


Success Story - Leisure Guard Security


We love to hear about the success stories from Greater Manchester SMEs who have taken part in our programme. Bolton based Leisure Guard Security Success Story utilised social media training, dedicated support and collaboration to generate an incredible £1 MILLION worth of sales for their security business.By identifying their skills gaps and focusing on workforce training accessed via the #GMSkillsMap and receiving 1:1 support from their dedicated Skills Coach, the newly acquired social media skills led to the generation of sales equating to over £1 Million for this Bolton based security business.Read all about this super Skills for Growth - SME Support success story. Click here


Planning for February 

National Apprenticeship Week 6th - 12th February 2023

Did you know that Apprenticeships are for employers of all sizes and sectors and people of all ages, education levels and backgrounds? There’s opportunities for all. As we approach National Apprenticeship Week #NAW23 from 6th February - 12th February, we’re focusing on the positive impact that Apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses, and communities here in Greater Manchester, and we’re championing this year’s theme ‘Skills for Life’, and the alignment with our offering here at Skills for Growth, as we help businesses to develop a talented workforce that is equipped with skills for the future. Find out more about how Apprenticeships can work for you and your business, and all the events going on in Greater Manchester here 


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Skills for Growth - SME Support

Skills for Growth - SME Support

Skills for Growth - SME Support is a fully funded, tailored service to help upskill your employees and improve business productivity.