Yorkshire firms urged to boost training and skills

Companies in Yorkshire are being encouraged to improve their employees’ skills and knowledge with the launch of a new range of training and development courses.
 
Jan. 10, 2012 - PRLog -- After talking to members and reviewing its current portfolio of training products, the  Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce (http://www.yourchamber.org.uk) is launching a new programme of subsidised courses covering sales and marketing, social media, leadership and personal development.  

The new programme will include ‘taster’ sessions, providing introductory information which can be followed up by more in-depth courses.  

The Chamber conducted a rigorous tendering process and, after receiving over 200 responses, appointed ten experienced training providers to deliver the courses which start at the end of January 2012.

Helen Silverman, head of SME membership at Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber, said: “Having a team with the right skills is vitally important as businesses face tough trading conditions and we want to be one of, if  not the first, places organisations look to for training courses for their employees.

“Our new training programme focuses on subjects that are key to SMEs including sales, marketing, social media and personal development.  We have also heavily discounted the half and full day courses for Chamber members as one of the benefits of membership and as part of our ongoing strategy to provide businesses in Yorkshire with support, services and new products.”

Research undertaken by the Chamber in 2011* showed that business owners and managers felt that ongoing employee development is key to help support business growth but that they don’t often know where to go for training and that it can often be cost-prohibitive.  

With this in mind, and with the closure of Business Link in November 2011, the Chamber’s new courses aim to be cost-effective, flexible, highly focussed and feature more interaction between the trainer and trainee.

Prices are £10 for taster sessions, £50 for half days and £100 for full day courses (for Chamber members).

For more information about the Chamber’s new training programme call 0113 247 0000/01904 567 838 or visit www.yourchamber.org.uk.

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Notes to Editors:
* The Chamber conducted focus groups with a number of its members during August 2011.

The Chamber’s new training programme starts at end of January 2012 and courses will be held at venues including Leeds Metropolitan University, The New Ellington and  York Science Park ).

The training providers are:
•   Ed Ryder and Deborah Goodall from Biskit Ltd
•   Ian Clarke from I Run Business Solutions
•   Richard Wells from Creating Space For You
•   Michael Ham from V-Social
•   Steve Phillip & Michelle Beckett from Linked2Success
•   Gaynor Hammond from YourCoach
•   Andy Radka from Creative Partners
•   Anj Handa from Anj Handa Associates
•   Jane Bytheway & Nina Brook-Morton from Magnet World
•   Nik Rabbani-Barker from Mind Mechanics

The Chamber
With over 2,000 members, Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce is a membership organisation providing business services to companies of all sizes in the region.

The Chamber’s number one objective is to make businesses better. Its wide range of events and training opportunities facilitate the sharing of best practice amongst the business community, as well as providing the opportunity for members to meet new contacts. Its support services promote business growth and efficiency and opportunities also exist for firms to raise their profile through sponsorship and advertising.

For further information please contact Emma Kirkaldy at The Smart Agency on
01423 876 371/07983 714 001 or emma@thesmartagency.co.uk

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