Free workforce training funded by the EU


Julie Ward MEP welcomes a new EU funded £5.6 million programme delivering accredited workplace training courses for businesses and employees.

Lancashire Skills Support for the Workforce (LSS) is a £5.6m programme launched in September 2014 that funds accredited workplace courses and training for businesses and their employees.

LSS has been brought together by Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership. It is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and overseen by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

The programme will be delivered by some of the county’s leading further education and training providers. Hundreds of accredited college courses and qualifications from entry level up to and including level 4 are available to employees, along with specialist sector courses and bespoke training packages.

The aim of LSS is to:

  • Enhance the skills of the county’s workforce by supporting 3,817 employees aged 19 and over who are working in small or medium sized businesses with a workforce of up to 250 employees.
  • Respond to local skills priorities as articulated by Lancashire’s business community.
  • Help businesses across the county achieve their growth aspirations by up skilling their workforce.
  • Help make Lancashire the place for growth.

Eligible businesses will also receive a free training needs analysis.

North West MEP Julie Ward said:

"Lancashire Skills Support is a great example of a project funded by the European Union and delivering real benefits to people here in the North West.

"It is just one of many EU funded projects which are developing skills and training, creating jobs and promoting sustainable growth right here in our region. £1.3 billion of EU investment will be spent in the North West over the next 7 years."

LSS will run until July 2015 – with places allocated to businesses on a first-come first-served basis. Visit to find out more and see if your business is eligible to apply.