The Flexible Skills programme, created by the Welsh Government, has been extended until March 2023. The programme provides Wales-based businesses with opportunities to upskill their employees, with some financial support for training available.
What programmes are available?
There are currently five programmes available for Wales-based businesses:
- Exporting Skills
- Digital Skills
- Creative Sector Skills and Training
- Engineering and Manufacturing Training
- Tourism and Hospitality skills
What does the Exporting Skills programme entail?
The Exporting Skills programme has been designed to help businesses improve their capability to export by developing their expertise and knowledge. It is aimed at businesses who plan to export and those that currently export.
Training in finance, sales and marketing, customs processes and procedures, export processes, market awareness, specialist support, and leadership and management, can be supported through the programme as long the training is accredited or aligns with a widely recognised industry standard.
The programme is able to support up to 50% of the eligible training costs and will be paid retrospectively on completion of the training.
Can the Chamber help?
Chambers Wales South East, South West and Mid offers a variety of practical training courses, providing the tools that businesses need to export correctly and help fill skills gaps.
Businesses can benefit from funding from the Flexible Skills programme if they participate in the Chamber’s series of international trade training events. Relevant courses include Export Documentation, Incoterms and Understanding Exporting.
The courses are accredited by the British Chamber of Commerce and are HMRC aligned, helping to ensure that businesses are compliant as they deal with fundamental trade processes and documentation in the future.
To upskill and improve your exporting knowledge, view our training courses here.
Find out more about the Flexible Skills Programme here.