Adult Retraining Scheme

*Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority #RescuetoRecovery Retraining Scheme prioritises retraining and getting people back to work*

At a time when economic recovery is more important than ever, the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) are supporting people by investing in adult retraining to help people learn new skills and explore alternative career paths. CPCA recently announced a pilot scheme with an engineering programme in partnership with Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (MADG).

According to the Office for National Statistics figures to the end of July, the number of people on payrolls in the UK has decreased by 730,000 since March 2020. Meanwhile, in July 26,630 individuals in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough claimed benefits due to unemployment. As many more employees are at risk of redundancy, currently furloughed, or needing retraining to gain employment, this is a critical time for government-led, business-driven interventions.

In many sectors across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, employers have also highlighted gaps in recruitment for roles that are hard to fill or that require specific skills not widely available in the job-market.

As an innovative regional economy contributing to levelling up across the country, CPCA has developed a Retraining Scheme to enable employers to retrain jobseekers for available roles.

Through this scheme, employers in Engineering, ICT/ Technology, Life Sciences, Healthcare, Logistics and Construction are supported in defining the skills and behaviours they need for their available job roles. Potential employees are matched with and retrained by the relevant training providers to get them back to work quickly.

MADG will be the first sector partner addressing retraining in engineering in the region and has created roles for 20 adult trainees, with many more people benefiting from the training provided by Marshall Centre.

Dan Edwards, General Manager at Marshall Centre (training provider for apprenticeships and professionals) explained,

“At Marshall Centre, we are committed to both training and employing local people. This retraining scheme gives us the opportunity to support adults who have suffered job loss during this difficult time, while continuing to deploy highly-skilled aerospace engineering specialists. We are also thrilled to be able to train more than 20 people that Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group require, and retrain individuals for other engineering employers in the area”.

Individuals who have been made redundant or are at risk of redundancy can register for the scheme, benefiting from government funding to retrain and learn new skills in a new industry.

The CPCA is seeking sector partners in ICT / Technology, Life Sciences, Construction and Logistics, who can commit to offering new jobs for people to be retrained as part of the retraining scheme pilot. For more information and to register your interest, please visit https://cpcabusinesssupport.co.uk/retraining-scheme/.

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