News | 28.Feb.2024

South Yorkshire Skills Expo Gives Access to £4.2million in Funding

The South Yorkshire Skills Expo is back for a second year, to help business in South Yorkshire access £4.2million in skills and innovation funding.

The event will be held at MAGNA Conference Centre in Rotherham on Friday 22 March, 2024, with business invited to attend from 9am to hear more about how they can more easily access funded training that will increase productivity and supports their growth.

This event will be hosted by Carrie Sudbury (Chief Executive, Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber) who will be accompanied by senior leaders from the local business and skills sectors. The event will discuss the regional for employment and how we can work together to unleash business productivity.

There will also be an opportunity to network with like-minded businesses and make new connections, as well as seek advice from business support agencies.

South Yorkshire is a region of makers with 80% of the 2030 workforce already in employment. The event is intended to support regional companies to be the best they can be by training staff to achieve further productivity gains.

With 90% of jobs requiring some level of digital skills within the next 20 years, the MAGNA event will focus on supporting businesses with this challenge.

Employers can access funded training supported by the Local Skills Improvement Fund (LSIF) through a network of local skills providers which are AMRC Training, Barnsley College, Doncaster Specialist Communication College, DN College Group, Northern College, RNN Group, Sheffield Hallam University, South Yorkshire Provider Network, The Sheffield College. The aim of the fund is to encourage employers to work in new ways and get training to where it needs to be as quickly as possible.

Carrie Sudbury, Chief Executive Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber, said: “Reflecting on the South Yorkshire Celebration of Skills Expo 2023, it was a remarkable event that marked the beginning of a closer collaboration between learning providers and businesses. The event spurred a range of positive outcomes for local employers and people within the region.

As we look forward to the 2024 event, I am excited to build on last year’s success. Let’s continue to make tangible changes across South Yorkshire, unlocking our potential and transforming our businesses through the power of skills and collaboration. See you on the 22nd of March, 2024.” 

Find out more about the Skills Expo here: South Yorkshire Skills Expo - BR Chamber