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The Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) programme provides a flexible and responsive programme of fully funded training to SMEs in the Humber using investment from the European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency.

People are eligible to receive funded support from the SSW / SSR programme if they are 19 years of age or older and are employed or employed and at risk of redundancy by an SME. People who are self-employed are also eligible to receive support from these programmes.

The programme is aimed at SMEs in the Humber LEP area in our key sectors (Renewable technologies/Green energy, Ports and logistics, Creative and Digital, Chemicals, Engineering and Manufacturing, Food, Visitor economy)  Support is also available for organisations in our underpinning sectors of Health and Social Care and Construction.

Project Dates

October 31, 2017 - March 31, 2019

Project Sponsor

Hull College Group


Humber wide


£9.9m of ESF funding from the Humber’s ESIF PA2.1 allocation.

A procurement exercise for a further round of SSW funding has been launched which will increase the amount of ESF investment by a further £3m.


As at October 2018, 1,470 SMEs have registered onto the programme with over 5,700 individual employees being supported with workplace skills development.

Approval Status

Business case approved

Delivery Status


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Last updated: November 27, 2018

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