New Joint Venture to Support Business Training Needs

Leading organisations from across Coventry and Warwickshire have joined together on a major project to support businesses across the region with education and training.

The ‘Collaborate to Train Coventry and Warwickshire’ project is match funded European Social Fund and aims to improve the ways in which education providers, local authorities and other stakeholders work together with businesses to provide high quality and effective education and training services in a more collaborative, user-led way.

The project, led by WCG (Warwickshire College Group) is especially targeted at small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and will look at ways to help them get involved in education and training, in particular through providing additional work experience placements, supported internships, apprenticeships and working with schools.

The three-year project is being delivered through a consortium of the major stakeholders in education, training and business engagement. Along with WCG, these are the University of Warwick, Coventry College, North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, Coventry University Social Enterprise, Coventry City Council.

Warwickshire County Council is a strategic partner, and other local stakeholders such as business networks, schools and private training providers will also be involved to ensure the project has maximum impact.

Melanie Shaw, Director of Work-based Learning at WCG, said: “We are delighted to be leading this innovative project, which will have a significant impact on the way SMEs access education and training to support their business goals. As well as analysing what we’re already doing well in Coventry and Warwickshire, and sharing this best practice, it gives us the opportunity to improve and streamline how businesses can access education and training for the benefit of everyone.

“It’s unusual to see so many organisations collaborating together on a project like this, but it shows that we are committed to working together and implementing change for the good of Coventry and Warwickshire.”

There are already over 50 small businesses benefiting from the project in its first few months. To find out more and to get involved click here to read more or contact us now.

Alternatively, you will find members of the Collaborate to Train team on the WCG stand at the forthcoming Coventry & Warwickshire Business Expo at the Ricoh Arena on Friday 9 March.

European Social Fund
The project receives funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England ESF programme. Established by the European Union ESF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, skills development, job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit