National Physical Laboratory

Supporting Growth with Training

The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), has launched a service to support small- and medium-sized businesses develop their workforce's skills and expertise. Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) based in the Leeds City Region that have a budget to put towards training could be eligible for funding of between £500 and £50,000. This is a great opportunity to ensure that measurement skills are an inherent part of the training agenda and will lead to faster and sustainable growth.

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SMEs are the lifeblood of the UK economy and the Leeds City Region boasts over 100,000 that help to drive growth across the North of England. Despite this, one of the biggest challenges facing SMEs in 2016 is the skills gap, with no exception to the manufacturing and engineering industry.

Measurement skills underpin these industries, playing an important role in manufacturing supply chains. Good measurement practice can drastically improve quality of output and growth, giving SMEs a competitive advantage.

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK's National Measurement Institute, is committed to addressing the measurement skills gap through a training framework of practical, application-based training courses.

As skills shortages continue to pose a problem for nearly a third of SMEs in the UK, good practice measurement training can be a major differentiator to business processes, employee retention and satisfaction. According to a survey conducted by NPL in 2014, 92% of organisations witnessed improvements in their workforce following attendance on measurement training courses. This type of workforce training is designed to improve skills and competencies in measurement from beginner level through to expert. The suite of online and classroom training courses provided by NPL helps SMEs gain competitive advantage in an already competitive sector.

More information on the metrology training courses provided by NPL

Find out more about the LEP skills service programme

Contact: Laura Duke

Last Updated: 29 Feb 2016
Created: 29 Feb 2016

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