Skills Support for the Workforce: Skills Metro – Business Enterprise Skills

The following programmes can support skills in the workforce across the LLEP area:

Are you an employer or employee needing skills support?  There are three ESF funded programmes that can help across the LLEP area!  These are:

The Skills Metro – available till March 2019

Open Doors is a new skills service available to businesses in Leicester and Leicestershire, managed by Interserve.

The service links training organisations with local businesses (who have less than 250 employees), allowing you to upskill your existing workforce in line with your business strategy and the local skills priorities.  A large range of skills provision is on offer to help employers to meet their skills needs! To find out more, see the flyer at the bottom of this page, or call 0333 444 8801


Business and Enterprise Skills – available till March 2019

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College manage the ESF Business Enterprise Skills contract for the LLEP area, with the aim of supporting employers and employees of SME’s and Micro Businesses to improve their skill levels and hence helping them to develop and sustain their business. NWSLC, along with a group of partners, will engage with businesses to design and deliver bespoke training packages that meet the needs of the employer and individual.

Business Enterprise Skills offers a flexible package of business skills that can be accessed across the entire LLEP area, comprising of the following elements:

 Promotion of an Enterprise Culture, including

  • Activities that encourage an enterprise culture, especially amongst young people.
  • Community based activities targeted at those communities and geographies with most need.
  • Provision of information about sectors with a better chance of survival and greater growth potential.
  • Support for those who are at risk of redundancy to identify how they can use their skills to start their own business.

The package will also include, but is not limited to, access to flexible business skills, including Accounting, IT, Marketing and Sales. The college website address is: and

Who is eligible to access this support?

Any SME businesses – (up to 250 employees) located in the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) area. Employees must be aged 19 or over, work for 16 hours per week and meet UK residency criteria.

An organisational needs analysis (ONA) will be carried out with the employer to determine training needs and a delivery plan will be discussed.

Fully funded by the European Social Fund, this is an opportunity for individuals to update their skills and knowledge and for employers to plug their skills gap at no cost!  Do get in touch to find out more. Please contact Shereen Richardson, Employer Engagement Adviser

Mobile: 07515796459 Telephone: 0116 2643535


See also detail on the LLEP area Employment Hub-support for local employers

The aim of the Employment Hub is to make education and training provision more responsive to the needs of the local economy, and will work directly with local businesses (especially SMEs) to increase the demand for apprenticeships, traineeships and work placements. It will also add capacity to and complement the work of the National Apprenticeship Service and local training agencies. The total value of the Employment Hub specification is £2 million and project delivery will end by June 30 2020.

The Employment Hub was awarded to Leicester City Council,

Leadership and Management Skills Support Programme – closed in July 2018, awaiting detail on a new programme in 2019.

Please see below for information on the ‘Open Doors’ Skills Metro.


Open Doors Skills Metro (5.44 MB)