Skills Support for the Unemployed (sector based initiatives)

ESF programme helps adults into opportunities across key local sectors


Twin Training awarded Skills Support to the Unemployed contract in Leicester and Leicestershire

Twin Training has been awarded the Skills Support for the Unemployed contract in Leicester and Leicestershire. The programme, which commenced in April 2019, supports activity to increase the labour market participation of Leicester and Leicestershire residents and thereby improve social inclusion and mobility in the county. The programme is co-funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Union, through the European Social Fund (ESF) and has been designed to meet the priorities identified by the LLEP.

The aim of the service is to deliver bespoke support and vocational training, complemented by Work Experience or Work “Tasters”, to 1528 unemployed or inactive Leicester and Leicestershire residents aged 16+ who are seeking to return to the labour market. Activities will support residents to overcome the barriers they may face when moving into work (including self-employment) to enable them to progress onto a range of positive outcomes including employment, education, apprenticeships or traineeships.

The programme will focus on supporting participants into employment opportunities within the following growth and priority sectors:

  • Business & Financial Services
  • Tourism & Hospitality
  • Creative Design
  • Distribution and Logistics
  • High-Technology Manufacturing and Food & Drink Manufacturing
  • Wholesale and Retail
  • Health and social work / Care
  • Education / ESOL
  • Construction
  • Transport & Storage

It will also support participants to access opportunities in sectors identified with skills shortages nationally, including:

  • Customer Service
  • Management & Professional

The programme will be delivered through Twin and their sub-contractors Workpays and Derby Business College. Eligible Leicester and Leicestershire residents can access the service locally to gain support to compete and progress effectively in the labour market. Access to funding for Leicester and Leicestershire residents who register for this programme will be available until 31st July 2021.

For more information, or further details on how to refer, please contact Deep Khanna on 07825 781504 or email