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Solent University has been working closely with Eastleigh College to create new sector guides and help simplify funding and training opportunities for employers.

26th July 2021

In response to direct employer requests, the series of guides will help support employers to develop the skills needed for success now, whilst also succession planning for the future. This could be an employer seeking new talent, looking to maximise recently recruited talent, seeking to develop future managers and leaders, or succession planning our guides simplify funded, full cost, traineeship and apprenticeship opportunities by sector.

Professor Karen Stanton, Solent University Vice-Chancellor, says: “It’s important that we make it easy for employers to understand how different levels of qualifications and courses can be aligned to workforce planning and development. The pandemic has had a significant impact on business, both here in the Solent and across the UK, and we need to ensure that HE and FE work closely together to help businesses in shaping their future workforce“.

Paul Cox, Chief Executive and Principal said: “As we look ahead to 2021/22, and in shaping our recovery commitments we have sought to build on the successes of our pledge whilst also ensuring we respond to feedback from stakeholders. We have welcomed inputs from employers, and have listened to concerns raised through our online open events. As such we are confident that our commitments are based on a strong evidence of need from a wide cross section of our College community”.

The first in the series of guides launched is ‘Business, Finance and Human Resources Employer guide to training and succession planning opportunities. There will be a number of other sector guides to follow in July, August and September, including construction, engineering, digital industries, leisure industries, healthcare and early years.


Further information on how Solent can work with your business can be found here.