Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub

The Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub offers support around skills and employment with help for your business with recruitment, apprentices, training and improving skills:

  • Skills Pledge - one place to find out more about employer facing skills and training initiatives.You only need to sign up and then a Pledge Partner who is an expert, will get in touch with you to help you to Pledge.  Pledging will give your business recognition for the things it does to upskill, recruit and inspire the people of Lancashire.
  • Recruitment - Free support to help you recruit and apprentices to fill your vacancies
  • Upskilling - Help to upskill your staff 
  • Free Training Needs Analysis 
  • Subsidised/funded training for your staff
  • Use apprenticeship training to develop your staff

More about the Skills Pledge

7 reasons why you should sign up to the Lancashire Skills Pledge

  1. Upskill and inspire the people of Lancashire
  2. Celebrate your organisation's contribution to upskilling and inspiring the people of Lancashire
  3. Raise your organisation's profile - receive free, positive publicity
  4. Independent recognition for your social value and Corporate Social Responsibility contribution
  5. Access funded support to train staff and employ local people
  6. Give your staff opportunities to develop new skills and give back to their community
  7. Hear first about new developments and opportunities

3 steps to register

  1. Visit the Lancashire Skills Pledge page and sign up by pledging to one, or more, of our seven Skills Pledges
  2. Complete the short form with business details
  3. Check and submit your details

You will be contacted by an expert who will confirm what you are already doing or support you to engage with a pledge.

Once engaged with one pledge or more you will become a Lancashire Skills Pledge Member and receive an electronic Lancashire Skills Pledge badge and certificate

You will be invited to one of the bi-annual Lancashire Skills Pledge Celebration events and your organisation will be promoted in regards to its engagement with the Lancashire Skills Pledge on social media, with a reach of 1000s of local people.


Apprenticeships, like businesses, come in all shapes and sizes and are suitable for anyone over 16 and all types of business. They can help you to grow your own talent, reduce staff turnover and give your business the skills it needs to succeed.

To find out how apprenticeships could work for your organisation visit How to employ an apprentice and funding help and Steps for Hiring an Apprentice

Local guidance about apprenticeships

Training and skills

The following information gives details how you and your staff can increase skills in the workplace.

Train an apprentice

  • Are you looking to upskill your current workforce? Did you know that apprenticeship funding can be used for any age group and can also be used for your current teams? More information at: Train an apprentice 

Skills Support for the Workplace

The Skills Support for the Workplace offers fully funded training for you and your staff.

  • Analysis of current skills gaps in your business and bespoke learning plans to meet these skills gaps
  • Flexible delivery - programmes can be delivered at your business, at one of their training centres or across different sites

The Programmes:

  • Include coaching support to develop both vocational and soft skills
  • Can be used to develop basic skills in literacy and numeracy
  • Include specialist support for businesses going through restructures and where staff are at risk of redundancy
  • Can include employability skills to help individuals to find alternative employment

There are a range of accredited and non-accredited programmes to choose from at various levels covering qualifications and skills for people working in many different sectors from retail to advanced manufacturing.

And, some of the programmes only take a day or two to complete - meaning minimal impact on your business.

Upskilling Lancashire

The Upskilling Lancashire project can support you and your staff to increase skills. A member of the project team will visit you to discuss your business plans and objectives. They will support your businesses to identify, design, develop and implement work-force education and training programmes linked to the strategic needs of your business. The project will prepare the business to engage in the provision of a range of apprenticeships for current and future employees.

More information at: Upskilling Lancashire


  • EnginE provides dedicated support to advanced engineering and manufacturing SMEs, through free skills planning expertise, taster sessions, masterclasses and skills champions, so that you can see the impact skills can have in future proofing your business success and productivity. 

Digital Training

HR and employee relations

  • ACAS - the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service offers free guidance on HR issues and employee relations. Employers can access free confidential advice on the ACAS helpline on 0300 123 1190.