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New initiative launched to upskill the Staffordshire workforce…

Submitted by on July 28, 2014 – 6:50 am |

Linda McQuade and Andrew GreenhoughStaffordshire Chambers of Commerce and Stoke on Trent College are joining forces to launch the Chamber Business College, an exciting joint venture that has been established to provide a comprehensive range of training services to businesses across Staffordshire.

The Chamber Business College has been created with the express benefit of Staffordshire-based business in mind.  Linda McQuade, Training and Enterprise Manager at Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, explains: “I’m hugely excited to announce the creation of the Chamber Business College.  A great deal of hard work has gone into developing our offering and I’m delighted that we now have a one-stop-training-solution that will provide local business with a seamless training and development service. At the Chamber Business College we recognise that a well-trained workforce will have far reaching benefits for businesses and will help increase efficiency, morale and productivity.

“Between the Chamber and the College there is a wealth of business training and development expertise, and under this new venture we can unite to provide a comprehensive service to SMEs across the region.

“Chamber Business College offers support under four main categories: Management and Business, Communication, Information Technology and Import and Export. Our research shows that these four branches are some of the most common problems faced by SMES in Staffordshire, and by addressing these areas we hope to upskill the workforce and boost local business expertise.

Andrew Greenhough, Director of Employer Engagement at Stoke on Trent College, goes on to add: “As part of the service we can offer companies an organisational needs analysis that will help them to identify and understand the training needs of their business.  ESF funding means that we can provide this service to businesses with up to two hundred and fifty staff at no cost, meaning that all funds can go directly into staff training. We can also do the same for individual staff and provide them with a training roadmap to help them reach their true potential.

“Both the College and the Chamber believe in continuous skills enhancement to drive regional economic growth. To meet the dynamic needs of industry, businesses should look to upskill continuously their present workforce and invest in staff development. Chamber Business College has been expressly designed to allow local business to do just that. I am thrilled to be part of the venture and am really looking forward to taking this initiative forward.”

To find out more about the training on offer and the ways in which the Chamber Business College can support your business, please contact the Training Team on 01782 202222 or email

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