Developing your people

A company's workforce is its most valuable asset. We help you find your way through the wide range of programmes and grants that can develop your workforce and ensure that your business is adaptable and ready for the future.


Build job related skills

The partnership offers a variety of types of assistance to help you develop your staff including the following:

  • Training for work
  • Induction training
  • Pre recruitment advice
  • Vocational training
  • Training needs analysis
  • Professional qualifications
  • Vocational rehabilitation/condition management
  • Modern Apprentices
  • Job shadowing

Work based learning opportunities at West College Scotland offer an effective method of delivering training and qualifications to candidates across a wide range of vocational areas and ages.

Employees learn new skills and can achieve vocational skills within the workplace whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification. This also benefits employers by minimising disruption at work, motivating employees and increasing the competitiveness and profitability of the business. Modern Apprenticeships (MA) offer a framework that combine SVQ qualifications with core skills and underpinning knowledge and are designed to meet the needs of industry.

There may also be funding available to cover the cost of training from Skills Development Scotland which can be accessed through the college.

Selecting effective training for your employees can vastly improve your chance of success. It can help build your competitive advantage and equip your employees with the skills your business needs.

Develop basic employability skills

The partnership offers a variety of types of assistance to help you develop your staff including the following:

  • Literacy/numeracy
  • IT skills
  • Time management
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Customer care
  • Career planning

Develop management and leadership

The partnership offers a variety of types of assistance to help you develop your staff including the following:

  • Training
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Problem solving
  • Time management

West College Scotland is approved to deliver a range of Chartered Management Institute (CMI) courses at introductory, certificate and diploma levels. These nationally recognised qualifications deliver the essential management skills needed to enhance career development. You will learn how to manage yourself, other people and non-human resources.

Flexible Training Opportunities

Flexible Training Opportunities gives businesses with under 50 employees the opportunity to apply for up to £5,000 towards employee training costs.

Managed by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and supported by the European Social Fund, it aims to help small businesses become more resilient and to boost productivity and success.

Funding is available for up to 10 employees per business and the money is not a loan so there's no need to pay it back.

SDS will refund 50% of the cost of up to 10 training courses with a maximum value of £500 per course. And it’s flexible, so 10 employees can do one course each or one employee can do 10 courses, with any combination in between.

It effectively means businesses can double their training investment. Or it might help them introduce some training when they thought it wouldn’t be possible.

The application process is simple and the rewards can really make a difference. Many businesses have already taken advantage of the offer.

Supporting the health needs of your staff

"A healthy working life is one that continuously provides working age people with the opportunity, ability support and encouragement to work in ways and in an environment which allows them to sustain and improve their health and well being." Healthy Working Lives - a plan for action, Scottish Executive 2004

Are you unsure about the appropriate health services/supports available to you and your employees?

The Community Health Care Partnership in Inverclyde will signpost you and your staff to the service best suited to meet your needs and can also support you with the following:

  • Provision of information and advice on the new GP "fit note" and how this might affect your workforce
  • Employee retention
  • Development of policies and procedures to enhance the well-being of your workforce, e.g. stress management policies, sickness absence, mental health and alcohol strategies & policies as well as encouraging employees to increase their physical health through diet and exercise