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College moves to bolster Sheffield’s workforce

Sheffield College has launched a new service to boost local business and workforce skills.

The Sheffield College Business Gateway merges the college’s current provision for employers to offer a one-stop shop for an extensive range of courses.

Heather MacDonald, principal and chief executive, said: "This new initiative capitalises on our expertise, and sharpens our focus on businesses, by bringing all of our employer-related provision into one recognisable brand."

The new service will encompass departments such as Skills for Business which offer short courses, and the Business Development Unit that organises Apprenticeships and Train to Gain.

Ms MacDonald continues: "Investing in training is crucial to success and even more pressing given the current economic climate. We help people unlock their business potential, ignite their talent and skills, and take them or their company further."

The Sheffield College boasts links with roughly 3,000 employers in South Yorkshire, and the new service’s portfolio of products will include bespoke short courses tailored to the requirements of organisations.

There is also a wide variety of part-time and full-time courses, and qualifications including diplomas, Apprenticeships and higher education foundation degrees, with training available at the college as well as satellite centres or in the workplace.

Pictured: Heather MacDonald, principal and chief executive of Sheffield College

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