A new skills workshop for local SMEs will ensure businesses grow and thrive. It’s competitive out there. Competitive for work, competitive for personnel. It’s easy to be left behind. The new technologies such as AI, digital marketing, communicating with staff, management development, skills upgrade, environmental concerns are all areas where businesses need training.
The new SkillsHub:MK workshop is aimed at Milton Keynes organisations – all of whom are urged to get involved. It offers SMEs an easy and convenient way to boost their skills and includes a wealth of free knowledge from leading experts to help businesses and their employees increase digital and leadership and management skills.
Already many SMEs in MK have taken advantage of this SkillsHub:MK opportunity to support the growth of their business. Recent research reveals that 73% of local SMEs agree that new skills are essential for their business to thrive and the continually evolving SkillsHub:MK is a point of reference for just this initiative.
Worker retention is also vital. Nationwide, the shortage of trained personnel leaves companies vulnerable to shedding just the staff they wish to retain. The courses on effective communication and staff management will provide the tools to help improve employee skills, motivation, and help gain staff retention.
Versatile training, online and face-to-face
The SkillsHub:MK website has full details. From Digital Skills Training and Management & Leadership Training opportunities, there are 24 programmes, many of which will be relevant to any business. With both online and face-to-face workshops that offer flexible opportunities and three different levels of engagement, the choice will be easy.
Entry level – minimal prior experience
Application level – learning new workplace skills
Strategic level – linking skills and knowledge development to the goals of the business
The format for each workshop consists of six hours of training in total, with two options – taken either as one six-hour session or two three-hour sessions. Business leaders can book on the programmes that suit them, their staff and their business best. There is no limit on how many courses a business can take.
Feedback has been exciting. MK businesses are positive about the face-to-face opportunities offered and pleased with the bespoke proposals for their own situation. Course length is not a problem and can be easily accommodated, as in-house training is an option. Many have asked for specific support relevant to their own needs in areas such as building customer value and experience, effective communication, leadership and management and people-oriented sales and marketing.
Addressing the needs of real-world situations
The modules are based on research conducted by the SkillsHub:MK – where businesses were asked to complete a Training Needs Assessment Form. The
resulting answers have led to a series of training programmes:
Skills’ Adviser Support: Delivered by MK College and its specialist partners, these new, tailored, bite-sized workshops will be running throughout February, March and April. They will provide interactive learning ensuring successful outcomes. The courses will be enhanced by expert presentations and challenges from guest speakers. Additional sessions can be organised tailored to individual business needs.
Introduction to Digital Marketing for SMEs: This workshop is for delegates who want an introduction to and overview of digital marketing (Entry Level)
Using Google To Grow Your Business: This workshop is for delegates who want to understand the role that all major Google tools can play within digital marketing (Application Level)
Introduction to Digital Marketing for SMEs: For delegates who may already have data foundations in place (Application Level)
Business Skills for Business Growth: Covering the basics of running a business – starting from the very early stages of creating a business plan (All Levels).
Effective Communication: Good communication is an essential tool in achieving productivity and maintaining strong working relationships (All Levels)
Managing People and Teams: Managing people requires an understanding of what you must and what you should do (All Levels)
SkillsHub:MK can advise on a wide range of solutions for leadership learning and development training as well as offer digital and AI (Artificial Intelligence) courses. All MK local businesses are encouraged to book.