February 20, 2024 | University Partners

Staffordshire University help assist the new fully funded CPD opportunities for Stoke-on-Trent workers

Stoke-on-Trent Higher Skills Accelerator is funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and will be delivered by Staffordshire University working in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

The University will be delivering fully funded short courses, masterclasses and microcredentials aimed at equipping employees with skills and techniques which can be put into practice in the workplace.

This includes bite-sized courses to help people get to grips with social media and digital marketing as well as new and emerging technologies including Chat GPT.

Added to that, local employees are invited to become more climate aware by attending a masterclass in Carbon Net Zero or to learn lifesaving skills on the CPR and AED awareness course.

Professor Martin Jones, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive at Staffordshire University, said: “We have developed a programme of short courses which will benefit local employers and help to upskill the city’s workforce.

“The project enables the local workforce to access Continued Professional Development which could act as the catalyst for them to progress their education and their careers.”

Councillor Jane Ashworth, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “We are delighted that UKSPF money is being used for this fantastic initiative which will help to equip hundreds of workers with the knowledge and skills they need to progress in their chosen careers."

The masterclasses are fully funded and open to anyone aged 18 and over who is in paid employment or on a government supported training programme. They are also open to people on maternity or paternity leave and self-employed.