Skills for Growth - VCSE Support

Skills for Growth - VCSE Support is a fully funded, tailored service to help up-skill your employees and improve productivity. Available to any Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations in Greater Manchester with between 1-250 (FTE) employees, the service is designed to help your organisation grow through re-shaping, developing your talent and enhancing team performance.

The service is delivered by Growth Company (GC) Business Growth Hub in partnership with Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO), funded through the European Social Fund and commissioned by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

For more information and to access support, contact our dedicated Skills Coach, Sittu Ahmed at the email address below

Support for Organisations

VCSE organisations in Greater Manchester have been hit hard by the economic and operational consequences of the pandemic. We are here to help you come back stronger through one-to-one, personalised and impartial advice from Skills Coaches, wellbeing champions and change specialists.

The team is well equipped to help you on your unique journey, assisting you to;

  • Develop your team with skills: Skills Coaches can produce a bespoke skills plan for you and your team and point you in the direction of the most suitable training providers to suit your needs.

  • Maximise future growth: the team can help plan a recruitment and onboarding strategy that works for you, and help you explore growth options that benefit your organisation.

  • Reshape your organisation: pivot your strategy, redeploy existing staff, or explore new and innovative technology to support your team now and for the future.

  • Improve your team’s wellbeing: mental health is under the spotlight now more than ever as employees and organisations struggle through the murkiness of the pandemic and the uncertainty of the future. Wellbeing champions can work with you to devise strategies that will help you boost morale, improve communication and nurture the mental health of your team.

  • Funding your growth: finding the time and finance to implement workforce development can be challenging for many organisations, we can help relieve some of that pressure. We can help explore all funding options available for your organisation, from sourcing fully funded training programmes, to exploring incentives, grant funding and social investment.

Support for Individuals

We are also encouraging employees and individuals to join the skills revolution. Take the future into your own hands and get equipped with the skills for tomorrow’s world. You can access a wide range of training opportunities through a fully funded skills support service and get personalised guidance from the team to optimise your employment opportunities .

  • Explore the vast network of training providers and grow your skillset.

  • Maximise your opportunities with help through Employ GM, the Kickstart scheme, or through apprenticeships.

  • Improve your CV and work towards internal progression.

  • Enhance your interview technique and work confidently towards promotion.


How can you get involved?

For more information and to access support, please email Sittu Ahmed (  EMAIL SITTU 



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