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New Skillmakers service launched, giving employers in Watford and South West Herts the information and resources they need to grow their businesses through skills and corporate social responsibility.

Local businesses looking to train staff or take on new employees will find everything they need via Skilmmakers, a new free-to-use service. Skillmakers has been developed in partnership with local employers who approached West Herts College and Watford Borough Council, asking for a simpler, easier way to get quick advice on training and recruitment, including apprenticeships.

Speaking at the launch on Friday 2 December – which was hosted by The Grove Hotel and attracted a 90-strong business audience – Skillmakers Programme Director Richard Moore, said: ‘Getting informed advice on skills is notoriously difficult. With Skillmakers, local businesses now have a single source of professional advice, both online and via a team of dedicated training specialists.

‘Our focus is local, with the centre of attention being the specific needs of smaller businesses, many of whom tell us they struggle to find people with the skills they need right now,’ said Richard.

‘The information available online is bite-sized, offering quick routes to ideas and answers. This is backed up by a team of advisers who can provide additional support. For those interested there is also direct access to locally-based training solutions, whether the need is a one-off short course or a full apprenticeship.’

The Skillmakers service is free to use thanks to the backing of West Herts College in partnership with Watford Borough Council, Oaklands College and Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership. Any local businesses looking to find out more about Skillmakers, should contact Richard on 01923 812192 / 07703 755517.