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Global Banking News-July 20, 2011--EEEGR - Training thrives on Beyond 2010 funding(C)2011 ENPublishing -

ENP Newswire - 20 July 2011

Release date- 18072011 - Time is running out for businesses in the East of England's energy supply chain to apply for funding to help fill critical skills gaps within their organization and increase the skill set of their staff.

The Beyond 2010 programme is funded by the East of England Development Agency and European Social Fund and is managed by Essex County Council.

Businesses keen to improve employee skills, push into new areas of work or become more effective in what they do could be granted up to 70% of the total net cost of training. But all training projects must be completed by the end of November.

Among many businesses who have already benefited from the scheme are Lowestoft's new business Gaoh Energy Ltd and Bierce Technical Services Ltd, from Huntingdon.

Gaoh Energy offers both specific and turnkey services to developers of renewable energy projects from project identification and conception, through feasibility, design, engineering, financing, manufacture to installation and operation.

As a business, it wanted to speed up its process of assessing the viability of onshore windfarms and to enhance the information needed for tenders and early stages of design for offshore structures.

Through Beyond 2010, a suitable training package was identified and, in April, the business sent four employees on an 'Introduction to WindPro' course.

Phil Ellis, from Gaoh, said the course had proved a significant and beneficial help in their work for both offshore and onshore projects. Without the 70% grant, they would have struggled to get the training financed.

Bierce Technical Services Ltd provides its clients with a comprehensive range of technical services for energy efficiency, heating and property services to both the domestic and commercial property sectors.

Last year the business was preparing a plan to diversify into other areas of activity to complement its existing work when Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) funding ends soon.

The business identified the appropriate qualifications needed to enter the new markets and researched the appropriate courses to up-skill its workers.

Through help from Beyond 2010, most of that training is now complete and staff are progressing to enable accreditation with the various schemes. It will mean Bierce are able to undertake in-house fire risk assessments, in-house water risk assessment and Legionella sampling.

A spokesman said: 'The Beyond 2010 funding created an opportunity to strengthen our capability and hopefully come out a stronger company offering more services to our clients.'


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