Training, Skills and Consultancy Support

We understand that businesses need dedicated, loyal and skilled staff to enable them to grow, adapt and stay ahead.  We also understand that employing people costs money and ensuring their development takes time.

As well as our own dedicated apprenticeship fund, we provide a signposting service to skills and training providers.  We work closely with higher education colleges and universities as well as funded programmes such as Skills for the Workforce to ensure you get the support you need to develop your staff.

Richmondshire District Council’s Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy Scheme (opens link in new window) provides up to £3000 for businesses looking to employ new apprentices. We have so far supported over 40 businesses to take on apprentices who have been successful in completing apprenticeships in digital marketing, accountancy, hairdressing and beauty, joinery and hospitality. 

We have a close working relationship with the Skills Team at The Local Enterprise Partnership, enabling us to influence initiatives and support based on the needs of our businesses.  We find out, first hand, what support is available to keep our businesses up to date.

Manufacturing Growth Programme

The programme supports SME Manufacturers to grow by identifying, understanding and removing barriers to growth and enabling sustainable business improvement.

Providing free advice and support to manufacturing SMEs to help identify opportunities and create plans for growth and improvement.

Manufacturing Growth Programme website (opens link in new window)

Innovate UK Edge

The programme delivers a mix of innovation and business growth programmes, designed to help businesses to innovate, compete and grow. Innovate UK Edge can help businesses deliver transformational change through innovation and access to external expertise. 

For many small businesses, they can provide this support through a mix of funded programmes designed to help them innovate, be more competitive and scale. 

Innovate UK EDGE ( (opens link in new window)

Digital Advantage Programme 

The programme provides workshops and consultancy advice to help move your business forward digitally. 

Skills Support for the Workforce

The programme supports businesses with free training, including a free training needs analysis. Training packages include site management training for construction businesses, world host customer service for those within the visitor economy and so many more. 

Home – SSW Funding Unit website (opens link in new window) 

Biorenewables Centre, York

The centre offers a full package of support through a team of innovation advisers who offer market research analysis, regulatory scanning, specialist sector business advice, bid development, commercialisation and project management for businesses looking to develop their bio-based products or processes further than the lab. 

Flexible project funding – Biorenewables Development Centre (opens link in new window)

Teesside University

The Business School offers bespoke leadership and management learning packages, designed in collaboration with industry partners to develop business skills, knowledge and experience. They also operate a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTPs) which provides the links to the expertise to help businesses grow and gain a competitive edge.

Internships, work placements and work experience options are offered through a number of the universities including Teesside University, The University of York and Leeds Beckett.