Report Segment: Beyond 2010
The Beyond 2010 Programme is a continuation of the Towards 2010 training programme and has been extremely successful in delivering the training that businesses want. The Programme could be criticised because it has deliberately not involved the public sector in delivery. At the time, EEDA’s argument was that there were sufficient programmes such as Train to Gain delivered through mainstream LSC contracts (often involving local colleges) and that this initiative was intended to be totally demand led – providing business critical skills which the businesses needed – whether or not that led to a recognised qualification. Whilst this was an admirable aim, one could argue that this would have been an excellent opportunity to encourage colleges and universities to develop demand responsive courses – rising to the challenge of using their considerable expertise and resource to deliver what was required.
Instead, Beyond 2010 (and its predecessor) have provided subsidies (up to 70% of cost) for training to small businesses. Many have found this extremely useful and have been delighted that they could not only choose the content of their training, but also the method of delivery, the timing, and the training provider.
The food sector is one of the ten sectors eligible for Beyond 2010 funding and Food East has been responsible for brokering training needs within the sector. The Programme has supported several thousand small businesses over the last five years and comes to an end in November this year (2011).