Funding package supports subsidies for finance and accounts training

Businesses and individuals across Yorkshire and the Humber will benefit after Golding Computer Services secured more than £46,000 to help meet LEP targets for improving finance and accounting skills.

The money has been awarded by the European Social Fund to deliver courses in Sage accounts and payroll. Goldings will partner with J T Development Training of Horsforth, Leeds, to take the training to a wider workforce.

Di Garbera, Director of Goldings, said: "The funding was awarded because of the recognition that accounting forms an essential part of every business, and the overall aim is to support the priorities identified by the LEPs in the Yorkshire and Humber region of having a suitably skilled workforce in the areas of finance and accountancy.

"We want to support small and medium-sized enterprises – particularly those with fewer than 10 employees – to help them grow and enhance their businesses by upskilling their staff in accountancy principles and practices."

Training is subject to availability and eligibility and the funding will be worth £46,750 if all 180 places are taken up, enabling Goldings to reduce the cost of the courses by 70 per cent.

The training will lead to a qualification with the International Association of Bookkeepers () and is available now, with a deadline of February to enable trainees to complete the sessions by next summer. The expected duration of each course is six months, and trainees are able to study from home or work using Goldings’ specialist distance learning techniques.

Goldings, which has been operating in Hull for more than 30 years, was the ’s top UK centre for computerised accounting for business for 2012 and 2013. The company has a strong track record of securing funding to increase the availability of its courses.
Jo Taylor, Director of J T Development Training, said the partnership will add greater depth to the training.

She said: "When a school leaver joins an organisation, it is important that they get to grips with certain skills such as business administration and customer service, knowing how to work in an office, how to speak to people and importantly how to serve customers. But they also need an understanding of what is required within a specific role, such as Sage, and this is what we are working on together.

"By bringing together the expertise of two companies we are providing a more bespoke package to each individual, offering a great learning and development opportunity for young people and also re-skilling existing staff and re-training staff who are new to the workplace but who have existing experience in other fields."

For more details contact Di Garbera at Golding Computer Services on Hull (01482) 328706, email di@gcs-limited.com or visit: www.gcs-limited.com

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