A SKILLS for Business Roadshow is to stop off in Dunfermline next month.

The event, organised by the Open University (OU) in Scotland, will offer advice, business insight and potential funding for training to businesses in the area.

Research for the OU’s annual Business Barometer has shown employers in Scotland are facing acute skills shortages, with the impact leading to reduced output, profitability, and growth.

Developed in partnership with Fife Chamber of Commerce, the session will allow employers to gain valuable insights and learn about the fantastic training offered by the OU.

SMEs can access upskilling and reskilling opportunities at little to no cost for both individuals and businesses through a vast array of courses.

Through the Scottish Government’s Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF), SMEs can receive training grants of up to £5K to support the upskilling and reskilling of existing staff.

Larger employers in the private, public and third sectors can also tap into training up to the value of £15K.

David Allen, Senior Partnerships Manager at The Open University in Scotland said: “We look forward to welcoming employers and businesses to our event in Fife and sharing with you the incredible opportunities available to help your organisation thrive. 

“We can also share with you the funding opportunities you could draw on to develop skills to support your business grow, supporting you and your employees.  We can sign you up on the day to allow you to benefit from this opportunity.” 

Stephen Percy-Robb, Chief Executive at Fife Chamber of Commerce, added: “We’re excited to welcome the Open University to Fife as one of its founders Jennie Lee was born in Lochgelly only a few miles from where the Roadshow is being held.

"We’re delighted to partner with the OU to provide this informative roadshow to the employers and businesses in our area. Access to the funding and grants will be invaluable and help with decreasing the skills gaps we are seeing more of now post Covid and Brexit.”

The roadshow will visit The Vine Conference Centre on May 3. For more information on funding and to register for roadshow, visit www.open.ac.uk/business/events-scotland.