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Rotherham Welcomes The Source Skills Academy
Rotherham Welcomes The Source Skills Academy
22nd June 2011

The Source has launched The Source Skills Academy Rotherham; a new initiative designed to support local businesses and help expand Rotherham Town Centre.

The Source Skills Academy Rotherham is designed to offer advice, guidance and training services to Rotherham businesses to increase skills levels and to support trade in the town centre, attracting new investment whilst supporting individuals into employment and training.

Council Leader Roger Stone unveiled the new Source Skills Academy Hub on Friday 1st July as part of the town's regeneration strategy. The project is part-funded by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, the Skills Funding Agency and The Source Skills Academy.

Councillor Roger Stone said: "This new Hub is an exciting development for Rotherham. Not only will businesses be able to access free support and guidance, but the new site is based right in the heart of Rotherham.  The Source will co-ordinate the new site, with experienced professionals on hand to aid the development of local businesses. I'm sure people will be pleased with what The Source Skills Academy Rotherham has to offer."

Local businesses can access a range of opportunities, from Apprenticeships, supporting staff in the workplace with flexible learning, to various training courses including retail masterclasses and customer service courses. The service also links with other Rotherham-based support networks and advisors to offer a wealth of guidance for all aspects of their business.

Ann Cadman, Managing Director at The Source Skills Academy, said: "The Source was established in 2003 to support businesses across South Yorkshire with training and recruitment guidance and we have come a long way since our initial launch. We have now opened our brand new site on the High Street that offers dedicated support to Rotherham businesses. This shows excellent growth for The Source Skills Academy and we are keen to work in partnership with Rotherham organisations with the goal of improving business performance and maximising opportunities in this very difficult climate." 

The Source Skills Academy Rotherham is fronted by George Elliott who, with over 30 years experience in retail and business, brings a wealth of knowledge and new ideas to support Rotherham organisations.  Leading entrepreneur Theo Paphitis has also hailed him as "an inspiration to the industry and a great example of the drive, commitment, enthusiasm and sheer passion required to make it in retail."

George said: "The Source Skills Academy Rotherham is an exciting new venture designed to encourage staff training and development and connecting the dots between support networks across the region. We offer complementary help and guidance for Rotherham businesses, supporting them to grow their organisation and up-skill their workforce."

Of almost 200 businesses in Rotherham who have benefited from the centre's guidance, 86 per cent have recorded an increase in profitability and local businesses can now take full advantage of the services on offer. 

For more information on The Source Skills Academy Rotherham, speak to George Elliott on 07827 852 503 or email George.elliott@thesourceacademy.co.uk.