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Andesign first to access fund and make Pledge

Sutton Coldfield-based Andesign has become the first company to sign up and take advantage of the Train to Gain fund to support its plans for boosting management skills, meeting national standards and taking on apprentices.

The company is also committed to long term skills investment and has become the first nationally to sign the Cogent Sector Skills Pledge.

Fifteen-strong Andesign provides vehicle livery and wraps, design, digital printing, large format printing and a complete graphics service. It has a wide-range of high-profile customers seeking to visually communicate their ideas and image.

An initial meeting with Cogent Skills Director Bill Erskine identified the key skills needs the company wanted to address; priorities include health and safety, technical and management skills.

Bill followed up by making contact with specialist training provider, Walsall College, which is able to deliver the training requested and also register Andesign on to Train to Gain to attract funding support.

Added Bill: "We've also introduced Andesign to a skills broker who completed a training needs analysis and helped the company identify a suitable management training provider, as well as completing an application for funding to support management training."

As well as addressing the needs of its adult workforce, the company has introduced a signmaking apprenticeship, reflecting its desire to grow young talent. Walsall College is again supporting the programme and accessing funding to help with the costs.

For further information visit www.andesignuk.co.uk

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