MORE than 90% of employers working with West Cheshire College believe training has improved their business performance, according to a recent survey.

An independent survey of more than 150 businesses that use West Cheshire College for their staff training showed 98% were happy with the service they received – putting the College among the leading training providers in the country.

Employer Response Team manager Jayne Smith said: "These are fantastic results and we are delighted to see that not only are employers happy with our services but training really does improve business performance.

"All research of recent years has shown that a skilled workforce is key to business success but training budgets are often among the first to be cut during periods of financial pressure.

"We have done all we can to ensure training is available to businesses and it’s good to see our efforts paying off – to the benefit of local businesses, employees and the local community."

The College, which already has the prestigious TQS status for its work in engineering training, scored particularly highly on two of the area’s other key sectors – financial services and retail.

Jayne said: "The College works on a one-to-one basis with employers to ensure we can provide the specific training they need for their business.

"Sometimes we will be able to provide this through existing NVQs and other qualifications, but when we can’t we will develop, and win accreditation for, bespoke training."

The College has also risen to the challenge of recession by developing training packages for people working in businesses which are forced to make redundancies.

Jayne said: "The work includes ensuring staff facing redundancy have the qualifications they need to find new jobs.

"Frequently they will have the skills because they are jobs they’ve been doing for years, but don’t have the qualifications potential employers want to see."

Surveys of this type are essential for the College to help it develop further training and business support and new initiatives now being considered include developing an employer liaison group and taking advantage of offers to provide work placement opportunities for College students.

West Cheshire College offers a wide range of training for businesses and can also help employers to access government funding for some types of training.

To find out more about the College’s commitment to improving business performance through training visit  or call the Employer Hotline on 01244 670499.