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FREE staff training is being offered to small businesses in the area to help them compete and grow.

The offer from Portsmouth firm Stafford Rhodes Group could be worth thousands of pounds to each company.

It’s available to workers over 19, including volunteers, and can include training in the workplace or outside.

Analysis is also available to find out what training a firm’s staff can benefit from.

Training is being offered in a range of subjects including business improvement techniques, Six Sigma process improvement methods, lean manufacturing, IT, sales, customer service, business administration and leadership and management training.

Stafford Rhodes Group has been working with businesses throughout the region increasing employees’ skills and competence and adding huge cost savings and business benefits to a number of companies.

One business enrolled into the scheme is precision engineering company, Amdale Ltd.

Martin Koerner, managing director, said: ‘As a precision engineering company working on advance technical specifications, we need to compete in an international market place.

‘So we were really pleased when Stafford Rhodes identified training that is adapted to our business and improves our processes in lean manufacturing and Six Sigma to enable us to be more effective.

‘We liked it even more when we found out it was free.’

‘Two other local business is Fast Track Vehicle Licensing (FTVL) in Fratton and 626 Cars in Havant, which has enrolled taxi drivers and call centre staff.

Nathan Kidby, director of FTVL, said: ‘We want our staff and drivers to be the best in the industry; we understand the importance of good training and invest in our staff and subcontractors.’

To find out more about free training opportunities, call (023) 9279 3400 or email caroline.collings@staffordrhodesgroup.com.

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