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South Yorkshire Skills Expo Gives Access to £4.2million in Funding

March 1, 2024

The South Yorkshire Skills Expo is back for a second year, to help businesses in South Yorkshire access £4.2million in skills and innovation funding. 

The event will be held at MAGNA Conference Centre in Rotherham on Friday 22 March, 2024, with businesses invited to attend from 9am to hear more about how they can more easily access funded training that will increase productivity and support their growth. 

This event will be hosted by Carrie Sudbury, Chief Executive, Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber, who will be accompanied by senior leaders from the local business and skills sectors.  The event will discuss how we can work all together to unleash business productivity. 

There will also be an opportunity to network with like-minded businesses and make new connections, as well as seek advice from business support agencies.

South Yorkshire is a region of makers but with 80% of the 2030 workforce already in employment, the need for effective learning and development strategies is more important than ever.  The event is intended to support regional companies to be the best they can be by training staff to achieve further productivity gains.    

With 90% of jobs requiring some level of digital skills within the next 20 years, the MAGNA event will focus on supporting businesses with this challenge. 

Employers can access funded training supported by the Local Skills Improvement Fund (LSIF) through a network of local skills providers which are the University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre, Barnsley College, Doncaster Specialist Communication College, DN Colleges Group, Northern College, RNN Group, Sheffield Hallam University, South Yorkshire Provider Network, and The Sheffield College. The aim of the fund is to encourage employers to work in new ways and get training to where it needs to be as quickly as possible.  

Carrie Sudbury, Chief Executive Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber, said: “Reflecting on the South Yorkshire Celebration of Skills Expo 2023, it was a remarkable event that marked the beginning of a closer collaboration between learning providers and businesses. The event spurred a range of positive outcomes for local employers and people within the region. 

“As we look forward to the 2024 event, I am excited to build on last year’s success. Let’s continue to make tangible changes across South Yorkshire, unlocking our potential and transforming our businesses through the power of skills and collaboration. See you on the 22nd of March, 2024.”

Find out more about the South Yorkshire Skills Expo 2024 here: South Yorkshire Skills Expo – BR Chamber


This event is arranged by South Yorkshire Skills which is funded by the Department for Education Local Skills Investment Fund.  This fund is providing over £4m into the region to support employers and provide training that unlocks further productivity gains for employers.  South Yorkshire Skills is a collaboration of eight members who are:  AMRC Training, Barnsley College, Doncaster Specialist Communication College, DN College Group, Northern College, RNN Group, Sheffield Hallam University, South Yorkshire Provider Network, The Sheffield College.  The partnership also works in conjunction with the regional chambers to bring our message to all regional employers. 

Keynote Speakers:

  • Carrie Sudbury – Chief Executive Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber 
  • Gavin Batty – Deputy Chief Executive Officer Barnsley College
  • Others to be confirmed

Key Event Activity

  • Supporting South Yorkshire’s business community – thoughts of key leaders on the direction of travel and how we can work together.
  • Unleashing business productivity through digital skills acquisition. 
  • Q and A for employers to directly ask questions of key employers, senior skills leaders and policy makers.      
  • Opportunity for a free training needs analysis for your business. 

Networking Opportunities:

Businesses looking to take a stand space at the event can do so free of charge.  Stalls are allocated on a first come first served basis.  Details can be found by contacting: 

Event Details:

Date: 22nd March, 2024

Time: 09:30 – 13:30

Venue: MAGNA Conference Centre, Magna Way, Templeborough, Rotherham S60 1FD.

Registration: Delegates looking to attend can book directly through the EventBrite link provided. 


For more information or if you would like to take a complimentary exhibition stand, please contact Shane Young:  Director of Operation Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber at

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