Last year we helped over 500 SME's grow by upskilling their employees

We can train and upskill your team in a range of areas with funding help

Finance and Funding

Thinking of cutting your training budget?

Think again… research confirms that firms that don’t train are 2.5 times more likely to fail that those who do. Now is precisely the time to keep investing in the skills and talents of your staff to ensure you sustain your business.

It is our aim to offer the highest possible standards of training and we never compromise on quality. We also understand that in the current economic climate businesses are demanding cost effective training that delivers results. Importantly, our team has a good knowledge of available funding structures to help you get the most out of your training budget.

Employer Incentive, don’t miss out – act now!

Age 16-24 Grant

The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds (AGE 16 to 24) has already helped thousands of employers to grow their business by employing an apprentice.

What is it?
AGE 16 to 24 aims to support businesses who would otherwise struggle financially to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment through the Apprenticeship programme. It’s available until 31 December 2015, subject to eligibility and availability.

What’s in it for you?
The National Apprenticeship Service will provide AGE 16 to 24 to eligible employers, in respect of qualifying apprentices, with an individual value of £1,500. Employers can be paid ten grants in total during the lifetime of the initiative.

Is your business eligible?
The 16 to 24 age grant is for employers with less than 50 employees, who are new to Apprenticeships or haven’t enrolled a new recruit or existing employee onto an Apprenticeship programme in the previous 12 months.

Government Funding Eligibility

Qualifications 19- to 23-year-olds 24+ unemployed 24+ other
Level 1 quals and below. Fully funded (up to and including level 1) Fully funded Fully funded for those earning less than 15,736.50 annual salary (before tax), otherwise co-funded (50% course fees payable).
English and maths, up to and including level 2. Fully funded Fully funded Fully funded
Level 2 Quals (excluding English and maths) Fully funded for those who have not already achieved at this level or earning less than £15,736.50 annual salary (before tax), otherwise co-funded (50% course fees payable). Fully funded Fully funded for those earning less than £15,736.50 annual salary (before tax), otherwise co-funded (50% course fees payable).
Level 3 Fully funded for those who have not already achieved at this level.
Loan-funded (if previously achieved full level 3 or above)
Loan-funded Loan-funded
Traineeship Fully funded (including 16- to 24- year-olds) N/A N/A
Apprenticeship Employed only.
90% funded for SMEs (10% paid by employer).
100% funded by large employer (levy payer).
N/A Employed only.
90% funded for SMEs (10% paid by employer).
100% funded by large employer (levy payer).
Bespoke employer lead basic skills courses. Your organisation may be eligible for government funding to up skill your staff.  SMEs with between 2-249 employees in the Coast to Capital region can access funding to improve the English and maths skills of their workforce.  In addition bespoke training such as Digital Skills, Health and Safety, Food Hygiene etc. can be fully funded to support your workforce to improve the productivity and efficiency of your organisation. Please contact us today to find out if your organisation is eligible.
Eligibility You will be eligible for government funding if you are a citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) or other countries determined within the EEA, including those with bilateral agreements such as Switzerland, or have the Right of Abode in the UK, and have been ordinarily resident in the EEA or other countries determined within the EEA, including those with bilateral agreements such as Switzerland, for at least the previous three years on the first day of your course.
Commercial Where funding is not available, courses can be delivered on a commercial basis for employers and individuals.  Please contact our Recruitment Team for more information on course eligibility and costs.

If you would be interested in taking on an apprentice please get in contact.

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  • Analysis of the business
  • Identifying skills gaps, training and recruitment needs
  • Understand the benefits of apprenticeships, traineeships, work placements and internships
  • Advice on financial support
  • Help to recruit and select staff at no cost to the business