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Training and development is an investment, but is vitally important to ensure staff and your organisation can compete in local, regional and international marketplaces.

We work with both the Government and local authorities to try and promote funding support and grants which are available to support business.

Please see below for a selection of headline funding and grants available.

Current Grants and Funding

Apprenticeship Levy

The Apprenticeship Levy is collected from any employer that has over a £3million a year pay bill. Funds collected can then be spend on Apprenticeship Training.

Find out more about the Levy and how to use it

Apprenticeship Incentive

When you hire new apprentices between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021, you can apply for extra funding to give your organisation a boost.

For apprentices aged:
  • 16 to 24, you’ll receive £2,000
  • over 25, you’ll receive £1,500
The payment is in addition to the existing £1,000 you’ll already get for taking on an apprentice who is:
  • aged 16 to 18 years old
  • under 25 and has an education, health and care plan or has been in the care of their local authority

You could get the incentive payment when you hire an apprentice who’s been made redundant, as long as they’re new to your organisation. An incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice is different to the apprenticeship levy, and you can spend it on anything to support your organisation’s costs. For example, you could spend it on facilities, uniforms, your apprentice’s travel or their salary. You won’t need to pay it back.

Find out more and how to apply

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Traineeship Funding

Traineeships are a great way of supporting young people and a great way to bring individuals into your workforce. The model of Traineeships allows for a work placement to be completed with funding support for hosting a Trainee. Progression to an Apprenticeship or paid work is a progression option. Find out more about traineeships.

Find out more about traineeships

Other opportunities are often available

For more information about other current grants, funding and investment opportunities please contact us on 01284 716 246 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.