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Grants Towards Your Training Costs

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 1 Jun 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Employee Training Government Grants

With any business it is important that employees are fully trained and able to do their job. Sound expensive? Well, it doesn't have to be.

The Government have created many ways in which businesses can apply for help to pay for the training that their staff need to undertake to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the company.

The application for Government help has changed slightly. Now these grants are aimed at training providers who can supply the training, rather than the businesses themselves. This is done through the Learning Skills Council (LSC).

Train to Gain

Since Train to Gain was launched in 2006, it has helped more than 52,000 employers to improve the skills of their workforce and over 240,000 employees have taken part in training. The funding available to these providers was doubled in November 2007 and plans have been made to further develop the service. It is hoped that the Learning Skills Council will be able to offer a skills brokerage to aid employers in their search for training in specific skill areas.

Train to Gain: A Plan for Growth was launched by Innovation, Universities and Skills Secretary John Denham and Learning and Skills Council (LSC) Chairman Chris Banks on 28 November last year (2007). A Plan for Growth sets out how more than £1 billion - around a third of the adult skills and further education budget - will be routed through Train to Gain by July 2011.

As well as the provision of more funding for a broader range of skills, the plan's key elements include the lifting of the funding cap for the best training providers, an increase to £30 million a year for small to medium-sized enterprises' (SMEs).

So, for example, if you are a Managing Director, Owner, Director or Senior Manager with direct responsibility for the leadership and development of your business, you could receive up to £1,000 of funded Leadership and Management training.

New Deal

New Deal is a government scheme that aims to give people on benefits the help they need to get back into work. Specifically, the New Deal programme offers advice, support, training, job preparation and more.

Through the New Deal scheme, employers are able to contribute to the future success of their company through and tackle unemployment i by employing staff with that have undertaken the appropriate skills training through this programme.

This scheme was set up to assist people back into the workplace and in some cases Employers will be paid a subsidy for six months towards the cost of Employing a New Deal client. This will be £60 per week for an 18-24 year old and £75 per week for someone aged 25 or over.

Going Local

There are a number of local and regional councils that offer financial awards and grants for companies to put towards staff training costs.

The easiest way to find out what is offered in your region is to call your local council and talk through your needs with one of their advisors, you never know, you could be eligible for a grant that would save your company thousands.

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Can you help, please. I drive a 7.5 ton truck for the Royal Mail via Manpower agency. 0 hour contract. Only occasional shifts available, as there are so many others trying to work. Do you know if I could get a grant to train for an HGV license. There are loads of vacancies out there.
Kevin5star - 1-Jun-17 @ 4:09 PM
Nick - Your Question:
I am in the final stages of redundancy from my employer where I have only been for two years. Having been 'burnt out' in high pressure sales I really need to do something else. I want to look at training to become a driving instructor but am not in a position to pay the training fees most companies want. Is there any grant funding available I could go for?

Our Response:
Will your redundancy money help towards it?
The Turn 2 Us Website has a list of grants available
Many driving schools offer a refund of training fees once you've worked with them for a while, so it might be worth looking into a loan. Fees vary from £800 to about £2500.
GrantsExpert - 22-May-17 @ 11:50 AM
I am in the final stages of redundancy from my employer where I have only been for two years. Having been 'burnt out' in high pressure sales I really need to do something else. I want to look at training to become a driving instructor but am not in a position to pay the training fees most companies want. Is there any grant funding available I could go for?
Nick - 19-May-17 @ 4:16 PM
I am Unemployed and have been gauranteed a job if i gain CPCS a40 mobile crane, banksman/slinger ticket. Any info on funding would be gratefully received, once in employment i will pay back any help.
Rob69bie - 28-Apr-17 @ 7:43 PM
Hi currently self employed driver but the work is not now always there. Have an in house fork lift expired licence but would like to remain self employed but now looking at other driving roles like CPcs 360 or dozer driver or hgv is there any grants for people not employed via a company but self employed?
Lol - 28-Apr-17 @ 1:20 PM
Jeanie - Your Question:
Hi, Im currently unemployed on ESA. Contribution based but I would like to enroll/ training to be a Foot health Practioner. House hold on low -income. Is there any grant out there for someone like me. I am 38.

Our Response:
You can apply for a student loan to pay for fees/maintenance while you study depending on the level of study and the institution at which you undertake the study. There are also some childcare grants available for certain types of study HERE which might help if you have young children to care for. A 19+ practioner learner's grant is available on a limited basis if you apply before 30th April 2017. You could also try the Turn 2 Us website
GrantsExpert - 19-Apr-17 @ 11:13 AM
Hi, Im currently unemployed on ESA. Contribution based but I would like to enroll/ training to be aFoot health Practioner. House hold on low -income. Is there any grant out there for someone like me. I am 38.
Jeanie - 16-Apr-17 @ 4:46 PM
Hey , I'm getting put forward for my part 1 in scaffolding , my work informed me , that I need to pay for my training is there any help out there for me
Mk1991 - 15-Apr-17 @ 7:32 PM
Hi Are there any grants out there for someone who needs to refresh their forklift certificate in order to get back into work?
Carla - 20-Feb-17 @ 11:26 AM
I have been trying for some time to gain my HGV qualification but I have always hit a brick wall every time when I have tried to find funding for this as I am not employed constantly for a full week because my boss only allows me to work as and when he sees fit and this has been going on for some time even though I have made a formal complaint . What can I do about seeking funds as I need to re-train to find work as I am always being offered driving work?
JMCCOY5 - 29-Dec-16 @ 1:54 AM
apologies - I meant to say not their first language
Dawn - 20-Dec-16 @ 4:00 PM
The company I work for have a number of employees where English not their second language.We have previously provided ESL training which has been government funded.Would know if this funding is still available.I apologise if you are not the right people to ask but have been struggling to get an answer through my own research many thanks
Dawn - 20-Dec-16 @ 3:53 PM
Cunni - Your Question:
Hi, I work in a Children's centre as a nursery assistant and I will be expected to enroll to do a QFC Level 5 course which will cost approximately 1,500 pounds. I want to know if my employer would be entitled to a grant to pay for this course.

Our Response:
No unfortunately it's unlikely that your employer will be eligible for a grant for this unless they are a non-profit making organisation.
GrantsExpert - 1-Dec-16 @ 2:13 PM
Hi, I work in a Children's centre as a nursery assistant and I will be expected to enroll to do a QFC Level 5 course which will cost approximately 1,500 pounds.I want to know if my employer would be entitled to a grant to pay for this course.
Cunni - 30-Nov-16 @ 5:31 PM
I have a small business (dog hydrotherapy) and am looking at taking on one person who would need dog hydrotherapy training at a cost of £3,000.Are there any grants that could help with the cost of training?
Cheryl - 27-Oct-16 @ 7:28 PM
tipper mick - Your Question:
Sorry predicted typing I only hold class2 licence and only ever drove these

Our Response:
Yes we worked it out! Response below, good luck
GrantsExpert - 3-Oct-16 @ 11:25 AM
tipper mick - Your Question:
Hi Im currently employed as hgv 2 driver who returns home daily and the company we contract work for has now insisted we work away from home tramping mon-Fri which I can't do due to family and lifestyle.My employers only other offer for work is as a hgv class1 driver but only if we can get a grant or funds to help me gain this licence as very always drove class. Can anyone point me in the right direction or I could very soon be unemployed. Thanks in advance

Our Response:
There are government advanced learner loans available for this, similar to the way student loans work (you only start paying these back when you earn £21 k or more and the interest rates are usually low).
GrantsExpert - 3-Oct-16 @ 11:24 AM
Sorry predicted typing I only hold class2 licence and only ever drove these
tipper mick - 1-Oct-16 @ 2:09 AM
Hi Im currently employed as hgv 2 driver who returns home daily and the company we contract work for has now insisted we work away from home tramping mon-Fri which I can't do due to family and lifestyle. My employers only other offer for work is as a hgv class1 driver but only if we can get a grant or funds to help me gain this licence as very always drove class. Can anyone point me in the right direction or I could very soon be unemployed. Thanks in advance
tipper mick - 1-Oct-16 @ 2:04 AM
I manage a 64 bed care home for adults with mental health. We are a stand alone organisation, no head office and have to outsource for things like HR. We currently employ around 100 staff and qualifications in SVQ for care staff is costly. Are there any grants available in order that we don't need to pass the cost to staff members? SVQ Costa around £1500 per person and currently we have around 20 staff members without the necessary qualification. As a charity we don't have this amount of funds available and a grant would help with this.
Lesley - 29-Sep-16 @ 8:10 PM
Hi Iam just wondering about funding to get my FLT reach and counterbalance licences. I have experience in using both in work. But iam currently out of work and on benefits and my licences have expired. Iam wanting my licences to get back into work asap. Thankyou
Gareth - 26-Sep-16 @ 3:13 PM
Hi would I be able to get a grant to help me to get my 360 under 10 tone excavator tickets. I have been out of work for a few years with health problems and would like to go into the construction industry
Johnboy - 6-Sep-16 @ 10:56 PM
CCM - Your Question:
Hi Please can you help me.I am working within the travel industry, I want information of learning spanish for our sales team?Please can you assist?

Our Response:
We don't provide courses ourselves. While there are some student grants for learning Spanish, which include stays in that country as well as study in the UK, there are not generally grants available for commercial purposes. If your company will benefit from staff's ability to learn the language, you company will be expected to pay for that.
GrantsExpert - 25-Aug-16 @ 12:07 PM
Hi Please can you help me. I am working within the travel industry, I want information of learning spanish for our sales team? Please can you assist?
CCM - 22-Aug-16 @ 5:02 PM
I am the Director of the tennis coaching and training company mentioned in an earlier comment. We are also developing an online learning and training platform for tennis coaches around the UK, to help them up skill, gain ideas and training via high quality training videos and online CPD. Is there any grant funding I can apply for to help us fund the project?
Mark - 12-Jul-16 @ 10:05 PM
We run a growing tennis coaching company and are looking for financial support to train and upskill our growing team of coaches. We also deliver tennis coaching qualifications through UKCC and are looking for financial support to support local young people gain coaching qualifications. Any advice on where I could try to secure funding?
Mark - 12-Jul-16 @ 10:02 PM
Anamul- Your Question:
HiI am just wondering if grant expert can provide me financial support to gain a qualification in railway signalling,presently I am working on crossrail in London and hoping to progress my career in this sector.Many thanks

Our Response:
We don't offer courses ourselves unfortunately. Have you asked your employer about this? The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers might have some ideas of grants and/or bursaries available.
GrantsExpert - 9-Jun-16 @ 11:30 AM
Hi I am just wondering if grant expert can provide me financial support to gain a qualification in railway signalling,presently i am working on crossrail in London and hoping to progress my career in this sector. Many thanks
Anamul - 8-Jun-16 @ 10:17 AM
i run a new and small security company supplying staff to music events and football grounds. all staff require nvq in spectator safety but i am finding it hard to locate any funding for this cource about 15 staff require this within 12 months of starting work. also sia licence funding to progress to more full time work. checked local council rochdale nothing available
dc - 24-Mar-16 @ 11:13 AM
Jonesy1990 - Your Question:
I want to renew my counterbalance forklift license but im currently unemployed so finding it very hard to get money together. I still have my forklift license card so retraining will be pretty cheap I just dont know how to go about it.

Our Response:
We're not aware of any grants or funding that can help with this specifically. Have you tried Job Centre Plus? or the Turn 2 Us grants search tool?
GrantsExpert - 24-Feb-16 @ 10:39 AM
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