Sources of funding for companies interested in grants for apprentices, training courses etc.
Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers: open for applications
From April 2017, if you wish to deliver apprenticeship training to your own staff, or to apprentices from other businesses, you will need to be on the Register for Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP). This is a new register administered by the Skills Funding Agency as part of the Apprenticeship Levy programme. The RoATP is now open and will close on 25th November 2016. Details are available here:
National Minimum Wage increase
On 1st October 2016 the National Minimum Wage for employees under 25 increased. Details can be found here:
The latest guidance on the Apprenticeship Levy and how it will work is available here:
Find Apprenticeship Training is now live
This is a digital apprenticeship service to help you plan and manage your apprenticeship programme. It can be used to quickly search for available apprenticeships and training providers across England.
Automotive Industrial Partnership – Skills Funding Guidance
Navigating the skills funding system can be a challenge. The Automotive Industrial Partnership has prepared detailed guidance documents – one for England and another for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Access them here:
Digital apprenticeship vouchers
Included in the Chancellor’s Budget announcement on 18th March was a new “digital apprenticeship voucher” intended to give employers greater control over apprenticeship funding.
Employers will be able to purchase training directly from providers using the voucher, which represents the public funding available to them. They will then only pay the balance of training costs which are not fully funded. The system will be paperless and administered by the Skills Funding Agency.
The apprenticeship voucher was launched due to concerns that, under the original proposals, SMEs would be forced to pay training costs upfront, handle public money, and deal with extra bureaucracy.
More detailed information will be posted here when available.
Apprenticeship Grant for employers of 16-24 year olds
The Apprenticeship Age Grant for employers of 16-24 year olds supports employers with fewer than 1,000 employees who are new to apprenticeships or have not enrolled a new recruit or existing employee on an Apprenticeship programme in the previous 12 months.
Grants of £1,500 are available to eligible employers.
EXTERNAL LINK: Apprenticeship grant for employers of 16 to 24 year olds
Trailblazer apprenticeship funding requirements for employers
Sets out the requirements for employers who would like to find out about funding for trailblazer apprenticeship standards.
It applies to employers taking on an apprentice under the new apprenticeship standards up to 31st July 2015.
EXTERNAL LINK: Trailblazer apprenticeship funding requirements for employers
CITB Grants Scheme
CITB is the industry training body for the UK construction industry. See full details of the current 2014/15 CITB Grants Scheme, which is available for training completed on or after 1st August 2014 and runs until 31st July 2015.
EXTERNAL LINK: CITB Grant information
Improving engineering skills in smaller companies
On 12th December 2014 the government launched a £2.5 million fund for small and medium-sized engineering companies to invest more in the skills of their workforce and improve their business performance. This is the first tranche of a £10 million fund to give employers a leading role in tackling skills shortages in engineering. It provides a 50% grant from Government, with a simple, fast to access application process.
It follows the previous Engineering Skills funds - for Improving Engineering Careers and Developing Women Engineers, which closed on 5th December. It has been made easier for smaller companies with a much lower minimum funding threshold (£10,000) and allowing employers to include staff wage costs during training as part of the eligible costs.
It is open until the 27th February 2015 – or until funds are all allocated.
EXTERNAL LINK: Employer ownership: improving engineering careers - smaller companies