Businesses that are based within the Leeds City Region may apply for a grant that will help to improve their employee skill set.
Funding is available to businesses that are able to contribute towards their required training solutions through the Leeds City Region Skills Service. The grants, worth between £500 and £50,000, are designed to act as an incentive for businesses to up-skill their employees. Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) will award a 50% grant should the training lead towards an accredited qualification otherwise the grant will be worth 25%.
To be eligible to receive support from the Skills Service, businesses must be small or medium-sized enterprises based in the Leeds City Region LEP area. They should also be trading B2B within one of the priority areas, which may include businesses operating within the creative, IT, digital and bioscience sectors. An external training provider should be used, having been approved by the Leeds City Region LEP.
Grants must be used to develop the skills of a business’ workforce, and can be used to pay for existing training courses or the development of new ones. Previously, popular training has included administration, project management, HR and Leadership and management. Training is not intended to cover mandatory or compliance training; for example, health and safety or first aid. All training must be completed by the end of June 2017.
The next deadline for this scheme is 31 March 2017. Click here to find out more.