Training your workforce

Funding for Training 
Funding for training from Government is not usually paid to you directly.  Government pays Colleges and other training providers to run particular types of qualifications and training because they know that improving skills will help businesses to grow.  Additional training schemes are sometimes developed locally using EU funds and are free for the same reason.

Is it all free? 
No. Some training is your statutory or legal duty as an employer to provide and it will not be paid for or subsidised by Government, for example manual handling, health & safety, food hygiene. Some training will be subsidised so the training provider will pay half of the cost and you must pay the rest.

Find out more about the benefits of training here.

What is available now?

If you know what training you need...Skills Support to the Workforce
Fully funded training for your staff is currently available to help you grow your business. Calderdale College is managing the programme and a number of Colleges and training providers are delivering the training.  A large range of training is available and providers can bespoke the training where possible to meet your business need.  To find out if the training you want is eligible to be delivered completely free of charge call 0845 644 3753 or find our more here.   All training through this scheme will need to be completed by July 2018.  

If you want to develop a plan for future training or to fill skills gaps...Specialist Skills Advisor Programme
or you are having difficulty in finding the training you need, you can speak to a specialist skills advisor, who will meet with you to look at your long term skills needs and higher level skills needs. They will help you put a plan in place, develop relationships with local Colleges or providers who may be able to develop training programmes for you in the future. They will give you practical help, conduct a skills analysis, and in some cases up to 12 hours of support. Bishop Grossteste University are managing this programe and have a number of skills and sector specialists who can help. Call 01522 563865 or find our more here.  Practical support through this scheme must be complete by July 2018. 

Both of these schemes are funded through the European Social Find. 


You can also contact your local College or training provider directly to find out what training is available through usual Goverment funding, and have a look at the Training Your Workforce brochure on the right to get some ideas.  Or you can contact a Growth Hub Advisor who can provide impartial advice about business growth.

Lincolnshire County Council runs a learning programme for anyone wishing to enhance their skills through a short course.  This is not just for employers and employees. Click here to access that website.

If you want to understand in detail about the type of training that Government funds Click here.


Recruit a new employee instead of training...?
You may choose to employ a new member of staff instead.  The costs of employing staff are something that should usually be met by your business, however there are a few financial incentives available:

Graduate Internship Scheme
Graduates into SMEs
Employing an Apprentice
Wage Incentive 

For more information on employing staff see our recruitment section.