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There are many sources of funding that organisations could access but are not aware of, and that is where we come in. Our Business Development Executives have a wealth of knowledge to help your organisation identify and tap into funding available from a variety of sources, including the Government, to help you with the cost of training. In many cases this means that the training could be delivered completely free!

Apprenticeship funding

There are many benefits to taking on an apprentice within your organisation, and as you will see from the information below, you can do so with no upfront costs to yourself. Additionally, all employers who employ fewer than 50 staff members and have not taken on an apprentice within the last year should be entitled to a one off grant from the government of £1500 for taking on an apprentice aged 16-24.

 The Apprenticeship Levy

For more information about the Apprenticeship Levy you can view our dedicated page here.

Liverpool City Region Skills for Growth Brokerage Service

As part of the Liverpool City Region Local Growth Deal with Government, the City Region have been awarded £3.05m across 2016/17 and 2017/18 to deliver a Skills for Growth programme of training support to businesses including independent and impartial advice through a Brokerage Service working across the Liverpool City Region.

The Brokerage Service will provide a gateway to skills provision and financial support for training with Skills Brokers supporting businesses to identify their training needs. Brokers will also advise on Apprenticeship reforms including the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, Digital Apprenticeship Service and changes to how Apprenticeship Standards are developed.

Skills for Growth financial support for training will support eligible businesses within the Liverpool City Region to co-invest in improving the skills and productivity of their workforce to enable growth. Funding is available to companies based in the Liverpool City Region Local Authority areas of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral.

Financial support for training is subject to eligibility regarding size of company, type of training and co-investment made by the employer.

Key facts on Skills for Growth Service:

  • Employers contribute up to 80% towards the cost of training*
    (*SME’s 20%, large employers up to 50%)
  • No form filling for employers
  • Funds available until March 2018**
    (** training to be completed by 31st March 2018)
  • No limit on number of applications for funding towards training
  • Training for mandatory requirements and licenses to practice are EXCLUDED from funding

For further information or to find out if your business is eligible to access the funding. visit www.skillsforgrowthservice.org.uk or contact Paula Haigh, Sales Executive by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01744 623342.