Funding & Support
Various funding mechanisms may be available to help fund your training requirements.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS): Flexible Training Opportunities
Enhancing employees' skills will bring real benefits to your business including improved productivity and a stronger more confident workforce. Flexible Training Opportunities gives Scottish businesses with up to 150 employees the opportunity to apply for up to £5,000 towards employee training costs. Funding is available for up to 10 employees per business and the money is not a loan so there's no need to pay it back. SDS will refund up to 50% of each episode of employee training up to a maximum of £500 for each employee. For example, if an episode of training costs £1,200 excluding VAT, SDS will refund £500. If it costs £300 excluding VAT, they will refund £150.
Employer Recruitment Incentive
The Scottish Government's Employer Recruitment Incentive (ERI) is designed to encourage businesses to recruit by offering a cash incentive. Businesses can receive an incentive of up to £2,000 when recruiting a Modern Apprentice or take on individuals who have gone through one of SDS's pre–employment programmes, or have experienced some barriers to work in the past.
Adopt an Apprentice
Adopt an Apprentice helps Modern Apprentices continue with their training in a new workplace been they have been made redundant from another employer. Not only will your business benefit from a skilled trainee, but you will also receive a £2,000 incentive. The financial incentive can help cover wage and recruitment costs.
Further information is available at www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk
Individual Learning Accounts (ILA)
ILA Scotland is a Scottish Government scheme that helps you pay for learning that you can do at a time, place, and in a way to suit you. It's for people who have an income of £22,000 a year or less, or who are on benefits.
If you are 16 or over and living in Scotland, you could get £200 towards the cost of learning with a learner account from ILA Scotland.
More information about ILA is available at www.ilascotland.org.uk
Part–time Fee Grant
On 1st April 2011, ILA 500 was replaced with a new Part–time Fee Grant that will be delivered by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).
This scheme is the new way to get help paying for the cost of learning. If you have an individual income of up to £22,000 a year this scheme will provide you with up to £500 per year towards the cost of tuition fees for Higher Education courses. You need to be studying at a Scottish Institution on a part–time Higher Education course, Professional Development Award (PDA) or Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at levels 7–11 of the Scottish Qualifications Framework (SCQF) and complete at least 40 SCQF credits per year.
Any student in receipt of full–time student support from SAAS is not eligible for the part–time fee grant. This includes students who are registered as full–time but attending on a part–time basis. Also, SAAS cannot offer any part–time fee grant funding if you are already receiving support for other government training schemes. This includes ILA 200, Training for Work, Get Ready for Work and the Modern Apprenticeship Scheme.
More information about the Part–time Fee Grant is available at www.saas.gov.uk
Further information available and applications to be made via website.
If you are unsure about the exact nature of your training needs, our trained staff can assist. We can help you assess your training needs; propose and design training options; arrange and manage delivery of training; and evaluate the effectiveness of the training.
Skills Gap/Training Needs Analysis
This free service is provided to employers to identify the training, learning and development needs of your staff. The analysis considers the existing skills, knowledge and behaviours of your employees and identifies any skills gaps where training is required. This allows you to develop your workforce which not only benefits your company but enhances their own personal development. Information may be gathered through appraisals, progress meetings, questionnaires, individual interviews and focus group meetings to inform you of the most appropriate course of action to ensure maximum results are achieved for your organisation.
A skills scan is more closely related to a proposed course for an employee. It will provide us with information relating to previous qualifications, experiences and behaviours in order that we can ensure you have indeed chosen the most appropriate course and level for that individual.