Training Funding

Tech Partnership Training Fund

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Update: This Funding Scheme Has Now Expired! This new government fund offers grants of 50% to companies in England who invest in IT training. The target is to support development of IT skills which are of strategic importance to business growth and competitiveness. Funding is earmarked either for short courses […]

New Grants for Funding Management & IT Training

There have been mixed messages from the government on training.  The Learning & Skills Council has gone, and Train to Gain is being phased out.  However in March, Skills Minister John Hayes announced a Growth & Innovation Fund of £50m.  This includes a re-launch of the Leadership & Management scheme […]

Leadership & Management – £1,000 Training Grants

The Leadership & Managment Advisory Service provides grant funding of up to £1,000 for small and medium sized businesses. The scheme is being re-activated for 2011-12, following early exhaustion of many of the regional funds during the 2010-11 fiscal year. The scheme has worked well for many Focus clients – […]

Beyond 2010 – Funding for Training in the East of England

Small and medium sized businesses in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk or Suffolk can receive funding of up to 70% for professional training courses. “Beyond 2010” offers funding and support for higher level training opportunities that focus on improving business performance.  Training can provide a way for businesses to push into a […]

Leadership & Management Training – Grant Funding

The Leadership and Management scheme offers grant funding of up to £1,000 for small and medium scale businesses.  It is branded at “Leaders First” by Train to Gain. With the new financial year funding appears to be refreshed. £4.9m has been allocated for organisations in the Sout East.  In the East […]

Funding for IT and Project Management Training

More Training Courses Funded by Grants and Loans As the recession bites, Focus has seen a significant increase in the number of training courses for project management and IT professionals supported by a variety of government initiatives. We’ve added several pages to our website to help explain what help is […]

Funding Crisis at the Learning & Skills Council

Oh dear. “The Learning and Skills Council exists to make England better skilled and more competitive.” It’s England’s biggest quango with an annual budget of £12 billion. Unfortunately it seems that it can’t do is own sums. New schemes are announced with a fanfare. Learners and providers react with enthusiasm. […]

Leadership & Management Training Grants

Have YOU claimed your £1,000 from the Government? There is a really good scheme operating across England which is designed to help organisations with 5-250 employees improve their management and leadership skills. It’s flexible, fast and not too bureacratic. In conjunction with your specialist skills advisor YOU choose the training […]

Make Your Training Budget Go Further

1. Prioritise Rate your various training requirements according to “business criticality”. All organisations will vary but the “Business Critical” training needs usually fall into one of the following categories: a. Skills which will have a direct impact on underperforming business metrics eg Effectiveness of Project Delivery, Negotiation of Higher Prices, or […]

More Training Funding – but why is it so confused?

A little publicised announcement by Skills Secretary John Denham recently advised that “small businesses will be the focus of £350m of Government funds to help them train their staff”. This marks one of a series of steps by government to extend and simplify business training support. The bad news is […]