Time is running out to apply for skills training grants!

Do you run a business in Kirklees? Don’t forget that you can apply for funding to help improve the skills of your workforce.

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With the help of funding from the Leeds LEP, businesses could receive up to 50% of the costs of training.

What kind of courses are included?

This funding is able to be used for a wide range of courses that include:

  • Sales and marketing
  • Leadership and management
  • Administration
  • Supervisory skills
  • Project management
  • Financial management
  • Process and production improvement
  • HR
  • Industry-specific training
  • Training of specific software
  • and even negotiation skills!

Can my business benefit?

The Skills Funding from the Leeds LEP is available for businesses who employ up to 250 people and who work in a priority sector, which includes:

  • Creative and digital
  • Finance and business
  • Hospitality and tourism
  • Low carbon and construction
  • Manufacturing and engineering
  • Transport and logistics
  • and medical technology.

Over 170 businesses in Kirklees have already benefited from funding received, which has been between £500 and £50,000.

How can my business get started?

In addition to funding the LEP’s expert skills, advisors will help businesses by offering a comprehensive skills assessment and supporting with longer-term planning. They will also help source the most appropriate training for business and guide them through the application process.

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What do businesses who’ve used the grant say?

One company that has taken on a grant is Dewsbury-based, Martech UK. The company currently employs 90 staff, with  sales across the world. Martech UK was already looking to invest in training for its staff when they heard about the funding and the support available.

Craig Marney, Managing Director, said:

“At first it seemed too good to be true but we thought it was worth trying at least once.”

When asked about the application process, Craig added:

“It turned out to be very straight forward; we were assigned a client manager who has helped us with each step of the process.”

The funding provided by the LEP has helped Martech UK in several areas, Craig continued:

“Our grants have supported a range of training focussing on sales, IT, HR, management and communication to date. Around 20 staff have attended training with LEP funding but we are working on further applications.

Our staff are our greatest asset and they are essential to the success of the business; their knowledge and experience is invaluable. In return for their loyalty, which we hope the training will increase, the business can continue to prosper and support both the existing staff and future employees from the local area for years to come.

I would absolutely recommend the LEP training grant to any businesses that are eligible. Not only have the grants reduced our spend on training, this saving has then been invested back into the staff and further training undertaken which has in turn improved the efficiency of our staff and helped our business become more productive.”

What do our Councillors think?

Cllr Peter McBride, Kirklees Cabinet Member for Skills said:

“I would encourage businesses who are looking at upskilling their workforce to consider how this grant could be used to help them.  A skilled workforce is essential for businesses to grow and successful local businesses are essential to the Kirklees economy.”

The funding isn’t around forever…

The funding is only available until the 31 March 2017, so businesses who are interested are encouraged to get in touch today for a no obligation chat.

Apply now for your funding:

If you have any questions, you can check out the LEP’s website, or call 0113 3861910.

2 comments

  • Lorraine Gummerson

    I have been stopped from going to my local tip because they say my small van is registered as a car, i have all the details to make the amendment but each time i put in the registration number on the form it tells me that the reg is not registered, when it clearly is 15612 is the permit number, reg WX52FFW, can you advise what i am to do to get this sorted please urgently.
    thank you very much
    Lorraine Gummerson

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