Most frequent questions and answers
Our Growth Hub has a dedicated section outlining all the government support available for your business in relation to Coronavirus, including financial support, health and safety, and how to apply. Visit https://www.scrgrowthhub.co.uk/covid-19-support-for-businesses/
Skills Bank has two new programmes dedicated to businesses either working in new ways due to the Coronavirus, or for those companies directly working on supporting the government’s Coronavirus strategy.
There is a more generous intervention rate for those businesses who are most affected by the pandemic, this will be assessed during the appraisal process and the businesses current circumstances will be taken into account.
Skills Bank will not usually support the following training. However there may be exceptions to this where it forms an integral element to a package of training that supports growth.
- Low level learning, unless it is part of a bespoke package that demonstrates the overall objectives and a strong growth case
- Training that is mandatory, legally required or duty of care (e.g. health and safety, first aid, food hygiene, manual handling etc.)
- Licence to Practice
- Training that demonstrates existing competency
- CSCS cards
- Customer services for taxi drivers
- Delivery to own staff
Request a call back from a Skills Advisor who will be able to help. Alternatively speak to one of our approved Training Providers who may be able to devise something that meets your particular requirements. Just remember that your application needs to demonstrate that training is linked to business growth.
The fund can be used to support 19+ learners employed by organisations of any size in the Sheffield City Region. We can work with large employers but only to a maximum intervention rate of 50%.
No, the employer must be based in the Sheffield City Region and this must be the employee’s official base of work however, they do not have to reside within the region.
No, the training has to provide you with the skills you need. This could include accredited and non-accredited training or a combination. If you need something designing specifically for you, make contact with one of our Training Providers or get in touch with us.
The expectation is that the employer has a permanent base within the SCR and the employee’s permanent base of work is the SCR however, there may be cases where we can consider supporting employees who do not meet that precise definition and we will consider this on a case by case basis linked to the growth case presented.
For small businesses the maximum contribution from Skills Bank is 70% of the total cost of training. State Aid rules (De Minimis) apply which is a maximum of 200,000 Euros over a rolling 3 year period.
For large businesses the maximum contribution from Skills Bank is 50%. There is no upper limit on the cost of training, we will take each application on its merits and look closely at the cost per learner and the business case for growth outlined in the application.