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Suffolk training funder improves offer to local businesses

Suffolk training funder improves offer to local businesses

The Employer Training Incentive Pilot (ETIP) is an innovative scheme that has already paid out over 2,000 grants worth over £300,000 to local businesses and attracted £1.2 million worth of additional investment by employers. ETIP has announced that it has increased the value of its grant offer – especially for Level 3 and 4 qualifications - to businesses to make it even more attractive.

Launched nearly 18 months ago, as part of the Greater Ipswich City Deal, ETIP is a joint venture between the Suffolk and Norfolk Chambers of Commerce and Suffolk County Council. This project has been partly supported by HM Government with Employer Ownership funding.

“ETIP” aims to help small and medium businesses (with up to 250 staff), across Norfolk and Suffolk, to help train their employees aged 19 years and upwards on both accredited courses such as NVQs and non-accredited training. 

Some of the maximum grant levels on offer have recently been increased. These include: 

  • A maximum grant of £1,500 per learner.
  • A grant of 40% of the training costs towards Levels 3 and 4 including Apprenticeships at these levels.
  • 25% for non-accredited training, Level 1 and 2 qualifications and Level 2 Apprenticeships 

ETIP is especially keen to provide significant grant support to the Level 3 And 4 qualifications which tend to cost more and take longer to complete.

According to Mick Biegel OBE, ETIP’s manager at Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, “ETIP has gone from strength to strength in providing efficient and effective support in helping local businesses who want to invest in the skills and aptitudes of their staff. I’m delighted that our offer is now even more attractive than before.  

“The beauty of what we do is based not only on the grants we offer, but on the speed of turnaround in approving an application and our flexibility in allowing businesses to select their own preferred training provider.” 

“We are all about keeping the hassle factor to a minimum. The grant application form is short and to the point, we will make a decision about any application within two working days and we will pay the grant to the business as soon as the training has been completed. 

Mick added “we will consider most non-mandatory training courses, from non-accredited training to training between levels 1 to 4, as long as it can be shown to benefit the business and learner applying for the grant.”

Paul Winter, Chief Executive of Ipswich Building Society and Chair of the Greater Ipswich City Deal Board said “The increase in the grant levels available from the ETIP scheme will allow for even greater potential impact on the skill levels of local employees. It is great to see that the funding secured for the local area through the Greater Ipswich City Deal is continuing to have such a positive impact on both local businesses and their employees. It is one of many examples of the ways in which the City Deal has and is continuing to respond to the skills needs of individuals and our local economy.”

The Greater Ipswich City Deal was signed between Government and local partners including Ipswich Building Society, New Anglia LEP, Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Borough Council, Mid Suffolk District Council, Babergh District Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council. 

ETIP is able to offer training grants up to 28th February 2017. For further information contact Mick Biegel OBE on (01473) 694810 or etip@suffolkchamber.co.uk

Article by Suffolk Chamber