Skills Development Scotland has updated its Flexible Training Opportunities (FTOs) programme of support for the current year. If you are an employer based in Scotland and want to develop your enterprise with the help of training from Bread Matters, take a look at what support is available.
How can they help? If you have fewer than 100 employees, you may be eligible to apply for a contribution of up to 50% of the costs of a Bread Matters course for employees who are resident in Scotland. FTOs can contribute £100 - £1,000 towards one course. It can refund training costs (excluding travel and subsistence expenses) up to a maximum of £1,000 per employee and a maximum of £3,000 for the business, during the year to 31 March 2016.
The funding can be used for courses, classes or workshops that are relevant to your business objectives. If you are baking and selling as a ‘sole trader’, you are also an 'employee' so, if you want to extend your repertoire with some gluten-free or seasonal variations, produce a more reliable result or scale up a little, you may be eligible for this funding.
How does it work? This year, for the first time, the simple application process is available online. Once you have established that your business is eligible, you will need to apply in advance and provide evidence of how the skills you'll learn here will help your business. If your application is successful, you will need to submit a claim for the funding within 20 working days after the training event and the money will be paid retrospectively.
What else? This year (2015-16) also sees the addition of a Low Carbon Skills Fund, which has the same eligibility criteria as Flexible Training Opportunities but it will fund upto 60% of employee training costs, to a maximum of £5,000 forthe business and £1,000 per employee during the year. Its purpose is to enable employers to access sector-specific training to help them adopt carbon reduction and energy efficiency processes, including waste management and re-use, microgeneration and energy management. The examples of eligible training given on the website include sustainable and green tourism.