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Employer Training Incentives Stirling Council Area 2017

Training Incentives that Businesses / Employers can apply for to help with staff training.

Incentive, Organisation & Contact details

Stirling’s Employment Incentive

Contact Stirling Council’s Learning & Employability Team on
01786 237517 or

Further Information and Eligibility Criteria

Stirling’s Employment Incentive (SEI) is an employer recruitment incentive (£3,000) which continues to support the Council’s commitment to target support at unemployed young people, with the greatest barriers to employment, to enable them to obtain and remain in sustainable employment (including MAs).

What is the ETI offer?

Eligibility criteria must be met to qualify for the funding.

Incentive, Organisation & Contact details

Scotland’s Employer Recruitment Incentive

Contact Stirling Council’s Learning & Employability Team on
01786 237517 or

Further Information and Eligibility Criteria

SERI is a financial incentive available to employers who offer support to unemployed young people (up to 29 years old with certain eligibility criteria) to enable them to obtain and remain in employment, including Modern Apprenticeships (MAs). When your company commits to a new job or a new MA for up to 52 weeks, you can receive up to £4,000.

What is the ETI offer?

Incentive, Organisation & Contact details

Skills for Growth
Skills Development Scotland

Lynsey Davidson
Team Leader
Skills Development Scotland

Phone: 01786 462036 or 0300 013 2146
Mobile: 07827872703
Email –

Further Information and Eligibility Criteria

Having the right skills in your business is essential for success.  Skills for Growth aims to help small businesses achieve their objectives with knowledgeable, skilled and motivated employees by combining free consultancy from Investors in People with free support from your Skills Development Scotland Employer Engagement Adviser.

This service is available to businesses in Scotland with less than 250 employees and is completely free of charge.

Your business will of course be responsible for the cost of any actions you choose to take as a result, for example, training or taking on new staff, but we will work with you to see if we can maximise any public sector funding that can help you.

What is the ETI offer?

Fully funded consultancy support

Modern Apprenticeships
Skills Development Scotland

 Tel: 0800 783 6000

What is a Modern Apprenticeship?

A Modern Apprenticeship is work-based training towards an industry approved qualification. A Modern Apprenticeship supports your business to train your employees. It also helps employees gain essential skills.

Funding a Modern Apprenticeship

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) can provide financial support to help you build a skilled workforce.  Take on a Modern Apprentice, and you’ll be hiring a new employee ready to be trained in the skills your business needs. Enrol an existing employee on the Modern Apprenticeship scheme, and you’ll be strengthening the skills base of your workforce.  SDS can contribute towards the cost of this training for employees aged 16 to 24. In some sectors, a contribution is also possible for people over 25.

Who pays? 

Your business pays the employee’s salary. SDS contributes towards the cost of the training. Your business contributes the rest.  A Modern Apprentice is just like every other employee, so you still have to pay their salary while they’re being trained, and provide any equipment they’ll need to do the job. SDS subsidises the cost of the training so that your business doesn’t have to bear the full cost.

Contribution towards the costs of training a Modern Apprentice

Certificate of Work Readiness
Skills Development Scotland

Tel: 0800 783 6000

Do you want to recruit new talent into your business by offering a young person work experience?

The Certificate of Work Readiness has been developed for employers, using the key attributes they look for when employing staff. A mixture of work experience and employer assessments lie at the heart of the Certificate and prove that a young person, aged 16 to 19, has reached an employer defined standard. The certificate has benefits for both employers and employees alike:

The Certificate gives a young person the chance to demonstrate the value they can bring to your business.  You can help them earn a certified SQA qualification which shows they have the right work experience for the career they want.  The Certificate takes around ten weeks to complete and includes a minimum of 190 hours work experience. A training provider will offer support to minimise the time you need to spend on the process

*Helps you hire ‘job ready’ staff

* Employer controlled and endorsed employee development

* Support from a training provider

* No requirements to pay a wage but the young person may be eligible for a training allowance

Construction Training Grants
Provides grants for construction courses

Forth Construction Club
Tel: 01506 829883

Must be employed by a construction related company within Forth Valley; or

Be a resident of Forth Valley and working in the construction sector (company does not need to be based in the Forth Valley in this instance)

Construction related businesses with a base in the Forth Valley area; or

Construction related businesses who have employees from the Forth Valley area

Individual Training Incentives that your Employees can apply for to assist with training costs. (These grants are for the individual and not the business)

Incentive, Organisation & Contact details

Individual Learning Accounts (ILA) is changing to Individual Training Accounts (ITA) in October
Skills Development Scotland

My World of Work

Phone: 0800 917 8000

Further Information and Eligibility Criteria

Previously there was support in the way of Individual Learning Accounts (ILAs) which are for people who are 16 or over and living in Scotland and are for individuals who will benefit most from this support.  You can apply for an ILA if:

  • you do not have a degree or above
  • are not undertaking any secondary, further or higher education
  • are not training through the Employability Fund or Modern Apprenticeship
  • are not participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme

You must also have an income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on benefits to be eligible to get up to £200 towards the costs of learning or training.  It’s a great way to pay for learning new skills and because the money isn’t a loan, you don’t need to worry about paying it back.

All of the above is under review and will be replaced by ITA’s in October, no further details are available on these at this time but the information will be updated when the details are confirmed.

What is the ETI offer?

Apply for up to £200 towards your training costs.

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)

Phone: 0300 555 0505

The part-time fee grant gives help each year towards the cost of your tuition fees.

Grants are for part-time students HNC, HND, Degree (SCQF L7 and over)

The level of tuition fee we can pay will depend on the number of credits you do and the qualification you are studying.

Tuition fee support is dependent on individuals meeting set criteria and support levels vary dependant on the course of study.

Full information is available via the SAAS website

Stirlingshire Educational Trust

Phone: 01786 474956

What is a ‘grant’ from Stirlingshire Educational Trust?  It is a grant under the following categories awarded to eligible persons who have been resident in Stirlingshire either currently or in the past for a period of at least 5 consecutive years. (Stirlingshire included, for example, Stirling, Falkirk, Kilsyth, Grangemouth, Denny/ Bonnybridge, Polmont, and environs – you can ask the SET staff for clarification as to residential qualification).

The purpose is to help with actual expenses incurred in undergoing occupational/vocational courses at post-school educational establishments, and/or obtaining training/experience at the place of an employer, r such work placement.

Awards may be made towards fees, books, travel, equipment, kit etc.

Sons of the Rock Society


Phone: 01786 841809

The Society gives vital financial help to vulnerable individuals and community groups in the Falkirk and Stirlingshire areas who are facing very challenging circumstances.  In the current economic climate many people are living on a declining level of personal income, and an increasing number of families and individuals now face extreme financial hardship as well as mental or physical disability.


Grants are given to improve the quality of life for individuals from any age group who are disadvantaged by social or educational need or disability. Referrals should come through an initial e-mail to from a carer, or social / community education worker.


In the same geographical areas, we also support voluntary sector organisations providing services or projects that enable individuals, families and local communities to overcome disadvantage or provide added benefit to the wider community through a new or extended service for the same purpose, including involvement in cultural, heritage or performing arts projects. The activities we support must include at least one measurable outcome and cannot be a major fundraising appeal.

For example, grants can cover the cost of some equipment, a training course or the completion of a creative project.

Clackmannanshire Education Trust Fund


Clackmannanshire Council

Phone: 01259 452499

Grants are awarded for certain educational purposes to people living in the Clackmannanshire area.

Grants are available through funds bequeathed by persons who lived in, or had connection with, the county of Clackmannan.

If your employee lives in the Clackmannan area but is employed by your business in the Stirling area, they would still be eligible (as a resident of the Clackmannan area) to apply for this grant.

Awards may be made towards fees, books, travel, equipment, kit etc.

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