SKILLS BROKERAGE SERVICEWant to develop your workforce? We offer a free and impartial brokerage service that can help
Our team of impartial Skills Brokers can help you to access funding, local grants and government incentive schemes to help up-skill or re-skill your employees. We can also support you to recruit new apprentices as well as identifying apprenticeship routes for existing employees.
Access up to 70% funding towards training costs through the Be More training fund (subject to eligibility)
We also offer fully funded training in key areas like Leadership & Management, Business Language Skills, Import/Export, Soft Support Skills & IT.
How it works?
One of our experienced Skills Brokers will arrange a time with you personally, to understand your businesses current and future skills needs
Our Skills Broker team will undertake research and identify appropriate funding streams and training providers for you
A custom made training plan will be developed to facilitate skills solutions
Our Skills Brokers are here for you and will stay in touch should you require any additional training or support in the future
Why use the Skills Brokerage Service?
Finding the time to plan training is never easy, especially when you have a business to run. Even when you do find the time, finding the training – and the money to pay for it – is often just as difficult. Our aim is to connect the dots between local businesses and training providers, making the most of funding available to deliver the skills you need.
Our Skills Brokers know the training landscape inside out. They will do the hard work for you, free of charge, helping you to get your training back on track.
We can help your business in a variety of ways, including:
Bespoke assessment and advice
We know that every business is different, so instead of you searching for providers yourself, we take the time to talk so that we can get to know your business and identify your plans and ambitions, challenges and opportunities. Based on this understanding, we’ll work with you to build a bespoke skills and training plan that is right for the individual members of your team and for your business as a whole, both now and in the future.
Easy access to funding
One of the biggest barriers to training is often the cost. Our Skills Brokers are fully aware of the range of funding available for skills across the City Region, and can help you to find and apply for funding.
Making the most of apprenticeships
Apprentices offer companies and organisations across multiple sectors, and of all sizes, a fantastic opportunity to create a skilled, motivated and adaptable workforce. Whether you are an apprenticeship levy paying organisation or not, our Skills Brokers can work with you to utilise existing apprenticeship funding and ensure you can access both national and local incentivised grants. Skills Brokers can also facilitate apprenticeship levy transfer, keeping levy funding within the City Region to benefit local businesses.
We have a wide range of courses available to help bridge any skills gaps you may have in your business. Our Skills Brokers will be able to talk through just what courses and funding is available for your business.
We can support employers to understand the whole range of funding streams available across the City Region which can assist employers to recruit new staff as well as providing ongoing skills development to retain existing staff.
Please note: Organisations interested in accessing funded training under Be More should note that a State Aid (De Minimis) check will be undertaken by a Skills Broker’s before they undertake an Organisational Needs Analysis. Any businesses that have been in receipt of less than €200,000 of State Aid over the last three year rolling period will be entitled to a free Organisational Needs Analysis. Please note that the cost of this free service will be added to the organisation’s De Minimis State Aid total going forward. For reference, any COVID-19 related support received should not be included in any State Aid calculation.
Examples of courses we can fund…
There is a vast array of courses available to choose from that cover areas such as:
- Business Management & Finance
- Construction, Engineering & Manufacturing
- Hair & Beauty
- Health & Social Care
- Hospitality & Retail
- IT, Digital & Creative
- Marketing & Sales
- Physical & Mental Health
- Soft Skills
The full list of courses for the above areas can downloaded as a PDF file HERE.