Engineering Skills Employer Ownership

In June 2014, BIS opened up a £20 million fund to help employers tackle skills shortages in engineering and to encourage more women to come into, or return to engineering. This fund is still open and will remain available until 5th December. You can find out more information through the website:

This is the first of 3 planned funding calls to develop and increase the stock of engineers. This call is a broadly-based opportunity for government support for training which will encourage employers to invest in training, to:

  • bring new people into engineering
  • support the progression of individuals through an engineering career 

Key conditions:

  • Maximum funding for individual employers of £1.6 million (minimum employer contribution of £40k) over 3 years
  • Employers demonstrate that the training is additional to what they would have done without government funding
  • Government provides a 50% cash match for specified costs, paid in arrears
  • Only private sector employers can bid for funds; intermediaries, providers and third party organisations cannot apply on their behalf

The application and assessment processes are simple, transparent and swift with a target to give a decision within 5 weeks of receiving an application.