Tech Partnership Training Fund

Update: This Funding Scheme Has Now Expired!

This new government fund offers grants of 50% to companies in England who invest in IT training. The target is to support development of IT skills which are of strategic importance to business growth and competitiveness.

Funding is earmarked either for short courses for existing IT professionals, or for longer term apprenticeship programmes. A fast turn-around, light touch process for assessment of funding applications has been promised.

You may apply for up to 50% of the costs of your training, up to a maximum of either £1,000 per learner for enhanced apprenticeships, or £500 per learner for strategic skills short courses.
The main eligibility criteria: 

  • The business is based in England and the training is delivered in England
  • The training would not have taken place without the support of the fund, and has not already started
  • The training will help you meet your business objectives
  • For Enhanced Apprenticeships, the training is over and above that covered by the standard Apprenticeship
  • For short courses, the training is in one of the listed strategically important skills areas or another area of strategic importance to your business

Strategically important skill areas include cyber security, big data, cloud computing, e-commerce and development of mobile applications.

Applying for a Training Grant

To apply for a training grant you need to contact the Tech Partnership Fund:

In your application you will identify the course and the training provider and explain the importance of the training to the strategic development of your organisation.

We recommend that you reserve a non binding place on the course you are targeting whilst the funding application is being processed. To do this just complete the course booking form on the Focus website, choosing choose the “reserve a place” option at Step 3. We will hold a provisional place whilst your application is being considered.

Once funding is approved, you make payment to Focus or provide us with a purchase order. You are able to claim back the funded element from the Tech Partnership once the delegate has completed the course.


Is funding restricted to technical courses such as programming and software testing?
No, the training needs to be in a technical area but need not be limited to “technical” content. For example, information security, business analysis and technical sales would be within scope. PRINCE2, MSP and Microsoft Office courses would not.

What about ITIL?
The Tech Partnership website refers to ITIL Intermediate and higher level certifications but these will only be supported in the context of apprenticeship programmes (not for individual short courses).

Is this just for Public Courses?
No. In many cases it will make more sense for employers to organise an in-house event since this can be less expensive, and allow content to be more closely aligned to topics of greatest interest

Is there any size limitation on companies which are eligible?
As far as we understand, there is no upper or lower company size limit. In theory, even one man bands could make a successful application

Can public sector organisations apply for funding?
Yes, but a check will be made to ensure funding support is not available from other sources

Does the funding contribute towards the VAT element of a course?
No. The grant is assessed against the non VAT element of the cost. The maximum grant for a £900+vat short course would be £450

How long will it take to find out if we qualify for funding?
The Tech Partnership Fund is aiming to give go/no-go decisions within 7 working days of receiving all information required.

Contact Focus to find out more about how your organisation can maximise value from the new IT training fund.

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