Grant Funding Available to Address Skills Shortages in Local Industries

Tuesday 3 July 11:50

Grant funding is available to industry sectors for initiatives which will help address skills and training gaps in order to strengthen local skills.

This is the second part of a programme which uses funds raised from the new levy to invest £300,000 per year in skills and training.

Already in place are a range of courses which have seen over 300 delegates from a range of businesses attend courses in leadership and management, customer service, IT and project management.

A £50 fee was introduced last year for businesses employing ‘’Registered’’ (non-local) employees to fund training and initiatives to mitigate long term skills shortages in the island and contribute to reducing the reliance on non-local labour. Businesses pay £50 every November for each Registered permission they hold.

Connétable Christopher Taylor, Assistant Chief Minister said:

“Growing, maintaining and strengthening local skills is very important for the Island and I’m really pleased to support this important fund. This is a great opportunity for industry bodies or equivalents to apply for this funding to support new skills training or initiatives they feel would benefit a range of businesses in their sector. We hope there will be a good uptake. I know that the business licensing team is already working closely with industry bodies and Skills Jersey to identify specific skills shortages. The Business Licencing team will ensure that each initiative receiving funding is working towards achievable outcomes and will review it with the applicant to ensure it has made a genuine impact.”

Anyone who wants to find out more about applying for a grant can go to:

  • www.gov.je/Working/Careers/Employers/EmploymentTrainingSchemes/Pages/BusinessLicensingSkillsFund.aspx
  • email businesslicensing@gov.je
  • call business licensing officer Peter Gough on 448938

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