Friday 17 July 2015


An update has been provided to us to forward onto our members.

The requirements of this fund could be applied to work very well for ‘clusters’ wishing to pilot, develop or establish a ‘getting into work’, ‘getting productive’ or  traineeship type programmes in Fashion & Textiles. Guidance on how formal traineeships work can be found here. The fund could also work for internships


This fund is available across Creative Skillset’s sectors so we expect a high number of applicants and would suggest you apply as soon as you can.

Fund Summary

  • The fund is to support those aged 19+ and not in education.
  • The fund is to support priority training for the sector.
  • Employers (or alternative funding source) must contribute (and evidence) a 50% cash match to the funds available for the project.
  • The 50% cannot cover wages but could cover allowances for travel and expenses.
  • Project development costs could make up to 20% of the total project budget.
  • A clear programme of guided learning must be evidenced and evaluation must take place.
  • The minimum award for a project is £10k (£5k matched) - although smaller awards will be considered on merit and potential impact.
  • The aim is to achieve roughly 41 learning hours for a £650 match (total value £1300) per head.

Effective use of the fund

This is an excellent way to bridge people with entry level skills into the industry or could be a programme by which to improve their productivity.

If you would like further advice about how this could work well please contact Alice Burkitt or Jayne West

Deadlines and payment

There is a rolling monthly application deadline up until December 2015.

The first deadline was this Friday 2nd July with a schedule of the following dates in the attached document.

Applications are assessed monthly by a senior and sector relevant internal panel.

All programmes must be delivered by January 2016 and evidence submitted by February 2016.

Payment terms are arrears but reporting structures can be embedded.

For further information please download this attachment.

If you have any technical queries about this fund please contact [email protected]

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