Funding Available

Programmes designed around the needs of employers

Funding Initiatives

As a Further Education College we have access to many funding initiatives that are available to support employers with developing and upskilling their staff.

We will give you full advice regarding any funding that you may be eligible for to support your workforce development

Apprenticeship grant

The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) of 16 to 24 year olds has already helped thousands of employers to grow their business by employing an apprentice.

The £1,500 grant has been extended to 31 December 2015 so it can support even more. Could it help your business too?

If you have up to 50 employees, have not had an apprentice in the past 12 months and want to take on an apprentice (or apprentices) aged 16 to 24, you may be able to get a grant of £1,500 per apprentice from the National Apprenticeship Service. The grant has been developed to support business growth by offering young people employment through Apprenticeships.

To check whether you are eligible for a £1,500 grant to support the recruitment of a new 16 to 24 year old apprentice, please contact your City College Business Development Officer. Alternatively call us on 023 8057 7426 or email

Age Employer PDF

Free English and maths skills

English and maths are some of the most overlooked skills shortages within industry and staff can be held back by not having the basics. Help improve your employees’ English and maths skills with our FREE basic skills courses.


24+ advanced learning loan

If you have a member of staff who is aged 24 or over and wanting to start a further education course at level 3 or above, they may well qualify for a 24+ advanced learning loan. For more information click here.