Funding explained

Making staff training more affordable

Ixion where possible will fund your training.

Often you have to meet certain requirements these can be geographic, age based or even to do with the size of the company you work for. Others in the case of the Job Centre Plus option reply on you being referred to us from them. Listed below are some of the options currently available and some information about the body offering the funding.

European Union Social Fund

About the ESF

  • The European Social Fund (ESF) was set up to improve employment opportunities in the European Union and so help raise standards of living. It aims to help people fulfil their potential by giving them better skills and better job prospects.
  • As one of the EU's Structural Funds, ESF seeks to reduce differences in prosperity across the EU and enhance economic and social cohesion. So although ESF funding is spread across the EU, most money goes to those countries and regions where economic development is less advanced. The other main Structural Fund is the European Regional Development Fund which invests in projects to improve innovation, the environment and infrastructure.
  • The ESF is a key part of the Europe 2020 strategy for jobs and smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It supports the EU's goal of increasing employment by giving unemployed and disadvantaged people the training and support they need to enter jobs. ESF also equips the workforce with the skills needed by business in a competitive global economy.


Ixion and the ESF

Ixion has been awarded over £13.4m million by the European Social Fund to provide workplace learning and qualifications for Skills training alone. Funding is for self employed people and those employed by businesses who have less than 250 members of staff.

Ixion won £30m for NOMS/HMPPS offender management contracts

Ixion won c £6m of NEA Start-Up contracts across London, South East England


The biggest asset that any business has is its people.

Education & Skills Funding Agency


About the Education & Skills Funding Agency

The ESFA fund skills training for further education (FE) in England. They support over 1,000 colleges, private training organisations, and employers with more than £4 billion of funding each year. The merger of the EFA and SFA led to the new combined agency called ESFA.

The ESFA are responsible for giving colleges, training organisations and employers the right funding to help young adults, the unemployed and people with low skill levels to get the skills they need for employment.

Ixion and the ESFA

Ixion works with the ESFA in providing consultancy and training to both businesses and individuals across the UK. We support organisations with funding, to create an enhanced, skilled and sustainable workforce.

Jobcentre Plus (part of the Department for Work & Pensions)


About the Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus is part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). They are here to provide work for those that can, and support for those that cannot. Always changing to meet the needs of their customers. 

Ixion and Jobcentre Plus ( NEA 2) 

The Government's New Enterprise Allowance (NEA 2) scheme is co-financed by the Department for Work & Pensions in partnership with the European Union Social Fund. This will give job seekers access to expert business mentoring and a weekly allowance totaling over £1,200 to help them get going. The Ixion NEA Team has now supported c 12,000 new businesses to establish thanks to the overall scheme.

NOMS (National Offender Management Scheme) / HMPPS


CFO 3 contracts are co-financed by the Ministry of Justice (NOMS) and the European Union Social Fund

Building Better Opportunities (BBO)

Big Lottery Fund is matching funds from the European Union, Social Fund for projects across England that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion. 

Ixion has won two Connecting Choices (BBO) contracts, one in Essex and one in Stoke-On-Trent & Staffordshire