Funding explained

Making staff training more affordable

Ixion where possible will fund your training.

Often you have to meet certian 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 refered to us from them. Listed below are some of the options currently available and some information about the body offering the funding.

European 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 £5 million by the European Social Fund to provide workplace learning and qualifications. Funding is for self employed people and those employed by businesses who have less than 250 members of staff.

The biggest asset that any business has is its people.

Skills Funding Agency

About the Skills Funding Agency

The SFA 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 SFA 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 SFA

ixion works with the SFA 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

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

The Government's New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme will give jobseekers 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 6,000 new businesses to establish thanks to the scheme.