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Vocational Training - FAQs

What is the Vocational Training Financial Support Scheme?

This is a Department of Economic Development ('DED') Scheme that offers financial assistance to organisations or individuals for vocational training, with the specific purpose of raising the skills of the Island’s workforce and in turn, the competitiveness of Manx business. It supercedes all previous Training Schemes operated by the DED. The Vocational Training Strategy policy document which underpins this scheme can be found at Appendix 1. The Strategy aims to ensure that employers have the right skills to support the success of their business and individuals have the skills they need to achieve their potential, thus maximising their contribution to the economy. Investing in employee development is no longer a luxury, but a necessity as future economic prosperity cannot be guaranteed.

The purpose of this document is to explain the types of training covered by the scheme, the financial support available and the criteria for eligibility.

What types of training will be covered?

The Department of Economic Development will consider requests for funding in connection with a range of courses and initiatives within the framework of the Vocational Training Strategy. The Strategy defines vocational training as including any training which is geared to developing competence in a given job, trade or occupation, whether or not it leads to a professional or academic qualification. It will also encompass more generic skills, such as health and safety, customer service, team leader and management skills as these are regarded as being highly important across the different Isle of Man economic sectors. It is expected that most vocational training activities will fall under the following headings:

  • apprentice/trainee programmes
  • short courses for those in employment
  • training/re-training for the unemployed
  • Work Experience Placements

What financial support will be available?

The Economy 2014 Think-tank has highlighted the respective value of the different sectors and their importance to the Manx economy, therefore decisions on provision of Department of Econmic Development ('DED') financial assistance will be based ultimately on the value of the training to the economy. Therefore, individuals or organisations applying for financial assistance will need to provide 'business case' information relating to certain criteria.

All DED support for vocational training will be based on a model of shared costs, with up to 50% of the costs being provided by DED and the remainder of the cost being payable by the employer. In some cases, the employee may be asked to make a contribution. It is recognised that sharing costs demonstrates commitment by all parties and shows that the employer values the training.

Only in exceptional circumstances would DED provide in excess of 50% funding.

What are the criteria for financial assistance?

1. Apprentice/trainee programmes

These programmes, which are usually for a period of up to 4 years, lead to a recognised vocational qualification. The training usually includes both work-based and 'off-the-job' periods and is covered by a formal agreement between the trainee, the employer and the Department of Econmic Development ('DED'). These schemes have already been well supported in sectors such as construction crafts, engineering and hospitality and DED's policy is to extend them into other sectors. Provided personal commitment from the individual and employer can be established, DED and the employer may share the costs in the following ways:

  • DED may procure and fund off-the-job training
  • the employer will fund the wages of the person doing the training
  • a bonus may be paid linked to NVQ achievement

Applicants must demonstrate to DED:

  • the training programme's relevance to the individual's career development and role in the organisation
  • the programme's relevance to the success of the business and anticipated positive impact on areas such as profitability, staff turnover, staff development and skills shortages
  • a view on the potential value for money
  • the programme's value to the Manx economy

2. Short courses

This training is focused on those people who are already employed and the course may or may not lead to a qualification. Financial assistance will again be on a shared cost basis, and linked to evidence relating to:

  • the training course's relevance to the individual's career development and role in the organisation
  • the course's relevance to the success of the business and anticipated positive impact on profitability, staff turnover, staff development, skills shortages
  • value for money
  • the value of the development of the individual(s) to the Manx economy
  • to what extent the training is over and above what a good employer would normally provide

3. Training/re-training for the unemployed

The DED will also consider applications for financial assistance from those individuals who are currently unemployed. Financial support will be based on evidence relating to:

  • possibility of a relevant and suitable job being available within the local economy
  • the applicant's own personal commitment
  • value for money
  • likely benefits to the economy from investment in the training

4. Work experience placements

This training encompasses courses consisting of various work activities to help individuals gain skills relating to the work environment. It will enable them to gain a basic skills level suitable for employment in a range of occupational areas.

Financial support will be based on evidence relating to:

  • the possibility of a relevant and suitable job being available within the local economy
  • relevance to the individual's own future career development
  • the applicant's own personal commitment
  • value for money
  • likely benefits to the economy from investment in the training

How do you apply for financial support?

There is a standard application form for individuals and organisations which can be downloaded on this page or alternatively, copies can be obtained from:

Training Services

Nivison House

31 Prospect Hill

Douglas

Isle of Man

IM1 1ET

Telephone:+44 1624 687156

Applications must be made ahead of the training taking place as retrospective applications will not be considered.

Copies of invoices and appropriate certification achieved should be submitted promptly to Department of Economic Developmnet after the training is completed.

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