Funding for Training

The WITForum bids for funding from various sources to support its members in training their staff and raising the skill levels of the industry. We also offer a range of training solutions for which these funds can be claimed.

The WIT Forum has exclusive access to a range of funding for companies looking to undertake training in their business, thanks to funding that we have bid for through the CITB.

If you are looking to undertake training in the following areas, please contact us for more details:

•    CNC Training (with options for delivery in Nottingham, Bristol, and in-house) - note this is not restricted by the £1,000 funding cap
•    Machine refresher training (delivered in-house)
•    Managing and Supervising Employees on Woodworking Machines
•    Corian fabricator training
•    First Aid training (funding only)
•    FENSA/CERTASS etc MTC card for fenestration installation or surveying (funding only)
•    Joinery Spraying (in-house)

This list is not exhaustive, and many forms of training fit within the criteria of the funding pot we have available.

Eligibility criteria

You must be a member of the BWF and registered and in-scope of CITB. For all training (except for CNC training) there is a £1,000 limit per company across all types of training, and companies cannot have drawn down similar funding through a training group of the CITB. The BWF has a finite pot of funds, and therefore funding is allocated to members on a first-come-fisrt-served basis. This funding does not affect your ability to claim for any training eligible through the standard CITB grant scheme. The training listed above is a sample of what is funded, if you have a need for training that is not listed above, please contact the BWF for advice on eligibility.

To get more information on how to claim the funding or for further advise on eligibility criteria, please email hayley.baptist@bwf.org.uk  or call 0844 815 9981.

Terms and Conditions apply. Please contact BWF to check eligibility. Funding available for BWF members registered and in-scope of CITB. This funding cannot be claimed in conjunction with others outlined on this page that draw funds from the WITForum Training Fund.

Funding your Apprentice

Funding to cover training for apprentices is available through the Skills Funding Agency (or devolved equivalent).  Some companies will also be available to apply for additional funding to cover the management of their apprenticeship through the CITB.  For guidance on funding your apprentice click here.

Getting Maximum Return from your CITB Levy

The CITB exists to support training for in scope companies and is structured to help you develop the skills necessary to support your business (for example, did you know you may be eligible for up to £50 per day of training for toolbox talks and other structured training if you submit a training plan to CITB, BWF can help you to do this.  Or that CITB have flexible training funds covering innovation and leadership again we are able to help you to structure an application). 

At the BWF we have a specialist training team who can advise you on how to get maximum value from any levy that you pay by developing training plans and accessing the various funding pots.  To arrange an telephone consultation email hayley.baptist@bwf.org.uk or call 0844 815 9981.

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