Does your business need staff training and upskilling?

We are proud to be working in partnership with the Supplier Skills Programme, which means your business could receive a grant of £500-£18,000 to enable your staff to study with us. The final grant claim is 31st March 2023.

The £12m Supplier Skills Programme is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and managed by Birmingham City Council, and offers Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) the opportunity to access grant funding to develop and upskill their workforce.

Training grants of between £500 to a maximum of £18,000 per SME are available and training will be funded 50% by the SME and 50% by the European Social Fund grant.

Are you an SME that:

  • Has been actively trading for at least 6 months or more?
  • Is based within, or locating to, the “More Developed” areas of The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), namely Birmingham, Redditch, Bromsgrove, Solihull and the Wyre Forest.

  • Operates in a sector where there is significant job replacement demand. Whilst SSP is open to all business sectors, we particularly welcome applications from the following sectors, HS2, Health and Social Care (particularly adult care), Transport and Logistics, Retail, Hospitality and Tourism, Construction and Infrastructure, Digital and Technology, Food and Drink and Emerging Technologies.
  • Is able to match fund the training costs (50% of training costs will be match funded by the employer and the remaining 50% by ESF) – Note: Match funding cannot be sources from public funds.

If your business fulfills this criteria, then you could be eligible to apply for funding.

Complete the form on this page and our Head of Education and Development, Robbie Bryant, will contact you with an application form, which we will help you complete and submit. Please note, the application form must be completed by the employer.

Further details of this programme, including full eligibility criteria are available here.

If your business is not eligible for the Supplier Skills Programme funding, please get in touch via the form here to discuss how else we may be able to help you.




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    Find out more about Open Study College

    Here at Open Study College we have been operating as a distance learning provider for 14 years, and with over 50 years’ combined experience in online and distance learning amongst our senior management team, we have built up an agile solution which is tried and tested across 100,000 students.

    Distance learning means students can study at their own pace, either online or through a paper study pack option, which removes the need to attend a physical college, enabling them to balance their studies alongside work. The set-up time is minimal – we can process individual or multiple enrolments and provide your employees with online access to their course materials within 24 hours.

    We provide over 700 courses spanning numerous awarding bodies including AAT, ACCA, CIMA, ICB and CACHE; as well as core qualifications such as A Levels and GCSEs. Our courses cover subject areas including but not limited to –  IT, Project Management, marketing, accounting and bookkeeping, management and leadership, as well as beauty, teaching assistant and child care courses. All of these are included in the Supplier Skills Programme, giving your employees a huge range of choice.