The scheme is targeted at apprentices, trainees and graduates who are unable to pursue their current recognised industry programmes at the present time. As entry-level workers, they are relatively inexperienced and as such are more vulnerable during times of economic instability. By targeting the retention of essential ECI skills, as opposed to generic skills, Train to Retain helps to retain the future talent our industry needs to grow and remain competitive.
Employers will submit a formal stage 1 application to the ECITB. The stage 1 application will require the employer to outline the number of individuals they wish to access the scheme, the duration of the support they are requesting and a brief overview of proposed development activities.
Following the closing date for applications, a funding decision in principle will be awarded and at this point the employer will progress to stage 2 of the application process where more detailed information will be required on those accessing the scheme along with a structured development plan with clear learning outcomes and lines of assessment for each individual. Development Plans must be submitted by the stated deadline. Failure to submit Plan(s) within this window will result in withdrawal of the funding approved in principle. This will help us to maximise the use of the budget in a way that does not lead to long-term, potentially unused commitments and ensure budget is fairly allocated.
The ECITB’s account management team will be on hand to provide any support required to assist in the creation of these development plans. These plans may include activity to support the individual’s current role and/or activities to broaden the skills of the individual in key areas such as the 4th Industrial Revolution 4 (IR4), Diversity & Inclusion (D&I), energy transition and the net zero agenda.
Grant support will be available for development activities undertaken from 3rd August and will be managed through the ECITB’s MSP. Employers will be required to provide relevant evidence on progress against the agreed development plans and to make grant claims in the normal manner.