Potential funding may be available to you as a trainee wishing to undertake training or as an employer wishing to train up potential new members of staff.

To be eligible you generally have to be unemployed for at least a year and if the cost is over £500 it helps if you have an employer behind you willing to offer a job upon completion. There are other circumstances where you would be automatically eligible (i.e. barriers including homelessness, drug & alcohol misuse), plus anyone aged 18-24 is automatically eligible.

Arbortec has been made aware of this funding opportunity by our local employment support office, Network Personnel, which has branches across Northern Ireland. You may approach them directly in branch or via their website

The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme

The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme supports young people who are aged 18-30 and who are employed or working less than 16 hours a week. Support options on offer include: Business skills training and business planning support; Potential start-up loan funding (up to £4000 for a sole trader and up to £5000 for a partnership); In special circumstances, grants up to £1500; Up to 2 years’ support from a volunteer business mentor; Access to specialist support, including a free legal helpline.
For those who start a business, access to a wide range of free and discounted products/services. If you are considering starting your own business or know a young person who is, register for a workshop in your area.