The Creative Skillset Diversity Fund (England) provides funding for training for employees and freelancers residing in England who are under-represented in the workforce, and can show they have worked in a paid, professional capacity over at least one year in the creative industries.
Individuals working in games, fashion and textiles, advertising and marketing communications, publishing, VFX, radio, animation, interactive media, facilities, photo imaging, TV and film are eligible to apply.
Grants are available to individuals from at least one of the following under-represented groups: women, disabled, black, Asian and non-white minority ethnic (BAME). Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals who belong to these groups are equally eligible.
Applicants may apply for funding to attend any course that they can demonstrate will benefit their career progression. You can chose a recognised training provider or search the Creative Skills database (CGT's courses are listed on the Creative Skillset database).
The fund's aim is to help people who may have worked in their industry for some time, but have hit barriers to their own development or progression.
Examples of types of training include but are not limited to:
- Mentoring and coaching
- Online courses
- Masterclasses and workshops
- Bespoke hourly training tailored to your needs
All training must be completed by 31 January 2016.
Applications for funding have to be completed online through the Creative Skillset website. The current round of funding closes in February 2015.
According to information published on the Gov.uk website there is a range of government support available to businesses, through advice, guidance, information, grants, training and other services. There are a number of grants and loans available for start-ups and business development, many of which are area or region specific. To see if your business qualifies visit the Gov.uk website.
One area of funding listed on the Gov.uk website that may be particularly of interest to employers is the Government's Training for Success programme, which has been developed to ensure young people between the ages of 16-24 obtain training and development in areas which include work skills. You must be an employer with a maximum of 249 employees to access this funding.