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Supplier Skills Funding

Supplier Skills Funding

Upskill your workforce

Does your business need training or upskilling in International Trade? Temple QMS is delighted to be supporting the Supplier skills programme, and our CQI & IRCA and CILT courses are eligible for the programme. You can download the flyer for it here.

This new scheme is available that could help you provide vital training to your employees and gain them the nationally recognised Foundation Award in International Trade through the British Chamber’s of Commerce.

Not only will attendees who successfully complete the relevant course modules gain this, your company may also be eligible for the training cost part funded by joining the supplier skills programme (SSP).

Part funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and managed by Birmingham City Council (BCC), SSP is aimed at existing Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) seeking to upskill new and existing employees. The £12m SSP funding is open until March 2023, applications can be submitted for approval before the closure date of the programme (subject to availability of grant funding), so complete your application form now to be considered.

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.

All training must be accredited by the Ofqual Framework otherwise it must be recognized by industry and professional accrediting bodies.

Birmingham Chamber are pleased to confirm the accredited International Trade training courses are included in the scheme as long as enough modules are completed to gain the Foundation Award in International trade.

Here is a list of courses that are available to apply for the funding. Please note each participant must complete a minimum of 6 modules to gain the Foundation Award in International trade, without this, funding will not be considered. (minimum spend is £1000 per application to receive £500 from the funding)

Our bespoke training options for teaching larger teams is also available, speak to one of the Chamber team today regarding your options, courses, content and for a quote.

To be considered for the grant, your business must meet certain criteria, one of which is that the business must operate from one of the following locations:

  • Birmingham
  • Solihull
  • Redditch
  • Wyre Forest
  • Bromsgrove 

Before completing an SSP application form, please click the link to check to ensure you are eligible against the SSP criteria. We would also recommend the first thing you check is if you are in an eligible area by entering your business postcode here: SSP Postcode checker

Once you have established that you are eligible, you can view all of the documents you will need to apply for an SSP grant here.

for more information, please get in touch with the Chamber or Birmingham City Council.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to gain your employees vital skills in International Trade.

For further information or to request an application pack, please email: