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GBSLEP Supplier Skills Programme

Grants of between £500 and £18,000 for SMEs are now available to upskill new and existing employees.

The £12m Supplier Skills Programme (SSP) is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and managed by Birmingham City Council. It offers SMEs the opportunity to access grant funding to develop and upskill their workforce. The programme is available to SMEs that are:
  • Based within, or locating to, the “More Developed” areas of The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP); Birmingham, Redditch, Bromsgrove, Solihull, Wyre Forest
  • Able to match fund the training costs (50% of training costs will be match funded by the SME and the remaining 50% by ESF) – Note: Match funding cannot be sourced from public funds

Please note: SSP is open to all sectors but we particularly welcome application from key priority sector employers.


If you would like to express interest in this programme, please get in touch. A  member of our expert team will be happy to discuss development of your detailed training plan. 

The majority of Industry Forum’s courses are eligible for this funding. We can support your application with the development of a full training plan on your behalf. Further details of this programme, including full eligibility will be confirmed shortly here.
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