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Funding for employers

Employer funding information

Upskilling your workforce is proven to lead to better productivity, motivation and retention of staff. Employers are facing increasing skills shortages so there has never been a better time to understand what funding is available to help you meet the skills needs of your business.

City & Guilds offers a wide range of Awards, Certificates and Diplomas from Entry Level, to Level 3 (A-level equivalent) that are funded by the government to help employers and employees increase their knowledge and improve their skills for the future.

To support you we have put together information about the types of the funding the government offers that may be available to you and your employees.

Adult Education Budget (AEB)

The Adult Education Budget (AEB) supports employees and individuals aged 19+ to access courses and gain qualifications that improve their productivity, skills and career opportunities. The Government may fully fund a qualification depending on your employees’ previous level of qualification and how much they earn.

Local training providers have access to AEB and can help you find out if your employees are eligible for funding and what courses or qualifications would most suit the skills needs of your business.  

We provide a catalogue of our AEB funded qualifications divided into subject areas, so you can easily search for courses that suit the skills needs of your industry.

Download our funded courses directory


In May 2017, the Government introduced new arrangements for the delivery of apprenticeships, including how they are funded. The reforms included a new employer levy, which is paid by larger employers. This levy funds apprenticeships for employers and their staff.

City & Guilds apprenticeship webpages will support you with information about the apprenticeship reforms, the levy, our apprenticeships and End Point Assessment offer.

Visit our apprenticeship webpage >

Maths and English

Maths and English are core skills needed by most employees to be fully effective in the workplace. The Government fully funds any individual to get their first level 1 and/or level 2 qualification in maths and English. Access more detail about the qualifications and courses for your employees here.

19+ Adult Learner FE Loans

The Government funds some courses via a loan system so learners and employees can improve their skills and knowledge and pay for course costs via their PAYE, once the qualification is complete. Repayment only starts once an employee is earning £25,000pa or more. Qualifications in the loan offer are at Level 3 and above and available to individuals aged 19+.

City & Guilds 19+ webpage has all the information you need to help you and your employees get started.

Discover more about our 19+ advanced learner loans > 

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