EDF Renewables Corriemoillie

Education and Training Fund

Background

EDF Renewables Corriemoillie Education & Training Fund is a charitable fund that will benefit people living in the community council areas of ContinGarve and DistrictLochbroomMarybank, Scatwell and Strathconon; and Strathpeffer (the Area of Benefit). The Fund, which totals £48,450 per year (index-linked), will support local people with education and training or apprenticeship opportunities and contribute to creating job opportunities in the local area.

 

The Fund will provide:

  • Bursaries to support individual’s costs of attending training, education courses or apprenticeships (for example travel and subsistence, study materials, course fees not already being paid for from elsewhere, or accommodation costs);
  • Support for businesses through the funding of mentoring packages, staff training and the employment of apprentices (where such activities, or funding towards such activities, is not provided from statutory sources);
  • Support for an organisation’s activities that enable individuals to develop their career aspirations and journey, where this adds value to statutory efforts. This includes access to learning resources that support the development of career aspirations, learning and development that increases employability, and activities that inspire and motivate individuals by developing links with prospective employers (but not traditional careers fairs).

 

The Fund will continue for the operating lifetime of the EDF-ER Corriemoillie wind farm, which is likely to be 25 years.

 

Activity will be supported in the following sectors:

  • Renewables & energy industry related;
  • Engineering, construction and related trades, health & safety, and STEMD (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Digital);
  • Other industries which will benefit job retention in the area, including tourism, forestry and timber technologies, rural development, agriculture (including crofting), environmental conservation, estates management, aquaculture / fisheries management, equestrian, other land based industries, food & drink, health and social care, creative industries, life sciences, finance and business services, haulage, education and other sectors benefiting the local community;
  • Other education courses that enhance employability and the success of micro (1-10 employees) and small (11-50 employees) sized businesses, including ability to set up and grow your own business.

 

Bursaries

 

You can apply for a bursary if you are:

  • Taking an education or training course to improve /gain new skills linked to employability (including re-training for a new role or retaining your current role), or thinking about applying for one;
  • Living within the area of benefit;
  • Requiring some financial support to help you attend and /or study.

 

You will need to provide evidence of the education/training arrangement such as an offer letter before payment of an award is made. However, you may apply on the basis of a conditional offer.

 

Support for Businesses

 

The Fund will support activities which enhance the skills of owners and managers to run, sustain and grow their business and improve the skills of employees to deliver the business’ activities (including but not limited to training courses and apprenticeships).

 

Applicants must be:

  • A private or third sector employer;
  • Micro (under 10 employees) or small (10-50 employees);
  • Not able to access funds towards the proposed activity from other sources or finance it from the business itself.
  • Operating in the priority sectors described above;
  • Trading for at least two years;

 

Activities which can be funded include:

  • Mentoring projects up to £4,000 which will improve the skills, confidence and capabilities of those involved in managing the business
  • Employee training costs up to £1,500 leading to vocational qualifications for employees in the Fund area of benefit
  • Apprenticeship costs up to £3,000 towards wages for the time they are studying and an element of wages for the time they are at work

 

Developing Career Aspirations and Journeys

 

The Fund will support organisations providing access to learning and development that increases employability, and activities that provide insight and inspiration for individuals into what working in a specific sector entails (including but not limited to developing links with prospective employers). This might include visits from employers to schools and other groups (e.g. at community venues) or from individuals / groups to an employer’s place of work or a specialist training centre.

Examples include school visits to ‘Newton Rooms’, STEM Ambassadors talks, ‘day in the working life of’ experiences, and school-based skills projects which do not attract statutory funding and which involve employers in providing learning experiences.

 

Applicants may be schools, third sector organisations or micro and small businesses.

 

Grants up to £3,000 may cover costs of delivering initiatives, participants’ travel & subsistence, materials and equipment.  Costs of staff released to take part in initiatives may be considered for support.

Making A Difference

The Education & Training Fund has been established to support a range of education and training activity that will lead to the following outcomes:

  • More individuals resident within the Area of Benefit are equipped with the range of skills and confidence required to enter into and retain employment in the key sectors the Fund supports;
  • Micro / small businesses are able to create new job opportunities or retain existing jobs that may benefit individuals resident in the Area of Benefit;
  • Micro / small businesses that employ individuals from the Area of Benefit have the necessary skills and confidence to grow and sustain their operations in order to secure their long-term future.

Timescales

The application deadlines for this Fund and the dates on which the Panel will make decisions are:

Round

Application Deadline       

Panel Meeting Date     

Year 4 Round 1

Monday 6 January 2020

Wednesday 4  March 2020

Year 4 Round 2

Monday 29 June 2020

Wednesday 26 August 2020

 

If you wish to make an application for help with the costs of a course which has been arranged at short notice and your application could not have been lodged in time for the previous application deadline, please get in touch with Foundation Scotland at communitybenefit@foundationscotland.org.uk or 0131 524 0300 as we may still be able to deal with your application.

   

How to Apply

Bursaries
Please read the FAQ before completing the application form

Support For Business
Please read the FAQ before completing the application form

Developing Career Aspirations and Journeys
Please read the FAQ before completing the application form

 

 

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