FIT UK works with a number of funding providers, both directly and indirectly, to enable us in some cases to cover some or all of the costs associated with your training.
Vision West Nottinghamshire College
They are one of the country’s largest providers of apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds with a reputation for innovation and excellence. In 2009, they were awarded LSIS Beacon status. As a dynamic college for aspiring communities they play a key role in enabling social and economic prosperity for the communities that they serve and their students are the cornerstone of everything that they do.
Skills Funding Agency
The Skills Funding Agency is a partner organisation of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Their job is to fund and promote adult further education (FE) and skills training in England, including Traineeships and Apprenticeships, in a way that supports economic growth.
They deliver £4.1 billion of skills training through contracts with over 1,000 colleges, private training organisations and employers. They have a highly effective supply chain that means FE meets local need in the most cost-effective way, reaching into every sector of the economy. We are also a co-financing body for European Social Fund.
Within the Skills Funding Agency, there are two customer-facing services:
- The National Apprenticeship Service is responsible for increasing the number of Traineeship and Apprenticeship opportunities. The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) operates an online system where employers of all sizes can advertise their vacancies and learners can apply.
- The National Careers Service provides impartial careers information, advice and guidance online, by telephone or face-to-face, inspiring people to realise their potential and get the skills they need to succeed in life and work.
The Skills Funding Agency also hosts the Information Authority, an independent body that acts on behalf of organisations involved in further education and training in England, setting data standards and governing data collection.
European Social Fund (ESF)
The European Union is committed to creating more and better jobs and a socially inclusive society. These goals are at the core of the Europe 2020 strategy for generating smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in the EU. The current economic crisis is making this an even more demanding challenge. The ESF is playing an important role in meeting Europe’s goals, and in mitigating the consequences of the economic crisis - especially the rise in unemployment and poverty levels.