A training grants policy has now been agreed by the board, with a total budget of £10,000 – £5000 for individual applications, and £5000 that can be applied for by businesses who have to provide training to meet regulations (both types are up to a maximum of 50% of course fees, and £500 per person per year). The full policy and criteria can be found here.
In summary, grants will be available for work related courses (subject to available budget) to residents of Westray who are working or available for work, and who aren’t in full time study. There are slightly different criteria for people wishing to obtain a full drivers licence. Where other training funding is available (such as Individual Learning Accounts or Flexible Training Opportunities), this should be used first. Both businesses and individuals can get help from the CDO to fill in the forms required.