Small business owers unaware of the financial benefits of Train to Gain

A third of small business owners don’t realise that staff wages can be subsidised by Train to Gain, the government’s workplace training scheme. And 40% of employers who do sign up never actually go through with making it happen – even though they may be eligible for part or fully subsidised courses.

The qualifications can help an employee or a self-employed preson refine and expand their skillset in the workplace. Training is designed to compliment normal work – so you won’t be losing an employee for days if you want them to take part. An assessor comes to your workplace and puts together a plan for learning and assessment with the employee, tailored around your business's needs, then makes regular visits to assess progress and keeps in touch for any questions by email or phone.

There are courses available in retail operations, customer service, team leading, food and drink service, professional cookery, health and care, for teaching assistants, and a whole range of other areas. There are NVQs, apprenticeships, leadership and management training, literacy, numeracy and IT skills training and setor-specific training available.

Nine in ten employers who went through with the scheme  have come away satisfied according to independent research. Any business is eligible, dependent on how many qualifications the employee already has.

It’s well worth looking into. Providing training for staff not only improves their capabilities and makes your business more productive. It also makes them feel valued – the importance of which should never be underestimated. (Find out more about the importance of looking after your staff.) Governement research suggests 45% of employees would feel more motivated if skills training was provided to them.

And if you're self-employed, why wouldn't you want to boost your own skillset to deal with fiddly accounts or more complex management techniques?

Find out more about Train to Gain in your area.

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