Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Daventry District could benefit from free training advice and government funding to help upskill their workforce.

Northampton-based social enterprise Goodwill Solutions Learning Academy CIC is co-ordinating a funding programme designed to help SMEs grow through apprenticeships and training.

Supported by partners including Daventry District Council, SEMLEP and Northampton College, the scheme enables small and medium-sized enterprises in the area to receive a free training needs analysis, advice about apprenticeships and the opportunity to access Government STEP funding based on the following criteria:

  • If the training is for a 16-18 year old and the business has less than 50 employees there will be no cost to them for the training. 
  • If the employee is 19+ and/or the business has over 50 employees then the Government will fund 90% of the training cost.  
  • An extra £1,000 grant will be paid to any SME which takes on a 16-18 year old, or a 19-24 year old who has previously been in care.


Councillor Colin Poole, DDC’s Economic, Regeneration and Employment Portfolio Holder said: “A recent survey of local businesses by our partners SEMLEP revealed that 37% of those that responded in Daventry District have a skills gap within their existing workforce and of those, more than a third said it was due to a lack of appropriate training.

“This initiative not only offers SMEs the chance to receive a free analysis of their training needs for both new and existing staff but also the opportunity to tap into funding streams. I would encourage as many local businesses as possible to find out more.”

Mike Hales of Goodwill Solutions Learning Academy CIC said: “Our aim is work with businesses to help find them the right courses and provider support for their growing organisation. It’s an exciting programme which will lead to many benefits for employers, including improved productivity, staff retention and staff morale, fresh ideas, new skills and innovation.”

For more information contact 01604 422464 or email 

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