The funding stream we are working with the moment is the Workplace Literacy Fund which is administered by the Tertiary Education Commission. Under this fund, literacy providers, such as ourselves, have a number of pre-approved places they can allocate to businesses they are working with. This funding method allows us to engage with businesses and get small scale pilot programmes up and running without a massive time delay while funding is sort. For businesses it means that the initial invoice costs of setting up support for employees is lower, although of course, in kind costs (release time or cover for learners, learners’ wages for class times) still need to be met.
It is also possible for larger organisations to apply for their own Workplace Literacy Funding. To follow this route organisations need to be looking at 50 + places. Application windows open from time to time through the year so it pays to be planning ahead and have an application ready for when one of these windows opens – they close again pretty quickly and the fund tends to be oversubscribed. We’d be happy to help any businesses put together an application.
Click here to find out more about the fund and also investigate eligibility to see if your learners and programme could be eligible.