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Future proof your business by upskilling your staff while on furlough

Many businesses and their employees have been facing challenges due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Government’s furlough scheme has been instrumental in helping to save jobs, but businesses can benefit even more from furlough.

Training Furloughed Employees

Training on furlough is allowed, employees who have been furloughed can continue to train or start a new programme as long as doing so does not provide services to, or generate revenue for, or on behalf of their company or a linked or associated company.
Training can be hugely beneficial to both businesses and employees in preparing for an eventual return to work in a changed economy.


Apprentices can placed on furlough in the same way as any employees. They are able to continue their training remotely as far as is feasible during this time. Employers should liaise with the apprentice’s training provider to discuss whether e-learning is available.

Future proof your business through your employees

The long term future of businesses will continue to depend on anticipation and planning. By acting now, and deciding to upskill or reskill your employees to meet future requirements of your business will mean that you utilise the time that is available to staff on furlough. It also can help with employee engagement, retention, keeping the company culture alive, and improving business performance once they are back to work.

Grants, funding and incentives 

The good news is that there are plenty of grants and funding available at the moment to help businesses to cover the cost of training and development of their staff – whether it would be an apprenticeship, NVQ, or short duration course.
If you are looking to recruit new staff, it’s worth thinking about taking on an Apprentice. The Government will provide incentive payments to employers who recruit apprentices from 1 August 2020 through to 31 March 2021.

Age of apprenticeIncentive before Covid-19Total paid to the employer with the new incentive scheme
16-18£1000£3,000 (£1000 + £2000)

We are here to help

We provide advice and guidance not only on training and development programmes including skills training, NVQs and apprenticeships but regarding available funding and grants. We will make sure that we find training programmes that suit your business and will help to secure the funding for it too.

To find out more about how we can support you get in touch with us here and we will get back to you.

Want to know more about Degree Apprenticeship Standards?

Degree Apprenticeship programmes are a relatively-new but rapidly rising and evolving aspect of education within the UK. Degree Apprenticeships combine fully paid working along with part-time university study, with learners receiving at least an apprentice’s minimum wage. Embarking on a Degree Apprenticeship programme means that apprentices are full-time employed for one to six years, covering at least 30 hours of work per week – owning a full-time employment status as opposed to student status.

Apprentices that are undergoing Degree Apprenticeships participate in practical on-the-job training whilst also studying a paid-for Bachelors or Masters degree at with their training provider and partner university. Geason Training is offering Degree Appretniceships in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University. In order to complete this type of programme, the employer must arrange a flexible study method such as distance learning, block mode learning or blended learning. Our Degree-level Apprenticeship courses are co-designed by employers and the university to ensure apprentices graduate with vital and career-boosting industry skills along with the necessary academic knowledge required to progress forward in their area of work.

So, who can undergo a Degree-level Apprenticeship? Avoiding common false beliefs, anyone over the age of 16 years can complete a programme at this level. Degree Apprenticeships are primarily targeted at 18 to 19-year-old school leavers looking for an alternative route to gaining a degree – avoiding tuition fees and student debt. Degree Apprenticeships can also be used to up-skill existing staff that have competed the previous qualification required to move on to degree-level programmes.

With the Apprenticeship Levy, employers paying levy contributions will pay for the costs of Degree Apprenticeships from their digital account with a 10% ‘top-up’ from the government. Non-levy paying employers will receive 90% of the total training costs covered by the government.

Degree Apprenticeships assist in strengthening career prospects and give apprentices a higher advantage to go from craft/technical roles into management roles. Call our expert team today for advice on our degree apprenticeship programmes in construction on 0330 088 9596 for more information.

The Apprenticeship Levy FAQ’s – Resolved

For your benefit we have highlighted some of the common misconceptions held by businesses regarding the Apprenticeship Levy. This is aimed at helping employers gain a better understanding of what is to come.

Must apprentices be new starters?

This is untrue. The funding you may claim can be used to up-skill existing staff via an apprenticeship. It is up to you, the employer, whether you would like to hire new, less-experienced team members or simply fund further development within your existing workforce. It allows you to either train the a potential employee to suit your business needs or help an existing employee climb up the ladder of their career, becoming more qualified and more capable of a higher level role. We have apprenticeship courses from NVQ’s to Degree level Higher Apprenticeships.

Must apprentices be aged between 16 and 25 years old?

This is not the case. Most apprentices in employment are aged between 16 and 25 years, however the Apprenticeship Levy funding does not restrict you to employee and apprentice within this age category. In reality, the funding allows you to train anyone over the age of 16 – with no upper age limit.

Are university graduates favoured by employers?

This is false as an apprentice can be any person, from any background with any previous qualifications. It is common for apprentices to have had a change in their career or looking for a new field to develop their skills in. They may have graduated recently, they may have achieved their last qualification years ago, it simply doesn’t matter. Your current staff know current procedures and have previous experience and background knowledge within your industry and will potentially be more effective than hiring a new inexperienced employee.

Are apprenticeship programmes costly?

No matter what the circumstances, if you are a large employer (exceeding a £3m PAYE bill) you will have to pay the compulsory levy equivalent of 0.5%. The options are doing nothing about it, or claim back the funding through training new employees or up-skilling your existing workforce. Apprenticeships are a comprehensive, long-term training solution which has enormous benefits to your business and you will have already paid for it through the levy, therefore no additional payments are required depending on the scope of your programme. Additionally, the government are willing to provide a 10% bonus on all funds that are applied to your apprenticeship service account. This means that for each £1 deposit into the account, you have £1.10 to spend for enhancing your workforce.

This is just a few of the many common misconceptions regarding the Apprenticeship Levy. To make sure you are clear on the implications of the levy and your funding opportunities, speak with our expert team today on 0330 088 9596 or use our contact form on

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Funding available in Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Cambridgeshire and the SE of England

A large investment of time, budget and resource is needed for a major construction project hence companies want to reduce their costs where they can. The level of investment required is high and the quality of the work to complete the project is demanding. Companies need to ensure that their workers have the experience and qualifications they need and are certified to the appropriate standard to succeed in their roles and help make their construction projects a success.

At Geason Training, our expertise is in up-skilling employees in the construction industry while helping companies manage the costs of training. We have the perfect opportunity for employers to take advantage of the European Social Fund (ESF) which provides funding for training, enabling businesses to increase the skills and qualifications of their workforce, improve productivity and help ensure business growth. The funding is available for a limited time only and is available for fully funded Level 2 NVQ’s in:

* Insulation Disciplines

* Bricklaying (Trowel Occupations)

* Painting & Decorating

These qualifications can be delivered through on site assessments by Geason Training trainers to those working in the construction industry in North Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Cambridgeshire and the South East of England (excluding Greater London).

Upon completion of their qualification, all learners will become eligible for a Blue CSCS skilled workers card. In addition companies paying the CITB Levy also have the opportunity to claim a Vocational Qualification achievement grant of £400 – £488 per completed NVQ.

To take advantage of this funding opportunity now please contact our funding experts on 0330 088 9596.

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We have funding for NVQ Level 2 in various Insulation disciplines- Contact us now!

We have funding available for the NVQ Level 2 in Insulation & Building Treatments, NVQ Level 2 in Loft Insulation & Cavity Walling, NVQ Level 2 in Internal/External Wall Boarder/Finisher and NVQ Level 2 in Curtain Walling.

Areas of funding for these programmes include:

East Riding
The European Social Fund (ESF) was set up to:

Improve employment opportunities in the EU, in doing so, helping to raise standards of living;
Help people get better skills to increase their job prospects;
Help equip the workforce with the skills businesses require in a competitive, global market.
Contact our team on 0330 088 9596 or 07969444337 for further information. Alternatively you can send an email to

Interested in the NVQ Level 2 in Bricklaying? We have funding now available!

As part of the European Social Fund opportunity development programme, we now have funding available for the NVQ Level 2 in Bricklaying in the following areas:

  • Cannock Chase                          
  • Cheltenham
  • Cotswold
  • Coventry
  • East Staffordshire                    
  • Forest of Dean
  • Gloucester                                  
  • Lichfield
  • Newcastle-under-Lyme          
  • Nuneaton and Bedworth
  • Rugby                                          
  • South Staffordshire
  • Stafford                                        
  • Staffordshire
  • Stoke-On-Trent                          
  • Stratford-on-Avon
  • Stroud                                          
  • Tamworth
  • Tewkesbury                                 
  • Warwick

The European Social Fund (ESF) was set up to:

  • Improve employment opportunities in the EU, in doing so, helping to raise standards of living;
  • Help people get better skills to increase their job prospects;
  • Help equip the workforce with the skills businesses require in a competitive, global market.

Contact our team on 0330 088 9596 or 07969444337 for further information. Alternatively you can send an email to