LOCAL businesses have received a welcome boost with the news that training grants from Skills Development Scotland will continue to be available through to March 31, 2013.
The grant scheme had been scheduled to stop on March 31.
Grants are available to companies with fewer than 100 employees for training aimed at improving employee skills.
The grants available amount to 50% of the cost of the training, up to £500 for each instance of training, with ten instances allowed per business per year.
Qualifying businesses must be based in Scotland, and the training must be aimed at improving employee skills, contribute to business productivity or result in improved business efficiencies.
Scott Kennedy, of Amber Accounting Services in Forfar, has already helped many businesses with training using grants from the scheme.
Scott commented: “It’s great news that the grant scheme is continuing, as it helps small businesses access valuable training for their employees, a cost they would perhaps otherwise find it hard to stomach”.
According to Scott, the type of training involved can vary greatly, depending on the specific needs of the business involved.
“We’ve been able to help businesses with training on new software systems for payroll, record keeping, stock management and cash management.
“The aim is to improve the systems and efficiency of the business, so ultimately they can improve management information and their bottom line.”
For more information on the grant scheme go to the Skills Development Website www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk or contact Scott Kennedy of Amber Accounting Services on 01307 474274.