The British Woodworking Federation Group

Training Funds

Exclusive training funds secured for BWF members

Funding for Training
The Wood Industry Training (WIT) Forum submits bids for a range of funding to support BWF members looking to train their staff and raise skills levels across the wider woodworking sector. We have access to a range of training solutions for which these funds can be utilised.

We currently have exclusive access to a range of funding for organisations looking to undertake training within their business, thanks to funding we have been successful in securing through the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The types of funding that BWF members have access to are listed below.

The Additional Fund

This fund is specifically aimed at areas where the availability of training is in short supply, the cost of the training delivery is high, or the only option to access the appropriate training is through the product manufacturer or supplier. It can be used to support up to 50% of the cost of the required training and expires in March 2020.

Just a few of the training solutions available through this fund are:

  • Wood machine operations
  • Woodworking portable power tools
  • Safe use of woodworking machinery
  • Joinery spraying

The full 2018 BWF training course prospectus details all available training courses can be downloaded – click here to view.

The Additional Fund
The CNC Fund

This fund is in place to support the delivery of training solutions for the operation of all types of CNC woodworking machinery. This includes training relevant to the safe use of, operation and software associated with the direct operation of the machine. For the CNC Fund we have secured an extension and the fund now expires on 23rd August 2019.

The CNC Fund
Funding Eligibility criteria

To gain access to and utilise these funds you must be:

  • An existing BWF member
  • Registered and in-scope to CITB
Funding Eligibility criteria
Accessing the Funds

Funding support is allocated to members on a first-come-first-served basis before the stated deadlines. This funding does not affect your ability to claim for training eligible through the CITB grant scheme.

If you have a need for training that cannot be found in the BWF Training Course Prospectus, please contact the BWF for advice on availability and eligibility.

For further information on how to claim the funding or for further advise on eligibility criteria, please email or call 0844 815 9981.

Accessing the Funds
Getting Maximum Return from your CITB Levy

As well as the array of funds available through the BWF WIT Forum, you may also be eligible for funding support to train your workforce through the CITB Grants Scheme.

For further information on the latest CITB Grants Scheme visit CITB have flexible funds including the Skills and Training Fund available to help eligible organisations to upskill and multi skill their workforce, as well as supporting business improvement.

Getting Maximum Return from your CITB Levy

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