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Firms urged to get government cash to boost skills and diversity

Manufacturers’ organisation EEF is urging Britain’s manufacturers to take advantage of a £30M government matched funding scheme to give employers the skills they need to realise their growth ambitions.

The scheme – the Employer Ownership Fund – gives employers 50% matched funding for training projects designed to address skills shortages affecting their business.

The first £20M of the fund is currently open for employers looking to develop projects aimed at improving engineering careers and increasing the number of women in the sector.

The final £10M, to develop engineering skills in smaller companies, will be made available soon.

However, companies are being told to act quickly - the deadline for applying for funds from the £20 million pot is 5 December and funds are being distributed on a first come first served basis.

For more information on the Employer Ownership Fund visit:;

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