Minister announces PPE funding for non-statutory training providers | Newry Times

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Thursday, February 4th, 2021

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has launched a £250,000 fund to help non-statutory training providers meet the additional costs resulting from ensuring compliance with public health regulations as a result of Covid-19.


Minister announces PPE funding for non-statutory training providers | Newry Times


The Minister said, “Non-statutory training providers are a key part of our skills landscape and play a vital role in delivering the skills necessary to grow the Northern Ireland economy.



“Skills development will play a vital role in underpinning Northern Ireland’s economic recovery following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I am determined to do all I can to support training providers to continue to play this vital role.

“I have therefore asked my officials to develop a fund to assist with the increased expenditure required for adaptions to premises and for the purchasing of PPE needed to guarantee the safety of all staff and learners. 


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“I would like to extend my thanks to training providers who have risen to the challenge of undertaking the necessary adaptions to protect all those in the non-statutory sector and ensuring continued delivery during a very challenging time.”

Applications are open to all non-statutory Training for Success and ApprenticeshipsNI providers.

Providers will be invited to submit a claim form to apply for funding and payments will be made by April 2021.

£250,000 of funding will be available and the fund will open for applications until 26 February 2021.



The launch of the fund follows the implementation by the Department of a package of supplier relief measures to ensure the continued economic viability of non-statutory training providers and Disability Support Service contractors during the pandemic.

The Department has also provided funding for a Digital Hardship Fund to purchase equipment and support connectivity for online learning for disadvantaged learners in the non-statutory sector.




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