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Train To Gain
Train To Gain - Douglas James Training
Train to Gain is an opportunity for businesses to access Government funding towards their learning and development, including professional exams, courseware and training events.

The Train to Gain initiative, promoted via the Leadership and Management Advisory Service (LMAS) through Business Link regional agencies, is available in England up to 2012.

Learning programmes can be funded up to a maximum contribution of £1,000 as follows :

  • The first £500 is available for managing directors, owner managers and company directors and doesn’t need to be matched.

  • A further grant of up to £500, which must be matched, is available for any senior manager or the management team.
Funding can’t be provided for the costs of compulsory qualifications, but help with Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications may be possible, providing a suitable business case can be made.

To qualify, the organisation in which you work should employ between 5 and 250 staff.

Diploma qualifications are very likely to be made compulsory through changes soon to be imposed by the FSA’s Retail Distribution Review. Once these have been established, your chance of help with training costs through this scheme could be lost.

If you are a business owner or senior manager, you should arrange to contact Business Link in your region and an adviser will assist you through the assessment process.

The regional Business Link Helpline contact numbers for each region are listed below:


0845 600 0787


0845 717 1615

North West

0845 006 6888

South West

0845 600 9966

South East

0845 600 9006

North East

0845 600 9006

East Midlands

0845 058 6644

West Midlands

0845 113 1234

Yorkshire & The Humber

0845 604 8048

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