At SP Training we are able to offer funding for various courses and this changes from time to time. Please note the below is not an extensive list, if you cannot see the course you would like funding for please contact us on 01228 530 552 for a chat.

Free Training for Drivers & Warehouse Staff

As an employer you want a workforce with the right skills and also be able to employ new staff and train them in the skills they need to carry out their role effectively. You can access free driver and warehouse training by signing new or existing staff onto our Professional Driver or Warehouse programme. You can train a new rigid/artic driver or warehouse staff by using Government funding through the Levy scheme. If you are a Levy payer then the training is free subject to enough funding being in your digital account.

If you don’t pay the Levy then the training can still be free if candidates are under 19 years old. If they are 19 or over then you will still only pay 10% of the costs which means you will receive a 90% subsidy. There are no catches or hidden costs, just good quality training in skills and qualifications you need for your workforce. Give us a ring and we will be happy to discuss helping you to upskill your workforce.

Companies with an employee pay bill above £3m a year now pay the apprenticeship levy, make sure you are using your levy payments. Email or tel: 01228 530 552.

The Business Benefits

Apprenticeships are a great way to harness new talent in to your organisation as well as increase productivity and the competency of your work force.

The benefits of apprenticeships are becoming increasingly obvious to more and more businesses. It’s a fact that apprenticeships develop a motivated, skilled and qualified individual who will be an asset to your workforce. Businesses that offer apprenticeships view them as beneficial to their long-term employment strategy and an opportunity to ensure skills that are needed are not in short supply.

According to the British Chambers of Commerce, most employ an apprentice to improve the skills base within their business. Employers have the opportunity to attract or develop new talent, offer progression and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Logistics Apprenticeships

The Main Rules to Apprenticeships

  • the apprentice must be employed in a real job; they may be an existing employee or newly hired
  • the apprentice must work towards achieving an approved apprenticeship standard or apprenticeship framework
  • the apprenticeship training must last at least 12 months
  • the apprentice must spend at least 20% of their time on off-the-job training.

We do everything we can to make taking on an apprentice or trainee as simple as possible.

Be an Apprentice
Employ an Apprentice
Apprenticeship Levy

For further information please contact SP Training on 01228 530 552 or email



The Edge

The Edge is a new £8.5M funded project running until July 2018. The Edge focuses on:

  • Skills Support for the Workforce – Support to 2,500 employed individuals aged 16+ with 1,500 progressing onto an apprenticeship, higher accredited learning or within work
  • Skills Support for the Workforce Priority Sectors – Delivery of training units at Level 3 or above in the following sectors; nuclear, advanced manufacturing, transport / logistics / visitor economy, land based / agri-services, construction, health and social care.
  • Apprenticeship Services – Increase number of apprentices from 2015 by 20% (increase of 1,000 starts per year)

The Edge is a collaboration of Further Education Colleges, the University of Cumbria and training providers such as SP Training, led by Carlisle College.

Qualifications SP Training deliver which can be funded through The Edge include:

Level 2 Certificate in Driving Goods Vehicles
Level 2 Diploma in Passenger Carrying Vehicle Driving (Bus & Coach)
Level 2 Award in Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Young People
Level 2 Award in the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health
Level 2 Award in Customer Service
Level 2 Award in Risk Assessment
Level 3 Award in Risk Assessment
Level 3 Award in Education & Training
Level 3 Certificate in Management

If what you are looking for is not on the list please contact us as we may still be able to help or refer you to another Edge partner who can help.

Find out how we have previously helped DA Harrison and Pioneer Foodservice


The Edge is funded by the European Social Funded, co-financed by the Skill Funding Agency and commissioned by Cumbria LEP. Carlisle College are the accountable body for the contract which is delivered by a partnership of providers.

"We find the team at SP Training to be highly experienced, knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with. Their understanding of our training needs and the logistics sector in general is second to none. With an innovative and flexible approach to our requirements this makes them an ideal business partner and our training provider of choice."

Neil Robinson, Director – Tyson H. Burridge

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