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LAST CHANCE TO GET £4K to Bring Your Digital Marketing In-House

by Jo Shaer, on January 30, 2016

LAST_CHANCE_TO_GET_4K_to_Bring_Your_Digital_Marketing_In-House_2.pngI am reminded that Essex County Council are still promoting a funding programme for Essex businesses which is finishing on 31 March 2016.

The Digital Skills for Growth programme enables Essex businesses to receive up to £4,000 for each employee they hire to go towards developing their digital skills. As long as the employee is an Essex resident and going into a digital based role, they can cover 70% of the course fee for any training that will enhance their skills and help your business to grow.

Recruit or promote a digital marketer

Yes, you heard that right!  If you employ a person to take on your digital marketing, you can get £4000 worth of FREE training - providing you stump up the remaining 30%.

An alternative is to move an existing employee into the Digital Marketing role and take on a new employee to fill that existing employee's role.  Yes, you are still eligible for a grant to cover 70% of any training costs.

Who can train your digital marketing employee?

The types of courses which are covered by the funding include:  Digital Marketing, Social Media and SEO and, of course, Lollipop are your favourite local supplier for all of these.

What industries can apply for the Digital Skills for Growth funding?

It is definitely worth taking the plunge and employing a trainee or junior member of the team and using this scheme to buy expert training that is completely tailored to your requirements.
Here are the industries that are specifically covered:
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Electronics
  • Care
  • Health
  • Construction
  • Logistics
  • Creative - covers Fashion/Costume/Footwear/Textile Designer
  • IT
  • Technology
All the above sectors can get the funding but, if you are looking to grow your business by employing a new member of staff to do the digital marketing, it's worth asking whether you are eligible even if you are not mentioned on this list.
There are sub-sections to all the industry categories - as I found out when I asked the question for a new client recently.

What's the catch?

No catch! You just have to talk to Essex County Council BEFORE you employ this new member of staff.   Call us on 01702 476517 and we can put you in touch with the right person.

If you've considered employing someone to bring your digital marketing in house and sending them on one of our training courses, this is the ideal opportunity.  Get the Council to pay a nice lump sum towards your training from Lollipop.

It's a WIN/WIN situation.  

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