FOI reference: FOI/17/01842
Date received: 11 August 2017
Date responded: 1 September 2017
How much of the £12,000,000 Transition Training Fund has been used to date.
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The Transition Training Fund is a £12 million fund, operating for three years, offering support with training grants to help individuals retrain, upskill or get accreditation or certification that could help individuals get a new job in oil and gas, the wider energy sector, or engineering and manufacturing.
The total expenditure on the Transition Training Fund in Year 1 for 2016-17, was £5.1 million.
The current expenditure for Year 2 of the Transition Training has been calculated from 1 April 2017 until end July 2017, this figure includes both the actual and committed expenditure of the Fund. This figure includes payments for approved training within 2017/18 where applicants / training providers have still to draw down, and the current estimate of the bulk of procured training which is still to be drawn down in 2017/18. The current expenditure for 2017-18 is £2,899,384.
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