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Skills fund for rural organisations

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Rural organisations in Norfolk have been bidding for a share of a £1.1 million fund to help people to get trained and into work or to progress in their careers

The Local Investment in Future Talent (LIFT) Programme has already funded 20 projects with more applications in the pipeline.

Projects benefitting so far include The Horticultural Industry Scheme based in Thetford who were awarded £26,415 to offer ex-offenders training and work experience. Meanwhile Hellesdon-based Turning Factor was given just under £8,000 to enable 21 staff across a partnership of businesses to gain a management qualification or to apply their people management skills in the work place.

Funded by the European Social Fund, LIFT still has more than £300,000 to allocate to training projects which upskill rural workers. They are keen to hear from more businesses and training providers. A wide range of training can be considered for grants between £5,000 and £50,000.

Find out how to apply for funding at


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