Customs Grant Schemes – Training

Available to customs intermediaries, traders and hauliers, who meet the eligibility criteria, to cover 100% of eligible training costs

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Overview

Available to customs intermediaries, traders and hauliers, who meet the eligibility criteria, to cover 100% of eligible training costs

The grant will provide funding for training that provides you and/or your employees with skills to:

  • Complete customs declarations or other declarations required to complete customs processes in the UK or EU (such as safety and security declarations).
  • Manage customs processes and use customs software and systems.

What training is excluded from the grant?

Training which organisations carry out to comply with national mandatory standards on other training. For example training to meet health and safety requirements;

Training related to other HM Government statutory requirements that are not directly related to exports, e.g. VAT; and

Ad hoc or informal ‘on the job’ training is not covered by the scheme.

The training does not have to lead to a formal qualification. The training itself should be either delivery of a commercially procured training course, or a defined formal internal training course such as a trainer led session away from the desk or a programme of relevant eLearning.

What are the available funding limits?

Your business may wish to apply for training for a number of staff. You can apply for funding for up to 100% of the cost of training, provided you can confirm this would not increase the amount of de-minimis state aid received above the €200,000 threshold. De-minimis aid is defined in the EU Commissions Regulation No 1407/2013.

Externally delivered training

The cap per trainee per training course is £2,250. Should eligible training costs exceed that amount, grant support will be limited to £2,250 per trainee per training course.

Internally delivered training

The cap per trainee per training course is £250. Should eligible training costs exceed that amount, grant support will be limited to £250 per trainee per training course.

What are the eligible costs?

Please note there can be no application made for trainee salaries in either the internally or externally delivered scenario.

Externally delivered training

The following costs can be applied for;

  • The cost of the training provision as charged to them by the external training provider (without itemising trainers personnel costs or the trainers materials and supplies);
  • Trainee materials and supplies directly related to the project, to the extent that they are used exclusively for the training project and not supplied by the trainer;
  • Trainers travel and subsistence costs, to the extent that they are incurred/required exclusively to deliver training events.

Internally delivered training

The following costs can be applied for;

  • Trainers personnel costs, for the hours during which the trainers participate in preparing and delivering the training;
  • Trainers and trainee materials and supplies directly related to the project, to the extent that they are used exclusively for the training project;
  • Trainers travel and subsistence costs, to the extent that they are incurred/required exclusively to deliver training events.

All expenditure must be reasonable, appropriate and at normal commercial rates.

VAT registered businesses will be paid the net value of their expenditure and non-VAT registered businesses will be paid the gross value.

What are the time limits on qualifying expenditure?

Please note, qualifying expenditure must have been made on or after 31st July 2019 and must be evidenced, in full, on submission of your claim for payment. The claim for payment must be made no later than two calendar months following receipt of your grant offer.

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