Available Funding for STAR® Programmes

In several areas across the United Kingdom, local councils and industry training boards have made funding available designed to provide financial support for businesses to help them offset the cost of upskilling their workforce.

This funding enables local businesses to enroll their employees in the STAR® Manager programme which equips all line managers, leaders, or those aspiring to leadership roles with the essential skills needed to effectively manage people and empower their teams.

We are currently aware of the following funding schemes (if you don’t see your area listed, please get in touch anyway):

Luke Stanbridge          Commercial Director       Z-Tech

Our profit is going to be roughly 3X what it was last year, which is pretty amazing. This programme really helped to engage people and definitely helped towards our financial performance this year.”


New Direction 50+ Skills Investment Fund:

Designed to support over 50s in gaining new knowledge and skills to help them progress within the workplace. This funding is available for the STAR® Manager programme, for any employee in the business aged over 50.

Warwickshire Skills Hub:

The Skills Escalator Fund gives businesses with less than 250 employees in the county the opportunity to apply to undertake the STAR® Manager Programme to support workforce development.

James Mastrangelo
Financial Manager  Software One

I’ve been in Sales for over two decades and participated in many trainings – this has been by far the most influential and relevant course I’ve ever taken. The missions reinforce the excellent material and I’ve grown as a manager, seller and as a person.”

South Yorkshire

Designed to support all businesses in the South Yorkshire region to upskill managers, leaders and those aspiring to leadership roles.

Businesses with a staff size of 1-249 and an annual turnover less than £40 million will qualify for funding towards the STAR® Manager programme. 

Businesses with 250+ staff and an annual turnover greater than £40 million will qualify for funding towards the STAR® Manager programme.

Jillian McLean MBE Founder & CEO  Drake & Morgan

Using STAR® has transformed our managers’ confidence and collaboration, and our commercial results.


This grant has been designed to support employees in medium-sized construction businesses who are being developed or whose main job is leader, manager or supervisor to undertake further training to contribute to the future needs of the business.

It’s available to nationwide CITB registered businesses who wish to invest in the progression of employees who would like to complete the STAR® Manager programme.