Want upto £10k in grant funding for AI Training?

If you are a UK based SME working in the Professional and Business Service Sector, you may be eligible for up to £10k in grant funding to train your people in AI.

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Flexible AI Upskilling Fund

On the 1st of May 2024, the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology launches a new scheme to help UK employers and employees to upskill and understand the opportunities for using Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Grant funding for AI Training

If you are a UK based SME working in the professional and business service sector, you may be eligible for up to £10k in grant funding for AI training.

Training available includes

AI Training Workshop

Bespoke AI training workshop for key people in your organisation.

AI Use Cases

Practical, personalised use cases to give your business an AI powered edge.

Online Training Course

High quality online AI training for everyone in your organisation.

How to apply

To apply for this funding:

  1. Check eligibility
  2. Identify AI training
  3. Complete online grant application

We can help you every step of the way, with no commitment.

Check out or step-by-step guide to completing your application.

Application Guide

                      

1. Check Eligibility

The funding competition will be open to applicants who are:

  • registered and operate in the UK
  • employ between 1-249 employees in the UK
  • defined as an SME (see below*)
  • have been operating for at least 1 year
  • able to match-fund 50% of the cost of the training
  • operate in the Professional and Business Services sector (see below): 
    • Legal activities/accounting, bookkeeping and audit
    • Activities of head offices, management consultancy
    • Architectural and engineering activities, technical testing and analysis
    • Scientific research and development
    • Advertising and market research
    • Other professional, scientific and technical activities
    • Administrative and support service activities
    • Rental and leasing activities
    • Employment activities
    • Office administration and other business support activities

 Note: Additional eligibility and full application criteria may be set out when the funding competition opens.

2. Identify AI Training

To be eligible for grant funding you must select training which can be delivered by a training provider that meets one of the following two criteria:

  1. Registered on the UKRLP
  2. Is an accredited organisation.

Note: the AI Accelerator meets both of these criteria.

CPD Certified AI Course

Micro Business

£2,500

£5k before grant contribution

  • AI Training Workshop (x1)

    Bespoke AI training workshop for key people in your organisation.

  • AI Use Cases

    Practical, personalised use cases to give your business an AI powered edge.

  • Online Training Course

    High quality online AI training for everyone in your organisation.

  • CONTEXT BLOCK

    A single high impact CONTEXT BLOCK™ to enhance all your organisations AI interactions.

Available to micro businesses, with 1-9 employees, annual turnover under €2m, balance sheet under €2m.

Small Business

£5,000

£10k before grant contribution

  • AI Training Workshops (x2)

    Bespoke AI training workshop for key people in your organisation.

  • AI Use Cases

    Practical, personalised use cases to give your business an AI powered edge.

  • Online Training Course

    High quality online AI training for everyone in your organisation.

  • CONTEXT BLOCKS™ (x3)

    Three high impact CONTEXT BLOCKS™ to enhance key AI interactions for your organisation.

Available to small businesses, with 10-49 employees, annual turnover under €10m, balance sheet under €10m.

Medium Business

£10,000

£20k before grant contribution

  • AI Training Workshops (x4)

    Bespoke AI training workshop for key people in your organisation.

  • AI Use Cases

    Practical, personalised use cases to give your business an AI powered edge.

  • Online Training Course

    High quality online AI training for everyone in your organisation.

  • CONTEXT BLOCKS™ (x10)

    Ten specialised CONTEXT BLOCKS™ to enhance a suite of organisational AI interactions.

Available to medium businesses, with 50-249 employees, annual turnover under €50m, balance sheet under €43m.

Business Skills Competency Framework

Our training is designed to empower participants with the necessary knowledge and skills across multiple dimensions, including privacy and stewardship, problem solving, analysis, modelling, and evaluation and reflection—core areas highlighted in the Framework.

By integrating these elements, our training not only adheres to but actively promotes the standards set out by the AI Skills for Business Competency Framework. This ensures that participants are not just technically equipped but are also well-versed in the ethical, regulatory, and practical implications of AI in business, preparing them to drive innovation and productivity in their respective fields.

Find out more about the AI Accelerator online course

Not sure?

We understand that even with a significant grant contribution, not all businesses can afford personalised training. We offer a special lean package to get you started on your AI journey. Perfect for sole traders or those on limited budgets.

Alternatively we can build a custom training package that meets your needs. To find out more, book a consultation today!

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AI Starter Pack

£1,000

£2k before grant contribution

  • Online Training Course

    Enterprise license for high quality online AI training for everyone in your organisation.

  • CONTEXT BLOCK

    A single high impact CONTEXT BLOCK™ to enhance all your organisations AI interactions.

Available to any business that meet the competition eligibility criteria.

3. Complete online grant application

Once you've confirmed you are eligible for this competition and have selected the appropriate AI training for you are ready to complete the online application form.

The application form consists of 4 sections:

  • Administrative details
  • Business Eligibility
  • Training eligibility
  • How the funding will support AI adoption 

To help you prepare a successful competition entry we have put together a step by step video guide for applicants.

Sign up using this form for access to the video and complimentary support and  the latest information about the competition.

Free application support

We are offering a complimentary support service to assist you with your application, with no obligation to use our training services. Boost your chance of success!

Note: Depending on number of applications and evaluation approach, applications above a minimum merit threshold may be randomly chosen to receive a grant award.

Watch our exclusive webinar

In this webinar we cover:

  • What AI could do for your business
  • What is UK government's 'Flexible AI Upskilling Fund'
  • Eligibility and funding details
  • The application process & how to apply
  • How to select the right AI training

Hosted by Mike Chatterton, Founder of AI Accelerator.

Watch the webinar

Competition Timeline

 

1st May 2024

Applications Open

The application process opens for SMEs.


31st May 2024

Applications Close


July 2024

Training Begins

Expected release of grant funding agreements to successful applicants.


February 2025

Reimbursement Deadline

Evidence submitted and grant payments made via bank transfer.


31st March 2025

Funding Period Ended

All training must be completed by end of March 2025.

Example AI Use Cases

Getting the most out of AI means going beyond theory and exploring real life use cases that can boost you business, increase productivity and give you a genuine return on investment.

Explore hundreds of example, domain specific, AI use cases below.

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Why AI Accelerator?

Choosing AI Accelerator for your training through the Flexible AI Upskilling Fund offers practical, business-focused benefits. Our training is designed around tangible use cases, ensuring that skills acquired are directly applicable to enhancing your business operations. We provide company-wide training that equips teams with cutting-edge AI knowledge, driving innovation and improving competitive advantage across your organisation. This comprehensive approach ensures your investment in AI training translates into real-world improvements in efficiency and productivity.

The AI Accelerator is a trading name of Solutions 4 Pros Limited.

Registered company number 14725861.

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UK Register of Learning Providers 10095304.

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