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Financial assistance for formal qualifications

We will seek to support your development by providing financial assistance with fees towards formal qualifications that are relevant to your role, paying 100% of course fees and the cost of essential text books. If the course involves formal examinations outwith normal attendance days, paid leave will be granted, and paid study leave may be allowed at your line manager’s discretion. Further details are available from the OD Team by e-mailing

SVQ programme

We currently operate an SVQ programme whereby you can ask to undertake an SVQ that’s relevant to your role. As the qualifications are competence-based, you will need to ensure that your role is relevant to the qualification you wish to undertake, eg if you have no management responsibility, you may not be able to undertake a Management SVQ.

For more information on the programme please e-mail


We actively support staff members who, as part of an agreed career plan, will benefit from a period of work experience in another organisation. We encourage links with public, private and voluntary organisations which satisfy our needs and your personal aspirations.

Childcare vouchers

We recognise the importance of supporting you with the costs of childcare, and operate a ‘salary sacrifice’ childcare voucher scheme.

Hands Up — Corporate volunteering

Working with, and supporting our local communities is important to us and we actively encourage staff to get involved in corporate volunteering as part of our Hands Up scheme. All permanent and fixed term contract staff can have up to 21 hours per year to contribute to volunteering activities. A wide range of volunteering activities is regularly promoted or you can use your volunteering time to work on your own volunteering activity (if the activity meets our volunteering criteria).