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Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot

The Employer Ownership of Skills pilot is a competitive fund open to employers to invest in their current and future workforce in England.

Through the Employer Ownership of Skills pilot employers are invited to develop proposals that raise skills, create jobs, and drive enterprise and economic growth. Government will invest in projects in which employers are also prepared to commit their own funds in order to make better use of our combined resources.  Read about our vision for Employer Ownership.

We published Employer Ownership of Skills: Building the Momentum in March 2013.  This document makes eight recommendations for aligning skills investment with growth potential, and developing a training system that is fully focused on its customers - businesses and people


Round one:

Round 1 projects were announced in September 2012.  Read more about round 1 projects, including case studies from successful proposals.


Round two:

Round 2 launched in November 2012.  The application stage for round 2 has now closed and we are pleased to confirm that 314 applications have been received. 

The level of interest in the pilot was high, with employers bidding for over six times the amount available in the round 2 fund. 

Round 2 successful bidders that can be announced can be found on Whilst developing stage and grant negotiation process are on-going, an announcement on the rest of the successful projects will be made before December 2013 and subsequently in spring 2014.

Proposals have come from a wide range of leading businesses and include a substantial number of ambitious proposals to take "end to end" responsibility for skills through sector wide or local area based industrial partnerships.  But this is not just about large companies. Many of the proposals are collaborative with the focus on innovative ways to encourage smaller firms to train for the first time.  There is a strong emphasis on helping young people into work through high quality work experience, pre-apprenticeships, traineeships and apprenticeship programmes tailored directly to employer needs. The bids involve a large number of employers, universities, colleges, training providers, unions and other key partners in the skills landscape. 

Feedback letters have been sent to all EOP Round 2 bidders. If you submitted a bid for Round 2 of the fund and have not yet received a feedback letter, please contact

The FAQs for round 2 are still available on this website, whilst the development stage is on-going.
And for reference you can still download a copy of the Round 2 Prospectus.

Contact us:

Please direct all enquiries regarding the pilot to
Enquiries will receive an response within 3 days of receipt.

There is no intention for a third round of the Employer Ownership Pilot although lessons we learn from round 1 and round 2 about the impact of direct employer influence on skills training and development will be used to inform the Government’s skills strategy

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