Chilworth, Nursling and Rownhams (C,N&R) Skills Training Fund

Only the employee/sole trader may apply.

Application for funding

Test Valley Borough Council has secured £56,200 from Lidl to fund skills training, as part of the planning consent for the regional distribution centre at Brownhill Way, Nursling. The Council is using this sum to encourage residents of Chilworth, Nursling and Rownhams Ward (see attached map of the ward) self employed or employed elsewhere in Test Valley to apply for this grant for skills training. All applications will be determined at the Council’s discretion.


The C,N&R skills fund offers residents of Chilworth, Nursling & Rownhams Ward funding for skills training if they are self employed or employed by a business in Test Valley Borough (excluding Andover) employing up to 49 persons. The applicant must provide evidence of their employment status in Test Valley.

Guidance Notes

All evidence will be treated in confidence

  • Applicant businesses must be at least six months old
  • Payment will be made on receipt of an invoice after the training has been undertaken. Invoices should be submitted to the Council within 3 months of the completion of the training
  • The grant is up to £500 per person pa. subject to £1,000 per employer p.a.
  • If you are VAT registered the grant will be paid exclusive of VAT
  • If you are NOT VAT registered the grant will be paid inclusive of VAT


The fund may not be used for:

  1. Motivational/personal development coaching
  2. Statutory regulatory training (e.g. annual health and safety updates).

Reimbursement will be made on receipt of an invoice from the applicant after the training has been undertaken and:

  1. A copy of a training certificate or proof of attendance from the trainer
  2. Proof the trainer has been paid by the trainee (e.g. signed statement to this effect by the trainer, receipt of course fee or bank statement showing relevant transaction).