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Funding - PAL & Apprenticeships

Funding Opportunities for Staff Learning

Welcome to the funding opportunities area of our website. This page contains information about central funding opportunities for staff. There are now 2 options for applying for funding;

  • Professional Accredited Learning Fund (PAL Fund) - Professional and Administrative Staff. The Professional Accredited Learning Fund (PAL) is a central funding opportunity for professional and administrative staff.
  • Apprenticeship funding – All employees (subject to criteria). From Sept 2017 full funding is available for employees to undertake named apprenticeship programmes delivered by the University.

Professional services and administrative staff are eligible to apply for funding to study for a professional qualification or accredited course identified through the PDR process. This is to help you progress in your role and your career overall by enhancing and accrediting professional and personal  skills,  ensuring that the University is funding development activities which not only support your career, but also the strategic needs of the business. Before completing an application form please read the Guidance document.

PAL Guidance Document For Employees

If you have any queries after reading the Guidance document please contact:

Staff  Testimonies  

Why not read testimonies from staff who have completed the course.

Deadline date - Friday 25th May 2018 for courses commencing between 1st August and 31st December 2018

Applications received will be considered during June and responses issued in July.

Deadline date - Friday 26th October 2018 for courses commencing between 1st January 2019 and 31st July 2019

Applications received will be considered during November and responses issued in December.

To access the PAL fund application form, click on the link below:

PAL Fund Application Form

All sections of the application form must be completed and be signed by your line manager and the Head of School or Division. An electronic copy of the form along with a scanned copy of the signature page should be emailed to:

Apprenticeship Funding for Employees

Following the launch of a new national fund, we are pleased to provide the option to fully fund employees to undertake an apprenticeship to achieve either:

  • L4 Higher Apprenticeship - Associate Project Manager (Cert HE Project Management Consultancy)
  • L5 Higher Apprenticeship - Operational/Departmental Manager (FdSc Business and Management, Foundation degree)

Please submit completed forms to

For advice on the content of these apprenticeships and how apprenticeships work, please contact the Apprenticeship Office

For advice on HR matters relating to undertaking an apprenticeship, please contact

IMPORTANT: An apprenticeship has specific criteria which must be met to qualify for funding; the most significant of which is a minimum of 20% of working time spent in training or learning activity. These qualifications will be delivered internally through Salford Business School and will be fully funded. Applicants can opt to start in either January or June.

If you are interested in undertaking an apprenticeship, in the first instance, you will need to complete the Expression of Interest and Approval Form. Before doing so, please read the guidance document very carefully to ensure that you meet all relevant eligibility criteria and are fully aware of what an apprenticeship is.

Expression of Interest and Approval Form

Employee Apprenticeship Guidance Document

Employee Apprenticeship Line Manager Guidance Document

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