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Professional Accredited Learning Fund (PAL Fund)

Funding & Qualifications

Accredit your learning and gain specialist and transferable skills. There are a variety of ways that we support staff to gain qualifications - as staff are the heart of our business.

This page contains information about central funding opportunities for staff;

PAL Fund

Professional Accredited Learning Fund (PAL Fund) - Professional and Administrative Staff.  

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 with your line manager. 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 check you can answer yes to all the following questions;

  1. Is this course relevant to your current role?
  2. Will it enhance your performance in your current role?
  3. Will it support the delivery of your directorate or schools strategic goals?
  4. Is this the best route to obtain the skills and knowledge required?
  5. Is this part of your PDR discussions with your line manager?

Please consult our Quick Reference Guide before completing your application. Our PAL Fund Guidance document at the bottom of this page should also be referenced.

Staff  Testimonies  

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

Deadline date - Wednesday 31st 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

PAL Guidance Document For Employees

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:

Employee Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship Funding for Employees

Our internal employee Apprenticeship programmes are open to existing employees who wish to expand their current skills and knowledge base and apply to learn and develop in a different way.

An apprenticeship is a work-based learning route to gain a qualification and an appropriate solution where someone has a sizeable gap in skill and knowledge. Following recent reforms a wider range of subjects is now available than the traditionally associated trades. Apprenticeships can be studied by people of any age with a more flexibile criteria for study. Employees can stay in their existing role and opt to do a fully funded higher level qualification as an apprenticeship, getting time out of their role to do so.

To qualify for funding, specific criteria which must be met, most significantly a minimum of 20% of working time must be spent in training or learning activity.  

We are pleased to announce that we offer apprenticeships to existing employees in the follwoing subjects;

These qualifications are delivered internally through Salford Business School and are fully funded.

  • The closing date for applications is Friday 9th November 2018 for January 2019 Entry

If you are interested in undertaking an apprenticeship, please read the guidance documents below before completing the Expression of Interest and Approval Form and submitting to

Employee Apprenticeship Guidance Document

Employee Apprenticeship Line Manager Guidance Document

Expression of Interest and Approval Form

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

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