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Get financial support for your apprentice through the BMTA Trust

Get financial support for your apprentice through the BMTA Trust

31 July 2020

If you have an apprentice who you know is struggling financially and who needs some additional support completing their qualification and progression, the British Motor Trade Association (BMTA) Trust can provide the support they need.

BMTA has been in existence since the 1960s and helps those working in the motor industry and their dependants. In 2018-19 the Trust provided over £165,000 to young people and adults in need.

The Trust can provide individual one-off grants of up to £1,000 to young people to help them overcome financial barriers to achieve their education, training or employment goals in the motor industry. Examples of such items are course fees, tools and help with living costs or anything else that would support them completing their qualification and progression in the industry.

Case Studies

  • T is a trainee at a Parts Distribution Centre. He has Type 1 diabetes and a complication caused by diabetes which causes weakened bones in the feet. He had six months off work due to a break in one of his foot bones. He needs bespoke, specialist steel toe-cap shoes to protect and support his feet while at work. These shoes are not available on the NHS. The Trust helped with £250 towards the cost of T’s work shoes.
  • N lives with his father and, until recently, his father’s partner, whom he got on well with. However, he has fallen out with his father. He is living temporarily with his girlfriend and her flat-mate. The flat is cramped and it takes him 2 hours to get to and from work (as opposed to ten minutes when he was living at home). His fuel costs have risen considerably. He is upset about the breakdown of the relationship with his father. He wants to move closer to his work and near to friends however, he cannot afford the deposit and rental advance for a flat. The Trust helped with the cost of the flat deposit.
  • D was bullied and became a school refuser. She was being home educated. A small caring school was identified as a solution as D’s mother cares for D’s step-father who has spinal injuries. He is severely ill and requires frequent hospitalisation. He worked for a major high-end car dealer after leaving school until 2009 when he set up his own business. Three weeks after opening his garage he was involved in an accident and suffered serious injuries, including three spinal breakages. He is wheelchair bound. The Trust were able to help D and her parents with a grant towards fees at a small day school.


To be considered for support the apprentice should be:

  • Aged 16-25
  • Receiving little or no financial support from family members
  • Financially challenged
  • Committed to pursue a defined goal in relation to education, training or employment in the motor industry

Next Steps

If this sounds like it could help any of your apprentices, ask the individual to follow these simple steps:

  1. Give the Case Secretary, Jane, a call and have a chat about your situation. Contact details are below.
  2. If Jane thinks BMTA may be able to help you she will send you an application form to complete. FYI the applicant will need a referee’s contact details who can recommend the support will really help you. Examples of referees can be a current employer or College Lecturer.
  3. Send the form back and the BMTA Trustees will talk through all the requests they receive and make a decision.
  4. If they feel the BMTA cannot help at this time they may be able to point you in the direction of someone who can.

Jane Pocock, Case Secretary, BMTA Trust Limited, PO Box 3157, Caterham CR3 4BH

Email: jpocock@bmtatrust.org.uk

Phone: 01883 371280

Website: www.bmtatrust.org.uk