The Apprenticeship Levy was introduced in April 2017 to support the government’s policy commitment to developing vocational skills, and to increasing the quantity and quality of apprenticeships. Not all businesses pay the apprenticeship levy and most SMEs (small and medium enterprises) are exempt.

North Lincolnshire Council has money remaining from their own Apprenticeship Levy, and this can be used to support local businesses to access funding for training and skills development through the Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Scheme. Local SMEs who do not pay the levy, and larger businesses who have used all of their own levy are able to apply for funds.

To support North Lincolnshire Council’s Economic Growth Plan, applications for funding will be prioritised using the following criteria:

  • Addressing local skills shortages
  • Enabling growth in one or more of the following priority sectors: construction, food, manufacturing, energy, chemicals, port and logistics, and steel.
  • Creating Higher Level Apprenticeships (Level 3+)
  • Creating apprenticeships opportunities for disadvantaged groups living in North Lincolnshire including NEETS, those with disabilities and long-term unemployed.

Before applying for the Apprenticeship Levy Scheme, please read the guidance document located at the top of this page.

Applications can be made using the “Application Form” link at the top of this page. If you have any questions on the application, please contact us via

For further information and guidance about employing an apprentice, and about the funding rules associated with this, the Department for Education provides extensive information. Information is also available at