11 March 2020

Businesses can apply for a share of £145,000 for training and development

Businesses looking to create apprenticeships at a range of levels or up-skill existing employees can apply for a share of £145,000 funding.

The funding comes from the Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Scheme, which North Lincolnshire Council has launched. This follows a successful pilot of the levy transfer process.

North Lincolnshire Council has money remaining from its Apprenticeship Levy which is being used to support local businesses to access funding for training and skills development via the scheme. Local SMEs (small and medium enterprises) who do not pay the levy, and larger businesses who have used all of their own levy are able to apply for funds.

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.

GS Kelsey Construction based in Scunthorpe took part in the pilot levy transfer. Matthew Robinson, Director, said:

“The levy transfer has allowed us to continue our business growth and expansion plans. We are sincerely grateful to North Lincolnshire Council for supporting us in our recruitment plans.

“The degree apprenticeship funding by the levy transfer is furnishing Rebecca with knowledge and skills that are having an immediate impact on business performance. Careful recruitment and investment in young people has been the backbone of our business growth. Over a third of the current senior management team started as a trainee or apprentice with the business.

“I would urge local businesses to make enquiries about the levy transfer.”

Rebecca, trainee quantity survey at GS Kelsey, said:

“I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity given to me by the council and GS Kelsey. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after college and the apprenticeship scheme ran by the council helped me explore a wide range of options.

“Currently, alongside my job I study at university hoping to expand on my knowledge and further contributing to Kelsey’s by building upon the skills they’ve already provided.”

Employers interested in receiving a share of the transfer funding can find out more information and complete an expression of interest form on the Apprenticeship Levy page. The deadline for expressions of interest is 31 March.