The apprenticeship levy is already giving employers like Staffordshire County Council a real opportunity to invest in high-quality training, helping to grow our business and develop the skilled workforce we need to thrive and succeed. Government reforms have now given them the opportunity to work in partnership with other employers, supporting them in recruiting new apprentices and to develop the skills of existing employees.
As a levy paying employer with an ambitious apprentice strategy, they can now transfer up to 25% of their annual apprenticeship levy funds to other employers, helping to increase the number of high-quality apprenticeships across the county.
Who can apply to receive transferred funds?
They are able to transfer levy funds to other employers for apprenticeships that are new apprenticeship recruits or existing employees wanting to develop their skills by undertaking an apprenticeship. They are not able to transfer funds for apprenticeships that have already started.
To express an interest in the transfer of funding you must be:
- a business or other organisation in Staffordshire that can demonstrate that you actively support the aims of Staffordshire County Council’s current strategic plan
- a voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisation serving Staffordshire residents
- a Staffordshire school that does not pay into our apprenticeship levy
- employers that have opportunities for 16-18-year olds but are unable to access funding via training providers.
The main strategic aims:
To gain maximum benefit from the levy funds, applications will be prioritised using the following criteria:
Creating apprenticeship opportunities for disadvantaged groups.
Creating apprenticeship opportunities for 16-18-year olds with no access to funding as part of the growth and skills strategy.
Creating apprenticeship opportunities for higher level skills.
Creating apprenticeship opportunities in known skill shortage areas within the county.
You can get information regarding the priority and locally important sectors in which they are looking to improve skills attainment which will help drive economic growth and increase local productivity.
Priority will also be given to those applications where there is an offer of some additional activity to support young people in disadvantaged groups such as providing bursaries for care leavers, mentors, work experience placements, work tasters etc.
What is the process for applying for funds?
The transfer application process is now open until further notice. Detailed guidance can be found on transferring unused apprenticeship funds to other employers on Gov.UK. Please read this guidance before applying for the funding.
To apply, please email Staffordshire County Council to request an application form: