Apprenticeship Levy Funding Application

Closed 31 May 2019

Opened 1 Apr 2019


The Apprenticeship Levy is already giving employers, including the council, a real opportunity to invest in high quality training. We’re growing and developing our existing workforce and recruiting amazing apprentices that contribute to the skilled workforce we need to thrive and succeed in the future.

Following government reforms, we are able to work with other organisations in the county who want to take on new apprentices and develop their existing employees.  As a large levy paying employer, we can now transfer up to 25% of our apprenticeship levy funds to those employers who want to train their staff using apprenticeship qualifications - helping to boost skills and knowledge across the county.

The transfer of the levy pays for the training delivery, not the salary of the apprentice.

Eligibility Criteria

Any of the below:

  • organisations based in the county of West Sussex serving West Sussex residents
  • voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE)organisations in West Sussex serving West Sussex residents
  • West Sussex schools that do not pay into the council's apprenticeship levy
  • the organisation's application aligns with our West Sussex Plan and Economic Growth Plan.

 Priority Areas

Priority 1: Assisting small and medium sized social care organisations in providing training for staff which will help them recruit hard-to-fill vacancies in their business or upskill an existing member of staff to retain them and to improve on the service they provide and offer a robust career pathway.

Priority 2: Enabling young people with special needs, care leavers or not currently employed or in education, to access professional qualifications and work opportunities, in order to reach their individual goals and aspirations.  

Priority 3: Enabling small and medium sized businesses in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, including in the ‘Creative Digital’ sector, to upskill their existing workforce or to employ new staff.

Priority 4: Assisting small and medium sized businesses in providing training for staff which will help them to recruit to hard-to-fill vacancies in their business, or to upskill an existing member of staff to fill a skills gap. Evidence of how this will support their business growth will be needed.

Priority 5: Enabling community and voluntary organisations to enhance their stability and sustainability to provide a range of activities. They will do this by developing key roles in their organisation in order to ensure quality, responsive, safe, local care, reducing isolation, improving mental health and wellbeing, offering social interaction and responding to local needs.


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