Southampton City Council offers help to small businesses

Council supports employers to take on new apprentices and develop employees

Southampton City Council and other employers have had the opportunity to invest in high-quality training thanks to the apprenticeship levy. We're growing and developing our existing workforce and want to help other employers in the city to benefit from the exceptional training opportunities that apprenticeships can bring.

Following government reforms, we're able to work with other organisations in the city to support them to take on new apprentices and develop existing employees.

As a large levy paying employer, we can transfer up to 25% of our apprenticeship levy funds to small and medium sized businesses in the Southampton area helping to boost the number of high-quality apprenticeships and strengthening the long term prospects for the companies involved.

The funds from Southampton City Council’s apprenticeship levy pot can be used to provide training/professional qualifications to new or existing employees of local organisations or businesses.

The organisation must be based in the Southampton area in order to apply for the funding, which can only be used only for apprenticeship training, not salary or travel expenses etc.

This funding could be worth thousands of pounds to a business, but more importantly offers exceptional long-term growth benefits. This opportunity is relevant to all organisations, with the vast range of apprenticeship training programmes available, such as: Business Administration, Payroll, Team Leading & Management and many other specialist programmes, meaning there will be a suitable programme for your business. We will give priority to applications from organisations supporting council objectives around health and social care, children’s care and education, a green economy and a city of culture. For a full list of the available apprenticeship programmes in the UK visit the Institute of Apprenticeships.

Cabinet Member for Aspiration, Schools and Lifelong Learning at Southampton City Council, Councillor Dr Darren Paffey said: “The Levy transfer scheme provides vital support for small to medium sized businesses considering providing apprenticeships for new or existing staff members.

“Apprenticeships are an ideal way of developing your career, combining work-based experience with training. Apprentices gain nationally recognised qualifications, whilst earning a salary. Employers get access to local talent by taking on apprentices, or can improve the skills of an existing employee by offering them an apprenticeship.”

Visit the Southampton City Council apprenticeships page to find out more about the criteria and information on the funds and to complete the application form to be returned by the 20th August. If you would like to discuss anything or have any qCueries about this opportunity, we have a team dedicated to apprenticeships – The Solent Apprenticeship Hub (part funded by the European Social Fund) – who would be more than happy to give you free and impartial advice. To contact the team please email: apprenticeshiphub@southampton.gov.uk or view the Solent Apprenticeship Hub Social Media pages for regular updates on all things apprenticeships.