Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Scheme

What is the Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Scheme?

The Apprenticeship Levy is a charge to employers introduced by the government in April 2017, to help fund a significant uptake in quality apprenticeship numbers. Businesses with a payroll of £3 million or more make monthly deposits of 0.5% of their annual pay bill into the Apprenticeship Levy pot.

The levy is designed to put apprenticeship funding in the hands of employers and encourage them to invest in and create apprenticeships.

As a large levy paying employer Brent Council are now able to transfer up to 25% of our annual Apprenticeship Levy Fund to local employers, to help boost the number of high-quality apprenticeships in the locality.  The available funding is specifically for the training costs associated with employing an apprentice.

Here at Brent Council, we are committed to supporting local businesses grow and develop their workforce through the recruitment of Brent residents as apprentices. The Scheme is a real opportunity to invest in high-quality training by helping businesses invest in the skilled workforce they need to thrive and succeed and enables businesses to grow their own talent.

Apprenticeship training ranges from Level 2 (GCSE) to Level 7 (Masters Level) and range in value from £1,500 to £27,000. Apprentices can work on tasks and projects which have a direct impact on your business. They are open to anyone of working age, with no upper limit. A variety of learning options are available including online, classroom-based and one-to-one tuition. Find out about apprenticeship training courses.

Who can receive transferred funds?

Brent Council can transfer funds to employers for new apprenticeship opportunities, particularly where the funds will create an apprenticeship that would not have been created without the funds. This can include new apprentices or existing employees undertaking an apprenticeship training course.

Employers must meet the following criteria:

  • Your business should be located in the borough and you are requesting funds to train a Brent resident.
  • You will need to pay for the salaries of apprentices. The transfer of funds can only be used for the apprenticeship course training costs and assessment. It excludes travel expenses or any membership fees.
  • You must support the employees in their learning and development providing appropriate time to train during contracted hours.
  • Your request must be for new apprenticeship training. The request cannot be backdated on training that has already commenced.
  • For monitoring purposes, you will also need to commit to notifying the council on the outcome of the apprenticeship.

How to apply

If you are an employer that would like to benefit from the free funding available, please complete the Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Scheme Application.

Apply for apprenticeship levy transfer funding

If you would like more information regarding the benefits of taking on an Apprentice and have support for the recruitment and onboarding process, please contact Brent Council’s, Apprenticeship Team - Brent Works, on brent.works@brent.gov.uk or 0208 937 6295.

To ensure there is maximum benefit and utilisation of Brent Council’s Levy funds, receiving employers must demonstrate commitment to Brent Council’s Employment and Skills Strategy.

Strategic priorities

Interested employers should demonstrate on their application their eligibility and how the funding will contribute towards at least one of Brent Council’s strategic priorities or support their business recovery from COVID.

Priority 1:  Addressing inequality and social polarisation.

Creating apprenticeship opportunities for disadvantaged groups who live in Brent. This includes care leavers; NEETs; those with disabilities; long term unemployed.

Priority 2: To reduce poverty through employment and progression in work

Apprenticeships provide an opportunity to develop new skills, support career change or development within the workplace. Whether it is a new apprentice, current apprentice or existing member of staff, apprenticeships should clearly demonstrate progression.           (E.g. progression of level for the individual). This can include progression from a Kickstart placement; support employees at risk of redundancy; or development of skills to a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship).

Priority 3:  Enabling businesses and workers to benefit from growth

Apprenticeship creation from key employment sectors that are driving growth and development such as Creative, Digital, Green and Circular Economy and Food Preparation.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your application prior to submission, please email ApprenticeshipLevy@brent.gov.ukor call 0208 937 6295.