The Essex Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Service (EALTS) and the newly launched Essex Apprenticeship Hub are asking large businesses to pledge to create 300 apprenticeship opportunities in 2023. This follows a successful year, during which the service supported 240 apprenticeships, exceeding its pledge to create 100 opportunities between March and December.
The EALTS enables large Essex-based businesses (with a payroll of over £3m) to donate up to 25% of their apprenticeship levy to a smaller business. Smaller organisations can sign up to the service, set their objectives and be matched with a larger business. Both businesses are supported along the way by a team of advisors, who will provide practical guidance around training, apprenticeship placements and levy transfer logistics.
The apprenticeship levy is a tax paid by employers to help fund apprenticeship training costs. The EALTS helps larger employers avoid returning unspent levy to government, whilst also creating opportunities for young people and business connections across Essex.
Throughout 2022, the service created more than £80,000 in added value through the take-up of additional qualifications. It attracted pledges from organisations like Timpson and the Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust and apprenticeships ranged from Level 2 to Level 5 across a variety of industries, including construction and healthcare.
Cllr Tony Ball, ECC Cabinet Member for Education Excellence, Lifelong Learning and Employability, said, “The EALTS plays a key role in our Levelling Up agenda, helping trainees to access good jobs after completing their apprenticeship. It also strengthens the economy by creating new networks, bolstering supply chains, adding value and filling skills gaps.
We look forward to creating new opportunities in 2023 and supporting our businesses and partners to welcome apprentices on board.”
Gill Perry, Head of Professional and Commissioned Education at the Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust who shared their levy through EALTS, added, “The EALTS enables people to fulfil a lifelong dream and pursue a career in nursing or social care. It’s strengthened our workplace and our community!”
You can read more about Essex apprenticeships on the Apprenticeship Hub.