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Apprenticeship Funding

Funding for apprenticeship training available to West Sussex businesses

As a large apprenticeship levy paying employer, West Sussex County Council is now able to transfer up to 25% of its annual apprenticeship levy funds to West Sussex businesses, to pay for high-quality training for new or existing staff, helping to reduce skills gaps and aiding business development across the county. The new fund opened in the spring of 2019, with two competitive funding rounds planned each year.

County Council Leader Louise Goldsmith said: “We are thrilled that we can now share some of our apprenticeship funding with other organisations across the county. Apprenticeship training is a fantastic way for employers across West Sussex to train and upskill staff that they currently employ or new staff joining them.”

WSCC hopes that the transfer of levy funds will lead to more quality apprenticeships being created as employers are supported to take on apprentices who may not have done so otherwise. The apprenticeship levy is giving employers a real opportunity to invest in high-quality training, helping to grow their business and get the skilled workforce they need to thrive and succeed. Nationally only around 2% of employers pay the levy but this investment funds more than 40% of the apprenticeship new starts per year.

Of the national scheme former Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton said: “It’s fantastic to see so many businesses taking advantage of the opportunity that the apprentice levy provides. As well as kick starting their apprenticeship programmes, business is now recognising the benefits an apprentice brings to the work place with enthusiasm and new ideas.

We want to keep improving apprenticeships for everyone and I am delighted that we are now extending the flexibility of the apprenticeship levy...this is business and the public sector using the apprenticeship programme to change people’s lives”.

Visit WSCC’s apprenticeships page to find the application criteria and how to apply, or contact apprenticeships@westsussex.gov.uk for more information.

Find out how the funding has benefitted local business, Littlehampton Welding.

Most local authorities are using up to 25% of their levy pot to transfer to SMEs, including in West Sussex:

  • Adur & Worthing Councils Apprenticeship Grants are available to businesses of up to 50 employees. £1,500 per apprentice is available towards the cost of taking on an apprentice (businesses can apply for up to two grants). Contact economyteam@adur-worthing.gov.uk for information.
  • Arun District Council offers grants of £1,500 to local private and voluntary organisations to employ an apprentice. Contact Miriam.nicholls@arun.gov.uk for information.
  • Chichester District Council offers Apprenticeship Training Grants for up to two apprentices (match funding of up to £1,000 per apprentice). Contact business.support@chichester.gov.uk for information.
  • Crawley Borough Council offers Apprenticeship Grants of up to £1,500 to companies with less than 50 employees to offset training and hiring costs. Contact economic.development@crawley.gov.uk for information.
  • Horsham District Council can provide up to £2,000 match Local Enterprise and Apprenticeship Platform (LEAP) funding to businesses based in Horsham District. Contact business.development@horsham.gov.uk for information.
  • Mid Sussex District Council offers up to £1500 to help micro businesses take on an apprentice. Contact business@midsussex.gov.uk for more information. 


Find out about government funding for apprenticeships.

Or perhaps you are a levy paying employer and would like to consider transferring left-over funds to help local Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. 


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