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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 able to transfer up to 25% of its annual levy funds to West Sussex businesses, to pay for high-quality training for new or existing staff, aiding business development across the county. 

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 for more information.

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

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

  • Adur & Worthing Councils Apprenticeship Grants are available to local SMEs. Contact for information.
  • Arun District Council offers grants of £1,500 to local private and voluntary organisations to employ an apprentice. Contact for information.
  • Chichester District Council offers grants of £1,000 to help businesses employ an apprentice or up-skill existing staff. Contact for information.
  • Crawley Borough Council Small Business Grants provide up to £4,000 to eligible Crawley businesses expanding or creating new employment, including through the provision of specialist training. Contact 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 for information.
  • Mid Sussex District Council offers grant funding to support community and economic development in the district. Contact 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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