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Could your business benefit from Apprenticeship Levy sharing?

8th September 2021

The West of England Combined Authority is encouraging businesses in the West of England to pledging their unspent apprenticeship levy to a new scheme which is helping to drive apprenticeship engagement and job creation across the region.

The Share to Support scheme is open to small businesses, based in the West of England and also supports businesses looking to progress their trainees or kickstarts onto an apprenticeship. The apprenticeship fund is being delivered as part of the West of England Combined Authority’s  Workforce for the Future Programme, co-funded by the European Social Fund.

With over 700 apprenticeships now available, small businesses across the West of England are already using the scheme to both grow and upskill their teams through apprenticeships.

Employers can pledge their unspent apprenticeship levy or find out how to get support with apprenticeships by visiting:

If you are interested in finding out more, the Western Training Provider Network and Business West are running an event on the 30 September on how your business can benefit from apprenticeship levy sharing. Sign up here:

Business West Apprenticeship Levy event

Business West Initiative and Western Training Provider Network (WTPN) are hosting an online business breakfast event on 30 September, 10am  -11.30am.

Businesses can find out:

  • How your business can benefit from unspent funds in the region.
  • How you can pledge your unspent apprenticeship levy.
  • Why the West of England is funding the WTPN to support businesses access unspent levy funds.
  • The local need to support small businesses to drive economic recovery with skilled recruits.
  • The role your business can play in our region to support business in your supply chain & sector.
  • How the local Share to Support scheme can add value to your CSR strategy.

This event offers the opportunity to hear about the levy share scheme and ask questions to a panel of experts. Join us to hear from local large employers who are using their unspent apprenticeship levy to support small businesses and drive community impact across the region.

Lloyds Bank and Southern Coop will give an insight into how they are using their apprenticeship levy through the Share to Support scheme to tackle local skills gaps, support job creation and connect with small businesses in their supply chain and sector.

You can register for the event via this link (takes you to Business West website)

To find out more on the Apprenticeship Levy and the Combined Authority’s involvement, please visit their news page for the latest news release.

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