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Interested in taking on an apprentice?

Did you know that 96% of employers that take on an apprentice say that it brings benefits to their business?

With over 250 different types of apprenticeships available offering over 1,400 job roles, there's a good chance an apprentice will be right for your business.

So why take on an apprentice?

  • They bring fresh ideas and inspiration to your business
  • They bring enthusiasm and help to encourage a culture of learning within your business
  • They are cost effective to employ
  • They will help you to maintain and develop the skilled workforce you need

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Local employer endorsements

Matthew Joblin, Director of the Staines-based Community Film Unit that took on apprentice Stephanie Hopkins in January, said: "Apprenticeships are opportunities for young people to really get hands on and learn whilst doing the job."

Sarah Atkinson, Manager of the Hair Forum, said: "Apprenticeships are a brilliant way to do hairdressing. It is lovely to see them grow from apprentices to senior stylists and to see their skills develop as well as their all round customer service."

Carol Squires, Head of Business Development at Surrey Chambers of Commerce said: "Our experience of employing an apprentice was very positive, our apprentice provided a youthful insight in to our company that was refreshing and productive. Just having the opportunity to input in to our apprentice's training made sure that his training was relevant to our business. I would definitely employ another apprentice."

Did you know that around two thirds of employers that take on an apprentice report that their staff morale is boosted, their services are improved and they are given new ideas to use within their business?

If you are interested in taking on an apprentice then you may wish to contact the Association of Learning Providers in Surrey who can support businesses interested in work based learning for young people.

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Apprenticeship Levy Transfer

The apprenticeship levy is already giving employers, including the council, a real opportunity to invest in high-quality training. We're growing and developing our existing workforce and recruiting amazing apprentices that contribute to the skilled workforce we need to thrive and succeed. For more information, please visit the GOV.UK apprenticeship funding webpage.

As a large levy paying employer, we can now transfer up to 25% of our apprenticeship levy funds to other employers to pay for apprenticeship qualifications.

Priority areas for Levy Transfer

To apply for a levy transfer funds, you must be a Surrey employer or show that you deliver services into the county of Surrey.

  • Social care employers working with children and adults
  • Voluntary, community and faith sector (VCFS)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) apprenticeships are identified as a skills shortage in the county of Surrey
  • Construction Industry

You must also:

  • be able to demonstrate how your apprenticeship will contribute to the Surrey economy
  • be registered on the apprenticeship service (we can support you in the process)
  • only use the funds for training and assessment for apprenticeship standards
  • only use the funds for training and assessment of either new apprentices or existing employees undertaking apprenticeships

You'll need the following information when applying:

  • Name, level, duration and value of apprenticeship standard.
  • Details of the training provider.
  • Details of which strategic priority aims the apprenticeship will meet.
  • An indication of the longer term plans for your apprentice on completion of their apprenticeship.

To gain maximum benefit from the levy funds, bids will be prioritised using the following criteria:

  • Priority 1: A non-levy payer who can only access apprenticeships via a transfer of funds.
  • Priority 2: No one left behind: Creating apprenticeship opportunities for disadvantaged groups who live in Surrey. (e.g. looked after children, care leavers; NEETs; those with disabilities; long term unemployed).
  • Priority 3: Those working with vulnerable adults and children.
  • Priority 4: Supporting learn to earn transitions: an apprenticeship that provides a career change at any stage to earn and learn whether a new apprentice, current apprentice or existing member of staff that clearly demonstrates progression. (E.g. progression of level for the individual, or Higher or Degree Apprenticeships).
  • Priority 5: Enabling businesses and workers to benefit from growth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) which is an identified skills shortage across Surrey.
  • Priority 6: Construction industry.

Applications will be administered by officers of Surrey County Council or its partners.

  • Transfers can only be made against a named apprentice. If your bid is successful, 'approval in principle' will be granted until the apprentice has been recruited and the learning provider has confirmed eligibility.
  • Opportunities to bid for an apprenticeship levy transfer is open continually, dependent on available funds.
  • Applicants will be contacted within two weeks of receipt of the application to confirm the outcome of their bid.

How to apply

Please download and complete Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Application Form (DOC) and return it via email to: hrprogramme.support@surreycc.gov.uk

If you still have some questions, please get in touch with us at: hrprogramme.support@surreycc.gov.uk

All apprenticeship standards including all published standards, and those that are in development and being proposed can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeship and Technical Education.

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EM3 Enterprise Adviser Network

A new Government initiative to support schools by recruiting business volunteers to help with their enterprise and careers activities is underway locally. The Careers and Enterprise Company has asked Local Enterprise Partnerships to deliver on this project.

Enterprise M3 covers the M3 corridor. SATRO, a local educational charity and social enterprise, is delivering this in the Waverley and Farnham area. SATRO are looking for business volunteers to help facilitate the enormous and positive benefits that links between schools and businesses produce.

Some of us were lucky enough when we were in school to encounter a person who somehow lit a spark and set us thinking about what we would like to do with our lives. We all remember them. So, if you think you could help inspire young minds... help light a spark... and would like to know more, please email mo.forgan@enterprisem3.org.uk.

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