Through the Share to Support service, small to medium sized business in the West of England can access funding support to cover the training costs of an apprentice. This could be a new recruit or someone in your business who needs to do an apprenticeship. The fund is made up of contributions from large employers who gift their unspent apprenticeship levy to support small businesses.
The levy is paid at a rate of 0.5% of an employer’s annual pay bill.
As an employer, you have to pay the Apprenticeship Levy each month if you:
have an annual pay bill of more than £3 million, are connected to any companies or charities for Employment Allowance purposes, and have a combined annual pay bill of more than £3 million.
The Kickstart Scheme has been launched by the UK government to create a number of new 6-month paid job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The job placements are aimed at supporting the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find permanent work after completing the scheme.
Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There is also a grant of £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and employability training.
Employment Support is part of Bristol City Council’s Employment, Skills and Learning Team.