Local Apprenticeship Grants: Find Funding for Apprenticeships In Your Area

For employers in England, apprenticeship funding is widely available.

In addition to national funding schemes for apprenticeships, there are also grants and Levy Transfer schemes available through local and regional initiatives.

Below, we have created a list of apprenticeship funding opportunities by region.

North East

Explore apprenticeship funding opportunities across the North East.

Sunderland City Council Levy Transfer

Sunderland City Council has unspent levy funds and are seeking applications from Sunderland businesses who would like to develop their workforce. This funding can benefit both SMEs and larger organisations.

Full details are available from Sunderland City Council.

Newcastle City Council Levy Transfer

Newcastle City Council offer an apprenticeship levy scheme to businesses who deliver a service within Newcastle, are a non levy paying employer, have 250 or fewer employees & are accredited under the Good Work Pledge or can demonstrate you are actively working towards it. 

Find out more details on Newcastle City Council's website.

Tees Valley Combined Authority Apprenticeship Grants

Tees Valley Combined Authority offer grants up to £3000 to employers creating new apprenticeship opportunities in the Tees Valley areas of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.

The grant supports SMEs in high demand, high growth sectors.

Details are available through the Tees Valley Combined Authority. 

Durham University Levy Transfer

Durham University are offering apprenticeship funding to all job roles & all apprenticeship levels in Durham. 

In 2022/23 the total amount of funding available across the city is £129,372.

Apply for apprenticeship funding in Durham.

 

South Tyneside Borough Council Levy Transfer

Businesses in South Tyneside are being invited to bid for a share of a £35,000 pot of money. The money, an underspend in the council's apprenticeship levy, can be transferred to local firms to pay for the training and assessment costs of taking on an apprentice.

Read further by visiting the South Tyneside Council's website.

North West

Browse apprenticeship funding for employers in the North West.

Cheshire East Council Levy Transfer

Cheshire East Council can transfer up to 25% of their apprenticeship funds to other employers, helping in turn to raise the number of high-quality apprenticeships across Cheshire East.

Visit their website to find out how to access apprenticeship levy funds.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority Levy Matchfinder

Greater Manchester Combined Authority provides apprenticeship funding in order to create more apprenticeship opportunities across the city. 

Employers large and small can register on this website to transfer or receive funds from their apprenticeship digital accounts covering the training costs of a specified apprentice.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Apprenticeship Brokerage

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority provide advice and support around Levy Transfers between employers alongside providing advice and guidance on how to maximise Apprenticeship funding.

More details about this Apprenticeship Brokerage can be found on Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's website.

Lancashire County Council Levy Transfer

Lancashire County Council has been paying into the Apprenticeship Levy, since April 2017.

This allows employers based in Lancashire the opportunity to bid for surplus funds and access high-quality training for their organisation.

Further information & how to access these funds can be found on Lancashire County Council's website.

South East

Grants and funding opportunities in the South East.

Brighton and Hove City Council Levy Transfer

As a large levy paying employer, Brighton & Hove City Council can now transfer up to 25% of its apprenticeship levy funds to other employers in the city.

To apply for levy transfer funds in this area, you must be a non-levy payer.

Brighton & Hove City Council can support employers in the city to take on new apprentices and develop the skills of existing employees.

 

Southampton City Council Levy Transfer

Southampton City Council are a large levy paying employer, meaning they can transfer up to 25% of their apprenticeship levy funds to local organisations to boost the use of apprenticeships within the city.

Read further & find out how to access this apprenticeship levy.

Kent County Council Levy Transfer

Kent County Council are an apprenticeship levy payer and have been able to invest in high-quality training to develop our skilled workforce and recruit apprentices.

Kent County Council can transfer up to 25% of their apprenticeship levy funds to Kent employers.

Find out what funding is available to your business for apprenticeships in Kent.

Surrey County Council Levy Transfer

Surrey County Council want to see levy transfers generate apprenticeship opportunities and offer inclusive career pathways into employment that their residents can benefit from.

The council receives a high level of demand for support and their transfer funds are limited. Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received and they will need to demonstrate how the apprenticeship will contribute to Surrey's priority aims.

Access Surrey County Councils Levy Transfer.

West Sussex County Council Levy Transfer

West Sussex County Council are a large levy-paying employer, the council can transfer up to 25% of its apprenticeship levy funding to other employers for their apprenticeship training, helping to further boost the number of high quality apprenticeships in West Sussex.

Find out more about West Sussex's Apprenticeship Levy.

South West

Apprenticeship funding across the South West.

Somerset County Council Levy Transfer

Somerset County Council offers Apprenticeship Levy transfers, businesses paying the Apprenticeship Levy can now transfer 25% of their credit each year to fund apprenticeships hosted by other employers.

If an apprentice/employer meets the criteria Somerset County Council will accept an expression of interest to fund the candidate via levy transfer. 

View the criteria for Somerset County Council's Levy Transfer.

 

Devon County Council Levy Transfer

Through the apprenticeship levy transfer arrangement, Devon County Council works in partnership with other employers, supporting them to take on new apprentices and to develop existing employees, by funding apprenticeship training.

The council can only transfer up to a maximum of 25% of its levy funds per annum.

Wiltshire Community Foundation Grants for Apprentices

This grant is available for young people starting an apprenticeship.

Wiltshire Community Foundation is an independent charity which offers grants of up to £1,000 to support the costs of an apprenticeship or vocational training for young people in Wiltshire and Swindon.

Grants can be used for resources or equipment to support courses or training, course related study or field trips & IT equipment.

Full details about the apprenticeship grant in Wiltshire can be found on this website.

West of England Combined Authority Levy Transfer

Employers within the West of England Combined Authority area can access support for apprenticeships through the Workforce for the Future Scheme and Share to Support. 

These schemes allow apprentice-levy paying employers to pass on their unused levy funds to allow smaller local businesses to pay for the costs of training new starters or develop existing employees' skills set.

Find out more about apprenticeship funding through the West of England Combined Authority.

Cornwall Council Levy Transfer

Cornwall Council is a large levy paying employer with an ambitious Apprentice Strategy. The council can transfer up to 25% of their apprenticeship levy funds to other employers.

Employers must show how their apprenticeship will add to the Council’s strategic aims.

Find out more about the Cornwall Council Apprenticeship Levy funding.

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council Levy Transfer

As a large levy paying employer, BPC are able to work in partnership with other local employers to help improve the skills and knowledge of the local workforce, by transferring a percentage of their apprenticeship levy funds.

Apply for apprenticeship levy funds in Bournemouth.

West Midlands

Explore apprenticeship funding opportunities across the West Midlands.

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Levy Transfer

Nearly 2,000 apprentices have benefited from the Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Fund set up by the West Midlands Combined Authority. 

If you are a small to medium-sized enterprise within the West Midlands interested in getting the most out of the potential £40m apprenticeship pot, sign up here.

If you are a large employer that is interested in finding out more about transferring your unspent levy to SMEs (small to medium-sized enterprises) in the West Midlands, visit this page on the WMCA website.

Shropshire Council Levy Transfer

Shropshire Council now transfer up to 25% of their annual Apprenticeship Levy funds to other employers, helping to increase the number of high-quality apprenticeships across the county.

The council are able to transfer levy funds to other employers for apprenticeships for new recruits or existing employees wanting to develop their skill, they are not able to transfer funds for apprenticeships which have already started.

Staffordshire County Council Apprenticeship Grant

In Staffordshire grants of up to £5,000 are available.

To be eligible for the grant, your business must be based in Staffordshire (not Stoke-on-Trent).

Full details about this apprenticeship grant can be found on the Staffordshire County Council website.

Warwickshire County Council Levy Transfer

The Warwickshire County Council Apprenticeship Levy Share Programme launched in 2019 to support small businesses in the recruiting and funding of apprenticeship training across Warwickshire.

The programme is now live and offers a further £300,000 to help businesses take on apprentices by covering the full training costs associated with an apprenticeship.

Visit their website for further information.

Birmingham City Council Levy Transfer

As a levy-paying employer, Birmingham City Council can gift up to 25% of its annual levy fund to small and medium businesses and non-levy paying schools to pay for the training and assessment costs of an apprenticeship.

The council’s aims for gifting the levy are, to create apprenticeship opportunities in known skills shortage areas, such as the Health & Social Care sector, Engineering and Digital and Creative Sectors.

Full details about Birmingham Cities Levy Transfer can be found here.

Bromsgrove & Redditch Apprenticeship Grant

There is an Apprenticeship Support Scheme open to businesses in Bromsgrove and Redditch. The grant can be used to support apprenticeship applications at any level, but priority will be given to Advanced levels 3 and 4. This grant can also be used for hiring an apprentice of any age.

Grants meeting the eligibility criteria are approved on a first come, first served basis.

If you are interested in finding out more about apprenticeship grants in Bromsgrove & Redditch, proceed to their website.

Malvern Hills & Wychavon Upskilling Project

Malvern Hills and Wychavon have been given more than £283,000 from the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund. 

If you are a business in the area you can apply for up to £2,000 to help with the cost of taking on a new apprentice or trainee. If you are a new or existing apprentice you can get help with training costs.

Read further about this scheme on the Malvern Hills District Council website.

East Midlands

Apprenticeship funding across the East Midlands.

Derby City Council Levy Transfer

Derby City Council are involved in the apprenticeship levy in order to allow businesses in Derby to save money, as transferred funds are used to pay for the training of apprentices.

The council is transferring 25% of the apprenticeship levy to employers looking to recruit new apprentices or further the careers of their current employees.

Apply for apprenticeship funding in Derby by clicking here.

Leicester City Council Levy Transfer

Leicester City Council are now offering financial support to employers in the city to take on new apprentices. 

Who can apply? Businesses or organisations based in Leicester, delivering a service in the Health & Social Care sector.

Nottingham City Council Levy Transfer

If you're a small to medium sized business (SME) in Nottingham, and do not currently pay the Apprenticeship Levy, the council can transfer funds to your business to cover the whole cost of apprenticeship training.

Visit Nottingham City Councils website to read over who can apply, how you can apply & the benefits of having an apprentice in your team.

Nottinghamshire County Council Levy Transfer

In order to help to boost the number of high quality apprenticeships across the county, Nottinghamshire County Council are a large levy employer who is providing 25% of their levy funds to be transferred to other employers, to develop the skills and knowledge of Nottinghamshire's residents.

Apply for apprenticeship levy funds in Nottinghamshire.

East of England

Funding opportunities in the East of England.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Levy Transfer

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has unspent levy funds and are seeking applications from local businesses who would like to develop their workforce. This funding can benefit both SMEs and larger organisations.

Full details are available from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

Thurrock Council Levy Transfer

Government rules allows Thurrock Council to transfer up to 25% of their levy funds to support other employers to improve the skills and knowledge of the local workforce in the area through apprenticeships.

Apply for funding from Thurrock Council's apprenticeship levy.

Essex County Council Levy Transfer

Essex has an Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Service where you can gift and receive levy to support businesses to recruit apprentices.

If you would like to use some of your levy to support other employers in Essex take on an apprentice - you can now gift up to 25% of your levy.

More information regarding this levy transfer can be found here.

Hertfordshire County Council Levy Transfer

Hertfordshire are an apprenticeship levy payer, they can transfer funds to employers for new apprenticeship starts, this can also include new apprentices or existing employees undertaking an apprenticeship.

The opportunity to bid for transfer funds in Hertfordshire is open during the months of May, August, November and February.

Visit their website for more information & to access the transfer request form. 

Suffolk County Council Levy Transfer

Suffolk County Council can transfer some of their apprenticeship funds to other employers. 

Funds transferred can only be for the payment of the cost of the apprenticeship training for specific named apprentices and the funding is paid directly to a recognised training provider rather than a transfer of a money to the organisation employing the apprentice.

Yorkshire & Humber

Yorkshire & Humber's apprenticeship funding opportunities.

Leeds City Region Levy Transfer

The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership who work in partnership with West Yorkshire Combined Authority, offers a free transfer service which covers 100% of the training costs for apprenticeships & businesses can still claim government grants whilst accessing this apprenticeship levy. 

LEP's apprenticeship support service is available within the local authority areas of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield and York.

North Yorkshire County Council Levy Transfer

North Yorkshire County Council are a large levy paying employer, who can transfer up to 25% of their apprenticeship levy funds to other employers to help boost the number of high-quality apprenticeships across the county.

Apply for apprenticeship funding in North Yorkshire.

North Lincolnshire Council Levy Transfer

North Lincolnshire Council has money remaining from their own Apprenticeship Levy, this can be used to support local businesses to access funding for training and skills development through the Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Scheme. Local SMEs who do not pay the levy, and larger businesses who have used all of their own levy are able to apply for funds.

Visit this page for more information.

City of York Council Levy Transfer

In York, levy paying employers can transfer up to 25% of their unallocated apprenticeship levy funds to employers who are non-levy payers or who have spent their levy and want to hire new apprentices. Transferred funds are used to cover 100% of the approved apprenticeship training and assessment costs.

Contact the York Apprenticeship Hub, if you are interested in receiving or sending levy funds.

Kirklees Council Apprenticeship Grant & Levy Transfer

Kirklees Council as part of the Local Economic Recovery programme has accessed gainshare funding, which it will use to offer apprenticeship grants to eligible businesses.

In Kirklees grants will be available to those employing a new apprentice from 1 February 2022, and are paid regardless of the age of the apprentice when they start their apprenticeship.

If you are a SME within the Kirklees district, who does not pay into the apprenticeship levy, you could benefit from the Kirklees Levy transfer.

Visit the Kirklees Council website for more information on their levy transfer & who can apply for the apprenticeship grant.

Further Information

Information on this page should be used as a guide only.

Every effort has been made to ensure this information was correct at time of publication. Please note, these funding schemes are not operated by Baltic Apprenticeships. They may have limited availability, specific eligibility requirements, and could close at any time.

This list is not exhaustive, there may be additional funding schemes available in your area.

If you are operating an apprenticeship grant or levy transfer scheme and would like to be included in this list, please get in touch.

Apprenticeship Funding:

Levy Transfer Pledges

In addition to the Levy Transfer Schemes operated by local authorities, the Apprenticeship Service also hosts a database of Levy Transfer pledges from organisations unable to spend their available funding.

Browse and apply via the Apprenticeship Service.

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Funding Information:

Funding Guide

Apprenticeship funding can seem daunting at first, with different systems, criteria and grants.

Check out our complete guide for everything you need to know about apprenticeship funding and costs.

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