Apprenticeship Funding for SMEs: Nottingham City Council Levy Transfer

Written on: 14 May 2020

Written by: Frances Hardcastle

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[Apprenticeship Funding, Nottingham]

Nottingham City Council have announced a new £2m fund for SMEs to create apprenticeship opportunities for Nottingham City residents.

This fund arrives at a critical time for many small businesses, and can be used to help hire apprentices, train existing employees and increase your staff capacity and efficiency at no extra cost. SME employers within Nottingham City boundaries will not have to pay the 5% co-investment fee, saving them up to £750 per apprentice.

The funding comes from the transfer of Nottingham City Council's Apprenticeship Levy, which legally ringfences a proportion of a large employer's wage bill for investment in apprenticeship training. It is Nottingham City Council's decision to transfer these funds for the benefit of local businesses.

As the country braces for a re-opening after the Coronavirus lockdown, digital skills will be of considerable benefit to many businesses as they get back up and running. Practical skills in IT infrastructure, digital marketing and software development can help your business function, pivot or diversify during these times of change. Baltic Apprenticeships is a specialist provider of digital apprenticeship programmes, and were the first training provider to deliver 100% of their training online, through our SMART Classroom.

An apprenticeship training programme is an excellent way to grow your own talent and embed these key skills within your company.

An IT Infrastructure Apprentice can boost your IT support capacity, learn to troubleshoot issues with remote working and create secure cloud-based connections. An Apprentice Digital Marketer can help you target new customers on social media and build your brand profile when you may need it most. A Software Development Apprentice can support the creation of app-based delivery systems or assist with website improvements. With the right support, training and guidance, apprentices can become highly valued members of your team.

For more information, or to take part in the scheme, please contact Antony Richards at Nottingham City Council on 0115 8761318 or email antony.richards@nottinghamcitygov.uk

For further information about the training programmes we can offer at Baltic Apprenticeships, please get in touch with our team.

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