Apprenticeship Funding in the North East

Written on: 17 December 2020

Written by: Frances Hardcastle


[Employers, Apprenticeship Funding, North East]

Across the North East, there is funding available for organisations of all shapes and sizes to maximise the power of apprenticeships.

In addition to national funding schemes, such as the longstading government co-investment towards training costs and the more recent employer hiring incentives, some local authorities in the region are offering their own financial support for apprenticeships.

In this blog, we've researched and collected every source of North East apprenticeship funding to keep our employer organisations in the know. We'll update this regularly as funding pots change and grow - so if you don't see anything that suits your business right away, check back soon or drop us a message to let us know what you're looking for.

What apprenticeship funding is available nationally?

The national funding landscape currently offers businesses excellent financial support for apprenticeships. This should be your first port of call if you're looking into hiring an apprentice or putting existing staff through a workforce development apprenticeship.

Often, regional support can be used alongside the national apprenticeship hiring incentives.

In England, there are currently two main forms of Government apprenticeship support:

For businesses with a pay bill of under £3 million a year, the majority of training fees can be covered by Government funding. Usually, the Government will contribute 95% towards the cost of apprenticeship training, with employers topping up the last 5% as a co-investment payment. For eligible SMEs with under 50 employees, the Government can fund 100% of training costs.

If you are an employer with a pay bill of over £3 million each year, you will pay into the Apprenticeship Levy. This means you will have an apprenticeship levy fund that is already ringfenced for training. 

What apprenticeship funding is available in the North East?

Right now, there are local apprenticeship funding pots available from Sunderland City Council, South Tyneside Council, and the Tees Valley Combined Authority.

Sunderland City Council Levy Transfer

Sunderland City Council are currently offering an Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Scheme. Organisations who pay into the Apprenticeship Levy - including Sunderland City Council - are able to transfer unspent levy funds before they expire. This can cover apprenticeship training costs and help to create opportunities within other organisations.

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 - businesses can apply if they are either non-levy payers, or have fully committed their own levy funds. 

If you are interested in applying for this funding, you can view the full details on the Sunderland City Council website. Alternatively, one of our team can talk you through it and help get your application started.

South Tyneside Council Levy Transfer

South Tyneside Council are also running a Levy Transfer scheme for businesses based in their local authority area.

Businesses with over 50 employees can apply for this support, which will cover training costs of an apprenticeship. The Council have specified that they will prioritise employers who will create new apprenticeship opportunities for young people at Level 3 and above. Applications will be considered for either South Tyneside businesses, or businesses employing a South Tyneside resident on an apprenticeship.

To learn more and apply for this Levy Transfer scheme, you will need to contact South Tyneside Council's Employment and Skills Manager directly, or get in touch with our team.

Tees Valley Combined Authority

The Tees Valley Combined Authority are currently offering grants of up to £3000 to support local SMEs within ten priority sections - including business and professional services, and the digital and creative sectors.

The funding available depends on the age of the apprentice, with higher sums available for apprentices aged 16-18. 

Unlike the Levy Transfer schemes available in other parts of the region, this funding is reserved for SMES - so those with under 249 employees.

Applications can be submitted by email, with a form available to download on the TVCA website. At Baltic Apprenticeships, we are always happy to help employers with any questions they may have about this funding opportunity.

Earlier this year, the Tees Valley Combined Authority were also running an apprentice wage subsidy scheme. Applications for this fund have now closed, but we will monitor any changes here. 

Related Blog: Kickstart or Apprenticeships - Which Funding is Right for Your Business? 


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