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Gateshead employers to benefit from council apprenticeship fund

News update

Gateshead Council apprenticeship funds are to be offered to local businesses to help bolster their workforces as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic. 

At our cabinet meeting on 23 February, we agreed to share un-allocated funds from the authority's Apprenticeship Levy pot.  

Under current ESFA rules, we can transfer up to 25% of our total levy fund per annum to other employers. This means that up to £165,000 per annum, of any levy not allocated by us would be offered to other small businesses and charitable organisations. 

Funds will be prioritised to organisations creating new jobs or hiring new apprentices to fill existing vacancies. Consideration will still be given to employers wanting to upskill existing employees where this would support our Thrive agenda, fill a skills gap or support economic recovery. 

Cllr Malcolm Brain, cabinet member for the economy, said: "Apprenticeships have a key role to play in helping Gateshead's economic recovery, especially if local organisations are able to help people retrain after losing their job, or take on young people who are being particularly impacted by the pandemic. 

"It would be a missed opportunity for not only the local authority but also for our communities, particularly employers and priority groups. This will enable employers to access different opportunities, create new jobs and upskill people to plug skills gaps within some of our key sectors. 

"We hope it will inspire our young people to take different and varied routes of employment and stay within Gateshead whilst developing and enhancing their careers. 

"As a local authority, we have the means to support this via transfer of levy funds, and proactively support and engage with our communities at this time of crisis." 

Find out more or register your interest with the Business Gateshead team

News update
23 February 2021

Gateshead Council apprenticeship funds are to be offered to local businesses to help bolster their workforces as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic. 

At our cabinet meeting on 23 February, we agreed to share un-allocated funds from the authority's Apprenticeship Levy pot.  

Under current ESFA rules, we can transfer up to 25% of our total levy fund per annum to other employers. This means that up to £165,000 per annum, of any levy not allocated by us would be offered to other small businesses and charitable organisations. 

Funds will be prioritised to organisations creating new jobs or hiring new apprentices to fill existing vacancies. Consideration will still be given to employers wanting to upskill existing employees where this would support our Thrive agenda, fill a skills gap or support economic recovery. 

Cllr Malcolm Brain, cabinet member for the economy, said: "Apprenticeships have a key role to play in helping Gateshead's economic recovery, especially if local organisations are able to help people retrain after losing their job, or take on young people who are being particularly impacted by the pandemic. 

"It would be a missed opportunity for not only the local authority but also for our communities, particularly employers and priority groups. This will enable employers to access different opportunities, create new jobs and upskill people to plug skills gaps within some of our key sectors. 

"We hope it will inspire our young people to take different and varied routes of employment and stay within Gateshead whilst developing and enhancing their careers. 

"As a local authority, we have the means to support this via transfer of levy funds, and proactively support and engage with our communities at this time of crisis." 

Find out more or register your interest with the Business Gateshead team

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