Funding to train your apprentices

Employers based in Lancashire have the opportunity to bid for surplus funds and access high-quality training for their organisation.

Since April 2017, the County Council has been paying into the Apprenticeship Levy.  This has provided an opportunity for the Council to upskill their existing staff and recruit new apprentices into their organisation.

County Councillor Geoff Driver CBE, leader of the county council, said: "Training helps us to develop our own workforce and recruit new talent into the organisation, with apprenticeships helping us to build the right skills in our workforce for our future needs. We want to support apprentices and we encourage organisations to apply."

This funding is available to organisations for the following sectors: health and social care, disadvantaged or vulnerable groups, the voluntary sector, the digital sector, engineering and construction or education or early years setting.

Information regarding the full list of apprenticeship qualifications and local providers are listed on the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education website.

Other eligibility criteria for our offer

  • Employers must be based within Lancashire.
  • Apprentices must be paid at least apprentice national minimum wage.
  • Apprentices can be of any age
  • There must be an approved apprenticeship standard relevant for the role (frameworks are not included).
  • Organisations who have transferred their own levy funds out to other Employers will not be eligible.
  • Transferred levy funds can only be used to pay for apprenticeship training. Funding rules dictate that they cannot be used to fund salary, travel expenses or professional membership fees.
  • Your request must be for future apprenticeships. The request cannot be backdated on training that has already commenced.

To apply, you will need to have the following information, ready for when it's requested from us:

  • Your company details.
  • Name and level of the apprenticeship standard you are seeking funding for.
  • Number of apprentices you wish to train and whether they are existing staff or creation of new apprentice roles.
  • An expected start date of the apprentice training.
  • Details of training provider you are looking use.
  • Confirmation that you have read and understood the ESFA Employer Apprenticeship funding rules.

To find out more and to apply, please complete the enquiry form. Please complete a separate form for each type of apprenticeship standard you would like to bid for.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 31 March 2020. We will contact you within two weeks of the closing date to confirm the outcome of your bid.

If you require any additional information or guidance, please contact the Apprenticeships Team at apprenticetransfers@lancashire.gov.uk.