Cabinet to discuss Apprenticeship Levy transfer

03/09/2019, PR-9165

Apprenticeship Levy
Apprenticeship Levy

​An opportunity for Wakefield Council to support employers to create more apprenticeships in the district is to be discussed by decision makers next week (10 September).

Following National Apprenticeship Reforms introduced in 2017, as a large employer with a pay bill of over £3million, the Council has to pay into an apprenticeship levy account. This money is used to fund the cost of apprenticeship training.

Councillors want to see local employers reap the benefits. The Cabinet are to consider a plan to transfer up to 25 per cent of the Council’s Apprenticeship Levy to other employers within the district. 

This would help create new opportunities, help upskill their workforce and support apprenticeships in the digital, media, creative and health and social care sectors.

Cllr Michael Graham
Cllr Michael Graham

​Cllr Michael Graham, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Skills, Digital and Technology Capabilities, said: "This is a fantastic chance for us to transfer this money to help employers raise skill levels and increase district-wide productivity and wages, by funding apprenticeship training.

"Apprenticeships offer a high-quality career path where people can earn a salary whilst gaining professional qualifications. We want to give people the opportunity to achieve their potential and for employers to continue to support the district's economy by upskilling their workforce, and contributing to its future prosperity and growth."

The proposal to transfer levy funds supports elements of Wakefield's Economic Strategy, which aims to work with businesses to develop their workforce and have a greater availability of skilled employees.

The report will be discussed at Cabinet on Tour on 10 September from 10.30am at Castleford Civic Centre. You can watch the meeting live or later at www.wakefield.gov.uk/livestream