Apprenticeships

The Apprenticeship Hub – Who are we and what do we do?

The Apprenticeship Hub is a free, impartial resource for organisations and for individuals across the Solent and EM3 region. The Apprenticeship Hub offers support, guidance and advice on all aspects of apprenticeships and skills. The Apprenticeship Hub is made up of both: The Solent Apprenticeship Hub covering the Solent region and The Apprenticeships and Skills Hub, which covers the region of North Hampshire and Surrey.

With Apprenticeships and Skills we believe there is no ‘one size fits all’, and the Apprenticeship Hub team are committed to offering guidance tailored towards your organisational needs; factoring in the size, sector, client base, mission and location of your organisation ensures that our expert advisers can support you in your pursuit of workforce development.

We will work with you to create a strategic approach towards adopting apprenticeships and skills into your organisation by: Identifying your skills gaps, establishing the most relevant apprenticeship or skills training courses, utilising available funding methods and building a vision for the future of skills development in your workforce.

The Apprenticeship Hub are also available to support with utilisation of Apprenticeship Levy Funding. Currently, there is a 24-month ‘use it or lose it’ time limit for large employers to use the apprenticeship funds they have paid into the Apprenticeship Levy Pot. After this time, any unspent funding remaining in the DAS account of this large employer, will go back to central government. Alternatively, to avoid this, large employers can do what is known as a ‘Levy Transfer’. Here, unspent apprenticeship levy funds can be transferred to smaller businesses of the large employer’s choice. This is a fantastic demonstration of corporate social responsibility, a way of increasing the skills in your local talent pool and supporting your local economy. The Apprenticeship Hub can offer support with the entire process, from selecting an organisation to work with, to the processing of the funding itself.

The Apprenticeship Hub offer business support beyond apprenticeships and skills too, with the governments launch of the Kickstart Scheme, we are an acting intermediary service and can apply on your behalf and provide support through the entire process.

If you would like to find out more about the Apprenticeship Hub, please head to our website, www.theapprenticeshiphub.com or visit our social media, we are on: LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. If you have any questions regarding our services use the contact form on our website, email us or direct message us on any form of social media.

 

Apprenticeships

In February we saw the launch of the Apprenticeship and Skills Hub supporting businesses in North Hants and Surrey through the apprenticeship and Skills training journey.

There is no better time to take on an apprentice and your hub adviser can support and guide you through the entire process.

You can progress a kickstart onto an apprenticeship, recruit for a new position with an apprenticeship or upskill your current workforce through an apprenticeship.

Update on Incentives:

Employers will receive £3,000 for new apprentices of any age who join their organisation from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021.

There is also an existing additional incentive payment of £1000 when you employ a 16 – 18-year-old Apprentice so the potential to receive £4000 in incentives up to 30th September 2021.

The Apprenticeship and Skills hub can support and guide you through the incentive and funding process and support you to set up the digital account to receive funding & incentives.

Apprenticeship Support & Advice from The Apprenticeship & Skills Hub

The Apprenticeship and Skills Hub offers support, guidance, and advice on all aspects of apprenticeships and skills.  It is a free, impartial resource for organisations in Surrey and North Hampshire.

The Apprenticeship & Skills Hub team can offer guidance tailored to your organisational needs with expert advisers who can support you in your pursuit of workforce development.  They can work with you to create a strategic approach towards adopting apprenticeships and skills into your organisation by identifying skills gaps, establishing the most relevant apprenticeship or skills training courses, utilising available funding and building a vision for the future of skills development in your workforce.

The Apprenticeship Hub can offer support to organisations who don’t pay the apprenticeship levy to access levy transfers from larger employers who have surplus levy funds.

If you would like to find out more about the Apprenticeship Hub please visit their website www.theapprenticeshiphub.com.

 

Transfer to Transform

The Apprenticeship Hub have launched Transfer to Transform – a campaign to secure unutilised apprenticeship levy funds to support SMEs across the region. The campaign asks large businesses across the region to pledge some of their unspent levy funds to support the region’s SMEs.

Surrey County Council are pleased to support the launch of this scheme with a pledge of £100,000 to support local businesses to boost its priority areas.

The Apprenticeship Hub can support you to apply for a levy transfer from Surrey County Council or other levy paying organisations who have pledged.

You can find out more about the Transfer to Transform campaign, including how to apply, by visiting Transfer to Transform – Solent Apprenticeship Hub.

 

Your local Hub advisers for the Surrey area are:-

Carol Greaves – carol.greaves@hants.gov.uk       07824 014642

Lexy Ress –         lexy.ress@hants.gov.uk                07874 893629