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Apprenticeship levy transfer strategy 2024-2025

We (ESCC) have been paying into the apprenticeship levy since it started in 2017. We have since helped over 900 staff members gain apprenticeship qualifications using these funds.

Since 2019, the East Sussex apprenticeship team has shared some unspent monies with employers in the county. This funding supports economic growth and skills development through apprenticeship opportunities. Through the TRANSFORM project, we have helped over 100 small and medium employers take on new apprentices and upskill existing staff. We can now pass on more funding than ever to East Sussex employers.

This statement explains our approach to the Apprenticeship Levy Transfer for 2024-25.

The priorities are:

  • to create apprenticeship opportunities for candidates with a recognised barrier to employment
  • employers in the Skills East Sussex priority sectors:
    • construction and civil engineering
    • creative, cultural, digital and media
    • engineering and advanced manufacturing
    • health and social care
    • visitor and cultural economy
    • land, agriculture and environmental
    • wider local industry priorities:
    • education
    • energy and utilities
    • finance
    • professional, scientific and technical


This service connects eligible employers to an apprenticeship and skills specialist. They will support them to:

  • identify skills gaps and provide impartial advice on apprenticeship and skills training programmes.
  • choose a provider
  • apply for levy transfer to cover the full cost of apprenticeship training
  • set up and manage their apprenticeship service account
  • access advice and guidance about incentives, grants and business support

The apprenticeships team provide further support to these employers by:

  • advising on marketing their vacancies to reach their target demographic
  • offering information and guidance on all areas of apprenticeship recruitment
  • helping them to access events such as careers fairs and information sessions
  • working with a talent pool of candidates to refer to upcoming opportunities
  • providing aftercare to both employer and apprentice

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