Southampton City Council Apprenticeship Levy Transfer

Since its launch in 2017, the apprenticeship levy has made huge waves in the business community – giving employers across the UK the opportunity to develop their existing workforce and recruit the next generation of apprentices.

Following government reforms, Southampton City Council is now able to work with employers across the city to support them in taking on new apprentices and developing their existing employees.

How can Southampton City Council help?

As a large levy-paying employer, the council are offering to transfer up to 25% of their levy funds to help local employers fund apprenticeship schemes for both new and existing employees. 

Who's eligible?

To apply, you need to meet the eligibility criteria in the ESFA funding rules. In addition, the council are looking to encourage applications from organisations based (or having employees residing in) the Southampton area. 

With the support of the Solent Apprenticeship Hub and PETA, you will eventually need to:

  • be registered on the apprenticeship service (we can support you in the process)
  • only use the funds for training and assessment for apprenticeship standards (frameworks are not included)
  • only use the funds for training and assessment of either new apprentices or existing employees undertaking apprenticeships

If your staff are already employed by Southampton City Council (SCC) or SCC are currently responsible for your payroll, then you do not need to apply for a transfer to use the apprenticeship levy.

The closing date for applications is Friday 13th December 2019. 

Interested in finding out more?  

Download the Application Form

We would be happy to support you in making your application and are on hand to provide any help and guidance you may need.

 PETA offers an Apprenticeship Levy Managed Service designed to help you make the most of the levy opportunities available. 

To find out more, call 023 9253 8724 or email us at

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