Apprentice numbers to grow when Levy is introduced

A Worcester-based housing and care provider is expecting apprentice numbers to grow following the introduction of the new Apprenticeship Levy.

Sanctuary Group has said they are committed to developing their own apprenticeship programme and bringing in fresh talent in support of the Levy.

From 6 April this year, the way the Government funds apprenticeships in England is changing.

Some employers will be required to contribute to the new Apprenticeship Levy which requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill of over £3million each year, to invest in apprenticeships. The Levy applies to all sectors and both private and public organisations.

In Worcestershire, there were 5,420 apprenticeship starts last year (2015/16) with nearly 60% of those going to the county’s 16-24 year olds.

Nicole Seymour, Director Corporate Services from Sanctuary Group, said: “We deliver an award-winning apprenticeship programme which has already helped support nearly 1,400 into apprenticeships across the country.

“Over recent years apprenticeships have increasingly been seen as an excellent opportunity for young people to find a route into work, and with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy this number is expected to grow further.

“As well as providing opportunities for people to build a successful career, apprenticeships add real value to the Group and underline Sanctuary’s commitment to nurturing fresh talent and growing its programme.”

For more information on the Apprenticeship Levy, visit the Worcestershire Apprenticeships website or contact the team by emailing or phoning 0300 666 3666.