MAYOR’S LEVY TRANSFER CAMPAIGN FUNDS APPRENTICESHIPS AT VAUXHALL LAW CENTRE
A campaign by Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram to encourage big employers to help smaller firms fund local training has topped almost £4m and created over 800 apprenticeships. Vauxhall Law Centre is one of the organisations who have benefitted.
Last year, Mayor Rotheram launched a drive to reallocate tens of millions of pounds of unspent Apprenticeship Levy.
“Large employers are required by law to pay 0.5% of their wage bill towards an Apprenticeship Levy – which is collected by the government to fund apprenticeships. Levy payers can spend their own allocation on in-house apprentices or gift up to 25% of the money to other organisations.”STEVE ROTHERAM, MAYOR OF LIVERPOOL CITY REGION
Around £2.2bn of Apprenticeship Levy underspend has been handed back to the treasury in the six years since its launch. The underspend in the Liverpool City Region is estimated to be in the tens of millions. The Combined Authority’s Employer Brokerage Service has repurposed almost £4m in unused Levy so far to create over 800 apprenticeships which will see an estimated ROI of over £100m for the city region.
Vauxhall Law Centre are among the city region organisations to be helped by the transfer scheme. Development Officer Elly Smith was recruited to the centre thanks to funding transferred from shopping channel QVC – and new apprentice, Sam Holmes, thanks to funds from tourism company TUI UK&I.
Elly is supported by the organisation’s second apprentice, Sam Holmes. Sam will be undergoing a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Fundraising to improve his skills and knowledge on fundraising in a charitable organisation, learning from other apprentices in his cohort and his apprenticeship coach. Sam has already had an extremely positive start to the role and is looking forward to building and exceeding his potential in relation to fundraising in a small, but growing, fast paced charity that recently celebrated it’s 50th year in existence.
Vauxhall Law Centre secured it’s first apprenticeship levy with the support of Siobhan Grosscurth at the Employer Brokerage service in 2020 with the aim of developing the organisation’s income streams and overall development of the centre. Since that time the impact the apprenticeship has had at the centre has been transformational to clients, staff and the management team.
When Vauxhall law centre originally contacted the Employer Brokerage Service the organisation had just formally relaunched and had bold visions of how the centre aimed to grow in terms of the services provided, number of staff and underpinning all of this work was the crucial need to secure further grant funding to ensure the sustainability of the organisation. Having an apprentice on board during this time meant that Elly was able to use the skills she had learned during her apprenticeship to support this next phase of development and establish a fundraising strategy, develop a new website for the organisation, increasing the social media and overall online presence. Elly also managed to secure grants that allowed for a full time bereavement support caseworkers to support people in the local community with bereavement queries arising out of the pandemic.
If you are interested in transferring or receiving Levy Transfer funds or recruiting an apprentice then get in touch with the Employer Brokerage Service HERE.