Hire an apprentice
We're passionate about apprenticeships. Taking on an apprentice can be a great way to bring new talent into your workplace or upskill your existing staff.
That's why we offer expert advice and support to Kent employers to guide you through the process from start to finish, making it easier for you to recruit the right apprentice for your business.
You can speak to our experts to:
- find out more about apprenticeships and how your business could benefit
- get help with working out what apprenticeship standard is right for your business
- get advice and help with recruiting apprentices
- find out what funding is available to your business for apprenticeships.
Apprenticeship levy funds
We are an apprenticeship levy payer and have been able to invest in high-quality training to develop our skilled workforce and recruit apprentices.
Government reforms mean we can transfer up to 25% of our apprenticeship levy funds to Kent employers. This is an opportunity for us to support employers to improve the knowledge and skills of the wider Kent workforce. Read more about the changes to apprenticeship funding on the GOV.UK website.
Employers who can receive transferred levy funds
Employers can be:
- Kent employers in our supply chain
- Kent employers in voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors
- Kent schools that do not pay into the council’s apprenticeship levy
- Levy or non-levy paying employers.
- be registered on the apprenticeship service (we can support you with this)
- have an agreement with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). This will be set up when you register on the apprenticeship service
- only use the funds for training and assessment for apprenticeship standards (frameworks not eligible)
- only use the funds for training and assessment of either new apprentices or existing employees undertaking apprenticeships.
We are not able to transfer funds:
- for apprenticeship training that has already started
- where the receiving employer is eligible for full government funding, as they have fewer than 50 employees and on the first day of their apprenticeship, the apprentice is:
- 19 to 24 years old and has either an Education, Health Care Plan (EHCP) provided by their local authority, or has been in the care of their local authority.
Criteria for bids
So there is maximum benefit from the levy funds, employers need to demonstrate how the funding for the apprenticeship programme will contribute to our strategic outcomes. This is our vision for improving lives by ensuring every pound spent in Kent is delivering better outcomes for Kent’s residents, communities and businesses:
- Children and young people in Kent get the best start in life
- Kent communities feel the benefits of economic growth by being in work, health and enjoying a good quality of life
- Older and vulnerable residents are safe and supported with choices to live independently
Bids will be prioritised using the following criteria:
- Priority 1 - creating apprenticeship opportunities for disadvantaged groups living in Kent (for example: care leavers, NEETs, those with disabilities, long term unemployed)
- Priority 2 - wider social care provision
- Priority 3 - addressing skill shortages in Kent.
Apply for funds
We will work with the receiving employer to agree:
- the amount of funds to be transferred
- the number of apprentices that can be supported
- which apprenticeship programme the apprentice will be enrolling onto
- the duration of the apprenticeship programme.
To meet our requirements, transfer of funds can only be progressed following our internal approval process. As part of this process and to apply you need to fill in the expression of interest form.
- Applications will be administered by us.
- Applications will be scored against:
- assessment questions on the expression of interest form
- our strategic outcomes.
- Levy transfers can only be made against a named apprentice. If a bid is successful, ‘approval in principle’ will be granted until the apprentice has been recruited and the learning provider has confirmed eligibility.
- Applicants will be contacted within 2 weeks of initial application to confirm the outcome of their bid.
- In the event of successful applications exceeding funds available, a selection assessment exercise will be run to confirm successful bids.
- For monitoring purposes, receiving employers will also need to commit to notifying us of the outcome of the apprenticeship.
We have also pledged funds. Our pledge is shown on the GOV.UK website so that any business can apply for levy transfer funding.
Advice and support
For apprenticeship advice or support, please contact the National Apprenticeship Helpdesk by emailing email@example.com or call 0800 015 0400 (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week).
To find out how to identify recognised apprenticeship training standards, visit the find apprenticeship training website, or visit the National Apprenticeship websitefor for the latest apprenticeship news and information.
Download and print our 'Sharing the Levy' flyer (PDF, 2.6 MB).