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Council opens up funding for local employers to hire apprentices

Businesses located outside of the borough are also able to apply for the funding if the apprentice is a Waltham Forest resident, reports Rana Rastegari

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Waltham Forest Council is making funding available for local employers so that they can invest in apprenticeship schemes. 

The funding is made possible through the government’s levy transfer which allows employers to support training requirement costs for existing or new employees for approved apprenticeships. 

Any business located in Waltham Forest can apply for the scheme. Businesses located outside of the borough are also able to apply if the apprentice is a Waltham Forest resident. To apply, employers must meet the Education and Skill Funding Agency (ESFA) requirements, have signed the ESFA agreement and completed the relevant application forms.


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The scheme also offers help to businesses to find an apprentice. The council says it will provide a “holistic approach” to guide business in their recruitment process such as identifying skill gaps in the business to determine the best hiring options. 

The council will prioritise employers who are recruiting new apprentices in order to tackle unemployment in Waltham Forest. 

To apply, employers must get in touch for an informal chat to discuss their interest and then request an application form. Once complete, the application will be reviewed by the council and employers will receive feedback about their eligibility. 

More information about the scheme can be found on the council’s website


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