Apprenticeship levy applications are now open.

Read all of the information on this page before you start your application. You can find a link to the application form at the top of the page.

Closing date for applications

The closing date for applications is 15 December 2021.

Funding start date

This is to request funding for apprentices starting anytime after 1 January 2022 onwards. 

If you're applying to support a redundant apprentice who will be starting with you between now and the published funding date to complete their apprenticeship, please email alongside completing the application.

We'll publish more deadlines when future funding availability is confirmed.

About the transfer fund

We can support employers in the city to take on new apprentices and develop the skills of existing employees. We do this by transferring apprenticeship levy funds that we’re not using.

As a large levy paying employer, Brighton & Hove City Council can now transfer up to 25% of its apprenticeship levy funds to other employers in the city.

This will support our City Employment and Skills Plan and other strategic aims to help to boost the number of high-quality apprenticeships in the city.

This transfer of funds does not mean that we will manage or support the apprentice or apprenticeship.

We will only provide the transfer in accordance with the ESFA funding rules. So, please make sure you meet any eligibility criteria.

Transfers of funds are subject to state aid regulations. For any transfer you receive, a percentage of the transferred funds will count towards your de minimis state aid limit. Your training provider should be able to give you more advice about this. 

Who can apply for funding

To apply for levy transfer funds, you must be be a non-levy payer and one of the following:

  • business or organisation in Brighton & Hove
  • voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) in Brighton & Hove
  • Brighton & Hove school that doesn't pay into the council's apprenticeship levy

You must show how your apprenticeship will contribute to at least one of these strategic priority aims:

  • supporting an apprentice who has been made redundant though the COVID-19 pandemic
  • support someone on the kickstart scheme to access an apprenticeship programme
  • support your business’ recovery from COVID-19 - apprenticeship opportunities that will support your recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This might be to develop new skills for existing staff due to a change in practice or employing new staff to fill skills gaps
  • a carbon neutral city by 2030 - apprenticeships that support the council’s aim to become carbon neutral by 2030
  • no-one left behind. These are apprenticeship vacancies that provide opportunities for residents of Brighton & Hove who are currently unemployed or economically inactive. We particularly welcome applications that provide vacancies/opportunities to encourage more people from underrepresented groups such as:
    • care leavers
    • NEETs
    • those with disabilities
    • long term unemployed
    • BAME residents
    • 50+ age group
  • supporting learn to earn transitions. These are apprenticeships that provide career changes at any stage to earn and learn for a new apprentice or current apprentice or existing member of staff that clearly demonstrates progression

You must also:

  • meet the requirements in the apprenticeship funding rules on GOV.UK
  • be registered on the apprenticeship service before the apprenticeship starts

Choose your training provider

Before you apply, you'll need to choose a training provider and agree the cost of the apprenticeship training. This must include the End Point Assessment. Please note, we can only transfer funds within the funding band limit for the apprenticeship.

To contact the National Apprenticeship Service for advice, or help using the service, phone 0800 015 0600.

Apply for levy transfer funds

Please complete one application for each individual apprenticeship funding request. We may restrict the number of applications per organisation depending on funding availability.

You must only use the funds for training and assessment for:

  • apprenticeship standards that are a new start. This means it will be a future start after the funding date outlined above  
  • either new apprentices or existing employees doing apprenticeship standards

The training provider also needs to confirm they’ll accept the apprentice before we transfer the funds.

What happens after you apply

We'll contact you within 2 weeks of the deadline to let you know the outcome of your application.

If there are not enough funds to cover all the applications that meet the selection criteria, we'll decide who's the best fit. We'll base this on the strategic priority aims and scoring criteria.

Where applications are scored equally and funds are limited, the lowest cost programmes will be prioritised. 

    If you have any questions, send an email to

    Other organisations that provide levy transfer

    You can explore other opportunities to get support via the levy transfer scheme. 

    The following organisations are also supporting employers to access apprenticeship training through the levy transfer scheme:

    Go to their websites for more details on criteria and application process.