The University of Oxford Apprenticeships Team have recently started to support small local businesses and charities by transferring unused Apprenticeship levy funds that can be used on Apprenticeship training. This will provide huge opportunities for SMEs who do not have the necessary funds, by enabling them to recruit and train new employees or upskill existing members of their team. It is a fantastic way in which the University can support the local community and so far the Apprenticeships team has committed to transfer over £500,000 of unused levy.
Coxwell Care Home
We've recently started to transfer Apprenticeship funds to Coxwell care home, to allow three of their employees to undertake Apprenticeship training on the Level 5 Nursing Associate Standard with Oxford Brookes.
Coxwell are delighted to work in partnership with Oxford University. In receiving the funding it has allowed us to up skill and train 3 Nursing Associates. Our aim is to have Nursing Associates supporting the RGN on shift each day.
We deliver care for people with complex behaviours in dementia. Having more skilled staff enable Coxwell to promote a holistic approach to care. Behaviours are a form of communication, assessing the person as a whole enhances the quality of life for our residents. The facility we provide is a niche service, we are able to work alongside Oxfordshire Council to provide a service for those people who may have been placed out of county. We also have outer county councils benefit from the use our facility.
Further plans are to build a 20 bed home, where the newly qualified Associates will work. Accommodating young people with dementia, giving them a home opposed to hospital services where so many young people with early onset of dementia remain. The funding received from Oxford University will enable a higher quality of care, a larger number of people to benefit from Coxwell Hall of Faringdon expertise.
- Coxwell Care Home
What is the Apprenticeships Levy?
The UK Government introduced the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017. The Levy requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill over £3 million each year, to invest in Apprenticeships. Employers in England who pay the Levy, which include the University, are able to access funding through a digital Apprenticeship service account which enables them to select and pay Government-approved training providers for Apprenticeship training. The levy is charged at a rate of 0.5% of an employer's pay bill.
Please note: the Apprenticeship levy can only be used to pay for the training of staff with an approved training provider.
How do transfers work?
Employers who pay the levy and have unused funds are able to support other employers who are looking to receive a transfer. From April 2019, these employers are able to transfer up to 25% of their annual funds. These funds can only be used to pay for training by a Government approved training provider.