Shropshire Council

Transfer of Apprenticeship Levy funds

Applications for Apprenticeship Levy transfer from Shropshire Council will be open from 1 April 2024 until 5pm on 24 December 2024.


Apply for Apprenticeship Levy transfer

The Apprenticeship Levy is already giving employers like us a real opportunity to invest in high-quality training, helping to grow our business and develop the skilled workforce we need to thrive and succeed. Government reforms have now given us the opportunity to work in partnership with other employers, supporting them in recruiting new apprentices and to develop the skills of existing employees.

As a levy-paying employer with an ambitious apprentice strategy, we can now transfer up to 25% of our annual Apprenticeship Levy funds to other employers, helping to increase the number of high-quality apprenticeships across the county.

Who can apply to receive transferred funds?

We're able to transfer levy funds to other employers for apprenticeships for either new recruits or existing employees wanting to develop their skills by undertaking an apprenticeship. We're not able to transfer funds for apprenticeships which have already started.

To express an interest and submit your application for consideration in the transfer of Apprenticeship Levy funding you must be:

  • A small to medium enterprise/business
  • Another organisation in Shropshire, i.e. public sector, health care organisation
  • A voluntary, community or social enterprise sector organisation providing services to Shropshire residents
  • Employers that have opportunities for 16-18 year olds but are unable to access funding via training providers

We're expecting a high level of demand for support and our transfer funds are limited. Therefore, in developing a process for determining who to support, priority will be given to applications that meet our priorities and target sectors detailed below.

Apprenticeship Levy transfer policy

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How do I apply for the funds?

The transfer application process will be open every year as of 1 April and will close in December of the same year.

If you have applied for funds, from the date you have approved you will have three months to commit the funds to actual apprenticeship start on programme; if you have not used the funds in this period, your application is then invalid and you will need to reapply. We suggest only submitting an application when you are actually ready to recruit to an apprenticeship position or have apprentices ready to start.

Detailed guidance can be found on transferring unused apprenticeship funds to other employers on the GOV.UK website. Please read this guidance before you apply for the funding.

To apply, please download the application form below, complete and return to Someone will confirm receipt of your application form within five working days.

Apprenticeship Levy transfer application form

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Application window for Apprenticeship Levy transfer applications 2024/25

Applications for Apprenticeship Levy transfer for 2024/25 will close on Tuesday 24 December 2024.

Received applications will be reviewed within a maximum of four weeks of confirmation of receipt and subsequently, the outcome will be communicated to applicants.

Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Fund application process and timeline

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On notification of a successful application, employers will then have three months to utilise the Levy Funds.

Applications must be submitted to

If you have any more questions or would like further information, please email us at or telephone 01743 258521.