Lincoln College Open Day
19 March, 2020 – 4:30PM - 8:00PM
August 20 2019
Two prestigious Lincolnshire businesses have donated a portion of their apprenticeship levy to fund apprenticeships for six employees from YMCA Lincolnshire to study with Lincoln College.
As of April 2019 businesses that pay the levy have been able to donate up to 25 per cent of the annual value of funds to other organisations to use for training their staff.
A total of six YMCA Lincolnshire employees have now been able to be enrolled onto apprenticeship courses due to the donated levy funds.
All six are studying their apprenticeships with Lincoln College and assessors will check in with them on a regular basis, offering tailored support throughout.
Student, Rebecca Mae, who has worked at YMCA Lincolnshire for six years said: “None of us would have been able to do an apprenticeship, which will enable us to develop our skills while staying in jobs we love, without funding from another business.
“I’m really enjoying studying and I love being able to apply the knowledge I’m gaining from it in real life.”
Nicola Hall, Key Account Manager for Lincoln College, said: “The format of apprenticeships is now much more flexible, in that they can be individualised to enable apprentices to get as much out of their studies as possible.
“I would urge other businesses that pay the apprenticeship levy to consider donating it to other organisations if they can’t or won’t be using it to develop their own staff, as it’s definitely a case of ‘use it or lose it’.”
Lydia Martin, Early Careers Development Advisor at Frontier Agriculture, said: “Frontier invests a great deal in the development of our people and offering apprenticeships forms a part of how we help them realise their career goals. We’re also keen to support local communities in the areas surrounding our sites.
“This is the first time we’ve donated our apprenticeship levy to support the wider community and we are delighted to be partnering with YMCA Lincolnshire. Enabling people from other organisations to access apprenticeships, particularly those who might not get the opportunity otherwise, is really rewarding for us.
“It’s been great to meet some of the people we’re supporting and put faces to names. We are looking forward to checking in and finding out how they’re doing.”
Matt Brown, Resourcing Manager at Lincolnshire Co-op, said: “As an ethical consumer co-operative one of our main focuses is to support people in our community, so being able to share our levy to help people personally better themselves and create added value for local organisations, community groups and charities is fantastic.
“We’re very excited to be supporting YMCA Lincolnshire as it provides a wide range of much-needed services.
Michael Ward, Corporate Services Director for YMCA Lincolnshire, said: “We’re so grateful to these companies for helping to fund quality training which we wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford as a charitable organisation.”
Interested in donating some of your levy pot or perhaps you’d like to take on some apprentices of your own? Please contact our Apprenticeship Team on 0845 270 7227.