The Apprenticeship Levy was introduced in 2017 to support the development of vocational skills and increase the quantity and quality of apprenticeships. An apprenticeship levy paying organisation can transfer a maximum amount of up to 25% of their annual unspent levy funds to support local businesses to recruit apprentices.
North East Lincolnshire Council ensure that where possible their levy can benefit the area, prioritising applications for funding to organisations which add social value and align with their our own vision and aims.
Care Plus Group application to North East Lincolnshire Council supported all five of their priorities; Learning and Growing, Investing in our Future, Vitality and Health, Economy and Strength, Safe and Secure. More information can be found here https://www.nelincs.gov.uk/your-council/north-east-lincolnshire-council-vision-and-aims/.
Therefore, Care Plus Group were successful in being awarded the funding to support two local residents with the opportunity to train as a Registered Nurse via the apprenticeship route.
The apprenticeship funding will assist the trainee nurses to qualify and support the health care needs of the local community ensuring residents are provided with the care they need at the earliest opportunity. They will form part of the local area health care support needs, contributing to individual health care plans, promoting independence and ensuring equality, diversity, a safe environment and access to bespoke care services for local residents.
Sharon Stead, Business & Innovation Manager at Care Plus Group, said: “Nationally there is a skills gap for nurses and the government manifesto committed to increasing the nursing workforce by 50,000, apprenticeships will play a big part in this. Care Plus Group are absolutely delighted to continue to have the opportunity to train more nurses via the apprenticeship route and would like to thank the North East Lincolnshire Council for their support”.
Helen Jagger, Placement Coordinator at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “People and Culture (NELCs HR Team) have been paramount in upskilling the workforce through apprenticeships and providing fully funded qualifications to its employees. Through the levy transfer scheme, we have embraced the opportunity to give back to the community by funding vital qualifications for charities, social enterprises or local businesses and it has been a huge privilege in supporting Care Plus Group with training two fully qualified nurses from NELCs apprenticeship levy”.