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Total People say thanks a million after £1m gifted to levy campaign.

Leanne Shackleton, Levy Gifting Manager at Total People

@TotalPeople, a leading North West apprenticeships and training provider, is saying ‘Thanks a Million’ to eight employers this month for gifting a life-changing £1m of unused levy funds to help smaller businesses upskill their staff.

Total People launched the £1m in 100 days campaign during National Apprenticeship Week (3-9 February) and called on large employers to gift unspent levy funds for SME growth.

Although the campaign was paused in March due to the pandemic, employers have continued to work with Total People to gift unused apprenticeship levy for SMEs to access to boost skills among their own employees.

Our eight amazing employers who have collectively gifted £1m are:

  • Metroline
  • BP
  • Apleona
  • Premier Foods
  • NatWest
  • G4S
  • Skipton Building Society
  • EON.

This fantastic amount will now be allocated to boost apprenticeships across the following sectors:

  • Automotive and Electrical
  • Childcare and Education
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Construction
  • Health, Social Care and Dental
  • Human Resources, Learning and Development
  • Management and Leadership
  • Project Management, Business Admin and Customer Service.

London bus operator, Metroline, was one of the first employers to join the campaign and gifted an incredible £200,000 to be used for Automotive and Electrical apprenticeships.

Stephen Harris, Managing Director, said:

“Since Brunel and the Victorians the UK has always been at the forefront in delivering engineering expertise and innovation. Metroline has a proud tradition of providing award-winning and industry-leading apprenticeships and we are pleased we can assist in this way.

“Resources for this area of training are desperately needed in this country, and diverting our unused levy funding benefits similar businesses that understand the value of delivering apprenticeships.”

Levy paying employers are those with a wage bill of over £3m and see 0.5 per cent of their payroll go to HMRC towards the levy. In April 2019, the Government made it possible for levy paying employers to ‘gift’ up to 25 per cent of their apprenticeship levy to other organisations to fund apprenticeships. 

Leanne Shackleton, Levy Gifting Manager at Total People, said:

“I’m thrilled that our generous employers have gifted such a fantastic amount surplus levy funds which will make a real difference to so many small and medium businesses.

£1m to boost apprenticeships and training is the best gift for our small and medium employers during what has been an incredibly challenging year.

“Gifting is quick and easy and we’d love to hear from other employers with surplus levy funds. Our gifting solution is a great way to meet your CSR agenda, costs you absolutely nothing and I will be on hand to support you throughout the entire process.”

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