Skills and Employment

Sheffield City Region has become a leading area for skills and employment policy development and programmes. With 20,000 apprenticeships in the city region, many colleges and training providers delivering training to young people and adults and thousands of employers looking to upskill their workforce the issue of skills is critical to all that we do.

We have a range of projects delivering. Our Skills Bank provides public investment alongside employer investment in workforce training and we run a ‘Grant for Apprenticeships’ (GAP) scheme to encourage SMEs to employ an apprentice. We also run an employment programme called ‘Ambition SCR’ which provides support to young people to help them find and stay in work.

We also invest in the facilities that learners and employers need through our Skills Capital Fund.

In 2018 the city region will take responsibility for the adult skills funding that goes to colleges and training providers.

Government Apprenticeship Levy Update:

Sheffield City Region doesn’t fund Apprenticeships but it is important that businesses are up-to-date on the new Government Apprenticeship Levy. In April 2017, the Government introduced changes to the way Apprenticeship funding works in England. This means that if you’re an employer with a pay bill over £3m each year, you will need to pay the Levy from April 2017 and report and pay your Levy to HMRC though the PAYE process. The New Govt Apprenticeship Levy  has more information and businesses can also browse the Government website – Apprenticeship Levy for further details.