Following a Freedom of Information request led by the Department for Education in 2019, it was found that despite the Apprenticeship Levy raising £2.8bn, only £864m was spent.
Investing in your employees through the Apprenticeship Levy helps to solve skills shortages and increases productivity and staff retention. However, surplus amounts of the levy are being neglected. This is striking, especially in an environment where shrinking budgets means that charities and SMEs often lack the funding to invest in their employees’ professional development. In April 2019, the Government found a solution by allowing companies to gift up to 25% of their annual Levy to other organisations, including charities. By working with charity partners, corporates can make a vast impact to the learning and development strategies of charities through gifting their unspent levy.
Donating unspent levy
There are two options for levy gifting:
Option One: Organisations who want to gift their levy can pledge funds through the Government’s online service. Companies can choose an amount they are happy to gift in a given financial year. Charities and SME’s then apply via the online service to receive a Levy gift. If they fit the criteria given by the company pledging their Levy, they can receive the funds towards Apprenticeship standard training programmes.
Option Two: Alternatively, employers can gift their levy directly to their charity partner(s) through the Digital Apprenticeship Service. This option allows the employer to directly work with the charities or SMEs they wish to support, rather than through open applications via the online service.
How Corndel can be a partner of choice – Zurich and Carers Support Wiltshire
At Corndel, we strategically work with our employers to help them donate unspent Levy to charity partners. For example, when Zurich were interested in gifting some of their surplus Levy, we supported them to gift 20 places on the Corndel Diploma in Fundraising to support their smaller charity partners, including Carers Support Wiltshire. Zurich has worked with Corndel since 2021, delivering our leadership and data apprenticeships for their employees. Jude Pilcher, UK Apprenticeship’s Manager at Zurich explains:
Zurich Community Trust’s National Partnerships and Development Manager Sarah Covington explains how Zurich take a holistic approach when working with their charity partners, to develop what they see as true partnerships:
The social impact of levy gifting
By working with charity partners, organisations can gift their unspent levy to charities across the country.
The pandemic has had catastrophic effects on the charity sector and without the help of donors, charities will continue struggle. However, by organisations choosing to gift their Levy, charities are able to upskill and develop teams, and enable them to act more efficiently in their roles, and in turn, help the charity prosper.
If you are a Corndel client or looking to strategically work with charity partners through levy gifting, please email our Partnerships Director, Ali Terrington, firstname.lastname@example.org