Pledging to support apprenticeships in small and medium-sized firms

Date Posted 10.02.22

In partnership with the government-backed Apprenticeships Levy Scheme, we have pledged to transfer part of our Apprenticeship Levy Fund to local SMEs. With the aim to fund the recruitment and training of apprentices predominantly in the construction sector.

This commitment ensures that unspent levy funds go towards supporting businesses in funding their apprenticeship programmes. Offering assistance where they may not have previously been able to benefit from the Apprenticeship Levy.

The schemes will not only cover the costs of recruitment and training of apprentices to enable businesses to thrive. It will also ensure investment is made to create career developing opportunities within the local area.

Our trainee schemes aim to develop emerging talent whilst supporting individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds. Our pledge allows us to focus on key social mobility cold spot locations across the UK that as a construction company, we could not normally reach.

This latest pledge follows our continued commitment to Inspiring Change with our award-winning social mobility and sustained employment opportunities. McLaughlin & Harvey is a Gold Member of the 5% Club and has trainees on schemes across the organisation from Digital Construction to Quantity Surveying levels two to six.

Changes to the Apprenticeship Levy system make it easy to access the unspent Levy funds of larger employers including McLaughlin & Harvey.

Skills shortages are costing UK businesses more than £6bn a year and supporting the Apprentice Transfer Levy is an ideal way to address this. We are committed to breaking down the barriers to sustained employment opportunities by removing education inequalities and providing training opportunities. We have put social mobility and everyday inclusion at the core of our approach.

Shauna Young

Group Social Value Manager at McLaughlin & Harvey

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