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Apprenticeships providing clear pathway into work for young people, according to young engineer


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As thousands of teenagers across the West Midlands await their GCSE and A-level results this week, a Birmingham apprentice is urging other young people to think about starting an apprenticeship.

Arif Ali, aged 19, from Lozells, is a groundworker at Birmingham-based groundworks and civil engineering company J A Burke Construction Ltd. His training is funded through a scheme set up by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

The Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Fund enables large employers to pledge their unspent levy to fund the training of apprentices at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the West Midlands.

Arif said, “I left school when I was 16 and was unemployed for two years before starting with J A Burke Construction Ltd. I always wanted to go into construction and kept contacting local employers until I was successful.

“I’m working on an 18-month level 2 apprenticeship in groundworks, which hopefully will be a stepping stone to a career in management engineering. I’m working with a great team who have given me a fantastic opportunity, and I want to keep learning to be the best I can be.”

Charged by HM Revenue and Customs on all employers with a payroll of over £3 million, the Government holds the levy for businesses across the country to utilise the funds to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment by bringing in new talent or plugging skills gaps with their staff. The Government retains any unspent levy after two years.

The fund keeps apprenticeship levy money within the West Midlands, increasing skills, job opportunities and productivity by supporting more young people and adults of all ages into work.

Jasmine Hudson, Group HR Director at Mitie, the latest company to join the levy, said: “We’re passionate about apprenticeships and the opportunities they offer, not only to teach skills to young people just starting their careers but also to upskill and reskill existing colleagues. As a major employer, we’re proud to be sharing our levy fund to help more businesses access apprenticeships.”

Over £21m has been pledged, and to date, 2,023 apprentices at 684 SMEs have benefited from the fund over the past two years.

Large organisations who would like to transfer their remaining levy to a local SME, and smaller employers interested in tapping into the fund, can find out more by visiting www.wmca.org.uk/apprenticeship-levy or contacting [email protected]


Written by: David Watkins

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