ExxonMobil Fawley supports Transfer to Transform initiative

ExxonMobil Fawley has pledged its support for young people and small enterprises across the Solent area by becoming the most recent large employer to join the ever-growing Transfer to Transform initiative.

Led by the Solent Apprenticeship Hub, Transfer to Transform encourages large employers to make a pledge using their levy funds to cover the costs of new apprenticeship training for smaller businesses. This support is more crucial than ever given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with the campaign hoping to bring a major boost to apprenticeship activity across the region.

Having supported the Government apprenticeship programme for decades, ExxonMobil is pledging £85,000 of its apprenticeship levy funding to Transfer to Transform. The funds will be distributed to smaller, non-levy paying businesses across the Solent region in a wide range of sectors, including business administration and engineering. This results in a huge savings opportunity for small businesses in the community and provides a much-needed investment in young people and skills.

As one of the largest employers in the region, ExxonMobil has joined the Solent Apprenticeship Hub’s Transfer to Transform initiative as a “pledger”, joining B&Q, Coopervision, Utilita, National Air Traffic Services (NATS), Southampton City Council, and Portsmouth City Council. ExxonMobil Fawley’s pledge brings the total Transfer to Transform pledge money to £850,000, to be used for apprenticeship training throughout the Solent.

Southampton City Council is the lead partner for the Solent Apprenticeship Hub. Councillor Darren Paffey, Cabinet Member for Children and Learning, said: “Through Transfer to Transform we expect to see a much-needed boost to apprenticeship provision across the region, helping to strengthen and support the local economy in these turbulent times. It makes absolute sense to ensure that apprenticeship levy funds go straight to building up our local businesses and apprentices. I commend every employer that has supported the campaign to date.”

Beth Varndell, ExxonMobil Fawley Training Manager said: “Being valued as an employee starts with education and the ongoing development of, and investment in, individuals. The apprenticeship programme is very important and key to providing our young people with the skills they need for their future. In turn, apprenticeships provide companies with competent, skilled, and engaged staff to support operations.

“ExxonMobil Fawley is thrilled to be able to support the Solent Apprenticeship Hub with the Transfer to Transform Scheme. We very much hope that our pledge will help put young people on the ladder to a successful career by offering them the opportunity to begin a brand-new apprenticeship.

“In addition, we are delighted that Transfer to Transform will give much-needed support to local businesses and educational providers such as Southampton Engineering Training Association (SETA), and Brockenhurst College, which we hope will deliver some of these new apprenticeship opportunities. I look forward to seeing how the funding is implemented and the benefits it brings for people and companies.”