Leaving Lockdown

Leaving Lockdown – Identifying Skills Gaps & Resuming the Recovery

March 30th, 2021

As we prepare to leave the UK’s third full nationwide lockdown, a little over a year on from the first, it is worth considering what lessons as businesses we can take with us. There has been no overarching formula or clear set of instructions for how to successfully navigate these unprecedented times, but with three…

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Increased Cash Incentives for Employers

March 4th, 2021

Cash incentives for employers introducing apprentices into their businesses are set to double and with the time period of this offer increasing also. Since the August of 2020, firms taking on apprentices age 16-24 could receive £2,000, and apprentices aged 25 and over would bring in a £1,500 incentive. Due to the lower-than-forecasted take up…

Southampton City Council Leader and the Chancellor of the Exchequer praise the work of the Solent Apprenticeship Hub

February 19th, 2021

Leader of the council, Councillor Christopher Hammond, has joined the Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak, to pay tribute to the hard work of the Solent Apprenticeship Hub (the Hub). The praise was given during a networking event organised by the Hub for large levy paying employers across the region, which took…

Transfer to Transform surpasses £1m

February 1st, 2021

The Solent Apprenticeship Hub’s innovative Transfer to Transform scheme has now surpassed an exceptional milestone figure of £1m in pledges. Transfer to Transform was created with the purpose of providing a platform for larger businesses to support small and medium sized enterprises (SME) in the Solent region, by reallocating funding for apprenticeship training to smaller…

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New Forest Activities – Transfer to Transform Case Study

January 5th, 2021

Transfer to Transform has been instrumental in helping smaller businesses across the Solent region in upskilling their staff during a period of difficulty for many sectors. One such business is New Forest Activities. New Forest Activities have enrolled six employees on apprenticeships, ranging from Business Administration to Outdoor Activity Instructor standards. The New Forest Activities…

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ExxonMobil Fawley supports Transfer to Transform initiative

November 27th, 2020

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…


Businesses across the Solent urged to get Kickstart ready

October 7th, 2020

The Kickstart scheme, announced in the Chancellor’s summer statement, will offer much-needed financial incentives to businesses that offer employment to 16 to 24 year olds, who are currently receiving Universal Credit. The government’s initiative aims to not only support fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales but will also improve the skills, employability and…

B&Q Joins Transfer to Transform

B&Q pledges £100,000 of its apprenticeship levy fund to help small and medium businesses in the Solent area

September 2nd, 2020

B&Q has pledged to transfer £100,000 of expiring levy funds to the Transfer to Transform scheme, helping small to medium businesses (SMEs) in the Solent area to train new apprentices and upskill workers in the region. Transfer to Transform provides the chance for Solent businesses to help support each other, the campaign is not asking…

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Utilita Energy Gives Solent Charities a £50K Boost, Through Transfer to Transform Scheme

August 5th, 2020

  Southampton-based Utilita, the UK’s leading smart prepay energy provider, has donated £50K of its annual apprenticeship levy pot to help local charities, including mental health charity ‘Solent Mind’ and the Southampton arm of The Prince’s Trust. The pledged funds will be allocated to the charities via the Solent Apprenticeship Hub’s Transfer to Transform scheme,…