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Mitie Donates £2m of Unspent Apprenticeship Levy Funds to SMEs

Mitie Donates £2m of Unspent Apprenticeship Levy Funds to SMEs
19 April 2024

Mitie has pledged £2 million in Apprenticeship Levy gifting funds to help plug skills gaps in the engineering, construction, data, and digital sectors.

As a large FM outsourcing company, Mitie pays into the Apprenticeship Levy each year, with this money used to fund training and development in-house. Recent changes to the levy means organisations can also gift up to 50 per cent of the previous year’s contributions to other organisations, to pay for apprenticeship training and assessments that smaller businesses might not otherwise be able to fund.

It was recently reported in parliament that less than three per cent of Levy-paying employers gifts levy funding to SMEs.

One of the organisations that Mitie supports is the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP), an organisation focused on driving economic growth and job creation in Oxfordshire. As part of this partnership, Mitie has pledged £100,000 to support the recruitment and development of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics apprenticeships.

Mitie has also supported training for Manchester Fire Services,  helping eight operational firefighter apprentices to successfully complete their programmes and become professional firefighters.

Kate Large, Director of Learning and Development, Mitie, said: “We focus our levy gifting on helping groups with barriers to employment and supporting the local communities we serve. From training firefighters, to helping people overcome long-term difficulties, to welcoming women in STEM, the £2 million we’ve gifted is having a positive impact in developing future talent.”

Picture: a photograph of a person in full PPE using a misting machine. A wall-mounted sign with the Mitie logo can also be seen. Image Credit: 

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 19 April 2024


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