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£35,000 available to Halifax businesses for apprenticeship training

Businesses based in Halifax now have access to an additional £35,000 of funding to deliver apprenticeship training, thanks to a levy-transfer scheme set up by Covéa Insurance and Calderdale College.

The scheme will specifically target businesses based in the Park and Warley wards, neighbourhoods which fall within the top 10 per cent of the most multiple deprived areas in England.*

The levy-transfer scheme has been designed to upskill residents and support business growth in these areas, as the district tackles the effects of COVID-19, with six participants already confirmed.  Funding for training will be transferred to businesses from Covéa Insurance’s apprenticeship levy and the training will be delivered by Calderdale College.

There are over 150 employers based within the Park and Warley wards, in sectors ranging from Construction and Electrical, to Motor Vehicle, Warehousing and Retail. Covéa Insurance and Calderdale College are encouraging companies to take up the funding in order to futureproof their business and increase employment opportunities for local residents.

Matthew Metcalfe, Senior Manager – Talent Acquisition at Covéa Insurance, said of the transfer: “We launched this funding scheme with Calderdale College because we want to support local businesses as they tackle the challenges they are facing from COVID-19. We hope that these apprenticeships will help increase the employment opportunities in deprived areas locally where unemployment is higher than the national average.”

Claire Williams, Head of Employer Engagement – Apprenticeships at Rise, Calderdale College’s service for employers, added: “It’s important to remember that an apprenticeship doesn’t have to be a new member or staff, businesses within these wards can also use the funding to upskill their existing workforce.”

If you would like to find out more or apply for funding for your business, please contact


*Multiple Deprivation Index 2019